Bono turns up on old Orbison demo

Roy Orbison’s Mystery Girl is being rereleased with bonus material in celebration of the album’s 25th anniversary. Orbison died of a heart attack just days after finishing studio work on this highly-praised record, so the celebration is even more meaningful.

One of the anniversary package’s bonus features includes a previously unreleased demo of Orbison working on the critically-acclaimed “She’s A Mystery To Me,” a song written for him by Bono and The Edge while on the Joshua Tree tour.

Bono can clearly be heard giving instructions to Orbison and percussionist Jim Keltner on this 1987 recording, recently released through SoundCloud.

This time, Jim, I’ll give you the eyes to hit those crash [symbols] on the dum, dum, da-dum….

Wouldn’t you love to have Bono give you “the eyes”?!

It’s really wonderful to hear Orbison and Bono together.

Roy Orbison with Bono, “She’s A Mystery To Me”

The source article from Guitar Aficionado is here.

2 Responses to Bono turns up on old Orbison demo

  1. moshepop May 9, 2014 at 6:09 am #


  2. edjuwarta May 18, 2014 at 9:24 am #

    Thank you…not many people realizes this song is written by Bono and Edge for Roy.

    Bittersweet love song…..this is one of my favorite. Hope U2 will revisit this song one day and do justice for it with a proper recording.

    Their under the Brooklyn Bridge performance of this song is one of the most enjoyable one…ever.