Eugene Cho

dear bono: i admire your work but please stop blowing kisses at my wife

Minhee and I – representing One Day’s Wages – made our way to Vancouver, BC to soak in the U2 concert. We were there as guests of ONE and have very much enjoyed learning from them when we visited ONE’s headquarters over the summer in Washington DC and are excited about some possibilities of collaboration in the future.  For those that are don’t know much about ONE:

ONE is a grassroots campaign and advocacy organization backed by more than 2 million people who are committed to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. Cofounded by Bono and other campaigners, ONE is nonpartisan and works closely with African policy makers and activists.

Minhee’s never been to a stadium sized concert and I’ve only been to two in my life and the 2nd was couple months ago in Chicago when U2 kicked off their tour (nosebleed seats).

But wow. I don’t know if we’ll ever get these kind of backstage seats again in our lifetime. Hey, fighting extreme global poverty has some perks!

I really enjoy u2’s music and have even hosted a debate on this blog if they are the greatest band ever. I’m also a huge fan of BONO for the way he leverages his fame to be a voice for the voiceless but:

Dear Bono: I admire your work but please stop blowing kisses at my wife.

Minhee was screaming like a little teenager in my ear. But then again, maybe he was blowing kisses at me. Or maybe he saw our One Day’s Wages shirts and was simply, extending blessings and support.

Here are some pics:

And this video clip of Bono singing Amazing Grace…

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29 Responses

  1. Steven Harris says:

    Dear Bono I used to admire your work but your political views have recently taken a huge nose-dive. Can we have the old Bono back, please, the one who doesn’t vote with his wallet?
    http://doctorbeatnik.wordpress.com/

  2. Missa says:

    Dang, PE.. You’ve got some competition there.

  3. […] out Eugene Cho’s U2 concert coverage, including a little clip of Bono singing "Amazing Grace." It was […]

  4. Michael says:

    I am suprised he was blowing kisses at your wife, I thought he was in love with himself.

  5. Erick says:

    Where/when can I get a ODW t-shirt???

  6. Kacie says:

    I feel like everyone in the US has recently attended one of these concert. ‘cept me. Boooo. 😉

  7. cleo.szafir says:

    wow, so funny!!! but you have the reason ! (Y)

  8. donna says:

    I was at the Rose Bowl Concert and it was amazing. I think my favorite part of the whole concert was him singing Amazing Grace.

  9. Kyle Reed says:

    That was one of the best shows I have ever seen and I watched it on youtube. The moment when they sang One into Amazing Grace into Where the Streets Have No Name was bone chilling.
    “Luckily we do not believe in Luck, Grace Abounds”

  10. That’s the greatest blog title I’ve ever seen! Fantastic 😉

  11. alece says:

    that video was awesome!

    i got to see U2 in atlanta… with some friends who have some great connections. got to stand on stage prior to the show, sit on one of the band’s tour buses, and eat bono’s poptarts. booyah!

  12. bren says:

    Thank you for all you do. The energy must of been aaamazing!
    I got to see them in 3D movie theater concert and that rocked my world:)
    Praying for you and all our brother and sisters in need!

    Nehemiah 3

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  14. Eugene,
    Thank you for what you and Minhee and all at One Days Wages are doing (Smart concept for a donation). As you say on your ODW site what you are doing is not unique but once we all get together be it by joining an organization or creating one or bringing food to someone in need a huge bite can be taken out of poverty and more people will enjoy the healthy and happy lives we are blessed with.

    David
    http://www.TheWonderTechnique.com

    p.s. I enjoyed the U2 concert in France this year Spectacular.

  15. danderson says:

    I think about Rich Mullins — my favorite Christian artist — and how he would have firmly rejected the idolatry that so many people seem to express toward Bono. I think it’s a product of our culture how even Christians can put certain people up on pedestals. I

  16. Pat says:

    GREAT video and pics, Eugene!

    It was fun running into you last night. It looks like you enjoyed the show as much as we did.

  17. Leah says:

    Wow…if you took those videos yourself I am SO JEALOUS of your seats!

  18. Oliver says:

    Holy canole, I ❤ irony; its so hard to come by…

    TY, danderson! 🙂

  19. […] guest of the band, like some people… check out the amazing pictures and videos that my pastor took when he and his wife went to the concert in Vancouver a few days ago…  I can’t […]

  20. paulettejackson says:

    “Magnificent” !

    Paulette Jackson
    facetsofcounseling.wordpress.com

  21. […] video posted above was taken by Eugene Cho, who was sitting a lot closer than I was, but it is a good “inside” view of what I […]

  22. Aaron says:

    Eugene,
    it was amazing huh? I got to go last weekend when they came to Pasadena at the Rose Bowl…absolutely insane. I would love to talk and look into the possibility of bringing ODW to Fuller’s missions fair in the spring.

  23. […] this past week. I’ve always enjoyed their music but I became a fan this week – even despite Bono blowing kisses at my wife. […]

  24. […] dear bono: i admire your work but please stop blowing kisses at my wife // Minhee and I got to go to the U2 concert in Vancouver, BC and found out when we got there that we had some of the greatest seats – close enough that Bono the Jerk blew a kiss at my wife. I have video proof. Possibly related posts: (automatically generated)Top 10 Posts of 2009: Wilderside New Year’s CountdownReaders’ Top ChoicesThe Top 25 Posts at Borderstan in 2009 […]

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  26. jeff e. says:

    eugene-glad you got to the “circle of trust” – its a whole different experience in there…

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Back safely from Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan. Thanks for your prayers. 
I have numerous stories to share but for now, the following came up in every conversation with Iraqi/Syrian refugees:

1 Have tea with us. Or coffee. Or juice. Or something with lots of sugar in it. Or better yet, all of the above.
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3 We hate ISIS. 
4 We just want to go home.
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Please don't forget them... Father, please bless and protect these Iraqi and Syrian "refugee" children that have already endured so much. Protect their hearts and mind from unfathomable trauma. Plant seeds of hope and vision in their lives. And as we pray for them, teach us how to advocate for them. Amen. "We don't call them refugees. We call them relatives. We don't call them camps but centers. Dignity is so important." -  local Iraqi priest whose church has welcomed many "relatives" to their church's property

It's always a privilege to be invited into peoples' home for tea - even if it's a temporary tent. This is an extended Yezidi family that fled the Mosul, Iraq area because of ISIS. It's indeed true that Christians were targeted by ISIS and thatbstory muat be shared but other minority groups like the Yezidis were also targeted. Some of their heartbreaking stories included the kidnapping of their sister. They shared that their father passed away shortly of a "broken heart." The conversation was emotional but afterwards, we asked each other for permission to take photos. Once the selfies came out, the real smiles came out.

So friends: Pray for Iraq. Pray for the persecuted Church. Pray for Christians, minority groups like the Yezidis who fear they will e completely wiped out in the Middle East,, and Muslims alike who are all suffering under ISIS. Friends: I'm traveling in the Middle East this week - Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan. (Make sure you follow my pics/stories on IG stories). Specifically, I'm here representing @onedayswages to meet, learn, and listen to pastors, local leaders, NGOs, and of course directly from refugees from within these countries - including many from Syria.

For security purposes, I haven't been able to share at all but I'm now able to start sharing some photos and stories. For now, I'll be sharing numerous photos through my IG stories and will be sharing some longer written pieces in couple months when ODW launches another wave of partnerships to come alongside refugees in these areas. Four of us are traveling together also for the purpose of creating a short documentary that we hope to release early next year.

While I'm on my church sabbatical, it's truly a privilege to be able to come to these countries and to meet local pastors and indigenous leaders that tirelessly pursue peace and justice, and to hear directly from refugees. I've read so many various articles and pieces over the years and I thought I was prepared but it has been jarring, heartbreaking,  and gut wrenching. In the midst of such chaos, there's hope but there's also a lot of questions, too.

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