Bono Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets

14th April 2016

Quote: "Gender equality is at the centre of any movement that holds fairness, freedom, and justice as its core values. In Hollywood, Jennifer Lawrence, speaking about how actors are paid. Women have this incredible thing... More than men. Women have a great sense of solidarity. It's women saying they will not have it anymore. They will not take the bad deal." Rocker Bono applauds Jennifer Lawrence for taking a stance against Hollywood's fair pay debate. The actress highlighted the problem in an online essay last year (15).

2nd December 2015

Quote: "I'm offering a bike ride in Central Park and people seem to think that's very funny as they don't take my bike riding very seriously. Mark Twain said, 'Ride a bike and if you live, get another one...' I very nearly didn't live. I got myself banged up pretty good, but I'm back and I've been rebuilt and I'm ready to share a ride in Central Park and talk (about) anything people wanna talk about. It will be my great pleasure." Rocker Bono is looking forward to his charity bicycle ride on the route through New York where he crashed last year (Nov14). The U2 star will join a fan who bids for the prize as part of a (RED)/ auction to raise funds for AIDS relief.

2nd December 2015

Quote: "This is the greatest good news story that nobody knows, and particularly for the United States of America. Nobody knows that of the 15 million lives that have been saved over the last 10 years, the majority of those lives have been saved by American tax payers... This is a heroic, extraordinary thing that America has done. I salute them (Americans)." Rocker Bono heaps praise on Americans who have really helped his (RED) charity in the fight against AIDS. The U2 star hosted a charity fundraiser and concert at Carnegie Hall in New York on World AIDS Day (01Dec15).

25th November 2015

Fact: Bono, Olivia Wilde and Scarlett Johansson are among the stars who will mark World AIDS Day on 1 December (15) with appearances on a special episode of America's Jimmy Kimmel Live!. The rocker and the actresses will take part in an "all-star shop-athon show" staged to raise money for the U2 star's RED charity.

29th October 2015

Quote: "We actually had one person on a bike, we were doing this scene and there was horse and carriages and people dressed up from, like, 1900, like 200 extras and this guy with a cap on rode through with his bicycle and he kind of stopped in the middle of the take and was like, 'OK,' and he rode out, and the producer goes, 'That's Ryan Gosling'." Bono's actress daughter Eve Hewson was shocked when Ryan Gosling crashed the set of her TV show The Knick.

20th July 2015

Fact: Rockers Jon Bon Jovi, Bono and The Edge helped a bride-to-be celebrate her upcoming nuptials in style last week (ends17Jul15) by posing for photos with the bachelorette party at a restaurant in East Hampton, New York. The stars were dining out at Moby's on Thursday (16Jul15) when they came across the all-girls bash and offered up their congratulations. The U2 musicians were in the Big Apple ahead of their eight-show residency at Manhattan's iconic Madison Square Garden.

29th May 2015

Quote: "The reviews have been amazing. It also shows that the Apple experiment really worked for us because we've had a younger audience who know all these tunes and they've been listening to them a lot. That is a thrill for us." Irish rocker Bono is convinced U2's controversial release of album SONGS OF INNOCENCE was a success because it broadened their appeal. The band came under fire for teaming up with tech giant Apple to offer iTunes customers a free download of the disc last year (14).

20th May 2015

Fact: Rocker Bono has recorded a video limerick to promote top chef and pal Mario Batali's new Eat (Red) Drink (Red) & Save Lives campaign, which will raise money to fight AIDS/HIV through special food and drink events across the world next month (Jun15).

11th May 2015

Quote: "This morning, I got a message from the two firefighters who picked me up off the street... and they're from Engine 44 and they're called the Fighting Irish and they've asked me to dinner in their fire house." Irish rocker Bono is keen to show his gratitude to the firemen who came to his rescue after falling off his bicycle in New York's Central Park last year (14) by accepting a dinner invite.

11th May 2015

Fact: Rocker Bono poked fun at his biking accident in New York's Central Park last year (14) by spoofing the crash for an appearance on America's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The U2 star pretended to face his fear of getting back in the saddle for the comedy skit, and rode down a street outside the show's NBC Studios, before pretending to get hit by a car, twice. He brushed himself off both times and assured host Fallon he was fine, before he was run over by a van driven by his U2 bandmate, The Edge. The singer's cycling accident, which left him with a fractured eye socket and a smashed shoulder blade, among other injuries, forced the group to pull out of plans to perform a week-long residency on The Tonight Show to promote its latest album, Songs of Innocence. The band returned to the show as guests on Friday (08May15).

