Bono talks to Lauren Laverne about the 8 tracks he would take to a desert island. Listen now on @BBCSounds… https://t.co/H37HpI6pLd
Bono (born Paul David Hewson, 10.05.1960)
Bono is an Irish singer best known for fronting the rock band U2.
Childhood: Bono was born in Dublinand raised in the suburb Finglas. His parents are Iris, a member of the Church of Ireland, and Brendan Hewson, a Roman Catholic. He attended Glasnevin National School and later Mount Temple Comprehensive School. When he was 14, his mother passed away after having a cerebral aneurysm at the funeral of her father's. He was part of a street gang called Lypton Village in which he earned his nickname 'Bono'. It was originally 'Bono Vox' which was changed from 'Bonavox' which is Latin for 'good voice'. His family and friends still refer to him by this nickname.
Musical career: Bono became a part of U2 when he and his friends David Evans ('The Edge'), his brother Dik and Adam Clayton answered an advertisement at their school for a rock band posted by Larry Mullen Jr. Bono started out as a guitar player but was so bad he switched to singing and soon found his voice. He also writes almost all of U2's songs. The nature of many of his lyrics have been politically based which has got him into trouble in the past, notably when the IRA threatened to kidnap him after he spoke out against the Enniskillen bombing in 1987. His songs got more personal from the album 'Achtung Baby' in 1991. He is well known for crowd interaction during U2's live shows, often pulling fans onstage to perform with them. With U2, Bono has won 22 Grammys, a Golden Globe and 8 BRIT awards as well as being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. He has collaborated with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Luciano Pavarotti, Sinead O'Connor, Green Day, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan and Tina Turner as well as recording with Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, Bruce Springsteen, Wyclef Jean, Kylie Minogue, Jay-Z and Rihanna.
Charity work: Bono is particularly famous for his philanthropic work over the years. In the 80s he was part of Amnesty International's Conspiracy Of Hope tour alongside Sting and he also contributed on Bob Geldof's Band Aid single 'Do They Know it's Christmas?/Feed the World'. From 1999, he has done much work for the problems of third world countries such as debt, poverty and AIDS. In 2002, Bono and Bobby Shriver set up the organisation DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa) which aims to end poverty and the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa. They also developed Product Red to raise funds for fighting deadly third world diseases such as AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. In 2003, 2005 and 2006 he has been a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize. In 2004, he was awarded with the Pablo Neruda International Presidential Medal of Honour from the Government of Chile and in 2005 he earned the Portuguese Order of Liberty. In 2005, he recorded 'Don't Give Up' with Alicia Keys as part of the fundraising for the charity Keep a Child Alive. In the same year, he and his wife teamed up with designer Rogan Gregory to launch EDUN - a fashion line to help boost trading in Africa and other third world countries. His work has not gone without criticism; in 2005 Paul Theroux accused him of being a 'mythomaniac' and someone who wishes to 'convince the world of their worth' in the New York Times. In 2007, his work was criticised by Jobs Selasie, the head of African Aid Action, who claimed that the charities he endorses increases dependency in Africa on international handouts. In 2007, Bono was named an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire. In the same year, he received the NAACP Image Awards Chairman's Award as well as the Philadelphia Liberty Medal for fighting to end world poverty. In 2008, he was given the annual Man of Peace prize in Paris, France.
Noel Gallagher reckons no-one likes a do-gooder. He’s so wrong.
In a recent interview, Noel Gallagher shared the reason he thinks so many people seem to inexplicably hate U2’s Bono. According to him, “nobody likes a do-gooder”, and Bono is certainly well known for his work with the likes of Amnesty International, DATA and the One Campaign among others.
Noel added in his chat with Absolute Radio’s Andy Bush and Richie Firth: “That’s why people like me, I’m a do-badder.” I think you’ll find you have your critics too, Noel!
Anyway, here are six do-gooding musicians that everyone loves, just to prove that philanthropy hasn’t fallen out of favour.
