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edit·history·watch·refresh Stock post message.svg To-do list for Bono:
To-do list
  • Correct Other endeavours section: "Elevation Partners, of which Bono is managing direct, owns a 1.5% stake in social networking site Facebook...Currently, his stake is valued at approximately US$ 1 billion." Correct assertion to reflect sited article: "Elevation Partners and Bono don't own 100% of the remaining 40.1 million shares...The company can lay claim to less than 20% of their current $1.46 billion value...because it will return 80% of the profit - or $1.17 billion at current valuation - to its investors.... Bono will be left with an unknown fraction of that 20%.
  • Add to recognition section: In 2004, Bono was given an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Zapacoman (talk) 15:00, 7 April 2009 (UTC)
  • Correct false statement that Bono wrote poetry book "Third Rail". He just wrote fwd which oddly is sited correctly.
  • Perform a rigorous copyedit.
  • Add references to biography section.
  • Add page on his Daughter Eve who has just starred in her first feature film.
  • Add information about his book "On the Move".
  • Combine paragraphs and reword topics so they transition better.
  • Update page to talk about his role in Across the Universe.
  • early biography.
  • Expand section dealing with U2.
  • Add in information about Bono's musical influences.
  • Make changes per User:DrKiernan's peer review
  • Add citations to applicable (or all) sentences.
  • Expand lead section to two or three paragraphs per WP:LS
  • Find a better picture to replace the first one
  • Add more info on musical career
  • Add info on tour personas (added small references, but linked here in article)
  • Convert 'Humanitarian work' section 'proseline' into prose
  • Cleanup 'Criticism' section (so it doesn't sound like a review)
  • Remove elements of 'Criticism' section that do not relate to article
  • Restore NPOV to 'Criticism' section
  • Clean up the article
  • Remove irrelevant sections
  • Provide sources to quotes, or move them to Wikiquote
  • Fit citation links so page is not out of proportion.
  • Early life section describes religious views of his family, but the article never says if Bono currently adheres any religion.

In the list of songs said to be about his mother, the song Iris (hold me close) from 2014's SONGS OF INNOCENCE should also be included. Thanks for your consideration!

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stage name pronunciation?[edit]

It seems like there's either an error in the orthography or a subtle non-anglocentric misunderstanding. in most irish dialects of english, the terminal 'o' in the name 'bono' would be rhotic. it would be more accurately represented as /ɚ/ - (talk) 02:02, 14 November 2010 (UTC)

This should be added to the "Humanitarian work" section.[edit]

Acccording to News Limited, Bono stated "My prayer is that we become better in looking after our planet" but then later bragged that his his tour used six 747 jets and 55 trucks. This should be added to the article. December 3 (talk) 16:03, 29 November 2010 (UTC)

Get your facts straight, please. In the piece that you linked it was a member of the tour's crew that discussed the logistics, not Bono, so right there you are wrong about him "bragging". Secondly, although the current tour does have a high carbon footprint, U2 have and continue to purchase carbon offsets to make said footprint considerably smaller; something that any author worth his or her salt would have included, given the large number of news articles available which discuss this. And finally, blogs are not reliable sources; you'll need something of much higher quality to use as a reference on Wikipedia. Melicans (talk, contributions) 17:33, 29 November 2010 (UTC)
I agree with Melicans. And further, pushing for such an inclusion under the tenuous auspices of WP:NPOV is really a cheap shot - and a pretty flimsey one at that. I suggest you run along and do some research so you can expand wikipedia constructively, but preferably not with petty muck-raking. --Merbabu (talk) 23:15, 29 November 2010 (UTC)
I agree with Melicans and Merbabu. --John (talk) 03:52, 30 November 2010 (UTC)
"December 3" was just an old friend, Grundle2600 (talk · contribs), dropping by. WP:RBI. Tarc (talk) 18:31, 3 December 2010 (UTC)

stage name?[edit]

