Bono was ‘beaten up by Orangemen’ as a kid - if you can believe Bon Jovi
US singer delivers Irish history remix as he contrasts his upbringing with U2 frontman
Jon Bon Jovi photographed at the RDS in Dublin in 2011. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times
In his early childhood, Bono was subjected to threats of violence from Orangemen marauding through his Dublin neighbourhood - at least if you believe a brief history of rock legends according to Jon Bon Jovi.
The singer from the eponymous New Jersey band paints a rather colourful, if entirely fanciful, portrait of his Irish peer. But then, growing up in a quiet north Dublin suburb just wouldn’t be very rock and roll, would it?
In an interview on the US-based Armchair Expert podcast, Bon Jovi briefly discusses topical song writing in the context of his comparatively humble upbringing, devoid of the kind of lingering sectarian threat that overhung the U2 front man.
“Bono is probably right at my age, he’s a couple of months older I think. His upbringing was obviously very different than mine,” he said.
“I never had the Orangemen walking through my neighbourhood saying, you know, get the Catholic kid and beat him up.
“You know I didn’t have any of that kind of turmoil in suburban New Jersey when you had a wonderful middle class upbringing with two hard working parents. So of course you’re writing the happy anthemic song.”
The celebratory marching season between April and August, peaking on July 12th, sees Orangemen march in locations across Northern Ireland to commemorate William’s victory.