It's been a busy time of year for U2 "deity-in-training" and frontman Bono. First, he is addressing Tony Blair's peeps at the Labour Party Conference later today in Brighton, England. As reported on NME, Bono will call for action to combat the spread of AIDS and ease Africa's burden of debt through a speech highlighting his work for the Debt, Aids, Trade Africa organization (DATA), a group he and Bob Geldof have been instrumental in establishing and promoting. Recently, Bono has praised the UK government’s decision to put more money into the fight against HIV and AIDS. George Bush's answer to the global HIV/AIDS crisis currently resides in the "Where Are They Now?" files alongside the Iraqi WMDs.
Bono has also been busy on our side of the pond putting his weight behind John Kerry’s push for the White House. Amidst the set-up for U2's How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb rekkid, he has been a visible presence during Kerry's keynote speech at the recent Democratic conference in Boston and has backed Kerry’s use of U2 track "Beautiful Day" as his main campaign anthem. Somehow "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and the line "I can't believe the news today, I can't close my eyes and make it go away" would have been more to the point. Still, a big improvement over Fleetwood Mac.