The name 'Bono' isn't a stage name but a nickname. Stage name implies it was adopted for specific reasons but in reality Paul Hewson had little choice in becoming 'Bono' as everyone was calling him that even before he was known as a musician. ---- — Preceding unsigned comment added by Stuckinazoo (talkcontribs) 21:30, 14 December 2010 (UTC)

TV Shows[edit]

Bono appeared in the animated show South Park in 2007 where he constantly repeated the phrase, "Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah." He also answers his phone by singing the beginning line of the chorus to U2's hit song, "Vertigo", where he sings, "Hello, hello." —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:46, 11 February 2011 (UTC)

Many celebrities have appeared in South Park and The Simpsons, so it's not that unusual. What makes it notable for our purposes is not just the appearance, but that it has achieved real-world notability, by being referred to by reliable sources. In this case, such a reference would be required. Rodhullandemu 01:52, 11 February 2011 (UTC)

Bono and anti-Boer songs[edit]

Could this be worked into the article. He apparantly gave his OK to ANC-cadres singing songs like "Shoot the Boer", "Kill the Boer" and other hate speech. What Bono said was sometimes rather ambiguous, but boils down to condoning genocide, give the present situation in South Africa where farmers are murdered on a daily basis not to mention the countless murders, home invasions, etc. For media coverage have a look here: ; ; -- (talk) 18:10, 13 February 2011 (UTC)

Much ado about nothing, minor whining in fringe sources. Tarc (talk) 19:01, 13 February 2011 (UTC)
Complete and utter bullshit. Get your facts straight next time. What he actually said was "It's about where and when you sing those songs. There's a rule for that kind of music." There's a massive difference between saying "be careful about what you sing and where you sing it" and "I have no problem with this genocide". Melicans (talk, contributions) 19:20, 13 February 2011 (UTC)
It's not fringe sources that quote him that way. Bono endorsed singing that song and this implies he's supporting the genocide as well. From someone not supporting the genocide one would expect that he immediately condemns that kind of songs or the statements therein. He didn't do that. Just imagine the lyrics would be "kill the Jews" or "shoot the Blacks" do you think he would have made a similar statement? And would you come up with a similar response? -- (talk) 20:09, 13 February 2011 (UTC)
That he supports genocide is your interpretation - "boils down" = "I conclude". But, he said nothing of the sort. As for fringe sources, it's in the Sydney Morning Herald, but that doesn't mean he said he supported genocide. Again, don't try and push your own conclusions. --Merbabu (talk) 20:15, 13 February 2011 (UTC)
so many edit conflicts
Save for the blogger account they most certainly are not fringe sources. Being stupid enough to fall for the bait doesn't make it complete and utter bullshit but it does make him pretty stupid (assuming Bono was somewhat baited by this topic in the interview). Endorsing the private singing of a song that is so divisive is not much better than if he had sung the song itself in the interview. He might as well have openly sung some Irish rebel folk songs at the Omagh memorial concert instead of North And South Of The River. "You say you want to find some peace, you just want to see her face, and this hatred will get us no place." At the Omagh memorial he sung those altered lines of All I Want Is You calling for the receprocating hatred to cease. At the 2nd Slane concert Bono named most of the victims of the Omagh bombing. Now he publicly endorses privately singing what many consider hate-speech-songs. There is a time and a place to sing. There is also a time and a place for NO COMMENT but he spoke. "I won't heed the battle call; it puts my back up against the wall." Methinks his back be up against the wall about now. This would not be the first time Bono has made somewhat conflicting statements. "This song is not a rebel song" and the "Fuck the revolution!" speech in the middle of Sunday Bloody Sunday back in 1987 where he says "what's the glory in taking a man from his bed and gunning him down in front of his wife and his children?". SBS is a song of rebelling against the rebellion. That is a backhanded implied endorsement of genocide that Bono gave no matter how much you want to call the sources fringe media that are not reliable. What comes of this will likely determine how much mention it gets in the WP article but since you say it was been picked up in Australia now i am guessing this will be too small to sweep under the carpet. Blessed is the spirit that overcomes. delirious & lost~hugs~ 20:45, 13 February 2011 (UTC)
What this is is POV-pushing. We have to be exceedingly careful in regards to WP:BLP. At no point did Bono condone a genocide. Claiming that he did is both wholly inaccurate and a gross violation of our BLP policy. D&L, what I meant by complete and utter bullshit is the conclusion that he is actively condoning a genocide. Melicans (talk, contributions) 21:03, 13 February 2011 (UTC)
Even if one counts the blog as fringe, the article on the blog still cites main stream media. And most media-outlets in South Africa cover the affair now. If he condones a song that incites to genocide than he is indirectly supporting that genocide or not. But I think it's fair to say that there is most likely more then one angle to the affair. -- (talk) 21:19, 13 February 2011 (UTC)