10th May 2015

Quote: "There's nothing, nothing cool about coming off a push bike. This is not a Harley-Davidson! There's nothing cool, there's Lycra involved... I had the humerus bone sticking out of the leather jacket." U2 rocker Bono is embarrassed about falling off his bicycle in New York's Central Park last year (14). The accident left the singer with a fractured eye socket, fractured arm and a smashed shoulder blade, among other injuries, and forced the group to pull out of a series of live gigs.

2nd January 2015

Quote: "Though he is U2's lightning conductor, he moves like a very calm breeze... you might not notice it but for the ripples in the sand, the subtleties in his playing, his songwriting hooks... Some of them not obvious at first turn out to be eternal. He is the only one who doesn't know that he is the most influential guitar player in a quarter century." Bono heaps praise on U2 bandmate The Edge.

2nd January 2015

Quote: "I broke my hand, my shoulder, my elbow and my face, but the real injury this year was to my Irish pride as it was discovered that under my tracksuit I was wearing yellow and black Lycra cycling shorts. Yes, Lycra. This is not very rock 'n' roll." U2 star Bono jokes about his bicycling injury in Central Park, New York, which forced him to pull out of a handful of dates at the end of 2014.

28th November 2014

Quote: "When I heard Chasing Pavements I had to lie down. It was that good I couldn't believe it. Now maybe that might upset the hardcore rock 'n' roll side of our audience, that U2 are listening to Adele. But she's more rock 'n' roll and soul and everything I love than a lot of the people that we get to hang with. I don't care what category she's put in." Bono is a big fan of Adele.

18th November 2014

Fact: U.S. Tv host Jimmy Fallon stepped into Bono's shoes on Monday (17Nov14) to perform Desire as the U2 singer alongside house band The Roots after the Irish rocker was forced to scrap a week-long residency on his late-night show following a bicycle accident. Bono injured himself while cycling in New York on Sunday (16Nov14).

5th November 2014

Quote: "I've hacked into you before you even knew. I've been looking at you every time you pressed 'Music'. Like, every time you're pressing on my head. How do you think that feels? It's a bruising encounter for me." U2 star Bono reveals his silhouette features on the iPhone Music app.

19th September 2014

Quote: "I can't believe she didn't take the high road. What a shocker!" U2 star Bono hits back at Sharon Osbourne after she criticised the band's new deal with Apple, which resulted in iTunes users getting the group's new album downloaded automatically for free.

4th June 2014

Quote: "I have selfies of me on the floor of the dressing room, like, 'I can't move! Help me!' But now I kind of miss them. You get into one and suddenly your jeans fit so much better." Bono's actress daughter Eve Hewson on having to wear a corset for director Steven Soderbergh's new 10-part period drama The Knick.

27th February 2014

Fact: U2 rocker Bono surprised diners at the posh Nobu restaurant in Los Angeles on Tuesday (26Feb14) when he broke out into an impromptu performance - and had George Clooney, Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber join in. The stars belted out a series of Eagles and Neil Diamond hits as other diners looked on in surprise.

6th February 2014

Fact: U2 stars Bono and The Edge have signed on to create new music for Once director John Carneys semi-autobiographical new movie. Sing Street will chronicle a teenage boy's efforts to escape his dysfunctional home life in Dublin, Ireland.

10th December 2013

Quote: "He called me a friend bit I was really a fan; that's probably a fair description. We spent lots of time together, I'm pleased to say." Bono on his late friend Nelson Mandela. The U2 rocker will attend the former South African leader's memorial service in Pretoria on Tuesday (10Dec13).

30th September 2013

Fact: Bono, James Franco, Ben Stiller and Aziz Ansari were among the famous faces who made cameo appearances in Arcade Fire's U.S. Tv special, Here Comes The Night, this weekend (28-29Sep13). The 30-minute show featured footage of the Canadian rockers' recent performance in Salsatheque in Montreal and was directed by Roman Coppola.

17th July 2013

Fact: U2 frontman Bono was honoured in France on Tuesday (16Jul13) as he was presented the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters award by French minister of culture Aurelie Filippetti in Paris. He dedicated the special honour to his bandmates, adding, "This is a huge honour for me, but really it belongs to the band. I've got the biggest mouth and the loudest voice but the music we make comes from each other... Thank you."

7th June 2013

Fact: U2 frontman Bono turned up at the Forbes 400 Philanthropy Summit in New York on Wednesday (05Jun13) to serenade billionaire businessman Warren Buffett, who was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Philanthropy. The rocker turned to the magnate for advice when he was starting up his ONE Campaign, and the two have been close ever since.

16th April 2013

Fact: Cops were reportedly called to a ranch in La Quinta, California where U2 star Bono staged a surprise performance during the Coachella music festival on Saturday (13Apr13) due to overcrowding. Organisers of the Rolling Stone/Patron bash failed to receive appropriate permits for the gig, forcing police to regulate attendance levels and evacuate a number of guests, according to the New York Post.

