Watch Bono Perform a Special Version of “With Or Without You” on ‘Colbert’; U2 Front Man’s New Memoir Out Now

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U2 front man Bono is busy these days getting the word out about Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story, his new memoir that was published on Nov. 1.

Out on a special speaking engagement book tour, Bono stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert recently to talk about the book and treat audiences to a special performance of the U2 classic “With Or Without You,” which first surfaced on the band’s classic 1987 album The Joshua Tree (click here to pick up a copy of the 30th anniversary edition).

For this moving performance, Bono injected spoken-word verses from the book.

Take a look:

Bono’s book tour, which runs through the end of the month, promises  “an evening of words, music & some mischief as he brings the stories of his life – live & in person – to 14 cities across North America and Europe.”

The remaining schedule:

Nov 9 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
Nov 12 San Francisco, CA Orpheum Theatre
Nov 13 Los Angeles, CA The Orpheum Theatre
Nov 16 London, England The London Palladium
Nov 17 Glasgow, Scotland Sec Armadillo
Nov 19 Manchester, UK O2 Apollo Manchester
Nov 21 Dublin, IE 3Olympia Theatre
Nov 23 Berlin, DE Admiralspalast
Nov 25 Paris, FR Le Grand Rex
Nov 28 Madrid, ES Teatro Coliseum

Said Bono a statement:

“When I started to write this book, I was hoping to draw in detail what I’d previously only sketched in songs. The people, places, and possibilities in my life. Surrender is a word freighted with meaning for me. Growing up in Ireland in the seventies with my fists up (musically speaking), it was not a natural concept. A word I only circled until I gathered my thoughts for the book. I am still grappling with this most humbling of commands. In the band, in my marriage, in my faith, in my life as an activist. Surrender is the story of one pilgrim’s lack of progress. . . With a fair amount of fun along the way.”

The memoir draws its title from its 40 chapters, each of which are named after a U2 song. Bono has also put together 40 drawings that will appear throughout the book.

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