This is wikipeda, not some blog or a facebook group where like-minded people can go and agree with each other’s jingoistic (and normally ignorant) one-liners. As wikipedia editors, it is not our place to pass our own opinions, comparison, analysis, conclusions, etc. As such, certain policies and guidelines need to be followed. The following are equally important, but I’d put them into two tiers of priority at this stage:

  1. WP:BLP and WP:CHILL
  2. WP:V, WP:NPOV, WP:OR.

If anyone has a suggested change that improves wikipedia, is focussed on the long-term and not just the heated moment, and conforms to the above, then let’s discuss. And IMO being concise in your talk page discussion helps. Cheers --Merbabu (talk) 21:29, 13 February 2011 (UTC)

PS - it would also be helpful if Bono's actual comments were presented, rather than journalists paraphrasing of them. Anyone? --Merbabu (talk) 22:01, 13 February 2011 (UTC)

Dunno what the context or order is without a transcript of the actual interview, but the quotes the BBC selected are: "When I was a kid and I'd sing songs I remember my uncles singing... rebel songs about the early days of the Irish Republican Army...*sings*...We sang this and it's fair to say it's folk music...Would you want to sing that in a certain community? It's pretty dumb. It's about where and when you sing those songs. There's a rule for that kind of music...". BBC concluded "It was into this political minefield that Bono has wandered, says BBC Africa analyst Martin Plaut, apparently unaware of the depth of feeling his remarks would stir up." Melicans (talk, contributions) 22:08, 13 February 2011 (UTC)
It would be good to have the full transcript of what was said. But the BBC interview still confirms what was initially posted here. Anyway, this will have to be integrated into the main article. What needs to be mentioned is that Bono said certain things in the interview and that this was received in a certain way. The song and farm murders need of course to be mentioned in that context as well, so that anyone can understand what this is about. -- (talk) 07:49, 14 February 2011 (UTC)
more edit conflicts
Those be the quotes i read elsewhere. BBC regurgitating them doesn't given them more legitimacy unless you want to argue that the Times of South Africa really is a fringe media source. I stand by my saying it was a backhanded, implied endorsement that was probably unintentional. One could also take from that that Bono supports the Irish Republican Army or/and that the genocide in South Africa is akin to the acts of the IRA. Personally, i think he was not thinking too clearly when he gave that interview.
The Times of South Africa also has a follow-up story but this one seems to have the context for the comments that have been quoted. I have not figured out where the original article is and I don't think we are likely to find a complete transcript of the interview. Fitting this into the article is hardly original research when international media report on it. It can't be a biography policy violation to say that he made such comments and pretending he didn't make any such comments is hardly a neutral approach to take. How much more verifiable do you want or are you saying that news from South Africa is inherently unreliable fringe. The difficulty is that there isn't really a place in the article to put this where it won't be emphasised unless the whole article is reörganised to gather criticisms and complaints into a section - this really does not fit in the "Humanitarian work" section in a 'flattering way'. I rarely write short messages but here is one that initially was short just for you Merbabu. delirious & losthugs 08:48, 14 February 2011 (UTC)
I still don't see any comment from Bono on the "Shoot the Boer" song itself. The only quote I can find is his reference to an IRA song. Y2Kcrazyjoker4 (talkcontributions) 16:51, 14 February 2011 (UTC)
That's probably because he was quoted horribly out of context, according to one of the five journalists who were actually there. Big surprise. "It is bullshit...During the dinner Buddy asked Bono about ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’ which begins with the introduction ‘This is not a rebel song’. Buddy linked this to local struggle songs and said there was a particular song in the limelight locally because of a young South African struggle leader,” says Milton who adds that Bono immediately indicated he knew of Malema, but said nothing further about the “shoot the boer” song, nor did he in anyway signal support for Malema or the ANC-linked song...He (Bono) answered the question by talking in general about folk music and songs that have liberation themes. Bono said there were folk songs about people carrying guns.” What was absent from Naidu’s story, says Milton, is that Bono told the story about why ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’ is not a rebel song, but a song with a strong message against sectarian violence..."The street pole adverts for Sunday Times were actively disingenuous because they verged on an active attempt to mislead...This was confirmed by Billboard correspondent Dianne Coetzer, who said Bono never supported the “shoot the farmer song”, never made direct reference to the song and