15th April 2013

Fact: U2 star Bono stunned Coachella festival revellers who managed to leave the site on Friday night (12Apr13) when he joined Congolese musician Baloji for an impromptu performance at a ranch in La Quinta, California. The collaboration took place at the Rolling Stone Rock Room launch party for Diesel+Edun's Studio Africa, a series of events bringing African and Western musicians together.

10th March 2013

Fact: U2 frontman Bono will give a televised address to the people of his native Ireland on St Patrick's Day (17Mar13).

14th November 2012

Fact: Rocker Bono met with newly-re-elected U.S. Vice President Joe Biden at the White House on Tuesday (13Nov12) to discuss the war on global Aids and poverty. The summit meeting came the day after the U2 star gave the keynote address at the Global Social Enterprise Initiative at Georgetown University, during which he heaped praise on President Barack Obama.

2nd October 2012

Tweet: "I just saw Spiderman the musical. Well I saw the first half and left in the interval. I can't even to begin to express how awful it was." British pop star Jessie J was not impressed by Bono's Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark musical on Broadway.

21st May 2012

Quote: "If there's anybody out there who hasn't heard State of Independence... put that on; that's all you need to know about music, that's all you need to know about her, that's all you need to know about a lot of things." Rocker Bono pays tribute to the late Donna Summer, who died on Thursday (17May12).

3rd May 2012

Quote: "The last time I had a conscious growing-up feeling was probably when I started growing boobs. It's a devastating moment. I always wanted to be a boy when I was younger - I dressed as a boy, I cut my hair off. But then I grew up and people couldn't mistake me for a boy anymore." Rocker Bono's actress daughter Eve Hewson was devastated when she hit puberty.

6th April 2012

Quote: "My school is very strict. If you miss more than two classes they dock your grades. So if you have to leave for an audition it's not good news." Bono's actress daughter Eve Hewson on juggling her studies at New York University with her career.

27th January 2012

Fact: Bono, Lady GaGa, Stevie Wonder and the Black Eyed Peas were among the stars who filmed special video messages wishing U.S. comedienne Ellen DeGeneres a happy birthday for her anniversary show on Thursday (26Jan11). Pop pal Pink had a very special message for the chat show host - she introduced her to seven-month-old baby Willow.

2nd December 2011

Quote: "I think they're just a stunning American group... They're real warriors in the campaign to fight this little disease." Bono heaps praise on The Killers whose new Christmas tune, A Cowboy's Christmas Ball, is being sold on iTunes to help raise funds for Aids charities.

26th July 2011

Quote: "Bono leads all the conversations. He's like the walking Wikipedia. Ask him anything and he'll tell you about it. He's a wonderful dude. I had the Bono 'talk', hell yeah, and it was the first time I had Irish whiskey. That dude is the coolest." Black Eyed Peas star Will.I.AM is a fan of the U2 frontman.

20th July 2011

Fact: Bono and The Edge thrilled American TV viewers on Monday (18Jul11) by giving an impromptu performance of their hit song Stuck In A Moment - while still seated - during an interview with late show host David Letterman. The cast of their famous Broadway play Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark also gave an exciting performance, with Spider-man literally dropping in from the ceiling for a quick chat.

6th July 2011

Tweet: "He even sang a line of Independent Women between one of the songs at the concert 2nite (sic)!" Michelle Williams was delighted to hear Bono sing part of a Destiny's Child track during U2's show in Chicago, Illinois on Tuesday (05Jul11).

21st June 2011

Fact: Bono dedicated rock anthem Pride (In The Name of Love) to Arnold Schwarzenegger's estranged wife Maria Shriver at U2's Friday night (17Jun11) Anaheim, California concert. Shriver was in the audience with her son Christopher.

15th June 2011

Quote: "There will be some people who will wanna make a name for themselves by turning it into a blitz board on Wednesday morning but I remember times with U2 when we've taken some serious black eyes. I think we're quite comfortable being in the ring, being beaten." U2 star Bono on the bad reviews he's expecting overnight after his much-maligned Broadway musical Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark officially opens on Tuesday night (14Jun11).

27th May 2011

Quote: "I've now got 'Made in Germany' tattooed on my a**." U2 star Bono jokes about the back surgery he underwent in Germany last year (10).

21st January 2011

Quote: "These are my superpowers... When I look through these glasses every problem is solvable; I'm tall... I can't let them go." U2 star Bono on his trademark sunglasses.

14th January 2011

Fact: U2 record producer Steve Lillywhite has been drafted in to work on Broadway's troubled Spider-Man musical. SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK features a scored written by Bono and The Edge.

