BONO’S family are moving to New York for ‘up to a year’ to be close to him while he is on tour, friends of the singer said last night.
The U2 star’s wife, Ali Hewson, and the couple’s four children – Jordan, Memphis Eve, Elijah and John – are to relocate from the family’s palatial spread in Killiney, south Co. Dublin, to his €20m penthouse apartment in the Big Apple.
Arrangements are being made for the move to take place ‘within weeks’ and security at his home overlooking Killiney bay has been stepped up, with extra CCTV cameras being installed around the perimeter.
While the family is away, a team of security guards will live in the house – a mecca for fans from all over the world – full-time.
Some of the large team of bodyguards who shadow Bono – who also owns a massive mansion in the south of France – and his family are also due to travel to New York.
A friend of the singer said last night: ‘The plan is for his family to be near him during his forthcoming tour. It is going to be a lot easier for them to be with each other if they are on the other side of the Atlantic.
‘I don’t know what arrangements are being made as far as the younger children’s schooling in Ireland but I do know the plan is for them to be abroad, and based in New York, for possibly as long as a year.
‘It will be terrifically exciting for the children. They will get to go on tour with him, see gigs and, apart from anything else, they all love New York.’
The band – whose eagerly awaited 12th album, No Line On The Horizon, is about to be released – are expected to announce their tour dates in the coming weeks.
This will be their biggest tour yet, with gigs in a raft of stadiums around Europe pencilled in for this summer. Dates have yet to be confirmed but speculation is that there will be three dates in Croke Park in July.
There are plans for dates in Barcelona’s Nou Camp stadium in June and Stade de France in Paris, as well as capacity gigs in London, Manchester, Berlin and Amsterdam.
The band will then perform a series of concerts across North America – the first time they will have played stadiums there in 12 years. Despite the recession, each concert is expected to sell out within minutes of being announced.
Bono, who will write a regular column for the New York Times over the next year, bought his penthouse apartment at the San Remo building in 2003.
The landmark luxury co-operative apartment building is two blocks north of the Dakota building and is described by Glen Justice of the New York Times as ‘a dazzling two-tower building with captivating views of Central Park’.
Bono bought his 27th floor apartment from Apple tycoon Steve Jobs for a reported $15m.