never supported Julius Malema’s right to sing the liberation song. “The opening paragraph of Buddy’s story says Bono waded into the Malema controversy, which indicates says Bono had a position on the issue, which wasn’t the case. The Sunday Times journalist mentioned something about a young struggle icon and Bono merely acknowledged that he recognised this was Malema,” says Coetzer. “Bono responded to the question by saying he had sung rebel songs with his uncle when he was young and how hard it was for his mother because she was Protestant and his uncle was Catholic. He at no stage said he supported Malema or Malema’s right to sing the song. He was talking specifically about his own experiences in Ireland and never in any way aligned himself with Malema, the 'shoot the boer' song or expressed any support for Malema,” Coetzer says.
So in other words, the controversy was entirely fabricated. I don't believe that bald-faced lies have any place here. Melicans (talk, contributions) 19:03, 14 February 2011 (UTC)
I think i said something about context and that they look like reliable sources but asked if i was missing something because it just doesn't fit with even his stupidest of comments i have seen on live tv. wikipedia:reliable sources can be wrong. I never thought anyone would be so bold as to publish something so blatantly wrong. Fabricating quotations. This is "When fact is fiction, tv reality." Melicans found the article that i thought must surely be out there somewhere but couldn't find. Now i want to argue that "the Times of South Africa really is a fringe media source". She says somewhat jokingly: Perhaps adding a bit in the article on how he was used to further some likely personal grievance by a newspaper reporter in South Africa to the tarnishing of his own reputation in the global media. Now that i read it was all recorded on an iPhone i really want that guy to release the recording of the interview in full. I'll even host it if it can't be bought on iTunes. delirious & losthugs 20:00, 14 February 2011 (UTC)
As I actually did say, WP:CHILL and WP:V. --Merbabu (talk) 20:23, 14 February 2011 (UTC)
Merbabu, as for the egg on my face and the hateful frenzy rather than check facts that i got into,[1] I read dozens of articles from South Africa and then BBC, Australia, and many other countries. They all seemed to be based on that one from the that is first mentioned in this section. That article itself speaks to a previous article published online which i could not find. The egg on face would not be just here but on many news media of the world, major and fringe. As for checking facts, if it is good enough for BBC why am i wrong to have entertained the idea that maybe it wasn't a bald-faced lie? I wasn't in South Africa to personally witness it. I am not there for an earthquake in Japan but when i read an article saying it happened , and then 3 others, i am inclined to believe they are not telling me lies. Most editors would't publish something they know is about 97% out of context and grossly misleading just to get the headline because they don't want to get fired and sued. Many reliable sources, local and abroad, were reporting on the incident. Most of the time that would make it verifiable. The egg on my face tasted yummy with some bacon and cheese. delirious & lost~hugs~ 10:22, 15 February 2011 (UTC)
I'm inclined to agree with Delirious&Lost on this. We don't have to accuse Bono of condoning genocide, (unless there's good references for that,) let's just include the incident in the article. We could say, "In South Africa Bono commented on the 'Shoot the Boer song' which Julius Malema sung in Zimbabwe despite being court ordered not to sing songs "which can reasonably be understood or construed as being capable of instigating violence, distrust and/or hatred between black and white citizens in the Republic of South Africa."" (I got most of the content of this from the sourced Wikipedia page on Julius Malema under the section, 'Shoot the boer song') I happen to be a Boer. Talk about "hate speech." Invmog (talk) 23:56, 18 February 2011 (UTC)
What part of "horribly misquoted" do you two find to be confusing? Tarc (talk) 00:38, 19 February 2011 (UTC)
What incident? He never even discussed "Shoot the Boer". The whole thing was fabricated by one reporter. We've already established that this is a non-issue. What purpose is there in adding detail about a non-existant controversy? There is nothing to include. Melicans (talk, contributions) 02:22, 19 February 2011 (UTC)
This is probably the longest talk on this page, but it is about nothing, the newspapers is full of nothing on this issue? In the meantime people do get killed and if you live in South-Africa you might be next victim. Bono is and activist and got trapped by a journalist, he should have known better. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:45, 18 March 2011 (UTC)
        • Regardless of what he did or didn't say, there is no support for making the OR/SYnth jump to concluding what it implied. You can't just take a (heavily disputed) statement, and then make the leap to commenting on what it means. We do not create content in that manner. It is not verifiable, and inherently subjective. (talk) 13:37, 19 October 2011 (UTC)

