Dublin rock legend, his wife of 35 years, hopes that U2 keeps on touring as Bono reactions to ONE charity allegations.
U2 has a catalog of classic songs that will never grow old, so could the band whose members are in their mid to late fifties keep touring into the distant future like the Rolling Stones? Bono’s wife Ali Hewson is all for it.
"I really don't know -- I hope so. Why not?" she told the Evening Herald at a Dublin lunch for the Chernobyl Children International charity that she’s supported for years.
U2 will once again hit the road starting in May with a bunch of concerts all over the U.S. till July. They’ll resume the tour at the end of August in Europe, wrapping up with gigs at home in Dublin in November.
Ali spends as much time as she can on the road with the band, but with two teen sons at home and in school she’s unsure if she’ll make the first May date in Tulsa.
"I will be there at some point but I'm not sure when. We've got all sorts of exams in our house at the moment, so I'll be there for some of it. I will catch it,” she told the Herald.
Bono, meanwhile, has publicly apologized after it was revealed over the weekend that bullying and harassment against female employees was rampant in the South Africa office of ONE, the anti-poverty charity he co-founded with Mark Shriver.
The allegations aren’t pretty: a female employee claims she was demoted when she refused to have sex with a Tanzanian politician, while other workers claim the work environment in the office was “toxic.”
Bono acknowledged that the South African operation of his charity is a mess and apologized for wrongdoing.
“We are all deeply sorry. I hate bullying, can’t stand it,” told the Daily Mail, which broke the story.
“The poorest people in the poorest places being bullied by their circumstance is the reason we set up ONE. So, to discover last November that there were serious and multiple allegations of bullying in our office in Johannesburg left me and the ONE board reeling and furious.”