I noticed that today the charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" has been re-recorded 20 years later in order to raise money for blighted Sudan. The only person on the original song to come back is our man Bono, who, probably not coincidentally, is also the only person from the first record who's even bigger now than he was then. (Odd note I just thought of: the one line Bono sang by himself was the only line that mentioned God. Coincidence?)
I remember the first single. I was 13 years old, and rock stars were still unspeakably glamorous to me. Unfortunately I missed Live Aid the following summer, because my family was on vacation in England and my parents were in charge of the itinerary. Someday before I die, I'd like to see it. I'm sure there has to be a recording of it somewhere.
On a related note, Beth has a charming excerpt today in which Bono looks back at his younger self:
I saw this photograph recently. Anton Corbijn had an exhibition in Holland, and he made me go into this room full of Bonos -- a horrifying thought. And I noticed a shot of me at 21, and the look in the eye was so much clearer. Part of me must have thought our critics were right, and that beautiful naivete -- that I now see in my own children's faces -- I went about killing off. I thought it was something that you had to get rid of, and it's not true. Innocence is much more powerful than experience, especially when it has that teenage fearlessness beside it. That's really something.