May 9, 2010

Happy 50th Birthday, Bono!

U2, Kalvøya-festivalen, Norway, August 21st 1983Image via Wikipedia
Source: 3 News
MON, 10 MAY 2010 7:41A.M.


Bono celebrates his 50th birthday today.
Irish rock star, global humanitarian and knight of the British empire was born Paul David Hewson, May 10, 1960.
He became an internationally famous as the front-man of U2, going by his stage name of Bono.
Formed at Dublin's Temple Mount School in 1978 - the band consists of Bono, guitarist The Edge, bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen Jr.
Now in their fourth decade of music-making, U2 have earned a string of awards, from Grammys to Billboard to Golden Globes, and sold tens of millions of records.
In 2005 the group were inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame - and their critical and commercial success means they are often referred to as "the biggest band in the world."
Off-stage the Dublin-born icon continues to make good on the social issues he sings about and is not shy in admitting that he wants to bring about change in the world:
"Rock stars always want to do two things. They want to have fun and change the world. If you can do both at the same time you're OK," Bono once said.
Bono's long worked as a campaigner against poverty, disease and the spread of AIDS in Africa.
He also has awards to show for this good work - the Legion d'Honneur from France, the Order of Liberty from Portugal, the Liberty Medal from America and his British Knighthood.
When he's not campaigning or performing at a sold out U2 gig, Bono is father to four children - Jordan, Eve, Elijah and John.
He is married to Ali Hewson, who he met at school in Dublin, along with the rest of his bandmates.

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