He still hasn’t found what he’s looking for – so now he’s looking at publishing. Announcing plans to guest-edit July’s Vanity Fair, U2 front man Bono told The New York Times, “I want this to be a best-selling issue . . . I want to make a hit record.” The magazine content is slated to feature Africa, as the peripatetic Irishman attempts to re-brand the continent in an effort to spotlight debt relief, and discuss poverty, and investigate AIDS. He also recommended changing the magazine’s title to Fair Vanity, which editor Graydon Carter agreed to as long as Bono’s band switched its name to “2U.” So that’s not happening.
Vanity Fair doesn’t shy from politics, and neither does the singer. He’s been meeting with all of 2008’s presidential hopefuls, and even dined in New York’s West Village gastro-pub The Spotted Pig last Thursday with former commander-in-chief Bill Clinton and current Def Jam chairman Jay-Z. Speaking with The Times, Bono explained, “Hey, I’d meet with Lucifer if I thought it would do any good.” And all the attention he’s brought to Africa certainly hasn’t gone unnoticed: at the 2007 NAACP Image Awards last Friday, Bono took home the Chairman Award for his humanitarian work. Too bad he can’t run for president, right?
[Via The New York Times]