Origin of name "Bono"[edit]

Does anyone have verified source for the name Bono? Does it matter? Is it only a nickname that stuck or a "stage name" that stuck? Thanks Ern Malleyscrub (talk) 10:31, 19 December 2011 (UTC)

When they first started out, he went by 'Bono Vox', which is Latin for 'Good Voice'. (talk) 03:20, 13 February 2012 (UTC)
Bono Vox was the name of a deaf aid shop in Dublin and because he can be a bit slow to react people started calling him that as a joke. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:24, 8 March 2012 (UTC)

"Bono Vox" is Latin for "Good Voice"? No it isn't. "Bona Vox" is the correct Latin.

So he should be called "Bona".Fletcherbrian (talk) 19:14, 10 September 2014 (UTC)


Apparently Elevation Partner’s stake in Facebook is now effectively valued at $1billion following the IPO – however, that does not mean that Bono is worth that much. He is but one shareholder in Elevation. We need to confirm exactly what the value of Elevation’s holding in Facebook is (the quoted article suggests $1bn) and also what Bono’s shareholding is (the article doesn’t mention the other partners and thus implies the $1bn is all Bono’s).

I couldn’t find any clarification on this in the other articles in the references – except to say that he is but one partners amongst several. --Merbabu (talk) 00:00, 13 February 2012 (UTC)

I suggest adding a remark that the "billion" refers to the short scale, or changing the word to a numeric 1,000,000,000. --KFYatek (talk) 17:27, 18 May 2012 (UTC)

Helping Wikipedia readers remember how differently we express numbers is a good idea. (Sidenote, I prefer the long scale to the system we use.) Alternatively, the text could read as follows: "billion (long scale, milliard)" Eightfoldpath (talk) 16:55, 20 May 2012 (UTC)

Back to my original point, one which no-one has addressed yet. The claim above seems really dubious. And, this article is quoting Bono and the fact that there are another 9 directors and an unnamed number of investors. I'd rather remove the claim from the original source (it could well be wrong), and put a vaguer reference that can stand up using the new reference. --Merbabu (talk) 22:03, 20 May 2012 (UTC)

This article, plus basic common sense I mentioned above suggest that Bono making $1bn out of the Facebook IPO is a load of crap. --Merbabu (talk) 01:20, 24 May 2012 (UTC)
So after over 3 months, I've removed it. --Merbabu (talk) 02:05, 24 May 2012 (UTC)

Encyclopedia style for names[edit]

