Bono At Beacon Theatre

Bono At Beacon Theatre

Surprisingly, one of U2’s first significant breaks seemed to come to the band. Thursday night, the band’s lead vocalist Bono appeared on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” and discussed how the band became noticed by claiming credit for The Ramones’ “Glad to See You Go” as their own.

When requested to perform an original song during a visit from a well-known television producer to Mount Temple Comprehensive School, where Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. went to high school, the rock band played to the tune of a lie.

We were about to get our break and appear on national television, Bono added. “We had a huge TV producer, a big cheese, coming into our high school.” A knock on the door was heard. and we say, “F-k.” What shall we do?

The 62-year-old singer said, “He steps in. “So you compose your music… Would you please play me one? After exchanging glances, the band began playing The Ramones’ 1977 hit, claiming it to be an original song. That’s also improvisation, Bono said in jest.

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In 1978, U2 secured its first television appearance on RTÉ’s “Youngline” show. The rock star sang “With or Without You” during the late-night slot as he promoted his new book, “Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story.”

In front of thousands of fans, Bono, whose real name is Paul David Hewson, launched his book tour on Wednesday at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. Before making a detour to Toronto on Sunday for another performance, he will perform tonight at Boston’s Orpheum Theatre.