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2 Jan, 2015
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Might not play guitar again

Bono says he may never be able to play guitar again in a letter to fans on U2’s website.

Recovery has been more difficult than I thought. As I write this, it is not clear that I will ever play guitar again. The band have reminded me that neither they nor western civilization are depending on this.

4 Dec, 2014
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‘Basically can’t move’

The Edge tells radio network KROQ that Bono is undergoing physiotherapy for injuries received during his cycling accident, but he “basically can’t move”.

And the most vulnerable was actually his upper back, the scapula, because they couldn’t put any plates in there or they decided not to do surgery. He basically can’t move for the next couple of months. We’re kind of lucky he was wearing a helmet so he didn’t actually break Central Park. He’s made of tough stuff, and he’s bouncing back.

20 Nov, 2014
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Surgery

Bono goes through hours of surgery at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center to repair injuries suffered during a cycling accident. Dr. Dean Lorich reports that Bono broke his arm in six spots and fractured his eye socket and shoulder (in three places):

He will require intensive and progressive therapy. However, a full recovery is expected.

17 Nov, 2014
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Hurt in cycling accident

Bono injures his arm while cycling in Central park. U2 cancels it’s scheduled appearances on NBC’s The Tonight Show. U2’s statement:

It looks like we will have to do our Tonight Show residency another time – we’re one man down. Bono has injured his arm in a cycling spill in Central Park and requires some surgery to repair it. We’re sure he’ll make a full recovery soon, so we’ll be back! Much thanks to Jimmy Fallon and everyone at the show for their understanding.

23 Oct, 2014
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Rolling Stone cover

Magazine Cover

U2U2 appears on the cover of Rolling Stone. Bono discusses the group’s latest album, Songs of Innocence, being automatically downloaded to iPhone users music lists.

It’s like we put a bottle of milk in people’s fridge that they weren’t asking for. It is a gross invasion! But it was kind of an accident. The milk was supposed to be in the cloud. It was supposed to be on the front doorstep.

17 Oct, 2014
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Has glaucoma

Bono reveals that he suffers from glaucoma during a recording for The Graham Norton Show. Bono explains that the condition, which causes sensitivity to light, is why he wears dark glasses.

This is a good place to explain to people that I’ve had glaucoma for the last 20 years. I have good treatments and I am going to be fine. You’re not going to get this out of your head now, and you will be saying ‘Ah, poor old blind Bono’.

Bono Reveals Reason He Always Wears Sunglasses – The Graham Norton Show

15 Oct, 2014
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Apologizes for download

Bono apologizes for Songs of Innocence being added to iPhone users music libraries without their permission. In a question and answer session on Facebook, Bono responds to a user who calls the automatic download “rude”.

Oops, I’m sorry about that. I had this beautiful idea and we got carried away with ourselves. Artists are prone to that kind of thing. Drop of megalomania, touch of generosity, dash of self-promotion, and deep fear that these songs that we poured our life into over the last few years mightn’t be heard. There’s a lot of noise out there. I guess we got a little noisy ourselves to get through it.

21 Jun, 2014
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Cannes Lionheart award

Announcement

Bono becomes the first ever recipient of the “honorary award that is given in exceptional circumstances.”

Bono has used his celebrity status to successfully establish a global brand, through which he has built unique relationships with other such brands, to raise awareness and funds for the fight against AIDS and achieve greater good for humankind.  We are delighted and privileged that Bono will share his inspirational story with our Cannes Lions delegates and we look forward to presenting him with the first Cannes LionHeart in recognition of his achievements.

During his acceptance speech, Bono says:

This is the most important room for (RED) to ever be in.

11 Jun, 2014
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Film collaboration

Announcement

Bono and the Edge announce they will be collaborating with directory Jim Carney on his new film set in 1980’s Dublin.

It’s going to be set in the Eighties; obviously U2 were extremely prolific then, so they’ll bring that, and they’ve just been great sounding boards. Bono has been very helpful with character and story as I’ve sort of pitched the project to him over the last few months.

6 Jun, 2014
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RED campaign

Bono records an Instagram video to promote Batali’s RED campaign against AIDS. The chef is asking fans to contribute $10 for a chance to win private cooking lessons in New York. Proceeds will go toward providing HIV positive pregnant women access to medication they heed to ensure that their children are born HIV free. Bono sings:

Mario, Mario, Mario, Mario! I once met a chef called Mario – ah, the cheapest of dates. Ten bucks, a ginger, a redhead. I’m in.

