Rock stars usually arrive with a bang. But when Bono and The Edge decided to visit our new exhibition about the story of U2, they turned up unannounced – and we failed to recognize the stars!
Bono and The Edge – arguably the two most famous Dubliners alive today – made their way up to the third floor of the museum to visit a new exhibition that celebrates the success of the band over the last four decades.
The exhibition has drawn record crowds to the Little Museum, and it’s thought that the stars may have been confused for particularly eager fans.
Bono and the Edge visited the museum over Christmas, but it was only last week that their autographs were discovered in our visitors book. The signatures were then authenticated by Professor Scott Calhoun, an expert on the band and one of the curators of our exhibition.
“Awesome!” is Bono’s verdict on the exhibition, which features never-seen photography, a Trabant designed by Maser, many rare recordings and a life-size statue of, eh, Bono.
According to our director Trevor White, “We’d like to say everyone was too cool to acknowledge the presence of Bono and the Edge. The truth is that we didn't recognize them. They must have come the morning after our Christmas party.”
“It wasn’t the welcome we were hoping to give them,” says museum curator Simon O’Connor, “but at least they liked the exhibition.” U2: Made in Dublin remains on view at the Little Museum of Dublin.