Bono: He's Got Your Back
Not many people pray for rock stars – especially admitted rock star megalomaniacs who strut as comfortably before 100,000 screaming fans as they do in front needy Africans, supermodels, presidents and the Pope.
By now you know I mean to say, not many people pray for Bono.
But the 50-year-old lead singer of U2 has hit a bit of a rough patch and an 8-year-old boy in Western Canada has his back.
When Nathanial Crossley of Alberta learned Bono had badly injured his back, required emergency surgery and postponement of the band’s planned summer North American tour, he did what any right-minded, red-blooded, child of the digital age would do: He created a Facebook group.
Nathanial’s aptly-named group, “Bono: I Got Your Back,” had humble beginnings, with family and friends joining to support the 8-year-old. But word got to the U2 world, it hit some U2 fan blogs, got a “thank you” on U2.com and then took off.
As of today, there are 1,244 fans throughout North America, from Portugal to Croatia, up through Scandinavia and down to Chile. The site has landed Nathanial on a local rock radio station and allegedly became part of a motivation and emotion lecture by a psychology professor at Chapman University in California.
Nathanial, and his parents, Blake and Candice Crossley, said in interviews that they can’t believe the people drawn to the simple call to action.
“It’s awesome to see how global this has become,” said Blake, a 35-year-old network administrator at Keyano College, who has been a U2 fan for more than 20 years and who proudly notes Nathanial didn’t “see” U2 until last year but heard them when his 3-months pregnant Mom caught a 2001 show.Continued on the next page