Sightings of U2 singer Bono in downtown LaGrange Tuesday excited a lot of fans who thought the sunglasses-wearing singer was the real deal, but the man actually is a well-known Bono impersonator.
The man’s appearance lead people to ask, “What is Bono doing in LaGrange?”
The alleged Bono, Pavel Sfera, confirmed that he is not the Irish singer. He arrived in LaGrange Monday night to visit his friends and business associates at The Branding Firm on North Lafayette Square.
Sfera was seen Tuesday afternoon at Mighty Joe’s Pizza on Lafayette Parkway dining on a slice of pizza.
“He just came in and ordered some food and didn’t even say who he was,” said Mighty Joe’s owner Laurie Cook. “I didn’t know who he was and all of the sudden people started taking pictures of him with their phones.”
Sfera even had a glass of beer with one customer, Cook said.
Sfera later was seen at the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce, the LaGrange Art Museum and strolling around Lafayette Square. He has appeared across the country, been on talk shows and newscasts, and hired to perform at different celebration events as Bono. He said that he never directly tells people that he is or isn’t Bono.
“I don’t say ‘yes,’ ever, that I’m Bono,” Sfera said. “I used to say ‘no’ and explain the whole story, and I’ve found that a great majority of the time it didn’t matter, and it started getting irritating, but I do have a lot of fun with this.”
For more details and to read a full report, check Thursday’s print edition.