Bono Bono
Irish singer, songwriter
Bono Bono
Paul David Hewson, best known by his stage name Bono, is an Irish singer, musician, and humanitarian best known for being the main vocalist of the Dublin-based rock band U2. Bono was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, and attended Mount Temple Comprehensive School where he met his future wife, Alison Stewart, and the future members of U2. Bono writes almost all U2 lyrics, often using political, social, and religious themes.
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Bono Praises Anti-AIDS Work Of Mike Pence, Who Caused An HIV Outbreak
Huffington Post - 3 days
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Still Showing Her Sexy Sadie Side, Dana Fuchs Sets the Stage to Rise and Shine
Huffington Post - 23 days
Whatever happened to Sexy Sadie? Embodied by Dana Fuchs, she's alive and well and ready to knock your socks off -- if you let her. "I would love people to know that I'm first and foremost a songwriter, a singer, and it's very much like that Sadie character," Fuchs said from her Harlem apartment near the end of an hourlong phone conversation in late January while expecting some terrible weather to hit New York City. "But of course, it's my own music," she added, a bad cold making her deep voice sound even lower and sexier. "It's that kind of raw, rocking, soulful music, and I would love people to know that Sadie is Dana Fuchs, who is living as a musician." It's been 10 years since Fuchs (pronounced Fyooks) made her motion picture mark as Sadie, a powerful blues singer, very hip chick and Earth Mother in Across the Universe. Julie Taymor's wonderfully innovative and inexcusably ignored movie set in the 1960s was filled with teen romance, wild imagery and incredibly inventi ...
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Sophie Turner Hilariously Reveals Maisie Williams' Most Embarrassing Moment
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Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams are the definition of friendship goals. Whether they’re coordinating Halloween costumes or fixing each other’s trains on the red carpet, we can’t get enough of the Stark sisters.  Like any two best friends, Williams and Turner have quite the arsenal of embarrassing stories about each other. Luckily for us, Turner decided to spill a hilarious secret about Williams on the radio. Williams was chatting with BBC Radio 1 when host Nick Grimshaw revealed that he had been messaging Turner behind Williams’ back. Turner had instructed Grimshaw to ask Williams about Bono on the air. This was Williams’ reaction:  Williams explained that she and Turner had been lucky enough to meet Bono backstage at a U2 concert. Not wanting to seem like too much of a fangirl, Williams played it cool. So cool, in fact, that when Bono asked for her name, she asked for his in return. “He was like, ‘I’m Bono,’” Williams recounted in ...
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Why George Michael's Music Will Always Make Us Feel Like Teenagers
Huffington Post - about 2 months
George Michael was only 53 years old when he left us, but for Generation X, his music recalls the Cold War-era sounds of our youth. The soulful Wham singer hit the top of the charts in the mid-1980s by singing about the jitterbug and filming a video at the Great Wall of China. Yet, in the latter part of his career he became a nuanced and complex, if sometimes misunderstood, writer and interpreter of songs. “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go,” “Careless Whisper,” and “Last Christmas” gave way to the more direct “I Want Your Sex” and later “Jesus to a Child.” As he advanced to more mature subjects, so did his audience. George Michael dominated the pop charts when Baby Boomers controlled the record labels and the rest of us were coming of age. His “Freedom 90” video captured the zeitgeist of the supermodel phenomenon with the lyric, “sometimes the clothes do not make the man.” The line was tongue-in-cheek but also begged for us to take him seriously. What an incredible voice he possessed; his 2 ...
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Baby's first Christmas after innovative skull surgery
CBS News - 2 months
Seven-month-old Vincent Bono and his family have special reason to celebrate this Christmas after surgeons rebuilt his skull in an unusual operation, using a 3D-printed model of his head. CBS News' Marlie Hall has the story.
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I Didn't Know My Name Change Would Be Funny AF
Huffington Post - 2 months
A name change is surprisingly simple. Pick a name. Go to civil court. Fill out the Name Change Petition form and a Proposed Order. Hand your paperwork to the clerk and done. The biggest challenge in the process is filling out the "Reason why?" portion of the Name Change Petition. For me, there wasn't enough room to fill out, "I'm really over this Ask Michael Cohen thing of being the Jewish guy that tells you what is in, hot and not and now answers all of your questions and gives advice on everything under the sun too." So, instead, I just wrote "work." I handed over my birth certificate, paperwork, 65 bucks, had everything notarized and got my court date. Dropping the surname is nothing new. Name changes were first seen during America's slave period where slaves were given new 'white' first names and the surname of their owners. Ellis Island immigration was the second. Here, name lists compiled by personnel of the passenger ship companies were anything but accurate, some foreign ...