28th December 2010

Fact: U2 rocker Bono braved the cold on Christmas Eve (24Dec10) to perform with singer/songwriters Damien Rice and Glen Hansard on the streets of Dublin, Ireland. The trio thrilled onlookers on Grafton Street with their performance, and donated their tips to a local homeless charity.

22nd December 2010

Quote: "I know I can be a pain in the a**e. I have an annoying gene; it's in my DNA - I even annoy myself. When righteous anger turns to self-righteous, projectile vomit is the right response." U2 rocker Bono admits he's irritating.

7th December 2010

Quote: "Just being around Bono and the guys is inspiring. It's like how a government should be. Bono for president of the world, I say." WILL.I.AM is convinced U2 frontman BONO should rule the world.

6th December 2010

Quote: "We're gonna get through it... We're proud of it." Rocker Bono insists his new Spider-Man musical will survive bad reviews and technical glitches.

6th December 2010

Fact: Bono and his wife ALI HEWSON have hit the plains of Africa for the new Louis Vuitton luggage ad. The superstar couple, who helped co-design the new Louis Vuitton/Nude bag line, pose for the brand in a remote African setting, under the banner 'Every journey began in Africa'.

29th November 2010

Quote: "It's not exaggerating to say, what Elvis meant to America, David Bowie meant to the U.K. and Ireland. It was that radical a shift in consciousness... America put a man on the moon. We had our own British guy from outer space - with an Irish mother." Bono on his hero DAVID BOWIE.

10th September 2010

Quote: "A school production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was where I first found my voice." U2 star Bono insists it should be no big surprise he and bandmate The Edge have penned the score for the new Spider-Man stage musical.

27th August 2010

Fact: Bono refused to let a torrential storm ruin U2's open-air gig in Moscow, Russia this week (beg23Aug10) - the rockers cheered up fans by performing an impromptu version of SINGIN' IN THE RAIN.

14th July 2010

Quote: "I can sit. I can stand. I can move around a bit. Feeling strong, feeling confident. I’m ready - rebuilt by German engineering, better design I’m told." U2 star Bono insists he's ready to rock again after recent back surgery, which forced the group to scrap U.S. shows and a headlining spot at the Glastonbury festival. The band will return to the road in Turin, Italy on 6 August (10).

26th May 2010

Quote: "I spoke to Bono a few hours after he came out of the operation, but he was not making any sense. I can tell you, whatever he was on... But he didn't remember any of the conversation, which is a shame because he promised me his car and various other valuables, a few paintings." U2 rocker The Edge jokes about his first chat with bandmate BONO following his emergency back surgery on Friday (21May10).

26th May 2010

Quote: "I was joking that this will probably be the most rest he's had in decades." U2 rocker The Edge is convinced Bono will benefit from the imposed two-month break following his back surgery.

26th May 2010

Fact: U2 frontman Bono was extra disappointed to have to cancel the band's appearance at Britain's legendary Glastonbury festival following his back surgery - because they wrote a new song especially for the event.

12th April 2010

Quote: "Bono’s a performer pretty much like I am. He’s not a dancer; he’s not jumping around. He’s having a conversation. He’s using his stillness as movement." JAY-Z likens himself to U2 star BONO onstage.

26th January 2010

Fact: George Clooney's Hope For Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief telethon drew a massive 83 million U.S. TV viewers when it aired on Friday (22Jan10). The benefit, which featured performances from artists including Madonna, Coldplay, Beyonce, JAY-Z and Bono, has raised over $60 million (£37.5 million) to date.

28th December 2009

Fact: U2 star Bono hit the streets of Dublin, Ireland on Christmas Eve (24Dec09) to busk with singer/songwriters Damien Rice and Glen Hansard. The Irish trio stunned shoppers on Grafton Street with their tunes and donated tips to a local homeless charity.

10th December 2009

Quote: "It's simply about the single. It was too spongy for the rock audience. We may have just misfired with our audience." U2 star Bono wasn't happy with the band's recent track GET ON YOUR BOOTS.

10th December 2009

Quote: "He was a big lad. They were builder's hands Michael Jackson had." U2 star Bono on the late King of Pop.

10th December 2009

Quote: "I wouldn't exist as a singer without Joey Ramone. Blame him. When we were 17, if our songs were tanking, U2 used to play Ramones songs and pretend they were ours." Bono pays tribute to The Ramones.

19th October 2009

Quote: "Not only is he an amazing singer and artist, but he dedicates his life to helping the less fortunate and to saving lives. He is such an inspiration to me as a philanthropist." Paris Hilton admires U2 frontman Bono.

