HENRY DILTZ, AFP/Getty Images When Rhode Island's Newport Jazz Festival…
- Posted on Jun 18th 2011 2:50PM by Steve Baltin
Wendy Redfern, Redferns
Speaking of their longtime manager, Paul McGuiness, Bono said he had been at almost every U2 gig "but never been on a U2 stage. Without this man, things might have turned out a little differently."
To prove how different, Bono listed what all four band members alternate careers might be. According to the frontman, Adam Clayton would've been a handbag designer and Larry Mullen Jr. a highway patrolman in Dublin. As for he and the Edge, Bono had a bit of fun. He named himself a theater critic, perhaps in response to the reviews of 'Spider-Man: The Musical,' and the Edge, who was recently turned down by the city of Malibu in his bid to build mansions, would be a city planner.
Thankfully for both the band and its fans, McGuiness was on hand to alter music history, and for his 60th birthday, Bono finally got him into the spotlight. "For the first time ever on a U2 stage, Paul McGuiness," Bono said, leading the whole stadium in a sing-along of 'Happy Birthday.'