June 10 [7:55 EDT] -- Mutual admiration continues to blossom between U2 frontman Bono and old-school crooner Frank Sinatra.
Last week, following a U2 concert in New Jersey, Bono announced that he'd composed a song in Sinatra's honor, and tossed off an impromptu rendition of it for an "Access Hollywood" camera crew. The song, dubbed "Two Shots of Happy, One Shot of Sad," [1.2MB QuickTime] had the trappings of a saloon song in the Sinatra tradition of "One For the Road."
Now comes Sinatra's response to that, in a statement elicited by an MTV News inquiry last Friday. Sinatra's brief statement reads, "Lyrics are the soul of a song. Bono shows he's hip to this. He's a good man and I wish him many, many shots of happy. Frank Sinatra."
"We're all guests on Franks' planet," Bono said when told of Sinatra's message after U2's set at Saturday's Tibetan Freedom Concert [MTV News Online will have more on the band's set at
the Tibet show later today].
"As far as I'm concerned, he is the man, and we are all working for him, and that's the way it should be. [600k QuickTime]. Actually the song will see the light of day somewhere. We presented it to him on his 80th or 81st birthday and I think there's a record coming out of that soon. Anyway, so you'll hear it. It's pretty swanky."
No word yet on when, or even if, that song might be released, but we'll keep you posted.
In other U2 news, after Reuters news service reported that the band's homecoming PopMart stop in Dublin was in jeopardy, the band released a statement saying that there will indeed be a Dublin show on August 30 as originally planned. Talks are still underway to find a venue for the Dublin show, but promoter Michael Cohl says, "There is no question, there will be a Dublin show."
The stop in the band's hometown was one of six new European dates added to the PopMart itinerary,
with the band announcing shows in Warsaw, Lisbon, Rome, Reggio Emilia, Thessalonika, and Tel Aviv as well.
The band will wrap up this U.S. leg of the PopMart tour in Boston on July 2, and will then head to Europe, South America, South Africa, Australia, and the Far East.