Paul David Hewson, known universally as Bono, maintains a great presence in the entertainment industry where he has enjoyed over thirty years of stardom. Bono emerged to fame as the frontman and lyricist of the Irish rock group U2, which have obtained legendary status around the world, making him and the band one of the most renowned rock musicians of the past century. Born on May 10, 1960, the Irish born singer-songwriter is also a successful venture capitalist and has made a name for himself through his philanthropic efforts concerning third world problems.
Bono got his moniker in the 1970s when he was a teen and involved with a local gang who called themselves Lypton Village. His stage name has been derived from the Latin phrase, Bonavox, which means good voice. Apart fomr He spent his early years in the capital of Ireland, Dublin, where he was born as the younger son of his parents. At the age of 14, he lost his mother to cerebral aneurysm which inspired a few songs such as Out of Control and I Will Follow. During this time, he became close to his future wife Alison Hewson, whom he had met a year before and immediately grown fond of. They started dating in the late 1970s and were inseparable. Bono and Hewson married in August 1982 and settled down in Howth. Their first daughter was born in 1989, who was followed by another daughter in 1991. Their sons were born in 1999 and 2001.
U2 was formed in 1976 at the Mount Temple Comprehensive School with original members Bobo, David Evans, Dik Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. But they were known as Feedback back then and later The Hype. They later changed the name to U2 after the departure of Dik Evans from the band. Bono wrote almost all of the songs of the band and also sung them. After a few years, Island Records signed them and they were able to release their first album titled Boy. When they started out, Bono played the guitar but later switched to singing when he found his vocal talent. They released The Joshua Tree in 1987 which became a breakthrough record for Bono and the band. U2 changed their theme dramatically for their album Achtung Baby which was released in 1991, with Bono writing more personal lyrics. In the next decade, U2 maintained their commercial and critical success in the industry with the release of albums like All That You Can’t Leave Behind, No Line on the Horizon and Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. Their world tours were also critical to the band’s popularity. U2’s successful 360° Tour held in 2009 to 2011 was the highest grossing concert tour in the history of music. Till date, 13 albums have been released by the band. They are one of the best selling music artists of all time with sales of over 150 million albums. Along with the band, Bono has been awarded with 22 Grammy Awards. Apart from his bandmates, Bono has worked with several musicians like Frank Sinatra, Luciano Pavarotti, Johnny Cash, Green Day, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, B. B King and Tom Petty to name a few.
Bono is one of the most visible philanthropists in the music industry. In 2005, he helped organize Live 8 campaign alongside Bob Geldof. He and his band have performed in several charity events such as the Band Aid projects. In the last decade, Bono has been increasingly active in humanitarian works focusing on the problems of the third world countries. He has worked with several causes such as ONE campaign and Product Red.
Bono has made several guest appearances in film and television. He has appeared as a special guest in television series such as The Simpsons, Entourage and American Idol and has been featured in documentaries such as Rewind, Bruno, From the Sky Down, Classic Albums and Muscle Shoals.