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The "Fences" Cast on Denzel, Viola, and Bringing the Pulitzer-Winning Play to the Screen
Huffington Post - 2 months
My favorite film of the year is "Fences," with a screenplay by the late August Wilson, based on his Tony and Pulitzer award-winning play. It stars many of the actors who appeared in the acclaimed 2012 Broadway production, including Denzel Washington, who plays former Negro League baseball player Troy and also directed, and Viola Davis, who plays Troy's wife, Rose. It was a thrill to get a chance to talk with four of the stars of the film, Stephen McKinley Henderson (Bono, Troy's best friend), Mykelti Williamson (Gabriel, Troy's brother, disabled by a WWII injury), Russell Hornsby (Lyons, Troy's older son), and Jovan Adepo (Cory, Troy's younger son). Williamson on the respect and care that goes into playing a character with cognitive impairment: The cognitive issue is TBI, which is Traumatic Brain Injury. On a scale of 1 to 100 it depends on how you are affected some people at 15 percent, some at 12, some 42, and so on. So you have to tell a story so I was actually led by ...
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A Pro Bono Dream Team Takes On the N.R.A.
NYTimes - 2 months
The gun industry, and the lawmakers who do their bidding, will be facing a potent new adversary.
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Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP's Pro Bono Representation Yields Historic Recovery On Behalf Of Trump University Students
Yahoo News - 3 months
One of the keys to making this such a meaningful recovery for the individuals is that Robbins Geller represented the class on a pro bono basis (i.e., for the public good).  By prosecuting this case for more than six years and then agreeing to waive many millions of dollars in attorneys' fees for thousands of hours of tireless work, Robbins Geller ensured the maximum possible recovery for the class. Robbins Geller attorneys Patrick J. Coughlin, X. Jay Alvarez, Jason A. Forge, Rachel L. Jensen, Daniel J. Pfefferbaum, Brian E. Cochran and Jeffrey J. Stein obtained this settlement on behalf of Trump University students nationwide.
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Refugee deal: Sex assault victims must return to Nauru, Manus for chance at US resettlement - Brisbane Times
Google News - 3 months
Brisbane Times Refugee deal: Sex assault victims must return to Nauru, Manus for chance at US resettlement Brisbane Times Asylum seekers and refugees who have left Nauru and Manus for medical treatment in Australia, including sexual assault victims and mental health patients, will have to return to the islands if they are to have any chance of being accepted under the US ... Manus Island, Nauru refugees could wait months before being resettled in the US under new dealABC Online NFPs Protest Lifetime Ban on Refugee VisasPro Bono Australia Lifetime ban on asylum seekers 'not connected' to US deal, says immigration headThe Guardian The Monthly (subscription) -dailytelegraph.com.au -ABC Local -Herald Sun (blog) all 39 news articles »
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Does Bono Deserve The 'Glamour' Award For Global Activism?
NPR - 3 months
We spoke with some global development thinkers to see what they think about the impact of Bono and the One group he co-founded.
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I Know Firsthand How Obama Differs From Trump On Consent
Huffington Post - 4 months
This piece by Nina Lohman Cilek originally appeared on The Establishment, a new multimedia site funded and run by women. “Senator Obama will meet volunteers after the event.” It was October of 2007, and I was helping to staff an event at Iowa Memorial Union featuring a speech by Barack Obama, then the young Senator of Illinois who had, a few years earlier, risen to national prominence with his rousing speech at the Democratic National Convention. After giving his predictably inspiring speech, Obama was escorted to the back room, where he was greeted by an anxious throng of volunteers, myself included. He was kind as he made his way around the front of the room, shaking hands like a seasoned politician. His voice was raised just above a normal speaking level. Everyone laughed a bit too quickly when he cracked a joke. After a few minutes, the volunteers were asked to assemble for a photo. As one of the tallest girls in the room, I retreated to the back of the crowd. A fl ...
