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U2’s set at Live Aid was one of the biggest highlights from the legendary benefit concert. However, it’s a moment Bono finds “excruciating” to revisit.

The singer touches on the moment in his new memoir Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story, which comes out on November 1. An excerpt from the book covering the Live Aid moment was recently published by The Guardian.

“Wembley Stadium, July 1985. Live Aid. A gigantic moment in the life of U2,” writes Bono. “…As for the show itself, influential though it was in the arc of our band, I confess that I find it excruciating to watch. It’s a little humbling that during one of the greatest moments of your life, you’re having a bad hair day.”


Bono adds, “Now, some people would say that I’ve had a bad hair life, but when I am forced to look at footage of U2 playing Live Aid, there is only one thing that I can see. The mullet. All thoughts of altruism and of righteous anger, all the right reasons that we were there, all these flee my mind, and all I see is the ultimate bad hair day.”

Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story is currently available for pre-order at SurrenderMemoir.com.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.