Obsession ~ Bono

"See, the thing about us is that we like each other. It's almost the biggest thing you can say." - Bono

As a rock star, I have two instincts, I want to have fun, and I want to change the world. I have a chance to do both.

 

Bono was born on May 10, 1960 in the sunny isle of Dublin, Ireland. Originally christened Paul Hewson, "Bono Vox" was given to him as a nickname early on by his closest childhood friend, Guggi. The rumor goes that after seeing a hearing aid store, Guggi thought it would suit his buddy to a "t". Bono Vox, means "Good Voice" in cockeyed Latin. It stuck from that moment on, although shortened into the now infamous Bono.

Bono spent his childhood in Dublin and is the younger son of Bobby and Iris Hewson. His older brother Norman and Bono shared a strong bond over the years and survived the loss of both parents. Bono's mother died of a brain aneurysm while attending her father's own funeral. Bono was devastated and has since left a long lasting heartbreaking affect. Bono was just 15 years old. Then, later, in 1991, Bobby Hewson passed away after a long battle with cancer.

Bono was an extremely charming kid growing up and traveled among the cliques of High School effortlessly and with disarming ease. Although his grades struggled, he had a particular fascination with history, art and enjoyed the strategic engagement of chess. Considered a "player" back in the day, Bono never had trouble seducing young ladies. An apparent gift he was born into, and if you ask any of his adoring fans that have had the pleasure of dancing with him on stage, they would most likely agree. He happily went from one beautiful conquest to another, until he helplessly laid eyes on one Alison Stewart. Once,her heart was securely his, the rest became history. Bono and Ali were married in 1982 and have four children they raise together in Dublin.

Bono knew early on that music was his passion and realized this is where his destiny lay. In 1976, he answered an ad seeking someone who would be interested in starting a band. The home where the supposed meeting was to take place, happened to belong to Larry Mullen, Jr. Lucky for us, they clicked immediately and Rock History was about to be made.

During U2's early years, Bono, apparently liking the art of disguise and the grandeur of taking on different personas to match his particular moods, gradually made his way through a batch of appropriate alter-egos. From the Antichrist, Alton Dalton, The Sonic Leprechaun, The Fly, The Mother Theresa of Abandoned Songs, The Mirror Ball, and Mister MacPhisto. Bono's flair for the dramatics has always been part of his charisma.

One of the best Rock Performers of our time, Bono is a master of drawing his audiences into his world. As the lead singer and sometime guitar player of an incredibly prolific and indestructible rock bands of all time, U2, Bono has electrified his audience and given stage performances that are both mystical and for some spiritual.

Bono also makes it a priority to use his time well. As a public speaker, screenwriter, and amateur thespian of sorts, he brings truth and inspiration to his causes. Most notably is his powerful and respected role as humanitarian. Bono has lent his name to worthwhile causes and projects, and has become a leading activist.

Bono continues to use his fame to enlist actors and artists alike to make a true change in the life of millions. Third World Debt has been his priority and has enabled him to win such awards as the "Free Your Mind" accolade, that was presented to him by Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones. This lead Bono to declare "This is only going to make me worse."

U2 is a powerhouse band that is as relevant today as when they first began their successful conquest of the world in 1981. U2 has a new album due out early 2009 and continues to gain massive appeal and critical acclaim.

My heroes are the ones who survived doing it wrong, who made mistakes, but recovered from them.

Rock 'n' roll is ridiculous. It's absurd. In the past, U2 was trying to duck that. Now we're wrapping our arms around it and giving it a great big kiss.
Rock 'n' roll is ridiculous. It's absurd. In the past, U2 was trying to duck that. Now we're wrapping our arms around it and giving it a great big kiss.

It's stasis that kills you off in the end, not ambition.

It's so sweet, I feel like my teeth are rotting when I listen to the radio.

Distance does not decide who is your brother and who is not. The church is going to have to become the conscience of the free market if it's to have any meaning in this world - and stop being its apologist.
Distance does not decide who is your brother and who is not. The church is going to have to become the conscience of the free market if it's to have any meaning in this world - and stop being its apologist.

Music can change the world because it can change people.