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For First Time, Glamour's Women Of The Year Include A Man: Bono
NPR - 4 months
The honorees also include the survivor of the Stanford sexual assault, the Yazidi human rights activist Nadia Murad and three female founders of the Black Lives Matter movement.
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Rocker Bono named Glamour magazine's first 'Man of the Year'
Reuters.com - 4 months
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Irish rock star Bono is getting a new accolade - Glamour magazine's first Man of the Year.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bono
    FIFTIES
  • 2014
    Age 53
    On 16 November 2014, Bono was involved in a "high energy bicycle accident" when he attempted to avoid another rider.
    More Details Hide Details Bono was rushed to NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center's Emergency Department and underwent "multiple X-rays and CAT scans" followed by five hours of surgery. Bono suffered fractures of the shoulder blade, humerus, orbit and pinky finger. Orthopedic trauma surgeon Dean Lorich, MD, stated that "Bono was taken emergently to the operating room where the elbow was washed out and debrided, a nerve trapped in the break was moved and the bone was repaired with three metal plates and 18 screws." Bono posted to U2's official website, "As I write this, it is not clear that I will ever play guitar again," as reported in Cycling Weekly.
  • 2013
    Age 52
    With regard to Bono's 2013 declarations in interviews published and videotaped of his faith in Jesus Christ, he states that Christ was either who he said he was, or he is "a complete and utter nutcase".
    More Details Hide Details As early as 2005, Bono was invoking this argument, identified as the "Lewis trilemma".
    Time magazine ranked him at the 8th place on its list of the "Most Influential Celebrities" in 2013; he was the only person from the music industry in the Top 10.
    More Details Hide Details Bono's work as an activist, which is due largely to his Christian beliefs, began in earnest when, inspired by Live Aid, he travelled to Ethiopia to work in a feeding camp with his wife Alison and the charity World Vision, an Evangelical Christian humanitarian aid, development, and advocacy organisation.
    Bono was named one of the 17 Irish artists to be proud of by the Irish Post on 9 April 2013.
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  • 2012
    Age 51
    Bono's stake was valued at approximately US$ 1 billion in February 2012.
    More Details Hide Details In addition to his acting credits Bono has contributed music to films, as part of U2 and other collaborations. In Across the Universe he sang The Beatles songs "I Am the Walrus" and "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds". Footnotes Bibliography
  • FORTIES
  • 2007
    Age 46
    In May 2007, MTV reported that Bono was writing the foreword for a collection of poetry entitled "Third Rail".
    More Details Hide Details The book's foreword details the meanings of its poetry, stating "The poets who fill the pews here have come to testify, to bear witness to the mysterious power of rock and roll Rock and roll is truly a broad church, but each lights a candle to their vision of what it is." The collection, edited by poet Jonathan Wells, contains titles such as "Punk rock You're My Big Crybaby", "Variation on a Theme by Whitesnake" and "Vince Neil Meets Josh in a Chinese Restaurant in Malibu (After Ezra Pound)." Bono is on the board of the Elevation Partners private-equity firm, which attempted to purchase Eidos Interactive in 2005 and has since gone on to invest in other entertainment businesses. Bono has invested in the Forbes Media group in the US through Elevation Partners. Elevation Partners became the first outsider to invest in the company, taking a minority stake in Forbes Media LLC, a new company encompassing the 89-year-old business which includes Forbes magazine, the Forbes.com website and other assets. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but reports said the stake was worth about €194 million ($250m). The firm also owns a 1.5 percent stake in social networking site Facebook, originally purchased for $210m.
    He and anchor Brian Williams had travelled to Africa in May 2007 to showcase the humanitarian crisis on the continent.
    More Details Hide Details On 11 December 2008, Bono was given the annual Man of Peace prize, awarded by several Nobel Peace Prize laureates in Paris, France. Product Red is another initiative begun by Bono and Bobby Shriver to raise money for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. Bobby Shriver has been announced as the CEO of Product Red, while Bono is currently an active public spokesperson for the brand. Product Red is a brand that is licensed to partner companies, such as American Express, Apple, Converse, Motorola, Microsoft, Dell, The Gap and Giorgio Armani. Each company creates a product with the Product Red logo and a percentage of the profits from the sale of these labelled products will go to the Global Fund. In 1992, Bono, along with the Edge, bought and refurbished Dublin's two-star 70-bedroom Clarence Hotel, and converted it into a five-star 49-bedroom hotel. The Edge and Bono have recorded several songs together, exclusive of the band. They also worked on the score for the 2011 rock musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.
