The Long Lunch

A Celebration for U2's Bono

Singer, songwriter and musician with U2 Bono is 59 on the 10th of May.


Born Paul David Hewson in Ireland, in school Paul was given the nickname Bono Vox, meaning good voice.

In 1976 he reponded to an ad on the noticeboard at Mount Temple Comprehensive School from Larry Mullen Jr, wanting to form a rock band.

The band's third album War hit Number One in the UK and just missed the Top 10 in America.

The band's fifth album The Joshua Tree became a world wide smash and the rest is history.

In the 80's the band dominated the charts with singles like Pride, With Or Without You, Where The Streets Have No Name, Desire and Angel Of Harlem.

In 1985 he appeared on the Band Aid single Do They Know It's Christmas.

In the 90's the band went electronic rock with Achtung Baby and pop with Pop.

In the 2000's the band released further Number One albums All That You Can't Leave Behind and No Line On The Horizon.

Bono has collaborated with many other artists over the years including Frank Sintra, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan and Roy Orbison.

In 2005 U2 was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.

In 2007 Bono was awarded a knighthood.

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