March 3, 2006
Bono pays homage to ‘new Argentina’
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (Reuters) - Rock star Bono wound up
the Latin America leg of U2's Vertigo tour with a message of
optimism for crisis-wracked Argentina.
"Argentines have gone through difficult times, but these
have been overcome by a new Argentina," he said in Spanish, to
the 60,000-strong crowd at River Plate stadium on Thursday.
the Argentine flag, compared the country to Ireland, where
famine and poverty forced millions into emigration.
But Bono's key message for Argentina -- now on a rebound
from the 2001-02 economic crisis -- was to look to the future.
"Our pasts will not prevent us from making a better future
for ourselves," said the singer, known for his work promoting
human rights and debt relief.
Bono also sang "Mothers of the Disappeared" in a homage to
the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo, who denounced the disappearance
of tens of thousands during Argentina's 1976-83 military
regime. Several of the elderly mothers were at the concert.
He partied afterwards with soccer legend Diego Maradona.