U2 frontman Bono is hoping to generate more celebrity interest in his fight against AIDS in Africa - so one of the stars can take over the campaign from him.

The Irish rocker admits that while he's still passionate about the cause, he'd like a celebrity counterparts to replace him as the chief spokesperson in the fight to get more funding to battle the disease.

He says, "I really hope you won't have to listen to me doing this for very long. I hope other people will take it over, like Ashley Judd, an incredibly elegant spokeswoman, brilliant actress.

"And CHRIS TUCKER - he has been to Africa four times. African Americans are really getting interested. SEAN 'P DIDDY' COMBS comes up to me: 'You want me to do anything for you, say anything that you can't?' I appreciate that.

"TIGER WOODS said, 'If there's anything I can do, I want to be part of this.' So hopefully, they will take up where I left off.

"I keep expecting people to say, 'Aren't you Irish?' and 'Would you mind just going home?'"

17/09/2003 09:18