Continue reading: Sorry Noel Gallagher! Here Are Six Do-gooders People DO Like
Nothing reflects the ethos of European football than We Are The People.
At a time where team sports have never been so important, U2's Bono and The Edge have teamed up with Martin Garrix for an emotional song entitled We Are The People, released to promote the 2020 UEFA European Football Championship this Summer.
Bono performing live in Miami, 2017 / Photo Credit: Ron Elkman/SIPA USA/PA Images
The dismay was palpable across the continent when it was announced that Euro 2020 would inevitably have to be postponed a year thanks to COVID-19 pandemic, but now that UEFA are bringing last year's event to us imminently (and under the same name too), the excitement is doubled.
Another bites the dust! Or chokes on it...
Fans are broken-hearted that Foo Fighters have had to pull out of two of their North American 'Concrete & Gold' tour dates, but Dave Grohl certainly knows how to lighten the mood. He's on rest for the same reason Bono had to abandon his Berlin set early last week - it must be something in the water.
Dave Grohl at Cal Jam 2018
Just days after U2 cut their set at Berlin's Mercedes-Benz Arena short over Bono's sudden vocal struggles, Foo Fighters have revealed that a similar issue has struck their frontman, and Dave Grohl has been forced to take some vocal rest until his voice comes back.
Continue reading: Dave Grohl Jokes About Kissing Bono After Losing His Voice
The singer completely lost his voice mid-show over the weekend.
U2 fans in Germany were left hearbroken when the band were forced to cut short their show over the weekend, when frontman Bono found himself suddenly struck down with vocal problems. He's since made a full recovery and announced a rescheduling of the show.
U2 performing live
According to audience members at Berlin's Mercedes-Benz Arena on Saturday (September 1st 2018), he had been struggling through 'Beautiful Day' when he started to struggle hitting the right notes, despite having been singing perfectly fine beforehand. He actually wondered aloud whether the smoke machines were to blame for his croaky vocals.
Continue reading: U2 Forced To Cut Berlin Show Short Over Bono's Vocal Struggles
He doesn't reveal what happened, only that it was a 'shock to the system'.
Bono reveals all about U2's latest album 'Songs of Experience' in an eloquent narrative entitled 'Liner Notes'; a short black and white film that explores the thoughts behind each of the songs that he wrote and the experiences that inspired them, including a brush with death.
Bono at the 40 Music Awards
The U2 frontman speaks about everything from his mother's death to his summers the South of France, from the war in Syria to the changing climate of America in the Matt Mahurin produced film. Plus, of course, what it means to find true joy. But perhaps the most telling note in his narration was that about his near death experience.
The U2 frontman used a poor choice of words while lamenting the current music scene.
Bono has described the current music scene as “very girly”, adding that “hip-hop is the only place for young male anger at the moment.”
The U2 frontman made the comments during an interview with Rolling Stone, after revealing that his children help him discover new music.
Bono at the Los40 Music Awards
Continue reading: Bono Says Music 'Has Gotten Very Girly'
U2's producer Andy Barlow has revealed the band's new album 'Songs Of Experience' was re-written after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States in November 2016.
The group - made up of Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. - worked with new producer Andy Barlow on the record, and he admitted the new President of the United States caused a shift in songwriting for the band.
Speaking to Billboard, he explained: ''The album changed massively when Trump got elected. We pretty much had it in the bag and then the band came in the next day and went, 'We've got to change it. It's not relevant anymore.'
Continue reading: U2's New Album 'changed Massively' When Trump Was Elected
The Oasis frontman is being overtly honest again.
If there's one thing you can say about Liam Gallagher, it's that he's not afraid to say exactly what's on his mind, even if he takes down a chat-show host in the process. As it turns out though, James Corden isn't the only celebrity the former Oasis star has got a problem with.
