- 08 Nov 18
Guggi has known Bono since he was three, which gave him more than just a walk-on role in their iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour
“I saw what I knew was our family house...”
Bono will tell you that we’ve been friends since we were three and lived close to one another on Cedarwood Road, but the first time I realised that U2 had something truly special was when they played Croke Park in 1985. I went a good bit down the stadium, away from the stage, that day, and I witnessed first-hand that the other people at the back were as deeply affected as I was. It dawned on me then, really, that this is not a pub band. The truth is that they have something very rare, but that was the first time that I saw it to that extent, or in such a profound way.
I knew there was a song called ‘Cedarwood Road’, when the Songs Of Innocence album was in the making. I had probably heard rough takes of the track, before the vocals had gone down, but it wasn’t until the first iNNOCENCE + eXPEPRIENCE show that I saw the graphics that accompanied it. I saw what I knew was our family house with the flowering cherry tree, which back then was the only one in the area, and the phone-box out front. Our house was identified by that phone-box outside, and I listened to Bono talking about it when we met. I didn’t realise I was actually in the song until I was seeing it all live, and listening to the words properly. It was very emotional.