Bono

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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.

Bono: 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.

Bono: 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.

Bono: 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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Hi Bono,First of all I want to Thank You for all you do!Taking the time out of your life to help the less fortunate. I don't want to sound like an annoying fan, but if I have too, here it goes.I saw you speak at the University Of Pennsylvania and I was most impressed. One question that came up is how can One individual make a difference. I have volunteered at One sponsered events, concerts etc. but I feel that it doesn't make a considerable difference. I would be willing to travel to Africa to help support the One cause, but I don't know where to start?Thank You for your time!Lauren Vass

8 years 1 month ago
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Bono,If you do read these emails I think that you are a wonderful singer/songwriter, and that U2 Is THE GREATEST BAND IN THE WORLD, and that you are a great man with your humanatarism, and all you are doing for the extreme poor third countries, so what if your famous. I really would like to meet you one day, and tell you thank you, and get your autograph.Give Ali and your 4 beautiful children my best.God Bless You From The Bottom Of My Heart, Robyn

6 years 9 months ago
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This is more to myseriousmistress,That was a very tacky letter you wrote. I really don't think Bono will ever see the light of day of your letter. How much time do you think he has to read this feedback, especially from someone with her hand out,begging things from him. Rude and tacky. Do you know that Bono will hand over money to the homeless, the people that probably don't even know who he is.You had a lot of guts lady doing what you did, too bad he couldn't do that for all of his fans. You sound a little greedy to me. You need to learn edicate, and fast.God Bless you, Robyn

7 years 9 months ago
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La inspiración transmitida y la voluntad por la mejora social y medioambiental, es una acción continua en Bono, que crece y se expande, se multiplica y reproduce a la velocidad de la luz y el sonido.The Inspiration transmited and the willpower to look up for the social and for the ecosistem, is a direct current of constant action in Bono, it mountand expands, it multiply and reproduce as the speed light and sound.

6 years 9 months ago
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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

8 years 8 months ago
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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

8 years 7 months ago
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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!!!

7 years 11 months ago
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Hi Bono do you actually read our comments?Be great if you can as its so hard to try and get a conversation with you as your so populur. Well Id like to arrange a meeting with you so you can spare just an hour of your time as I find you a very extradinary unique person who puts a lot of effort into seeing that the poorest parts of Africa get food. But let me tell you theres lots of places in the world that need your attention too. Take a look down the poorest parts of the eastend of London in the run down tower blocks where drugs and crime bullying goes on it would make you want to cry your eyes out. Its a shame Im not another celebrity and it would be so easy for us to meet up and chat so I stumbled across this site and it looks the nearest thing to communicate with you thats if you read these comments. But I havent finished yet. I want to say that you have all your fans to thank for helping you achieve fame and fortune and a hell of a lot of money and I want to ask in the kindest way would you poss like to arrange to take me and a friend out for a day and treat us to a meal at Gorden Ramseys restaurant and a shopping sprea in the best shops in London if you have a ponder on this it would be great if you could contact the guy who runs this site and hopefully it might go ahead as Ive been to Dublin 3 times now and we still keep missing eachother.

8 years 1 month ago
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sexysheeny

Hey Bono im your biggest fan i came to see your concert in cardiff in 2005 i thought you were brilliant i got every album you have ever produced i were t-shirts of you and the band everywhere, but there is one thing that i havent got and thats your signiture some day i hope to get it and frame it Bono i love you all my love shareen xxxxxxxxxxxxx

8 years 7 months ago
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sexysheeny

Hey Bono im your biggest fan i came to see your concert in cardiff in 2005 i thought you were brilliant i got every album you have ever produced i were t-shirts of you and the band everywhere, but there is one thing that i havent got and thats our signicure some day i hope to get it and frame it Bono i love you all my love shareen xxxxxxxxxxxxx

8 years 7 months ago
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