"Rick Rubin has a larger looming presence on this album than his 'thank you' deserves. He asked 'Why can't more people cover U2 songs?' And it's because, with all the great sounds and arrangements, you can forget that there isn't a song there."
- Bono on Rubin's influence on Songs of Innocence
Bono received an Honorary Knighthood from the Queen of England (March 2007) and a France's Legion D'Honneur, presented by President Jacques Chirac (2003) for his humanitarian work.