Given what The Edge said about bandmate Bono during an interview with KROQ’s Kevin & Bean, it makes perfect sense that it would be the Times of Israel that would eventually get to the bottom of it.
First off, in case you missed, here – per The Blaze – is what The Edge told the FM duo while discussing Bono’s very serious recent Central Park bicycling accident:
“It was a Sunday, a lot of people in the park and he just wasn’t paying enough attention,” said The Edge. “He was going fast down a bit of a hill and somebody came out onto the cycle way, he swerved to avoid them and just went straight over the bars.”
So how, Kevin asked, did no one snap a photo? Simple: “You know, when Bono goes cycling he likes to dress up as a Hasidic Jew.”
If you listen to the audio, and the reaction laughter, it’s clear that The Edge’s bit of deadpan did not fool any of the KROQ gang. Nevertheless, the shared celebrity-in-disguise detail made its way around the Internet, with Gawker for example throwing an “Apparently” into their headline, while Page Six correctly figured that The Edge was joking.
Kudos to the Israeli newspaper’s editors for framing their clarification headline with the tag ‘Mysterious Ways.’ And that headline is also pretty fantastic. It reads: “U2’s Bono is Not a Hasid Impersonator.”