“There’s one love, and we get to share it,” in accordance to U2’s Bono within the lyrics to the band’s 1991 single, “One.” Sunday evening at CenturyLink Discipline in Seattle, Bono shared the love with a stadium stuffed with followers — and a pair giants of the enterprise and philanthropic neighborhood.
With guitarist The Edge taking part in the introduction to the track, Bono walked a platform into the middle of the group.
“Subsequent to my bandmates and my spouse, Ali, nobody has inspired me extra in my activism, subsequently our activism, than Bill and Melinda Gates,” Bono mentioned, in a nod to the Microsoft co-founder and his spouse. “I would like to give it up to them. Generally it’s luminous figures that gentle the way in which. However oftentimes, it’s social actions that paved the way.”
Bono and Bill Gates have been longtime companions within the ONE campaign within the struggle towards international poverty, starvation and preventable illness.
“We’ve got 8 million members within the ONE Marketing campaign, and that scares the shit out of politicians,” Bono mentioned. “Nothing scares the shit out of politicians greater than tens of millions of individuals getting organized. That’s the way it needs to be — the federal government ought to worry its residents, not the opposite approach round.”
Bono additionally thanked Starbucks and new CEO Kevin Johnson for contributing to RED, one other Bono-led initiative, aimed toward serving to individuals and companies be part of the struggle towards HIV. Starbucks has contributed greater than $14 million to the World Fund to assist finance HIV/AIDS prevention, schooling and remedy applications throughout an 8-year partnership with RED.
“Eighteen million lives saved, largely led by the American individuals, the American taxpayer, left and proper, each working collectively,” Bono mentioned of the struggle towards HIV. He mentioned the struggle isn’t just taking place in authorities, it’s additionally taking place in commerce, as he saluted the RED Zone at CenturyLink and “Starbucks for turning RED.”
Two and a half minutes later, the band launched into “One,” with Bono singing, “We get to carry one another, carry one another.”