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Old 06-20-2005, 04:10 PM   #1
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Bono teams up with Pat Boone for Billy Graham tribute.

I'm not sure if anyone else has posted this. If so, I'm sorry. It's just incredibly interesting.

Here's the video: www.patsgold.com/video/tybg_240x180.mov

Then this is from www.rollingstone.com.

Boone Meets Bono, Again

Crooner concluding fifty-year career with help from famous friends

Pat Boone is celebrating -- and dropping the curtain on -- his five-decade recording career by issuing five albums in five different genres. Bono, James Brown and LeAnn Rimes lead the diverse group of artists joining the seventy-one-year-old crooner.

"I see this as my fireworks display," Boone says. "When I was a kid growing up in Nashville, my brother, two sisters and I would beg Daddy to take us out to the state fair to see the fireworks display at the end. We'd drive out at night, lie back on the car and look up at the night sky . . . If I can get on five different charts with five different types of music in one year, I'll feel like I made a mark."

The barrage began in March with American Glory, a record of patriotic anthems and military songs, and continues with the country-flavored Ready to Rock on July 12th, the gospel record Glory Train on August 9th, the ballads collection Hopeless Romantic on August 30th, and the R&B showcase We Are Family early next year.

Glory Train features "Thank You, Billy Graham," a star-studded tribute to the longtime evangelist, featuring an introduction from Bono, a spoken-word part from Larry King and artists like Rimes, Michael McDonald and Kenny Rogers trading verses.

Boone recruited Bono at a 2001 Grammy after-party following U2's win for "Beautiful Day." "I came up behind him and said, 'I think it's time Boone-o met Bono,'" Boone says. "And he said, 'We met before. Our group was just getting started and you were on tour in England. We were introduced to you, and you were very nice and encouraging. It meant a great deal to us, but I don't expect you to remember it.' Honestly, I did not remember -- but nobody knew his group at that time. When I asked if he'd be willing to participate in the Billy Graham tribute, he said in a flash, 'I will. I admire him greatly.'"

For the aptly titled We Are Family, Boone performs new versions of R&B classics alongside the original artists, such as Brown, the Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, Sister Sledge, and Kool and the Gang. Boone and producer Ollie Brown, a former drummer for Stevie Wonder, went to the artists' home cities to record the tracks, visiting Detroit, Houston, Phoenix, Miami and, of course, Augusta, Georgia, where the Godfather of Soul joined in on "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag."

"He agreed to do it, but he didn't know what it was going to sound like," Boone says of Brown. "So we brought the track in with us on ProTools and put it on. When it kicks off, he looks up and says, 'You got my groove. How did you get my groove?' And Ollie says, 'Mr. Brown, I learned to play drums by listening to your records. I got to where I could play every lick on every one of your records, and I didn't know until years later that you had two drummers.'"

After the album hits stores, Boone says he's going to hang up his mike. "I'm going to tip my hat and call it a day," he says. "My wife has been begging me for years: 'Please let us drift into some kind of private life, while we can still ambulate.'"
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Interesting...but horrible song.
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I watched the Bono part the other day, I skipped the Pat Boone part

I wonder if Bono has ever met Billy Graham, after all he's met practically every famous person in the world
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Yeah, it's not a great song, but I like Bono's tribute.

I bet he's met him.
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Ah Pat Boone. Does anyone remember when he put out a heavy metal album?
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Ah Pat Boone. Does anyone remember when he put out a heavy metal album?
My dad played snippets of that one day out of sheer curiosity. I heard them.

My reaction? ...

Anywho, yeah, this is quite interesting, indeed...Pat Boone...hmmm...

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I'm going to look some more because I'm curious, but I found this from Google

July 26, 2001
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"At a time when religion seems so often to get in the way of God's work, with its shopping mall sales pitch and its bumper sticker reductionism -- I give thanks just for the sanity of Billy Graham, for that clear, empathetic voice of his and that southern accent, and part poet, part preacher, the singer of the human spirit I'd say. Yeah, I give thanks to Billy Graham. Thank you, Billy Graham." - Bono, lead singer of U2, in a video on the [now defunct] Thank You Billy Graham website.
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I haven't read that part of the book Bono In Conversation yet

I don't know if this has ever been posted here, Steve Stockman's review of that book

http://www.stocki.ni.org/news/items/item-566.phtml

"Elsewhere there are stories of being blessed by Archbishop Tutu and Billy Graham."

I just realized-is that quote from 2001 the same one that's in the Pat Boone video? I can't even remember..
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Ah Pat Boone. Does anyone remember when he put out a heavy metal album?
I remember this quote from the Phoenix New Times album review:

"I don't know which is more repulsive: Boone making good black music bad or making bad white music worse."

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In the Conversations Book he talks about receiving a blessing from Billy Graham. I have also seen a picture of Bono with Franklin Graham at a Samaritan's Purse event for African orphans and a picture in the Billy Graham Association's newsletter of Bono reading Seamus Haney or one of his other favorites to Billy's wife. Those are the Graham-Bono related anecdotes that I can recall.
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I was just thinking about that picture the other day, I love it

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Not that it even matters, but that is the same Bono quote and video from 2001, the one that's on the Pat Boone thing
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I was just thinking about that picture the other day, I love it

Awww! How many rock stars would take time to read poetry to an old lady?
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I haven't read that part of the book Bono In Conversation yet

I don't know if this has ever been posted here, Steve Stockman's review of that book

http://www.stocki.ni.org/news/items/item-566.phtml

"Elsewhere there are stories of being blessed by Archbishop Tutu and Billy Graham."
That's an excellent review. I like the part at the end:

At the end maybe too influenced by Eugene Peterson whose paraphrase The Message Bono endorsed he says, “’Be silent, and know that I am God.’ That’s a favourite line from Scriptures. ‘Shut Up and Let Me Love You’ would be the pop song. It’s really what it means. If ever I needed to hear a comment, it might be that.”

Bono interprets Scripture like no one else.

It's also good, and interesting, to know that Adam is “the most spiritually centred of the band.”
Way to go, Adam!
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Bono is such a slut.

He'll show up on anybody's album.

Pat Boone


Come to think of it, he'll write a foreward to almost anybody's book.
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