You may think you know everything when it comes to The Beatles, but even the biggest Beatles fan doesn’t know this story. Not even Bono.
In a recent interview with Esquire magazine for his new movie Elysium, actor Matt Damon told a fantastic story about Bono’s meeting with Paul McCartney.
As the story goes, Bono went to Liverpool to meet with Paul McCartney, who literally picked the U2 frontman himself from the airport. McCartney then gave Bono a personal tour of Liverpool, where he pointed out the exact spot where he and John Lennon first decided to become music partners.
Damon tells Esquire the full story below:
Bono’s “like, a student of the Beatles. He’s read every book on the Beatles. He’s seen every bit of film. There’s nothing he doesn’t know. So when Paul stops and says ‘That’s where it happened,’ Bono’s like, ‘That’s where what happened?’ because he thinks he knows everything. And Paul says, ‘That’s where the Beatles started. That’s where John gave me half his chocolate bar.’ And now Bono’s like, ‘What chocolate bar? I’ve never heard of any chocolate bar.’ And Paul says, ‘John had a chocolate bar, and he shared it with me. And he didn’t give me some of his chocolate bar. He didn’t give me a square of his chocolate bar. He didn’t give me a quarter of his chocolate bar. He gave me half of his chocolate bar. And that’s why the Beatles started right there.’ Isn’t that fantastic? It’s the most important story about the Beatles, and it’s in none of the books! And Paul tells it to Bono. Because he knows how much Bono loves the Beatles.”
Pretty incredible, isn’t it? Read Matt Damon’s full Esquire interview here.