Slaves confuse Bono on debut ‘Jools Holland’ performance

Band say U2 frontman wasn't impressed with their attempt at humour

Slaves have revealed details of their awkward encounter with U2 singer Bono during their debut appearance on Later… With Jools Holland.

Both bands appeared on the TV show yesterday evening (October 21) along with fellow guests Zola Jesus and Sam Smith. Writing on Facebook today, a member of Slaves revealed that they had tried to strike up a rapport with Bono only for their attempt at humour to fall flat with the frontman.

“Bono came up to me after our performance yesterday, he shook my hand and said ‘You were great in there man'”, they wrote. “And without thinking I just responded saying “Cheers mate U2.” Realising what I’d just done I began to laugh. Bono didn’t laugh. Bono walked away. Might as well just give up now. Cheers xxx.”

An extended version of Later… will air on BBC2 on Friday (October 24). Earlier this week ‘Songs Of Innocence’ charted at Number Six on the Official UK Albums Chart this week following its ‘free’ release on iTunes in September. The album was released physically on October 13 and was chart-eligible for the first time when the Official Album Chart was announced on October 19.

Last week, it was reported that just five per cent of iTunes subscribers – 26 million people – downloaded the album Apple placed on their customers’ devices on September 9. Although the figure is a small percentage of iTunes’ 500 million customers, it would still make ‘Songs Of Innocence’ rank in the Top 40 best-selling albums of all-time, in joint 32nd place alongside Britney Spears’ 1999 album ‘…Baby One More Time’.

You can see footage of Slaves performing on Later…, meanwhile, by clicking at the bottom of the page.