15th October 2009

Fact: Bruce Springsteen, U2 stars Bono and The Edge and Sheryl Crow will be among the guests joining Elvis Costello for the second season of his Spectacle: Elvis Costello With... TV show, which debuts in December (09).

21st September 2009

Quote: "We've got a few albums up our sleeves. We've got a whole album we started with (record producer) Rick Rubin, which is a rocking club album with beats and big guitars, and I can't wait to get back to that." U2 rocker Bono can't wait to release new material.

14th September 2009

Quote: "All you need is love - and a spaceship." Bono opened U2's North America tour with a futuristic Beatles message in Chicago, Illinois on Saturday night (13Sep09).

20th August 2009

Quote: "She's the greatest actor of her generation, she's the one to watch. She happens to sing like a bird, it's like a true voice. She's a very pure spirit and a very bright mind." U2 frontman Bono is convinced Evan Rachel Wood, who will sing his songs in the upcoming Spider-Man musical, is a true talent.

13th August 2009

Quote: "I'm acutely aware of what ADAM (CLAYTON), LARRY (MULLEN, JR.) and Bono are doing, whether or not we catch each other's eyes. It's like some sort of dance. There's an element of which is much more mysterious, which is the way the magic happens to be working that night. And you're only a small part of that." U2 bassist The Edge feels there is a higher power at work during the band's performances.

26th May 2009

Quote: "Bono has a huge heart and he's affectionate. In fact, we want to do something together in the future." Beyonce is planning to duet with the U2 frontman.

5th May 2009

Fact: U2 frontman Bono has recorded a 14-minute poem he wrote about Elvis Presley. The epic recital will be broadcast on British radio next week (beg11May09).

5th May 2009

Fact: U2 star Bono recently interviewed George Clooney for a CNN news special. The rocker asked the politically-motivated movie star if he'd ever truly considered running for office, to which Clooney replied, "I thought about it years ago."

17th April 2009

Quote: "I didn't really like U2's records. I used to make ashtrays out of them. You could melt the vinyl over the cooker." SINEAD O'CONNOR thinks up new uses for albums from Bono's band.

10th March 2009

Quote: "We spend a lot of time trying to hold Bono back from doing the maddest things possible. I just don't understand where he gets the energy." U2 star LARRY MULLEN on his bandmate's crazy ideas.

10th March 2009

Quote: "There's no doubt about the fact that I have a wild streak and I'd be very capable of setting fire to myself. So, you know, I don't go to church for the view." U2 star Bono admits his faith steers him away from drug and alcohol abuse.

5th March 2009

Quote: "What hes listening for is a unique feeling, a unique mood and a unique palate. And he doesnt get hits. I bet he told Coldplay to leave VIVA LA VIDA off their album. Brian would listen to (I CANT GET NO) SATISFACTION and say, 'I love that song, but can we get rid of the guitar bits?'" U2 star Bono on working with cerebral super-producer Brian Eno.

5th March 2009

Quote: "Itll be a monster, cause its the most accessible music weve probably ever written. It could be our (rock opera) TOMMY. We could do it with guest stars and everything." U2 star Bono hopes to turn the music he and bandmate The Edge have created for Broadway's new Spider-Man musical into a concept album and live show.

28th February 2009

Quote: "Bono's been very dedicated to getting that wine and cigarettes effect his vocal. He's really selfless like that." U2 guitarist The Edge reveals frontman BONO's performance preparation.

28th February 2009

Quote: "I know lots of people who love music want us to play that. It's something we're working up our whole life to do. I think that we can commit that we really, really want to do this." U2 frontman Bono is desperate to headline legendary British music festival Glastonbury this summer (09).

25th February 2009

Fact: Evan Rachel Wood will take her first bow as Spider-Man's love interest MARY JANE WATSON in the Broadway debut of new musical SPIDER-MAN, TURN OFF THE DARK when previews begin next January (10). Casting and design issues held up the production of the $31.3 million (£21.7 million) for months, which features music and lyrics by U2's Bono and The Edge.

24th February 2009

Quote: "One of the things we like about rock 'n' roll is the genuine religiosity. And genuinely people do want you to die on a cross age 33, with a Jack Daniels in your hand. Our job is in part to de-rail a mythology that isn't helpful to music or musicians." U2 frontman Bono believes fans would love him more if he was dead.

18th February 2009

Quote: I hear the gift bags are much better at The Brits. I cant wait to see U2 and Coldplay perform. I want to see if our sound stands up to the big boys. If Bono gives me the evil eye during our performance, hes in trouble. Kings Of Leon drummer NATHAN FOLLOWILL on performing at the Brit Awards in London on Wednesday (18Feb09) night.