Hello. The subject of this article is named Paul David Hewson, but the article calls him 'Bono' throughout. 'Bono' is his chosen stage name, but proper encyclopedic style should be to use his last name to refer to him in the text. Compare the article on 50 cent, which correctly refers to him by his last name 'Jackson'. Accordingly I think that general references to the subject in the text should be changed from 'Bono' to 'Hewson', since Wikipedia is an encyclopedia, not a pop music magazine. (talk) 03:16, 13 February 2012 (UTC)

It started as a high school nickname before the band began. Only his father called him Paul. Even his wife calls him Bono. See WP:COMMONNAME --Merbabu (talk) 04:04, 13 February 2012 (UTC)
But WP:COMMONNAME is specific to article *titles*. This request relates to the article text. (talk) 11:10, 13 February 2012 (UTC)

Not done: Please establish a consensus before making a request with that broad of a scope. Thanks, Celestra (talk) 17:21, 13 February 2012 (UTC)

I don't know how to "establish a consensus". I am not part of your community, just someone pointing out that there's a style/usage issue in your encyclopedia. Whether you choose to address the problem (or the inconsistencies with other cases of stage names and self-selected monickers) is up to you. (talk) 15:41, 21 February 2012 (UTC)

Edit request on 29 February 2012[edit]

The concert picture of Bono with caption "Bono performing with U2 in 2011", Should actually read "Bono performing with U2 in 2010, by Peter Neill" I'm the photographer who took the picture, my website http;//

Shootthesound (talk) 11:39, 29 February 2012 (UTC)

X mark.svg Not done, sorry we don't do credits, you're shown as the author on the files page, [2], that's all we allow--Jac16888 Talk 14:30, 29 February 2012 (UTC)

Infobox image[edit]

I changed the infobox image for a more recent one and it was reverted without explanation - what was the problem? January (talk) 01:38, 24 May 2012 (UTC)

I don't know. Yours is newer and of a higher resolution. If it's not explained within, say 24 hours, I suggest it be restored. But either, way, the merits of both pictures should be explained as to why they are better. thanks --Merbabu (talk) 02:08, 24 May 2012 (UTC)

The photo you added, January, doesn't really look that flattering, and the vertical orientation of the long-standing image seems to be better suited for an infobox. Perhaps the image you added should go in the body of the article? Y2Kcrazyjoker4 (talkcontributions) 02:31, 24 May 2012 (UTC)

Must admit, I didn't spot anything obviously unflattering about it. Vertical orientation would have been better, but he's looking straight towards the camera whereas in the 2009 image he's looking to the side away from the text, that image also has quite a bit of shine on the face. January (talk) 08:28, 24 May 2012 (UTC)

In my honest opinion, it looks kind of like he just woke up in this image, hence why I think it's a little less flattering than the image we currently have. Y2Kcrazyjoker4 (talkcontributions) 13:13, 24 May 2012 (UTC)

100 Greatest Britons Poll.[edit]

Any strong reason to include this in the personal life section? And the "Despite he is Irish" part seems poorly judged as the article on the 100 Greatest Britons seems to portray his listing as more of a figure "Important to the British public", if you will. --Τασουλα (talk) 20:33, 31 July 2012 (UTC)

Jewish ancestry through his mother?[edit]

According to this article he has Jewish ancestry on his mother's side and calls himself "half Jewish" - any truth and is this considered a reliable source? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:55, 23 October 2012 (UTC)

If not, he says that on U2 by U2  Miss Bono (zootalk) 18:53, 11 April 2013 (UTC)

Edit request[edit]

Please replace Category:People from Dublin (city) with the newer Category:Musicians from Dublin (city). -- (talk) 22:00, 28 November 2012 (UTC)

Ali Hewson's edits[edit]

I am concerned that someone editing as Ali Hewson (Bono's wife) is adding incorrectly referenced material. The other names he is known as for instance, are not supported by the given reference.Theroadislong (talk) 20:52, 4 March 2013 (UTC)


In first place, I tried to change my username several times, but it doesnt allow me to it. I dont know why!!, In second place, the reference I gave is the right one... Look at what I've copied from IMDB.

