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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.
Bruce Springsteen gave fans in Dublin a night to remember by inviting hometown hero Bono to join him at his concert on Sunday (29May16).
The Born to Run star played his second of two shows at Croke Park in Ireland on Sunday, and the over 80,000 fans in the stadium went wild when the U2 frontman joined Bruce on stage.
The two then sang a rendition of the American rocker's hit Because the Night, a song he wrote with another veteran musician, Patti Smith.
Bono wasn't the only U2 member in attendance - his bandmates The Edge and Larry Mullen were also on hand, but did not join their lead singer for the surprise performance.
Continue reading: Bono Surprises Hometown Crowd At Bruce Springsteen Concert
Celine Dion will be hoping to put a smile back on her face after the death of her husband by signing up to perform as part of America's upcoming Red Nose Day telethon.
They will join Ellen DeGeneres, Jack Black, Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Vince Vaughn, Emma Thompson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Zac Efron, Liam Neeson, and others participating in the second annual event, which will feature comedy skits, musical performances and short films, all intended to raise awareness about the plight of children in need around the world.
Scottish comedian Craig Ferguson will host this year's festivities.
Continue reading: Stars Sign Up For America's Red Nose Day
U2 frontman Bono made a surprise appearance onstage at Lupita Nyong'o's Broadway play Eclipsed on Saturday (30Apr16).
The show centres around a group of captive wives of a rebel officer in the Liberian Civil War, and 12 Years a Slave star Nyong'o portrays a semi-literate 15-year-old who becomes the fourth wife of the commanding officer.
Following her performance on Saturday, Lupita and her co-stars paid tribute to 219 schoolgirls, who went missing in Nigeria in 2014. They were joined by Bono, who called out the media for failing to report the news item.
"They were taken from their high school 747 days today," he said. "If they were American or Irish girls, we'd get a daily report."
Rocker Bono has urged gospel singers to shine a light on their troubled marriages, rather than sing about the glory of God.
The U2 singer feels Christian music is lacking a little personal truth and accuses performers of glossing over real-life problems and politics in their messages to the Lord.
In a new chat with one of his favourite authors, Eugene H. Peterson, Bono admits he would like to see more honesty from gospel singers and Christian rockers.
"I think it's a shame because these are people who are vulnerable to God in a good way - porous, open," the singer said. "I would love if this conversation would inspire people who are writing these beautiful voices, Gospel songs... (to) write a song about their bad marriage, write a song about how they're p**sed off at the government.
Rocker The Edge was supported by his U2 bandmates on Wednesday (20Apr16) as he laid his father to rest in Ireland.
John Garvin Evans died on Saturday (16Apr16) at the Bons Secours Hospital in Dublin, following "a long and courageous battle with illness", according to a family notice published on The Irish Times website.
Family and friends gathered for his funeral at Howth's Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, when The Edge, real name Dave Evans, served as one of his dad's pallbearers.
Continue reading: The Edge Supported By U2 At Father's Funeral
This is why Bono isn't a world leader...
Bono has decided that the best way to cripple ISIS and counter terrorism is by making them laugh. In his mind, violence doesn't work because it's all they understand, so why not introduce them to a concept they've never heard of before? Which is comedy. Apparently.
Bono knows how he would defeat ISIS...
Yeah, we don't think the U2 frontman is going to be running for president any time soon, even if we overlook that's he's not American. It's like showing up to debate class, realising you haven't prepared at all and just rattling off the first idea you can think of. Regardless of how stupid it is. The only problem is, Bono is 'actually serious'.
Continue reading: Bono Says Amy Schumer's Got The Power To Defeat ISIS
Bono thinks Amy Schumer, Chris Rock and Sacha Baron Cohen are the key to fighting extremism.
The U2 frontman spoke during a Senate subcommittee hearing on Tuesday (12Apr16), the aim of which was to deal with the "causes and consequences of violent extremism and the role of foreign assistance", to plead for more money to be given to refugees.
During his speech, Bono made the bold suggestion that laughter could be an effective weapon against extremist groups such as the so called Islamic State, and that comedians may be the answer.
"The first people that Adolf Hitler threw out of Germany were the dadaists and surrealists," he said. "It's like, you speak violence, you speak their language. But you laugh at them when they are goose-stepping down the street and it takes away their power. So I am suggesting that the Senate send in Amy Schumer and Chris Rock and Sacha Baron Cohen, thank you."
Continue reading: Bono: 'Send In Amy Schumer To Fight Isis'
David Bowie Wrecked Bono's Dreams Of Becoming A Rock Star, Because The U2 Singer Always Knew He'd Never Be As Good As The Thin White Duke.
The U2 frontman was good friends with the late singer, who lost his battle with cancer on 10 January (16), and he has shared his memories of the 69-year-old in the latest issue of Rolling Stone.
"I've played at being a rock & roll star, but I'm really not one," he confessed. "David Bowie is my idea of a rock star. Right now, I'm in Myanmar, a little cut off from the reaction to David's passing, but I can assure you the sky is a lot darker here without the Starman."
The 55-year-old grew up with Bowie and became friends with the star after U2 hit the big time, and Bono credits David with introducing the band to many sights and sounds which influenced the group's music.
Continue reading: Bono: 'The Sky Is A Lot Darker Without David Bowie'
Brit Awards Bosses Are Planning A Star-studded Tribute To David Bowie At The Ceremony Next Month (Feb16), Featuring Superstars Including Adele And Bono, According To A Report.
The A-list supergroup will also include Noel Gallagher, Damon Albarn, and Coldplay, according to editors at U.K. newspaper The Sun.
Organisers have even requested that the ceremony, due to take place at London's O2 Arena on 25 February (16), is extended by 30 minutes to incorporate a lengthy tribute to the late music icon.
BRIT Awards boss Geoff Taylor revealed at the nominations on Thursday (14Jan16) that they were "working hard" to come up with a fitting tribute to Bowie, who died on 10 January (16) after an 18-month battle with cancer.
Continue reading: Brit Awards Planning Star-studded Bowie Tribute - Report
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