Liam Gallagher performing live in Glasgow
In the past, the 44-year-old has denied he would go solo because he's 'not a c**t'. Unfortunately though, with an Oasis reunion not on the cards anytime soon, he has decided to bite the bullet and give it a go - but he still hates most solo musicians.
U2 took to Twitter to share a picture of 80,000 fans at their Dublin gig, but their photograph has hit headlines for the wrong reasons after a guy in the front row was spotted aiming a two-fingered hand gesture at the camera.
U2 posted a picture of their lively Dublin crowd on Saturday night (22.07.17) - but the photo stood out due to one fan.
The Irish rockers - made up of Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. - took to their Twitter to upload the image of their 80,000 capacity crowd at Croke Park, but didn't spot one guy in the front row flicking them an inoffensive two-fingered gesture.
U2 captioned their picture: ''Full house tonight. #U2 #croker #dublin #U2TheJoshuaTree2017 (sic)''
Continue reading: U2 Fan Stands Out In Crowd Post
The U2 frontman was accepting Glamour’s first Man of the Year award.
Speaking at Glamour's Women of the Year awards, where he was named the magazine's first Man of the Year, Bono told Trump that making gender equality a priority was ‘the only way forward’.
Bono was named Glamour’s first Man of the Year and urged Donald Trump to make gender equality “a priority”
Continue reading: Bono Urges Donald Trump To Make Gender Equality A Priority
Bono with his wife Alison Hewson, daughters Eve Hewson and Jordan Hewson at the 2016 Glamour Women of The Year Awards held at NeueHouse Hollywood - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 15th November 2016
Bono at the 2016 Glamour Women of The Year Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 15th November 2016
Avenue Q cast, Kate Monster, Stacie Bono, Princeton and Seth Rothberg - A host of celebrities were photographed as they arrived to the Opening night of the all new Broadway play 'Hand to God' The opening night was held at the Booth Theatre in New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 7th April 2015
Bono - Photographed wearing a sling after his bicycle accident, U2 front man Bono managed to avoid the annual charity Christmas busking session on Grafton Street, instead hanging out with his celebrity friends at The Cliff Townhouse in Dublin, Ireland - Wednesday 24th December 2014
Bono talks to Lauren Laverne about the 8 tracks he would take to a desert island. Listen now on @BBCSounds… https://t.co/H37HpI6pLd
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RT @hotpress: The special award was presented at a ceremony in @CrokePark today, presided over by the head of the Open University in Irelan…
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Out Of Control live from @RedRocksCO 1983 is now re-mastered in all its glory. https://t.co/bWyBZFFpEu https://t.co/vXlq1gCgoS
‘Bono's Fifteen 45's from 1978' - A curated 15 track playlist from the year Bono turned 18. Listen on @youtubemusic… https://t.co/vx2D6trsKK
It’s #Bono’s birthday & the news is out. He’s written a memoir. ‘SURRENDER: 40 Songs, One Story’ Coming 1 Nov. He r… https://t.co/7GWwmSb5Iv
RT @rtenews: In videos shared on social media, Bono and The Edge can be seen performing the Ben E King classic Stand By Me alongside Ukrain…
President @ZelenskyyUa invited us to perform in Kyiv as a show of solidarity with the Ukrainian people and so that’… https://t.co/F2X1tJZfth
Our friends at @islandrecordsuk are supporting relief efforts in Ukraine with the launch of this beautiful project… https://t.co/hmEaJuVihL
A Celebration #RSD22 coming this Saturday 23rd includes two unreleased tracks. An exclusive release in support of R… https://t.co/xIup8sPXQP
America Might Be the Greatest Song the World Has Yet to Hear. – Bono @TIME https://t.co/7ZKvOrbajl
World leaders must stand up and stand by Ukranians now ... those who are fighting and those who have fled ... and s… https://t.co/fJLtQQvyz5
The brave people of Ukraine are fighting for their freedom -- and for ours -- in the face of unspeakable violence a… https://t.co/BSKtXByEKN
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