U2’s Bono Joins INXS for New Ballad?
Is that U2‘s Bono sitting in on vocals with INXS on ‘Tiny Summer,’ a new ballad from the Australian band that was recently posted on their website. After all, Bono was a close friend of Michael Hutchence, appearing on the late INXS singer’s solo album before his untimely death in 1997.
It does indeed sound a bit like the U2 singer, and INXS guitarist Andrew Farriss certainly (and purposefully?) confused the matter when he commented on the band’s website, “Recently at a party I met a fellow songwriter … an Irish bloke, and we sat around playing songs on acoustic guitars. Despite his funny accent, we then spent a few days songwriting and singing together … song magic was in the room again.”
Many fans — and even a radio station in Sydney — made the forgivable leap in assuming that it was indeed Bono, but turns out it’s not. The long-running U2 fansite ATU2.com reports, “We’ve contacted U2’s PR team for information … We are told by U2’s camp that it definitely is not Bono on this track.”
Regardless of who it is singing — and we’re not quite sure who it is — it is indeed a stunningly beautiful ballad worthy of a listen from U2 and INXS fans alike. Check it out, it’s streaming online here.