===Date of Birth 10 May 1960, Dublin, Ireland

Birth Name Paul David Hewson

Nickname Bon B-Man The Mirrorball Man

Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)===

And third, if this is not Bono's Biography for IMDB, i dont know which it could be. Sorry For bothering. Theroadislong you should have answer me when I asked you for help--that's what older members of wikipedia do when they are asked for help--- Instead of demanding me on this Talk Page.


PS: Look this link... i think it's the Right One

//Only Love Can Heal Such A Scar// (talk) 21:27, 4 March 2013 (UTC)

IMDB is not a reliable source...anyone can edit and change the information on that page. This is the correct page to discuss changes to the article, not my talk page. Kind regards.Theroadislong (talk) 21:35, 4 March 2013 (UTC)

What About The Rolling stone magazine?? //Only Love Can Heal Such A Scar// (talk) 17:43, 5 March 2013 (UTC)

Honours and Awards[edit]

I think it would be better if somebody add a new heading in Bono's Article, named Honours and Awards, given the several ones he has. //Only Love Can Heal Such A Scar// (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 20:49, 6 March 2013 (UTC)

This was discussed above at the Removal of "Recognition" section.Theroadislong (talk) 16:00, 11 March 2013 (UTC)


There are some mistakes in both Bono's kids birth dates. Eli was born on Ago 17th-not 18th, and John on May 20th not 21th. This information is given in the book U2 by U2 by Bono himself. I don't know how to citate from a book. Can Someone do that??????? //Only Love Can Heal Such A Scar// (talk) 17:23, 8 March 2013 (UTC)

On the other hand, his daughter, Eve, said she didn't know why people thinks she's named Memphis when in her passport says her real name is Eve Sunny Day. I don't have Internet Access so i can't find the link, if someone can do that!! here's part of the Interview:::..

“I get called Memphis Eve but my first name is Eve. I know Memphis is in there somewhere but on my passport I'm Eve Sunny Day Hewson.” 

She pauses. “That doesn't really clear it up, does it? I'm as confused as you are, I should probably check that out." //Only Love Can Heal Such A Scar// (talk) 20:23, 8 March 2013 (UTC)

I don't have the book so can't confirm what you say, I don't think it's important for their birth dates to appear at all.Theroadislong (talk) 16:03, 11 March 2013 (UTC)
I have the book, if you tell me how can I make the reference, I'll do it.MissBono (talk) 17:36, 12 March 2013 (UTC)


Bono's getting blind according to Julian lennon. I just read that and I almost fell off of my chair. I think that kind of information has to appear on the article. U2_Girl! (talk) 14:17, 11 March 2013 (UTC)

If you can find reliable third party references it could be considered.Theroadislong (talk) 14:21, 11 March 2013 (UTC)
I don't have Full Internet Access and I am at work right now, but tomorrow I'll bring some source. i think it's almost everywhere. I have read it in four different sites.U2_Girl! (talk) 14:40, 11 March 2013 (UTC)
"Julian Lennon has revealed that his friend, Bono suffers from an eye problem. He is unsure of the exact details"... but until it is reported by a reliable third party reference it has no place in an encyclopedia article.Theroadislong (talk) 19:31, 12 March 2013 (UTC)
Oh, I get it now. Thank you, and Sorry for the bother.

MissBono (talk) 19:45, 12 March 2013 (UTC)

Bono's First Days In an African Famine Situation (Ajibar 1985)[edit]

< > This video has pix of Bono (and Ali) (and the song "Ajibar") from the first days of their Ethiopia famine experience shortly after LiveAid. An important experience that shaped his humanitarian pilgrimage.Garyroebbelen (talk) 16:21, 23 March 2013 (UTC)

Picture replacement[edit]

I just replaced the main picture of Bono's article, I found this one more recent. Bono_-_World_Economic_Forum_Annual_Meeting_2011.jpg Miss Bono (talk) 19:27, 25 March 2013 (UTC)

