Songs of Iris

artist: Kelly Eddington

For Mother’s Day, I collaborated with artist Kelly Eddington to reflect on the importance of Bono’s mother, Iris, to both the Innocence + Experience and the Experience + Innocence tours. The entire story is up on atU2.com’s site here. This is an excerpt….

U2 fans have long been interested in Bono’s childhood, especially regarding the death of his mother. As I listened to the lead singer both celebrate and lament her at recent concerts in San Jose, California, I was struck again by the shaping power she has had on him, and by extension, the entire band.

Iris Rankin married Bob Hewson in 1950. It was a scandalous event — she was a Protestant, he was a Catholic, an unthinkable union in highly sectarian Ireland. Bono has said on both the Innocence + Experience and the Experience + Innocence tours that he has very few memories of his mother. The one he can’t escape, however, was Iris’ collapse at the graveside of her own father when Bono was 14 years old.

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