Bono gave Jake Shears advice

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 27 October 2012


U2 frontman Bono gave Jake Shears advice on being a rock star and told him it was important for him to stay grounded

Bono gave Jake Shears advice on being a rock star.

The Scissor Sisters frontman thought it was "surreal" when he met the U2 rocker at a gig and he proceeded to lecture him on staying grounded in the music industry.

Jake said: "He did! He came to see us play New York's Museum of Modern Art. There was this art installation, a completely white room with no ceiling so you saw blue sky above you, and my mom, boyfriend and some friends were there.

"Bono gave me the speech about not losing your way, keeping focused and staying grounded. It was one of the most surreal moments of my life!"

The 'Laura' hitmaker said he only realised just how famous he really is when he heard his entourage was protecting him from a violent stalker.

Jake revealed to Time Out magazine: "I travel with my trainer, and he'd fuck anyone up if they laid a finger on me. There was a weird moment when we were playing The 02 and I had three bodyguards sleeping on either side of my hotel room. I was like, 'Wow, I guess I'm really famous!'

"Afterwards I found out someone had been sending letters saying that they were going to shoot me."

However, Jake is no diva and says he hasn't let the band's success go to his head and would never spend money on lavish gadgets like a helicopter.

The singer added: " If I had that kind of money, I'd hire 100 go-go dancers. Or throw a house party: get a smoke machine, some lasers, a decent DJ and have a good time!"


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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