18th February 2009

Quote: "His mother's family are from Ireland, so the apostrophe may make some sense." Irish rocker Bono thinks the new U.S. President should change his name to BARACK O'BAMA.

6th February 2009

Quote: "There's no manual or blueprint for families who tour - I wish someone like Brad (PITT) or Bono would write a book on how to make it work!" Country singer and new parent Dierks Bentley wants some advice on celebrity fatherhood from the two superstar dads.

20th January 2009

Quote: "What a gig for us to play. I've asked if we can play every Monday night there; that would be something... Just to stand and look down on that crowd was an unbelievable experience... It's a big deal for our band." Bono still can't believe U2 were asked to perform at Barack Obama's pre-inauguration concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Sunday (18Jan09).

23rd October 2008

Fact: Rocker Bono has been invited to write a regular column for the New York Times newspaper in 2009, while he tours with U2.

3rd October 2008

Quote: "I just don't give a f**k what spotty, divvy little indie bands think about me. My peers are Bono, Chris Martin, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards." Oasis star Noel Gallagher thinks very highly of himself.

24th September 2008

Fact: U2 rocker Bono is writing a blog for British newspaper The Financial Times from the Millennium Development Goals summit in New York. The star has penned a column on Africa's need for help from Europe and details a recent meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

5th August 2008

Quote: "If you start from the pseudo British accent and the little reported fact that the singer sounds like a girl, things don't look too promising... You do want to give the singer a slap for lots of reasons, but let's start with the pretentiousness." Bono responds to a Rolling Stone magazine review about the reissue of U2's BOY album with his own thoughts.

1st August 2008

Fact: An internet campaign has been started urging U2 frontman Bono to "retire from public life". The online petition has so far raised $390 (GBP195) - all the money will be given to charity if the singer agrees to step out of the public eye.

15th July 2008

Quote: "What is the difference between God and Bono? God doesn't wander down Grafton street (Dublin's fashionable boulevard) thinking he's BONO." Music producer and The X Factor judge Louis Walsh makes a crack at U2 frontman BONO.

10th April 2008

Quote: "You would think Bono has enough money to fix whatever is going on in Africa. But apparently, he only has half." Comedian Rob Schneider encouraged viewers to donate on American Idol charity special IDOL GIVES BACK on Wednesday (09Apr08) - insisting even the U2 frontman isn't rich enough to solve world crises.

18th March 2008

Quote: "I'm sitting in a room singing songs about Spider-Man with Bono and The Edge... My life definitely doesn't get much weirder than that. He was my backing vocalist, Bono was." ACROSS THE UNIVERSE star JIM STURGESS on his singing auditions for the upcoming Spider-Man stage musical.

3rd March 2008

Fact: Bono, Fergie, Annie Lennox, Snoop Dogg, Mariah Carey, John Legend and Miley Cyrus are among the stars confirmed to take part in reality TV show American Idol's second annual IDOL GIVES BACK charity special next month (Apr08).

25th February 2008

Quote: "Getting a text from Bono is one of the biggest things that can happen to an Irishman. (He's) the chieftain of our country." Best Song Oscar winner GLEN HANSARD on receiving a text message from the U2 rocker immediately after claiming gold at the Academy Awards on Sunday (24Feb08).

21st January 2008

Quote: "Irish people are essentially Latin people who don't know how to dance." U2 frontman Bono insists his fellow countrymen have a lot in common with their South American counterparts.

6th December 2007

Quote: "Most people will say a person can't be that nice, but Bono truly is." Hip-hop soul queen MARY J. BLIGE insists U2 rocker BONO lives up to his nice guy persona.

20th November 2007

Fact: Julia Roberts and her cameraman husband DANNY MODER have designed a range of leather bracelets that are to be sold at Emporio Armani stores next month (Dec07) to raise fund for rocker Bono's (Red) AIDS campaign.

31st October 2007

Fact: U2 rocker Bono is auctioning his motorbike in a bid to raise money for healthcare workers in Africa. The bike's previous owner was late Inxs singer Michael Hutchence.

29th October 2007

Quote: "The band supports my work - they just wish I would stick to singing rather than talking." U2 singer Bono on his fellow band members' opinions of his philanthropic work.

18th October 2007

Fact: Bono and The Sopranos star James Gandolfini were among the fans at Bruce Springsteen's Madison Square Garden show in New York on Wednesday night (17Oct07). Springsteen's guitarist is Gandolfini's The Sopranos co-star STEVEN VAN ZANDT.

15th October 2007

Fact: Rockers The Killers have recorded a Christmas (07) tune, called DON'T SHOOT ME, SANTA CLAUS, to benefit Bono's RED charity.

