U2 singer Bono spent time last week with African leaders in Philadelphia discussing third-world debt. "The debt issue appealed to me because it wasn't throwing pennies at the problem," Bono said Frida

U2 singer Bono spent time last week with African leaders in Philadelphia discussing third-world debt. "The debt issue appealed to me because it wasn't throwing pennies at the problem," Bono said Friday. "It was looking at the structure of the problem."

Bono, long active in economic and social issues around the globe, said debt forgiveness would give struggling countries a chance to succeed. He also plans to focus his attention on trade issues and AIDS. "I try to keep my rants to a minimum," Bono said. "I don't think they want a lecture when they go to a rock show."

The weeklong trade summit brought dozens of African finance and economic ministers, and a few heads-of-state, to Philadelphia.

U2's current slate of North American tour dates hits Austin, Texas, tonight (Nov. 5) and wraps Nov. 19 in Los Angeles. The group's latest single, "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of," is No. 12 on Billboard's Adult Top 40 Tracks chart this week.


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