    In November 2007, Bono was honoured by NBC Nightly News as someone "making a difference" in the world.
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    Further criticism came in November 2007, when Bono's various charity campaigns were targeted by Jobs Selasie, head of African Aid Action.
    More Details Hide Details Selasie claimed that these charities had increased corruption and dependency in Africa because they failed to work with African entrepreneurs and grassroots organisations, and as a result, Africa has become more dependent on international handouts. Bono responded to his critics in Times Online on 19 February 2006, calling them "cranks carping from the sidelines. A lot of them wouldn't know what to do if they were on the field. They're the party who will always be in opposition so they'll never have to take responsibility for decisions because they know they'll never be able to implement them."
    In an article in Bloomberg Markets in March 2007, journalists Richard Tomlinson and Fergal O'Brien noted that Bono used his band's 2006 Vertigo world tour to promote his ONE Campaign while at the same time "U2 was racking up $389 million in gross ticket receipts, making Vertigo the second-most lucrative tour of all time, according to Billboard magazine...
    More Details Hide Details Revenue from the Vertigo tour is funnelled through companies that are mostly registered in Ireland and structured to minimise taxes."
    Bono was a special guest editor of the July 2007 issue of Vanity Fair magazine.
    More Details Hide Details The issue was named "The Africa Issue: Politics & Power" and featured an assortment of 20 different covers, with photographs by Annie Leibovitz of a number of prominent celebrities, political leaders, and philanthropists. Each one showcased in the issue for their contributions to the humanitarian relief in Africa.
    On 28 September 2007, in accepting the Liberty Medal, Bono said, "When you are trapped by poverty, you are not free.
    More Details Hide Details When trade laws prevent you from selling the food you grew, you are not free... When you are a monk in Burma this very week, barred from entering a temple because of your gospel of peace... well, then none of us are truly free". Bono donated the $100,000 prize to the organisation. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala accepted the award for the Washington-based Debt AIDS Trade Africa. The organisation DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa) was established in 2002 by Bono and Bobby Shriver, along with activists from the Jubilee 2000 Drop the Debt Campaign. DATA aims to eradicate poverty and HIV/AIDS in Africa. DATA encourages Americans to contact senators and other legislators and elected officials to voice their opinions.
    On 24 May 2007, the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia announced that Bono would receive the Philadelphia Liberty Medal on 27 September 2007 for his work to end world poverty and hunger.
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    Bono also received the NAACP Image Award's Chairman's Award in 2007.
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    He was formally granted knighthood on 29 March 2007 in a ceremony at the residence of British Ambassador David Reddaway in Dublin, Ireland.
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    In 2007, Bono was named in the UK's New Years Honours List as an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
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  • 2006
    Age 45
    Bono spoke in advance of President Bush at the 54th Annual National Prayer Breakfast, held at the Hilton Washington Hotel on 2 February 2006.
    More Details Hide Details In a speech containing biblical references, Bono encouraged the care of the socially and economically depressed. His comments included a call for an extra one percent tithe of the United States' national budget. He brought his Christian views into harmony with other faiths by noting that Christian, Jewish, and Muslim writings all call for the care of the widow, orphan, and stranger. President Bush received praise from the singer-activist for the United States' increase in aid for the African continent. Bono continued by saying much work is left to be done to be a part of God's ongoing purposes.
  • 2005
    Age 44
    Also in 2005, Bono, Ali Hewson and designer Rogan Gregory co-founded the EDUN fashion label ("nude" spelled backwards, to suggest both "natural" and the Garden of Eden).
