Music can change the world because it can change people.
My heroes are the ones who survived doing it wrong, who made mistakes, but recovered from them.
Singer, poet, activist, believer: few icons in the history of rock & roll have created art with the consciousness and passion of Bono, and only a handful have done it as successfully. Whether preaching about “three chords and the truth” or donning ironic personas, the first and only frontman for seminal Irish rock band U2 has always stood unequivocally for hope, faith, and love — and in so doing has touched millions of fans, as well as sold millions of records.
~Jonathan Miller (allmusic.com)
New Years Day:
|Birth name||Paul David Hewson|
|Also known as||Bono, Bono Vox|
|Born||10 May 1960 (age 53)
|Origin||Finglas, County Dublin, Ireland|
|Genres||Rock, post-punk, alternative rock|
|Occupations||Musician, singer-songwriter, activist, philanthropist|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, harmonica|
|Associated acts||U2, Passengers|
Paul David Hewson (born 10 May 1960), known by his stage name Bono, is an Irish singer, musician, venture capitalist and humanitarian best known for being the main vocalist of the Dublin-based rock band U2. Bono was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, and attended Mount Temple Comprehensive School where he met his future wife, Alison Stewart, and the future members of U2. Bono writes almost all U2 lyrics, frequently using religious and social, and occasional political themes. During their early years, Bono’s lyrics contributed to U2’s rebellious and spiritual tone. As the band matured, his lyrics became inspired more by personal experiences shared with members of U2.
One – Live Vertigo Tour (2005/6):
Outside the band, he has collaborated and recorded with numerous artists, is managing director and a managing partner of Elevation Partners, and has refurbished and owns The Clarence Hotel in Dublin with The Edge. Bono is also widely known for his activism concerning Africa, for which he co-founded DATA, EDUN, the ONE Campaign and Product Red. He has organised and played in several benefit concerts and has met with influential politicians. Bono has been praised and criticised for his activism and involvement with U2. He has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, was granted an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, and, with Bill and Melinda Gates, was named Time Person of the Year in 2005, among other awards and nominations.
I like U2 a lot, but, well, U2 are actually pretty original. But they’re Irish; they’re Celtic – they’ve got that thing goin’. You’ve gotta get away from America in order to make anything stick. America will just bombard you with too much shit. You have to make a conscious attempt to stay away from all the garbage.
~Bob Dylan (to Kurt Loder – October 1987)
Love rescue me (feat. Ziggy Marley & Keith Richards):