LOS ANGELES, CA Friday Sep.7.2007 /netmusiccountdown.com/ -- U2's Bono has written a small tribute to the late opera singer Luciano Pavarotti on the band's website.

Bono begins by writing, "Some can sing opera, Luciano Pavarotti was an opera.

No one could inhabit those acrobatic melodies and words like him. He lived the songs, his opera was a great mash of joy and sadness; surreal and earthy at the same time; a great volcano of a man who sang fire but spilled over with a love of life in all its complexity, a great and generous friend."

Bono continued to praise their friend "The Pavlova":

"Intellectually curious, couldn't stick to his own generation - loved new ideas, new people, new song forms.

A sexy man whose life lit up again when he fell in love with Nicoletta and as he watched Alice play in the yard. He loved all his daughters so much.
The sadness of losing his only boy his only silence.

I spoke to him last week... the voice that was louder than any rock band was a whisper. Still he communicated his love. Full of love.

That's what people don't understand about Luciano Pavarotti. Even when the voice was dimmed in power, his interpretive skills left him a giant among a few tall men."

Bono

You can read Bono's moving letter in its entirety on www.U2.com.



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