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U2's Bono puts family first

Bono: Dedicated song to his father
Bono: Dedicated song to his father  

LONDON, England -- Bono, lead singer of the Irish rock group U2, has been flying back to Dublin every night after the band's current concerts to be with his father, who has cancer.

The singer dedicated the song "Kite" from the group's latest album to his father, Bob Hewson, at their weekend concert in London.

The song was originally written for his children, but Bono told Reuters it now feels "like my father wrote it about me. It's funny how things work out."

After the show, Bono used the band's private jet to fly back to Dublin to be at his bedside.

Another new song, "In a Little While," was played in memory of Joey Ramone, lead singer of New York punk group The Ramones who died from cancer while listening to the song. Bono said they were a huge influence on U2.

"We wouldn't be here if it wasn't for them," he said. "This was a good song, now it's been made great because of him."

At Saturday's show, "Sunday Bloody Sunday" was dedicated to the people of Omagh, the town in Northern Ireland where 29 people died in a car bomb explosion in 1998.

London is the latest stop of the Elevation 2001 Tour. The band will finish the European leg of the tour with two shows at Slane Castle in Ireland.

• U2 - official site

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