From the sky down! Achtung Baby!

Yes, there is the glitz, glamour, babes during the Monte Carlo F1 but it’s the varoom, varoom of cars zipping around Casino Square, pinching through Mirabeau corner, squeezing out of the Fairmount Hairpin, making a right turn the Portier heading into the tunnel losing down-force and the making visibility poor due to the light change, reaching speeds of over 225km/h as they head towards Cafe Grand Prix and the restaurant La Rascasse around which the cars have to make a neck-breaking 180 degree turn. A buzz filtered through the restaurant and the hard drinking Irish accountant came running up to me nervously saying that Bono was at the gate. I let the staff know to prepare for Bono at the table ran down to bring Bono and his son up to watch the race from the vantage point of my table. Bono relaxed ordered a Guinness, as I explained to him the street track of Monte Carlo and all it’s nuance’s. While Monaco is well acquainted to rock stars and money it was astounding to me the buzz Bono had stirred up and soon people began to flock over. This was the front man, and a genuinely nice guy who had come to watch his first ever Formula 1 race but he was not only Bono, he was part of an Irish rock band that somehow did not press the self destruct button like many, but elevated themselves to the top and never looked back except from the sky down. The Toronto International Film Festival this year will open with it’s first ever documentary film directed by Davis Guggenheim of An Inconvenient Truth, Party of Five, and Waiting for ‘Superman’. This Music Documentary is a homage to the band, it’s passion and music that has endured and thrived. The film looks back at the groundbreaking album Achtung Baby and artfully marries music to film. These four Irishmen are just great human beings, they have touched so many people and the best Bono story still is about him and Quincy Jones waiting to see Pope John Paul II, as the Pope approached Quincy leaned over to Bono and whispered ” those are really cool shoes he got on”. It was not till the Pope was standing directly in-front of Bono that Bono realized he still had on his glass’s and that it maybe disrespectful, it was just at that moment that the Pope John Paul II said
“can I try your glasses?”, causing Bono to hand them over, as the Pope put them on and posed for a picture. U2 the band and these four boys from Ireland have made a difference in this world, and My Name is Khan is about people who create and make a difference. Let’s rock it with U2 and My Name is Khan.

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