29 May, 2014
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Join Fender’s Board of Directors

Hired

Edge and Bono takes on a position with the Fender as it pursues new growth strategies built on fan-engagement.

When a festival-goer wears a Fender t-shirt, they are saying a lot about themselves. They love music, they’re independent-spirited, they’re proud of this truly American company, a nexus of technology and culture which, in the end, can’t be copied no matter how hard the giants try. I’m excited to be part of developing newer technologies with Fender, as well as helping protect the jobs and commitment to excellence of their age-old craft.

 

16 Jul, 2013
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Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters

Bono receives the recognition, Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters.  It is presented by Minister of Culture Aurélie Filippetti  in a ceremony at the Ministry of Culture and Communication in Paris.

Beyond notes and beyond words, you committed yourself and dedicated your fame and career to wage some of the greatest wars of our time. Not for charity’s sake but in the name of Justice.

Bono expresses his feelings on the announcement.

This is a huge honor for me, but really it belongs to the band.  I’ve got the biggest mouth and the loudest voice but the music we make comes from each other. Being an Irish Francophile, a student of many great French artists and writers… it is unspeakably special to receive an award from France for being an artist.  Thank you.

1 Jan, 2008
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DATA and ONE combine operations

Closure

Bono’s charitable human rights organizations ONE and DATA combine operations to continue under the ONE name.  Bono lobbies U.S. Presidents and Congressional leaders, along with the heads of many other G8 nations, in ONE’s name.

23 Dec, 2006
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Knighthood announced

The British Embassy in Dublin announces that Bono will be granted the honor early in the new year for his services to the music industry and his humanitarian work.  Prime Minister Tony Blair sent his congratulations.

I know from talking to you how much these causes matter to you. I know as well how knowledgeable you are about the problems we face and how determined you are to do all you can to help overcome them. I want personally to thank you for the invaluable role you played in the run-up to the Gleneagles G8 summit. Without your personal contribution, we could not have achieved the results we did. So thank you and I look forward to continuing to work together to maintain momentum on Africa, and ensure leaders around the world meet the promises they have made.

 

 

1 Jun, 2006
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Co-founds (RED)

Founding

Bono and Shriver team up for another humanitarian venture to found (RED) to raise money from businesses to buy AIDS drugs for people in Africa unable to afford them.  After setting up DATA, the two noticed that there was still a need for greater private sector funding and created (RED) as a division of ONE, to fill that need. They hopes to generate a sustainable flow of money to aid in their efforts.

Product (RED) has an ongoing relationship with a number of iconic global brands that sell (RED) products and donate a percentage of the profits directly to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

24 Feb, 2006
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Second Nobel nomination

Nomination

Bono is again nominated to win the Nobel Peace  prize.  This year his fellow nominees include colleague Bob Geldof, among others.  Bono’s nomination stems from his work against world poverty.

 

2 Feb, 2006
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National Prayer Breakfast

Gives Talk

The singer speaks before an audience at the 54th annual event in Washington.  The content of his speech is centered around world issues and his work with the One Campaign.

We hear that call in the ONE Campaign, a growing movement of more than two million Americans… left and right together… united in the belief that where you live should no longer determine whether you live. We hear that call even more powerfully today, as we mourn the loss of Coretta Scott King—mother of a movement for equality, one that changed the world but is only just getting started. These issues are as alive as they ever were; they just change shape and cross the seas.

Preventing the poorest of the poor from selling their products while we sing the virtues of the free market… that’s a justice issue. Holding children to ransom for the debts of their grandparents… That’s a justice issue. Withholding life-saving medicines out of deference to the Office of Patents… that’s a justice issue.

1 Jun, 2005
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Starts responsible fashion brand

Founding

Together with his wife, Ali Hewson, Bono founds EDUN, a socially responsible clothing and accessories line.  The company’s mission is to promote and provide sustainable growth opportunities to African people.

EDUN is building long-term, sustainable growth opportunities by supporting manufacturers, infrastructure and community building initiatives in Africa.  We are actively working toward increasing trade throughout the continent with our apparel and accessories businesses.  For Spring 2014, 85% of the EDUN collection will be produced in sub Saharan Africa.

