The new U2 album should come in June. So says Bono, to me, at the Weinstein Company party following the Golden Globes. Bono and U2 won the Globe for their song “Ordinary Love” from the movie “Mandela.” The group held court on a platform of couches, entertaining friends including Usher on Sunday night before taking off to an after party said to be at 1Oak on Sunset Boulevard.
The group had just played at Sean Penn’s Haiti fundraiser on Saturday night with a young Haitian singer named Anaelle Jean-Pierre. I sat with Bono at the Weinstein party and praised him for his passion about politics, Mandela, Africa, etc.
“We’re persistent, I’ll say that,” he replied with a rueful chuckle. “I don’t think we’re the only ones who care. I think lots of people do. They just don’t have the opportunity.”
Bono told me the group was busy finishing the new album. “We’re still working some things out,” he said. In the meantime, they will release a new single in the next few weeks. It’s called– and this is exclusive– “Invisible.” “It’s not what you expect,” Bono told me. “It’s not your typical love song.”
The guys were joined by Guy Oseary, their new day to day manager, who seems like he’s doing a bang up job. Oseary is almost as tireless and tenacious as Bono, Edge, Larry and Adam. They’re a good match.
Also at the hot hot hot Weinstein party: Christoph Waltz, Bruce Dern, Laura Dern, Idris Elba, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Rashida Jones, Taylor Swift, Bradley Cooper and the newly engaged Robin Wright (ex Penn) and Ben Foster. Robin showed me her engagement ring– tasteful, elegant– and her much deserved Golden Globe for “House of Cards.” “Will you hold onto it for me, it’s heavy,” Robin asked me. Ben said he was so happy for his fiancee “my heart is jumping out of me.” He thumped his chest.
by Roger Friedman