Florence Welch got music lessons from Bono

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 24 October 2011
Florence Welch

Florence Welch

Florence Welch has revealed Bono showed her how to perform properly in high heels when she toured with U2

U2 frontman Bono gave Florence Welch advice on how to perform in high heels.

The Florence and the Machine singer revealed the diminutive Irishman was happy to help her when she supported the band on their US tour earlier this year and even advised her on how to stand on stage in her skyscraper heels.

She said: "Bono was great. He gave me advice on how to perform even when I'm wearing huge high heeled shoes. He told me how to keep my feet on the spot and use my arms."

Florence also revealed the gruelling U2 tour taught her that it was best to give up alcohol while on a string of concert dates because her voice could no longer cope.

She explained: "I have stopped drinking on tour. I feel a bit more responsibility for my body and for the fans who come to see us.

"When we toured with U2 it was such a gruelling schedule. I had shows every day and I can't do that with a hangover. So I've been good to myself.

"When I'm living in London or out with friends it's quite easy to let your hair down and go out partying but when it came to the tour, I thought I had my fun.

"This is the best job in the world and I don't want to spoil it."

Florence + the Machine

Lusty vocalist with a fine line in stage gear and one of the most distinctive voices in pop.

Brighton Centre

Sun 25 Nov

£45–£55 / 0844 847 1515

First Direct Arena, Leeds

Thu 15 Nov

£37.40–£57.40 / 0844 248 1585

Genting Arena, Birmingham

Fri 16 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 338 8000

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The legendary Irish rock group – comprised of Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr – perform a number of shows as part of the eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour.

Manchester Arena

Fri 19 Oct

£35–£190 / 0844 847 8000

Sat 20 Oct

£35–£190 / 0844 847 8000

The O2 Arena, London SE10

Tue 23 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 856 0202

Wed 24 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 856 0202

The SSE Arena, Belfast

Sat 27 Oct

£38–£185 / 028 9073 9074

Sun 28 Oct

£38–£185 / 028 9073 9074

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