Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Plenty of schoolchildren dream of becoming famous singers, but when a boy on the other side of the classroom goes on to become one of the most famous rock stars in the world, you could end up feeling a little overshadowed. That is exactly what happened to Neil McCormick, who went to school with a boy called Paul Hewson - better known these days as U2's Bono. So could it be jealousy then that inspired the title of the new movie 'Killing Bono', which is based on Mr McCormick's memoirs. The story, set around U2's formative years in a north Dublin comprehensive school, is told from the point of view of the rather less successful rival band which Mr McCormick and his brother set up in the late 1970s. The film will be directed by Nick Hamm. "Killing Bono" which has been described as an "Irish music-based comedy" will feature music from Castledawson singer/songwriter Joe Echo. Neil McCormick, who now works as a music critic for the Daily Telegraph, published his autobiography, 'I Was Bono's Doppelganger' in 2004, which included a foreword by the singer.

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