From the archive: Killing Bono book review and film comparison.

First published: 11/04/2013

Killing Bono reveals the story of Neil McCormick who lives his life as Bono’s doppelgänger. Growing up in Ireland alongside his classmates, U2, he has desired the fame and fortune that comes with living life on the silver screen. However, while U2 are going up and up, Neil’s attempt of a career fails. No matter how hard he tries to become the biggest selling rock artist the world has seen, he ends up being knocked down after each attempt to make it.

Neil McCormick’s story is hilarious and as the Daily Telegraph put it, “envy may be a sin, but it is a godsend for drama.” You don’t need to be a fan of U2 to enjoy this book, anyone can pick it up and be able to connect to Neil. It also gives great advice to people who want to make it in the music industry – that it is not an easy sail and shows how bitter it can be. You will connect with Neil, despite his upfront personality, and you will want to cry and laugh with him through his struggles in life. Introduce yourself to the land of sex, drugs and rock&roll and take an adventure through the past three decades.

In 2011, Killing Bono was released as a film starring Ben Barnes and Robert Sheehan. For entertainment purposes, it does not necessarily follow the storyline of the book, but it is loosely connected. It would be hard trying to fit the whole story in a 2 hour film. The film Killing Bono is a great comedy and has a brilliant cast of actors playing the real life people in Neil’s story. I recommend both the film and the book for any music fans.