U2’s Bono and The Edge spoke out about being in a band together for the past 40 years as they appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” for the first time ever on Tuesday.
The duo, who have been making music with one another since high school, insisted the group felt “more like a family than a band” as they chatted to DeGeneres about everything from starting out to celebrating women on their latest tour.
When asked about how they all get along, Bono insisted U2 are like “a dysfunctional family.”
As DeGeneres then questioned the pair on what drove other band members crazy, The Edge explained: “Early on definitely, your lunch was not safe. Bono never had lunch, he’d borrow from other people’s.”
This then led Bono to say, “I was a bit of a stray dog, my mother died as a kid, [I was] just a scavenger. It’s no joke to say it, nothing drives me crazy about them in any real sense because genuinely they kind of saved my life.
“I really felt as a teenger, I had no reason to exist, until I found them. And they also supplied food and refreshments,” he continued to joke.
The musical duo later got the audience involved in a sing-a-long to celebrate the women of the world, with Bono explaining of his Poverty Is Sexist campaign: “There’s 130 million girls in the world who don’t go to school because they’re girls, and it’s not acceptable.”
Tuesday’s appearance also saw Bono and The Edge become DeGeneres’ assistants for one day only, with the show airing the first of a two-part skit during Wednesday’s episode.
As DeGeneres told them her usual staff member couldn’t come into work that day, Bono insisted: “It feels good to be useful,” as she read out a list of demands.
After the musicians had struggled to order her soup before taking the Starbucks orders, DeGeneres complained: “You know, you don’t really appreciate your assistant until they’re gone. Let’s call it what it is, great musicians, horrible assistants.”
Watch Bono and The Edge belt out an acoustic version of their smash hit “Vertigo” in the clip below: