Bono

Born: May 10, 1960
Dublin, Ireland
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Bono is originally from Dublin, Ireland, where he was surrounded by a large family. His curiosity and wanting for knowledge seemed to lead him, and he was easily occupied with simple things, such as nature. When he was a young teenager, however, he suffered the loss of his mother, whom he loved dearly. She died of a brain aneurysm while at her fathers’ funeral, and this had a great impact on Bono, and seemed to heighten his lust for knowledge. He began to get into punk music like Patti Smith and the Ramones, as well as some of the local rock heroes like Thin Lizzy. He began to gravitate towards art of any kind, and found himself the center of the high school popular circle. His friend nicknamed him Bono Vox, which meant "good voice" in a broken form of latin. It was then that he met his sweetheart, and she would eventually become his wife and the mother of his children. It was also in high school that he met Larry Mullen, Jr., a great drummer who was interested in starting a rock band. Larry invited two cats, Dave Evans (also called the Edge), who was already quite proficient on the guitar, and amateur bassist Adam Clayton, to join in their band, and Bono was invited to join as the frontman. They began calling themselves U2, and started to actually write songs of their own. Bono has contributed a social consciousness to U2 that has made a notable impression in the public’s eye. Bono’s tendency toward theatrics has also manifested itself in several alter egos, such as the Mirrorball Man, The Fly, and Mister MacPhisto.

In 1997, Bono had began to notice some problems with his vocal chords, and was admitted into the hospital to have the problem corrected. After a surgery, Bono recovered and was told to quit smoking, which he did. It was long after this that he was back in the studio, giving top-notch performances. And Bono has been involved in other projects as well, aside from U2. He has been involved with the Jubilee 2000 project to help end third world debt, and he has even found time to get involved in the movie business. He is also the father of three children.



Instruments Played / Skills:
Vocals Songwriter Guitar

Genres:
1980's Alternative Hard Rock Pop/Top40

Bands That Bono Has Played For:
U2

Bono Has Worked With:
The Edge Adam Clayton Larry Mullen, Jr. B.B. King Frank Sinatra
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"I think music is way beyond rational thinking. It doesn't have to make any sense."

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