Disney Branded Television President Ayo Davis made the announcement today, revealing a first-look teaser of the docu-special during her TCA remarks. “Bono & The Edge: A Sort of Homecoming, with Dave Letterman,” from Disney Branded Television, will premiere worldwide on Disney+ on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, to coincide with U2’s highly anticipated album “Songs Of Surrender” – a collection of 40 groundbreaking U2 tracks from across the band’s catalog, re-recorded and re-imagined. The docu-special is the latest Disney+ music specials from Disney Branded Television, including last year’s hugely successful “Elton John Live: Farewell From Dodger Stadium” and the critically acclaimed “Encanto at the Hollywood Bowl”, both currently streaming on Disney+.
From Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Documentaries, Neville’s Tremolo Productions, and Dave Letterman’s Worldwide Pants, “Bono & The Edge: A Sort of Homecoming, with Dave Letterman” is part concert movie, part travel adventure plus lots and lots of Bono and The Edge, featuring the Dave’s humor.
In addition to the concert performance itself, the docu-special will focus on the extraordinary relationship between Bono and The Edge and how it has evolved over more than 45 years of close friendship and one of the most remarkable songwriting partnerships in rock history. n’ roll, plus document Dublin through Dave’s eyes as he experiences Bono and the hometown of The Edge for the first time.
“Bono and The Edge are the power behind one of the most prolific and influential acts in rock and roll history, and we are honored to bring this truly intimate look at their beginnings, friendship and creative process to a global audience on bring Disney+. Davis said.
“Recently I won a radio contest,” said Letterman. “Winner gets to visit Dublin with Bono and The Edge (radio contest part not true, but I feel like a winner). They showed me around, introduced me to their musician friends, and performed some of their best songs in a small theater. It’s a great tour. Please contact them – I was told there is still availability. I am the happiest man on earth. (There are no availability).”
Letterman, who accepted an invitation from the two U2 bandmates to join them in Dublin for his first-ever visit to Ireland, has been in a 25-year relationship with U2 but had previously only spent time with the Bono and The Edge in the USA. as their honored guest at an intimate concert performance at a local landmark, the former Ambassador Cinema building at the top of O’Connell Street on Dublin’s north side, Dave embarks on his own exploration of the city. He visits the legendary Forty Foot swimming spot on a freezing morning and rides the DART commuter train north of Co. Wicklow. Letterman also inspired a brand new U2 song written by The Edge and Bono and narrowly escapes performing at the legendary McDaid’s pub off Grafton Street with an equally legendary group of artists and musicians including Bono, The Edge, Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová, Imelda May, Loah, Saint Sister, Grian Chatten of Fontaines DC and Dermot Kennedy, whose voice Bono describes as a ‘sonic boom’.
“I fell in love with U2 and David Letterman at about the same time, sometime around my sophomore year of high school,” says director Morgan Neville. “For us all to come together in Ireland decades later to make this show was an unlikely dream that somehow came to life.”
“I had an incredible dream that I was in the magical city of Dublin with Bono, The Edge and David Letterman,” said producer Justin Wilkes. “And if Morgan hadn’t captured it all beautifully on film, I still wouldn’t believe it really happened.”
The film was shot on location in New York and Los Angeles and of course in Dublin, Ireland.