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.

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Picture - Adam Clayton, Mariana Teixeira de... Dublin Ireland, Wednesday 25th February 2015

Adam Clayton, Mariana Teixeira de Carvalho, Ali Hewson and Bono - The Funeral of Rev.Jack Heaslip at St.Mary's Church Howth. Rev.Heaslip was U2's chaplin and travelled around the world on tour with the band over the years. He first met the band in the 1970's when he was a guidance counsellor at Mount Temple Comprehensive where the band were educated. - Dublin, Ireland - Wednesday 25th February 2015

Royal Blood Turned Down Chance To Perform On 'Band Aid 30' Record

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Chart-topping British rock stars Royal Blood have revealed that they were asked to appear on last year’s Band Aid 30 record for charity, but that they turned the opportunity down when they were told that they couldn’t sing Bono’s line.

The duo were being interviewed by The Telegraph when drummer Ben Thatcher said that the highlight of their meteoric rise was having a lengthy conversation with Bono at the MTV Music Awards. The ceremony took place on November 9th, in the run-up to the recording of the single when the cast was being assembled, and the conversation turned in the direction of Bob Geldof's famous charity song.

Royal Blood
Royal Blood in action: Mike Kerr (l) and Ben Thatcher (r)

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Bono May Never Be Able To Play Guitar Again After Bike Crash

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Bono has finally broken his silence after sustaining several severe injuries whilst cycling in New York's Central Park, which required five hours of surgery and caused the band cancel their weeklong residency on Jimmy Fallon's 'Tonight Show.'

Bono suffered several severe injuries when crashing his Bike in Central Park in November

"Recovery has been more difficult than I thought," he wrote in a New Year's note on U2's website. "As I write this, it is not clear that I will ever play guitar again."

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Bono Frets Over Future Guitar Playing Ability

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Bono has revealed that his bike accident from last year may have lasting effects on his guitar playing ability, as he admits his disappointment in his frequently flippant New Year update on U2's website.

Bono arrives at Band Aid 30 recording
Bono reveals guitar playing worries

In what he insisted was a 'freak accident', Bono was left badly injured following a bicycle ride in November 2014 where he fractured his shoulder, elbow and hand among various other parts of his arm. In a post subtitled 'I for Irish Pride' on the band's website, he revealed the extent of his injuries, which included having a titanium elbow fitted.

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Picture - Ali Hewson - Photographed wearing... Dublin Ireland, Wednesday 24th December 2014

Ali Hewson - 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

U2's Edge Gives Update On Bono's Condition After Bike Crash: "He Basically Can't Move for the Next Couple of Months"

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Last month U2 frontman Bono sustained several severe injuries whilst cycling in New York's Central Park, which required five hours of surgery and caused the band cancel their weeklong residency on Jimmy Fallon's 'Tonight Show.' So how is the Irish singer doing several weeks later?

Bono broke several bones in his arm and face as a result of the crash

Bono's bandmate The Edge recently spoke with Los Angeles radio station KROQ to provide fans with an update on his condition, saying that "he's doing OK," but compared the injured star's current physical state to the results of a "car crash."

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Three Metal Plates, 18 Screws And Five Hours Of Surgery: Turns Out Bono’s Bike Spill Was More Serious Than We Thought

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We now know that U2 frontman Bono’s cycling accident was much more serious than first reported, after Rolling Stone published a list of the singer's painful sounding injuries. The 54 year old was involved in a "high energy bicycle accident in New York's Central Park on Sunday, after he attempted to avoid another rider, according to the magazine.

bonoBono in London a day before the accident

In a statement from New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center to Rolling Stone, it is said that Bono was taken to the hospital’s emergency department before undergoing, ”multiple X-rays and CAT scans" followed by five hours of surgery. 

Continue reading: Three Metal Plates, 18 Screws And Five Hours Of Surgery: Turns Out Bono’s Bike Spill Was More Serious Than We Thought

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Carl Smith II

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Evelyn's picture


Dear Bono,It’s really great what you are doing for Africa, and I am convinced that you are in the right position to contact a great mass of people that will struggle for organisations like white band, DATA etc. Without you, or Bob Geldof or all the people who devote their selves to this cause, we were never come so far, meaning people from all over the world would never been involved to this huge problem, including me.But what are you going to do without U2! Or …. the other guys without Bono will never be U2! It has to be the fabulous 4.The only one who can make this decision is you. Go! Don’t look back! Follow your heart; it will be always the right decision if you are absolutely convinced of the choice you have to make.Good luck!Evelyn

9 years 1 month ago
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Keith101's picture


Hey Bono,Nice to see you`ve been busy. Keep up the great work and don`t forget all of us with an ounce of Irish spirit, or anyone who cares about this planet are proud to have you here.Take care of yourself and wish Ali,and the boys all the best.Keith

9 years 1 month ago
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flunkenmeister's picture


The first memory I have of my childhood was that of me staring out my window looking out at all the houses with lights and thinking what were all the people doing in their houses. And how many people where there in the world with lights in their houses.I needed to know what do people do? All this at the age of 8 then most recently I saw the U2 VERTIGO concert and saw what you did with the cell phones lighted up by the audience for the one campaign and realized that one of the most important things we do in this world is help eachother out. Thanks for the music and the ambition!!!

8 years 5 months ago
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Dear Bono, I realize this is only your email address for the One Campaign. I wanted to write you a message, telling you how I have loved and admired your causes and campaigns for some time now. Meeting with world leaders, Live 8, and so many of your other endeavors, has touched my heart. I loved the Vertigo Concert in Oakland on Nov 9th. The declaration of human rights was wonderful, and the cell phones lighting up for The One Campaign, and the way you sang Love and Peace or Else. Your being in Africa at this time shows how sincere and real you are about helping Africa with needed aid and trade. I have a group called A group about Bono on a website called It is so good to look up topics and website stories about your humanitarian and missionary endeavors, as well as U2 news too. I happen to love U2 and admire you so much.From an admiring fanFran Cannon

8 years 9 months ago
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