20th September 2007

Quote: "I'm doing a musical with Bono and The Edge and I've always thought, 'Let's see Bono act.' I could also see him as an American LSD guru from the East Coast (of America) with a big handlebar walrus moustache." Director Julie Taymor on transforming Bono into a psychedelic druggie for Beatles movie musical ACROSS THE UNIVERSE.

21st August 2007

Fact: Campaigner Bono has been turned into Jesus Christ in a new sculptor by artist DANIEL EDWARDS in which the U2 singer wears a long white robe, while a starving African child gazes up at him.

11th July 2007

Quote: "All I see are dodgy films with Madonna in and Bono's hair. I saw (his hair) in that video... where they play on the roof. F**kin' hell, you could've used it as a wedding dress, it was that long, like a big flap of s**te." ECHO + THE BUNNYMEN star Ian Mcculloch on the worst things about the 1980s.

27th February 2007

Quote: "I'm looking forward to playing all the new places on this tour. I'm sick of talking to Bono and he telling me all the places that U2 have played that we haven't done. That's why we're doing this tour." Aerosmith frontman Steve Tyler looks forward to performing in Dubai for the first time this summer (06).

29th January 2007

Quote: "They can't play, but they play better than anybody you ever heard." Bono on his musical heroes The Clash.

3rd January 2007

Quote: "We're gonna continue to be a band. But maybe the rock will have to go." Frontman Bono considers U2's future.

2nd December 2006

Quote: "If you were normal or if you were straight up, a self-confident character, why would you wanna be in a band. You'd wanna get a job in an insurance company... where rational people make rational decisions." U2 frontman Bono insists all rock stars are damaged goods.

29th November 2006

Quote: "We'd carry their suitcases but, deep down, I think we have them on the run." U2 star Bono slyly boasts his band is almost as good as his heroes THE BEATLES.

28th November 2006

Quote: "The great artists, they own a colour - with VAN GOGH it was yellow, with MATISSE it was yellow and a blue. Very few artists own their own tone. He does... There's a colour that we've seen through his guitar playing that didn't exist before he played." Bono has high praise for U2 bandmate THE EDGE.

28th November 2006

Quote: "They're the only band in the world I wouldn't have walked on after." U2 star Bono insists he could never have headlined over THE CLASH.

7th November 2006

Fact: U2 star Bono's 'Red' campaign has been a huge hit - more than 15 million pregnant women in Africa can now get treatment to prevent the transmission of HIV to their unborn children thanks to the money raised by the sales of red merchandise at The Gap, Apple and Giorgio Armani stores.

20th October 2006

Quote: "She wouldn't let me. She didn't want to put my face to it because it's her thing." Megastar Bono's offer to model his wife ALI HEWSON's new ethical fashion range Edun One was well and truly snubbed.

28th September 2006

Fact: Rocker Bono will be the first celebrity pal former Eurythmics star Dave Stewart will interview as part of his new music-themed interview show for US cable channel HBO.

27th September 2006

Quote: "When there's a disaster, it's like, 'Call U2.'" Rocker Bono accepts he and his group are disaster relief experts.

27th September 2006

Quote: "When there's a disaster, it's like, 'Call U2.'" Rocker Bono accepts he and his group are disaster relief experts.

19th September 2006

Fact: Hip-hop mogul Shawn 'Jay-Z' Carter has become just the third African-American to make it onto this year's (06) Vanity Fair Annual New Establishment Power List. The rapper ranks number 46, behind Oprah Winfrey (9) and RICHARD PARSONS of Time Warner (11). Carter is also one of three musical artists that made the list, along with U2 frontman Bono (24) and Rolling Stones star SIR Mick Jagger (56).

1st June 2006

Quote: "I look in the mirror and think, 'I don't look like a rock star.' I talked about this with Bono and we looked at each other and decided we look like a pair of bricklayers." Billy Joel is a modest musician.

25th May 2006

Quote: "I feel all kinds of unusual feelings in his company - like humility and modesty." U2 frontman Bono insists veteran songwriter Leonard Cohen has a strange effect on him.

24th May 2006

Quote: "I've had people staring at me since I was 20-years-old. If they stare at me on the continent of Africa it's usually to laugh at the Irishman, who's going rosy pink in the sun." Bono accepts he's an oddity in Africa.

