Oprah Winfrey Arranges Bono Meet and Greet for Film Director Pal

Being friends with Oprah Winfrey sure has its perks, film director Ava DuVernay has learned.

DuVernay–a big U2 fan that named one of her films after their song, “I Will Follow”–got free tickets and a meet and greet arranged by Winfrey at a recent tour stop on the band’s “Songs of Experience” tour.

“My dear friend @ava LOOOVES Bono,” Winfrey shared on Instagram, captioning the video. “So as a Birthday, Christmas, Easter, Forever gift I surprised her with the help of [U2 manager Guy Oseary] with tickets to concert and meet and greet afterwards in Nashville! Sweet moment.”

DuVernay furthered telling the story on her own page, along with a pic of herself and Bono.

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“I have loved Bono and U2 since I was a girl,” she began. “I’ve been guarded and guided by their work in many moments of my life. I first learned about human rights and activism, not through Martin Luther Kingas he was blandly taught in school, but through the passion of Bono’s voice singing of the civil rights icon in the song PRIDE.”

She continued, “I named my first narrative film, I WILL FOLLOW, after their song that meant so much to me and my Aunt Denise…who first introduced me to their music. I played their song BAD on the day I buried her and it helped me lift my head as I drove to the funeral, like a balm for my wounded heart.”

After sharing her thoughts on her favorite U2 song, 1983’s “Drowning Man,” DuVernay praised Winfrey.

“My true thanks to all who made the moment possible, especially my friend @Oprah, who knows my heart and that this would make it shine and shimmer and sing,” she wrote. “It did. In more ways than I can express. It’s a beautiful day.”

I have loved Bono and U2 since I was a girl. I’ve been guarded and guided by their work in many moments of my life. I first learned about human rights and activism, not through Martin Luther King as he was blandly taught in school, but through the passion of Bono’s voice singing of the civil rights icon in the song PRIDE. I named my first narrative film, I WILL FOLLOW, after their song that meant so much to me and my Aunt Denise. She was the one who first introduced me to their music. I played their song BAD on the day I buried her and it helped me lift my head as I drove to the funeral, like a balm for my wounded heart. My favorite all-time song of U2 is DROWNING MAN. It’s not a hit song. It’s a heart song. And it lives in mine. In the song, Bono sings the words: “take my hand.” A moment before this picture was snapped, he reached over and took mine in his. I was breathless and speechless. He and Edge were everything a fan wishes their hero will be upon meeting them. Every single thing. My true thanks to all who made the moment possible, especially my friend @Oprah, who knows my heart and that this would make it shine and shimmer and sing. It did. In more ways than I can express. It’s a beautiful day. xo

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In other news, U2 recorded an acoustic version of the song, “Love is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way” at Jack White’s Third Man Records studio in Nashville. It will be released on vinyl “soon,” the band writes. Watch the recording below:

When you think you’re done, you’ve just begun…’ Down at Jack White’s @thirdmanrecords in Nashville, recording a live version of ‘Love is bigger than anything in its way…' Special limited edition vinyl coming soon. Thank you #Nashville#MusicCity #U2 #U2eiTour #U2SongsOfExperience

Posted by U2 on Sunday, May 27, 2018