 

Bono and Alison Stewart married in 1982 and have never looked back. They have four beautiful children, Jordan born in May of 1989 Memphis Eve born in July of 1991, Elijah Patricius Q. Guggi born August of 1999 and John Abraham born in May of 2001. Bono lost his father after a long-standing battle with cancer on August 21, 2001. During the European end of the Elevation tour, Bono gave emotional performances and paid tribute to his dad during each concert. Bono and Ali raise their children in Dublin, in the suburb of Killiney. An exclusive area, where the rest of the band also reside.

The less you know, the more you believe.

" And I remember this girl who was so beautiful and so completely unaware of it. I mean, she used to wear Wellington boots and gabardine, and there was just no vanity. And I thought that this was just the most attractive person I'd ever seen, a compl
" And I remember this girl who was so beautiful and so completely unaware of it. I mean, she used to wear Wellington boots and gabardine, and there was just no vanity. And I thought that this was just the most attractive person I'd ever seen, a compl

To be one, to be united is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater.

We thought that we had the answers, it was the questions we had wrong.

The Coors with Bono ~ Summer Wine

Bruce Springstein with Bono

"Let's Make Poverty History" ~ Bono

"ONE" ~ LIVE

Bono ~ Quoted on Religion

The Gospels paint a picture of a very demanding, sometimes divisive love, but love it is.

Religion can be the enemy of God. It's often what happens when God, like Elvis, has left the building.

The Church has its problems, but the older I get, the more comfort I find there.

It's a mind-blowing concept that the God who created the universe might be looking for company, a real relationship with people, but the thing that keeps me on my knees is the difference between Grace and Karma.

It's clear to me that Karma is at the very heart of the universe. I'm absolutely sure of it. And yet, along comes this idea called Grace to upend all that "as you reap, so you will sow" stuff.

Grace defies reason and logic. Love interrupts, if you like, the consequences of your actions, which in my case is very good news indeed, because I've done a lot of stupid stuff.

Religion can be the enemy of God.

Even though I'm a believer, I still find it really hard to be around other believers: They make me nervous, they make me twitch. I sorta watch my back. Except when I'm with the black church.

God has some really weird kids, and I find it hard to be in their company most of the time.

The music that really turns me on is either running toward God or away from God

. As a rock star, I have two instincts, I want to have fun, and I want to change the world. I have a chance to do both.

The aggression thing is something I'm still working at. That level of aggression, both outside and inside, is not normal or appropriate.

Music was an alarm bell for me, it woke me up to the world

U2 is an original species... there are colours and feelings and emotional terrain that we occupy that is ours and ours alone.

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tanya0510 8 years ago from Los Angeles

Bono is the only celebrity I care to meet! What a unique human being! So deep and puts meaning into his work. I'm glad I share his birthday!

I met a guy who met U2 when they were just starting out and came to the Seattle area for a concert. This must have been the late 70s/early 80s. They wanted another bassist, as you know they were for a while dissatisfied with Adam Clayton. Well, they asked my friend if he wanted to be their bassist and he turned them down!!! Can you believe it! He thought they weren't that good. I bet he's kicking himself now!


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summer10 8 years ago from my happy place :) Author

WOW... what a story.... the poor guy, such a crazy thing to have to deal with... I wonder if he changes the station when Bono comes ablaring ?? sharing your birthday with Bono, the earthy, level-headed and passionate taurus explains a bit of where your writing comes from. I look forward to reading more of your writing. :)


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Caleb's Dad 8 years ago from Washington state

Summer10, thanks for the bio on Bono. U2 is my favorite group (followed closely by Collective Soul), so I always enjoy a bit of info on the members. I don't go to a lot of concerts, but the ones I have gone to don't compare to a U2 show. They are amazing entertainers and I have always appreciated and loved that they put purpose and meaning into most of their music.

I look forward to the newest album.


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The Best Man 5 years ago

Super hub, as the frontman of the greatest rock band of his generation (and possibly all-time) Bono is responsible for amazing music. He uses his celebrity status to try to help others. The guy is an inspiration.


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adminassistant 5 years ago

Great hub! Very informative and thorough, and I love the quotes and pictures. Nice tribute to one of the greatest human beings on the planet.

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