22nd February 2006

Quote: <p>"Celebrity is a currency and I want to spend mine well." U2 frontman Bono is determined to use his powerful status to do as much good as he can. </p>

10th February 2006

Quote: <p>"Never liked them. That whole thing of Bono becoming the Pope, what the f**k's that all about? Pseudo-American rubbish." Paul Weller explains his dislike of Irish rockers U2. </p>

9th February 2006

Quote: <p>"If you think this is gonna go to our head, it's too late." Bono on picking up U2's fourth Grammy Award last night (08FEB06) for Song of the Year (SOMETIMES YOU CAN'T MAKE IT ON YOUR OWN). </p>

9th February 2006

Quote: <p>"We're the loudest folk band in the world." Bono describes U2's music at the Grammy Awards last night (08FEB06). </p>

9th February 2006

Quote: <p>"We're thinking about sending him to sort of like MA, which is like a Meglomaniacs Anonymous meeting - we can bring other people in, sit down: 'When did you first start having thoughts of world domination?'" U2 star Bono on cocky Grammy Awards rival and touring partner Kanye West. </p>

9th February 2006

Quote: <p>"We're the loudest folk band in the world." Bono describes U2's music at the Grammy Awards last night (08FEB06). </p>

9th February 2006

Quote: <p>"If you think this is gonna go to our head, it's too late." Bono on picking up U2's fourth Grammy Award last night (08FEB06) for Song of the Year (SOMETIMES YOU CAN'T MAKE IT ON YOUR OWN). </p>

9th February 2006

Quote: <p>"We're thinking about sending him to sort of like MA, which is like a Meglomaniacs Anonymous meeting - we can bring other people in, sit down: `When did you first start having thoughts of world domination?'" U2 star Bono on cocky Grammy Awards rival and touring partner Kanye West. </p>

7th February 2006

Fact: <p>George Clooney celebrated his triple Oscar nominations last Tuesday (31JAN06) on the set of a coffee machine commercial he was filming for the European market. Meanwhile, Bono, former US President Bill Clinton and broadcast legend Walter Kronkite were among those who called to congratulate the movie star. </p>

4th February 2006

Quote: <p>"Please join me in praying that I don't say something we all regret." Bono leads President George W Bush and others guests in prayer at the National Prayer Breakfast. </p>

3rd February 2006

Quote: <p>"I've got a messianic complex." U2 star Bono reveals why he attended yesterday's (02FEB06) National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC. </p>

24th January 2006

Fact: <p>Mary J Blige and U2 will team up again to perform at the Grammy Awards on 8 February (06). The R+B star performed a duet with Bono on the band's ONE for a post Hurricane Katrina telethon last year (05). </p>

19th December 2005

Fact: <p>U2 rockers Bono and The Edge recently enjoyed a snowball fight with British singer Gavin Rossdale outside Chicago, Illinois, hot spot Le Passage, after partying into the early morning. </p>

23rd November 2005

Fact: <p>Punk icon Patti Smith joined U2 frontman Bono for a version of John Lennon's INSTANT KARMA as part of the encore of the Irish rock group's seventh show of 2005 at New York's Madison Square on Monday night (21NOV05). Smith also supported the group at the show. </p>

25th October 2005

Quote: <p>"At 60 I'm going to be much better looking than I am now. I'm sure of that." Rocker Bono is confident age will be kind to him. </p>

25th October 2005

Quote: <p>"Yoko came up to me when I was in my twenties, and she put her hand on me and she said, 'You are John's son.'" U2 rocker Bono was thrilled YOKO ONO saw her late husband John Lennon in him. </p>

25th October 2005

Quote: <p>"It's a shame that he and MICK don't get on better. If they're doing this well without that kind of relationship, can you imagine how well they would do if they were actually ringing each other up getting up a better verse, a better hook?" Rocker Bono regrets his heroes SIR Mick Jagger and Keith Richards aren't closer. </p>

25th October 2005

Quote: <p>"As long as we don't develop fat a**es, I think there's another 10 years in us." Bono is optimistic about the future of U2. </p>

24th October 2005

Quote: <p>"Bruce taught me some very valuable lessons, like how to hold on to your life as a civilian and how to disappear out the back door in your civvies, back to ordinary life." U2 star Bono credits Bruce Springsteen as a fame guru. </p>

21st October 2005

Quote: <p>"I'm sick of Bono. And I am Bono. It's like, 'Oh man, shut up!" BONO is tired of himself. </p>

20th October 2005

Quote: <p>"I'm restless and impatient with the process. The band are delighted to have a break from me." Bono answers criticism that his U2 bandmates are far from impressed with the amount of time the rocker spends seeking justice and chasing causes around the world. </p>

10th October 2005

Quote: <p>"Unfortunately U2 can't be with us here today, as Bono is in the Holy Land curing lepers with his touch." Host Jonathan Ross mocks Bono's charity work. </p>

7th October 2005

Quote: <p>"We wanted to get one million members by the end of the year... and Tom Brady (American football star) signed on in Boston this week - he was the two millionth member... By 2008 we're gonna ask for 10 million." Rock humanitarian Bono's Internet awareness campaign,, has surpassed his expectations. </p>


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