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TED Prize

Bono is awarded the prize and given the means to further his wishes through the one.org organization:

I wish for you to help build a social movement of more than 1 MILLION American activists for Africa. I wish to tell people ONE BILLION times about ONE, with as much of this as possible before the G8 Africa Summit in July 2005. I wish for you to show the power of information — its power to rewrite the rules and to transform lives — by connecting every hospital, health clinic, and school in one African country, Ethiopia, to the Internet.
18 Feb, 2005
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Nobel Peace Prize nomination

Nomination

Bono is named one of 166 nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize, alongside Pope John Paul II, and Colin Powell.  The possibility of his selection is noted as being slim, as musicians are unorthodox choices for nominees.

15 Nov, 2004
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Wins Band Aid battle

Organizers for Band Aid 20 announce that Bono’s version of the line,  “And tonight thank God it’s them instead of you,” will be used instead of the one recorded by Justin Hawkins.  Participants, including Justin himself, do not necessarily agree with the decision.

Bono’s people say he definitely has to do that line.  Justin’s version was brilliant, but they are adamant…I did it and I did it better than him. So, his management kicked up a stink. It obviously means a lot to him. It’s a valuable line for him, he needs it, so I think he’s going to fly back and try again to beat me…If not, they’re going to use the original one he did when he was my age.

 

 

1 Jun, 2004
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Chilean Medal of Honor

Bono is presented with the Pablo Neruda International Presidential Medal of Honor by the government of Chile for his humanitarian work.

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Co-founds ONE

Founding

Bono’s DATA organization co-founds international human rights organization, ONE.  The official description of the new organization is

ONE: The Campaign to Make Poverty History, an advocacy and campaigning organization dedicated to fighting extreme poverty and preventable disease.

26 Apr, 2004
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Time 100 Most Influential People

Bono is named to Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People  for his willingness to make a stand and create a stir. Bobby Shriver recounts an anecdote where Bono asked for a full $435 million from Congress and threatened to shame those who did not approve the funds by placing their photo on 30-ft. screens with the caption, ‘This guy killed African women and children.” The magazine says:

That’s punk rock. And that’s why Bono is a hero. Not because he’s a rock star, but because he’s a rock star who is willing to spend time on things that are tedious and boring—like long sessions with Senators and Administration officials and meetings at the World Bank and the IMF on torpid Washington Saturday mornings.

1 Apr, 2004
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O Magazine interview

Interview

Bono talks about why is is nervous whenever he releases an album in an interview with O Magazine.

It’s much easier to be successful than it is to be relevant. The tricks won’t keep you relevant. Tricks might keep you popular for a while, but in all honesty, I don’t know how U2 will stay relevant. I know we’ve got a future. I know we can fill stadiums. And yet with every record, I think, Is this it? Are we still relevant?

16 Jun, 2003
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Legion D’Honneur

Bono is bestowed with a Legion D’Honneur  distinction by President Jacques Chirac for his music and activism.

1 Jun, 2002
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Co-founds DATA

Founding

Bono teams up with Bobby Shriver to co-found DATA (debt, AIDS, trade, Africa).  The organization is created to raise public awareness of the issues in its name, and influence government policy on Africa.

10 May, 1960
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Bono born in Dublin

Birth

Paul Hewson is born in the suburb of Ballymun. He is the second child of Catholic father Brendan Robert Hewson, and Protestant mother Iris Elizabeth Rankin.  He experiences an admittedly average childhood until the age of 14, when his mother dies of a brain hemorrhage at his grandfather’s funeral.

The way you see the world is shaped way before you go into the world. It’s shaped through the way you see a community.  It’s shaped through the way you see a street.  I live comfortably all over the world and people say it’s incredible that you are really a ‘wherever I lay my hat, that’s my home’ person.  But I am partly that because of the way I grew up in Finglas — sleeping on a couch, or because my mother died when I was a kid I was in the house on my own a lot of the time, so I’d knock on the door of the Hanveys at teatime, you know, or the Rowens at lunchtime.

It might be London, it might be New York, but that ability to feel comfortable where I am was definitely instilled in me on Cedarwood Road.

At the time of his mother’s death, he is known as ‘Steinhegvanhuysenolegbangbangbang.’  Later this name evolves into ‘Bonavox of O’Connell Street,’ and is eventually shortened to ‘Bonavox,’ ‘Bono Vox,’  and finally ‘Bono.’

He attends school, but is more into girls than his studies.  While in school, he is initially interested in acting, but responds to an ad looking for musicians and meets up with the remaining members of what would later become U2.  He also meets his future wife.

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