'I've been working for Nelson Mandela since I was about 18 years old. and Mandela says... poverty is not a natural condition. It is man made. This is your chance to eradicate it... I've always been on the justice kick rather than a charity one. '
Bono is the guest of The Charlie Rose Show tonight and highlights have aired on CBS This Morning. As well as talking about his political work and the role of the US in fighting global poverty, he reflects on how music changed him and on songwriting, his 'drug of choice.'
'Songs are everything really to us in the band. People say that your songs, they're like your children. No, they're like your parents. Really, they tell you what to do, they tell you how to behave, they tell you how to misbehave, how to dress. Everything you do is directed by the songs. '
UPDATE: Watch the entire interview here. (new full length clip)
It looks like we will have to do our Tonight Show residency another time - we're one man down. Bono has injured his arm in a cycling spill in Central Park and requires some surgery to repair it. We're sure he'll make a full recovery soon, so we'll be back! Much thanks to Jimmy Fallon and everyone at the show for their understanding.