    More Details Hide Details It was intended to help bring about positive change in Africa through a fair trade-based relationship rather than by direct aid. On 15 December 2005, Paul Theroux published an op-ed in The New York Times called The Rock Star's Burden (cf. Kipling's The White Man's Burden) that criticised stars such as Bono, Brad Pitt, and Angelina Jolie, labelling them as "mythomaniacs, people who wish to convince the world of their worth." Theroux, who lived in Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer, added that "the impression that Africa is fatally troubled and can be saved only by outside help—not to mention celebrities and charity concerts—is a destructive and misleading conceit." Elsewhere, Bono has been criticised, along with other celebrities, for "ignoring the legitimate voices of Africa and turning a global movement for justice into a grand orgy of narcissistic philanthropy".
    On 3 April 2005, Bono paid a personal tribute to John Paul II and called him "a street fighter and a wily campaigner on behalf of the world's poor.
    More Details Hide Details We would never have gotten the debts of 23 countries completely cancelled without him."
    In 2005 he recorded a version of "Don't Give Up" with Alicia Keys, with proceeds going to Keep a Child Alive.
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    Also in 2005, he received the Portuguese Order of Liberty for his humanitarian work.
    More Details Hide Details That year Bono was also among the first three recipients of the TED Prize, which grants each winner "A wish to change the world". Bono made three wishes, the first two related to the ONE campaign and the third that every hospital, health clinic and school in Ethiopia should be connected to the Internet. TED rejected the third wish as being a sub-optimal way for TED to help Africa and instead organised a TED conference in Arusha, Tanzania. Bono attended the conference, which was held in June 2007.
    In 2005, Time, named Bono, with Bill and Melinda Gates, a Person of the Year.
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    In contrast, in 2005, Bono spoke on CBC Radio, alleging then Prime Minister Martin was being slow about increasing Canada's foreign aid.
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  • 2004
    Age 43
    Time Magazine named Bono one of the "100 Most Influential People" in its May 2004 special issue and again in the 2006 Time 100 special issue.
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    In 2004, he was awarded the Pablo Neruda International Presidential Medal of Honour from the Government of Chile.
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  • 2003
    Age 42
    Bono has won numerous awards with U2, including 22 Grammy awards and the 2003 Golden Globe award for best original song, "The Hands That Built America", for the film Gangs of New York.
    More Details Hide Details During the live broadcast of the Golden Globe ceremony, Bono called the award "really, really fucking brilliant!". In response, the Parents Television Council condemned Bono for his profanity and started a campaign for its members to file complaints with the FCC. Although Bono's use of "fuck" violated FCC indecency standards, the FCC refused to fine NBC because the network did not receive advance notice of the consequences of broadcasting such profanity and the profanity in question was not used in its literal sexual meaning. In apparent reaction to the refusal, a group of congressmen introduced House Resolution 3687, the "Clean Airwaves Act", on 8 December 2003, aiming to amend section 1464 of title 18 of the United States Code to provide an explicit list of profane words and phrases and remove ambiguity that could enable certain uses of the phrases to be allowed. The bill was not enacted. The incident has had a long-term impact in the handling of profanity on live broadcasts.
  • 2002
    Age 41
    During a March 2002 visit to the White House, after President Bush unveiled a $5 billion aid package, he accompanied the President for a speech on the White House lawn where he stated, "This is an important first step, and a serious and impressive new level of commitment. This must happen urgently, because this is a crisis."
    More Details Hide Details In May of that year, Bono took US Treasury Secretary Paul H. O'Neill on a four-country tour of Africa.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1987
    Age 26
    Following the Enniskillen bombing that left 11 dead and 63 injured on 8 November 1987, the Provisional IRA paramilitaries threatened to kidnap Bono.
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  • 1986
    Age 25
    Bono and U2 performed on Amnesty's Conspiracy of Hope tour of the United States in 1986 alongside Sting.
    More Details Hide Details U2 also performed in the Band Aid and Live Aid projects, organised by Geldof. Since 1999, Bono has become increasingly involved in campaigning for third-world debt relief and raising awareness of the plight of Africa, including the AIDS pandemic. In the past decade Bono has met with several influential politicians, including former United States President George W. Bush and former Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin.
    In a 1986 interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Bono explained that he was motivated to become involved in social and political causes by seeing one of the Secret Policeman's Ball benefit shows, staged by John Cleese and producer Martin Lewis for the human-rights organisation Amnesty International in 1979. "I saw 'The Secret Policeman's Ball' and it became a part of me.
