Bono was born under the real name of Paul Hewson on the 10th of May,
1960, just 4 days after the "U2" incident *.
Bobby and Iris were his parents and there was also 7 year-old Norman.
Born and bred in Dublin, he lived in Ballymun, a nice area of Dublin.
His parents were of two different religions, Iris was Protestant,
Bobby was Catholic. Bono often talks about the weirdness of growing
up in between the two religions of Ireland. Bono went with his mother
to church, not to the Catholic, and more accepted, Church of his dad.
Iris died on September 10th, 1974. Bono would always be affected by her
loss as his "home was no longer a home, just a house", and he would
later write songs about it, most notably Tomorrow.
Bono, his dad and Norman didn't get along real well. Bono started
hanging out with Fionan Hanvey, aka Gavin Friday,
and the Village. (Sometimes called Lypton Village) The Village was a
group of kids trying to rebel against the norm. They gave each other
nicknames. Paul Hewson became "Bono Vox", named after a hearing aid
store, and which also means "Perfect Voice" in Latin. Ironic again.
with the rest of the Village formed the
with whom Bono sometimes sang.
Bono answered Larry's note. When they were
"was the lead guitar player, singer, songwriter. Nobody
talked back at first. But then they talked me out of being lead guitar
player into being rhythm guitar player. And then they talked me out of
being the rhythm guitar player and into being just the singer. And then
they tried to talk me out of being the singer and into being the manager.
But I held onto that. Arrogance may have been the reason."
Now, Bono is
"almost always on guitar" that being the acoustic and occasional
electric. (But you see, Bono has a slight problem with the guitar
because "it has 6 strings and he only has 5 fingers"). Bono also
is a major collector of guitars, or so says Edge.
As the lead singer, Bono was the one who would make the connection with
the audience by reaching out, looking into their eyes, reving them up, etc..
He would often do weird stunts on stage, wheather it be climbing huge
scaffolding or waving white flags to catch the audiences' attention and
keep it on the band. It could be said that Bono's antics and stage
prescence is a large part of what propelled
U2 into the spotlight and
has kept it there for so long.
People always ask "What about drugs". Well, there have been
unconfirmed (and extrememly shady) reports of heroin use.
What about Bad and
Running to Stand Still.
Nothing has ever been confirmed, most are rumors and ump-teenth
generation reports. Aside from heroin, the boys drink rather heavily
upon occassion like Nighttown and ZooTV. Bono smokes cigars and
cigarettes, but he "doesn't inhale". Right :-). And he only
started getting into it recently. Weird.
The rest you probably know. He married Alison Stewert in August of 82.
They have two girls, Jordan and Eve. Jordan was born on Bono's birthday
- May 10th, 1989, and Eve was born July 7th, 1991.
Bono has gotten his song for Frank
Sinatra out in the open. In Frank's 80th Birthday bash
"Two Shots Of Happy (One Shot of Sad)"
was unveiled with Edge on the guitar and an
orchestra accompanying him.
Bono also wrote Miss Sarajevo with
assisting on vocals. Bono, Edge,
Eno and "Pav" performed
live in Modena this past year.
The proceeds of the Miss Sarajevo single
go to Warchild,
an organization that aids the children of Bosnia.
In Mars 1997, Bono finally signed a contract to become a movie star.
Bono had already refused contracts to appear on the big screen, looks
like he claimed it was got something to do with his image.
Last Updated: May 30, 1997.
*Última Actualização: 30 de Maio de 1997.