Chris Evans and Ryan Tubridy share stories about Bono: 'I risked life and limb to get him a bottle of brandy from the US Navy'

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6 Sep 2023, 11:11

Ryan Tubridy talks to Chris Evans at Virgin Radio.

When Irish broadcasting legend Ryan Tubridy popped into the Chris Evans Breakfast Show with cinch for a chat, he and Chris shared some epic stories about U2 icon Bono.

Ryan’s glittering career has spanned over two decades, and until earlier this year he presented, “what was called the longest running chat show in the world, The Late Late Show,” he said.

Speaking about The Late Late Show, which is regarded as an Irish television institution, he explained: "Think of it as the TARDIS. I was the third Doctor, and did that for 14 years and did radio for another 20 years. Loved, loved, loved it, and then came over to London some years ago, met you,” he said to Chris. “Filled in for you a couple of mornings, filled in for whoever it was, Graham [Norton], Terry Wogan. When they were stuck for an Irish Lilt, they said, ‘Tubridy, get over here’!

When talk turned to the fact that Chris once gifted Ryan a very collectible Beatles concert ticket, the Irish TV and radio star spoke about a gift from another superstar. “On the last Late Late Show, I got a gift from… this is a real name drop… obviously U2 are Irish, they are a great band. And when the last couple of presenters finished their Late Late Show, they gave them a gift of, like a Harley Davidson or something. So Bono turned around and said, ‘Ryan, you're not a rocker, you're a mod’. Which is right.

"So they gifted me - there's only one I think -  a red electric Vespa that's arriving at my house tomorrow. A U2 Vespa, I am so excited!” 

He added: “So that's my boast for the day. Is that okay?” 

Taking this as a cue to regale Ryan with his own Bono-related story, Chris asked: “Have you ever approached a US aircraft carrier in a putt putt boat at 2am, asking for a bottle of brandy with Bono in France?”

Recalling the bonkers experience, Chris continued: “I risked life and limb to get him a bottle of brandy from the US Navy, and they didn't know who we were. We were banging on the hull of this aircraft carrier that towered over us like a city, let alone a building. 

“And we banged on the hull, this is a true story. And they lowered a gunboat, because they thought somebody was trying to attach a mine or an explosive to the hull of the boat! And they chased after us in a gunboat, and they realised it was Bono. And they went, ‘Oh, that's Bono. It's alright. What do you want? Brandy? Not now. Bar’s closed’.

On not having since received a gift from Bono, Chris joked: “Did all that… nothing when I left Radio 2, nothing when I left TFI Friday!” 

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