    More Details Hide Details It sowed a seed ". In 2001, Bono arranged for U2 to videotape a special live performance for that year's Amnesty benefit show. In 1984, Bono sang on the Band Aid single "Do They Know it's Christmas? /Feed the World" (a role that was reprised on the 2004 Band Aid 20 and 2014 Band Aid 30 singles of the same name). Bob Geldof and Bono later collaborated to organise the 2005 Live 8 project, where U2 also performed.
  • 1985
    Age 24
    This has happened on several occasions including at the Live Aid concert in 1985 where he leapt off the stage and pulled a woman from the crowd to dance with her as the band played "Bad", and in 2005 during U2's Vertigo Tour stop in Chicago, where he pulled a boy onto the stage during the song "An Cat Dubh / Into the Heart".
    More Details Hide Details Bono has often allowed fans to come on stage and perform songs with the band.
  • 1982
    Age 21
    He said of his early guitar playing in a 1982 interview, "When we started out I was the guitar player, along with the Edge—except I couldn't play guitar.
    More Details Hide Details I still can't. I was such a lousy guitar player that one day they broke it to me that maybe I should sing instead. I had tried before, but I had no voice at all. I remember the day I found I could sing. I said, 'Oh, that's how you do it.'" When The Edge's guitar playing improved, Bono was relegated mostly to the microphone, although he occasionally still plays rhythm guitar and harmonica. As of 2006, Bono has taken piano lessons from his children's piano teacher as a means to improve his songwriting. Bono writes the lyrics for almost all U2 songs, which are often rich in social and political themes. His lyrics frequently allude to a religious connection or meaning, evident in songs such as "Gloria" from the band's album October and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" from The Joshua Tree. During the band's early years, Bono was known for his rebellious tone which turned to political anger and rage during the band's War, The Joshua Tree and Rattle and Hum eras.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1976
    Age 15
    On 25 September 1976, Bono, David Evans ("The Edge"), his brother Dik and Adam Clayton responded to an advertisement on a bulletin board at Mount Temple posted by fellow student Larry Mullen Jr. to form a rock band.
    More Details Hide Details The band had occasional jam sessions in which they did covers of other bands. Tired of long guitar solos and hard rock, Bono wanted to play The Rolling Stones and Beach Boys songs. Unfortunately the band could not play covers very well, so they started writing their own songs. The band went by the name "Feedback" for a few months, before changing to "The Hype" later on. After Dik Evans left the group to join another local band, the Virgin Prunes, the remaining four officially changed the name from "The Hype" to "U2". Initially Bono sang, played guitar and wrote the band's songs.
  • 1974
    Age 13
    He went to the local primary Glasnevin National School. Bono's mother died on 10 September 1974, after suffering a cerebral aneurysm at her father's funeral.
    More Details Hide Details Many U2 songs, including "I Will Follow", "Mofo", "Out of Control", "Lemon" and "Tomorrow" focus on the loss of his mother. Bono attended Mount Temple Comprehensive School, a multi-denominational school in Clontarf. During his childhood and adolescence, Bono and his friends were part of a surrealist street gang called "Lypton Village". Bono met one of his closest friends, Guggi, in Lypton Village. The gang had a ritual of nickname-giving. Bono had several names: first, he was "Steinhegvanhuysenolegbangbangbang", then just "Huyseman", followed by "Houseman", "Bon Murray", "Bono Vox of O'Connell Street", and finally just "Bono". "Bono Vox" is an alteration of Bonavox, a Latin phrase which translates to "good voice". It is said he was nicknamed "Bono Vox" by his friend Gavin Friday. He initially disliked the name; however, when he learned it translated to "good voice", he accepted it. Hewson has been known as "Bono" since the late 1970s. Although he uses Bono as his stage name, close family and friends also refer to him as Bono, including fellow band members.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1960
    Born
    Bono was born in the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin, on 10 May 1960.
    More Details Hide Details He was raised in the Northside suburb of Finglas with his brother (who is eight years older than Bono) by their mother, Iris (née Rankin), a member of the Church of Ireland, and their father, Brendan Robert "Bob" Hewson, a Roman Catholic. His parents initially agreed that the first child would be raised Anglican and the second Catholic. Although Bono was the second child, he also attended Church of Ireland services with his mother and brother.
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