It might be more recent, but I think it is rather unflattering compared to the one that has been used in the infobox (which I see no reason to replace). Y2Kcrazyjoker4 (talkcontributions) 19:35, 25 March 2013 (UTC)
Bono looks better in this one than the other. I think... Maybe you don't see him as I do...Miss Bono (talk) 19:38, 25 March 2013 (UTC)
And maybe the aliases are not "widely used" by people, but they exist.. i think that someone who come here looking for information about Bono, would like to know that... What's wrong???? You said it has to be from areliable source, not that it has to be a "widely used" alias.... Don't get it. Miss Bono (talk) 19:43, 25 March 2013 (UTC)
As far as the images go, I still don't see the benefit of replacing the current one with one of him that makes him look sleepy. For aliases, the documentation for the {{Infobox musical artist}} template says the alias parameter is "For listing official stage names for the act or solo artist other than the name in the |name= parameter. Also for the solo artist's legal name(s), or other officially authorized names that differ from their birth name. This field is not for nicknames such as "The Godfather of Soul" (James Brown) or "Nippy" (Whitney Houston), which are not the artists' official names." Y2Kcrazyjoker4 (talkcontributions) 21:03, 25 March 2013 (UTC)
I just like this pict more than the current one.... And he doesn't look sleepy.. Bono-hat-glasses.jpgMiss Bono (talk) 13:32, 26 March 2013 (UTC)

And what about this...56622363_BONO.jpg... I think both are better... Miss Bono (talk) 13:37, 26 March 2013 (UTC)

Discussion About Infobox Image[edit]

I was having a discussion with some users about changinf the infobox picture for The Edge, replacing the current 100px for 100px where his face looks straight at the camera, but I was told that "the previous one of him playing guitar more accurately portrays who he is"... I totally understand that, but then I tried to change100px for 100px one of he singing which I think "more accurately portrays who he is"...

I was wondering what do you all think????. Please, feel free to add your opinion.  Miss Bono (zootalk) 18:01, 23 April 2013 (UTC)

I am happy with the current photo but here are the two that Miss Bono prefers...

What does anyone else think?Theroadislong (talk) 14:03, 26 March 2013 (UTC)

  • I was asked by miss Bono to participate in this discussion. I personally prefer Image 2 for The Edge, but the first image also looks ok because of the Guitar. I prefer Image 1 for Bono however, because the face is much more distinct. TheOriginalSoni (talk) 18:26, 23 April 2013 (UTC)
I'd like to return to this topic. Why do we keep changing the infobox image? Although the current image File:Bono U2 360 Tour 2011.jpg is fine from a technical perspective, I still think the File:Bono at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.jpg is preferable. It has a much more neutral, natural pose (in contrast to the posing shot of Bono from the 360 Tour), and since Bono is known just as much as an activist as he is a musician, I think it makes sense to have him depicted that way. Y2Kcrazyjoker4 (talkcontributions) 13:07, 12 July 2013 (UTC)
I agree the current image File:Bono U2 360 Tour 2011.jpg is fine, it is also more recent than the 4 year old static Tribeca image. Bono is clearly far more notable as a singer than as an activist so the photo of him singing seems to suit the article better. Theroadislong (talk) 13:22, 12 July 2013 (UTC)
Why not trying to find a better puicture (better than the other two)?? Let's be honest; that picture is not the best the article can have. Maybe you can find a picture where he is looking straight to the camera and has a good resolution, c'mon... he is Bono, he has more pictures on-line than the Queen Elizabeth. I am sure there is a far better image to add to the infobox. Miss Bono [zootalk] 13:16, 12 July 2013 (UTC)
Why does he need to be looking directly at the photographer? I honestly don't see how that makes an image more preferable. I'm sure there's also plenty of great images of Bono available on the Internet, but only a small amount of them are free use. Y2Kcrazyjoker4 (talkcontributions) 13:29, 12 July 2013 (UTC)
Y2Kcrazyjoker4, have you already checked that?? The Tribeca image doesn't have a good resolution, and a good resolution picture is something that helps to the article. What do you think? That's my opinion... Miss Bono [zootalk] 13:41, 12 July 2013 (UTC)
The Tribeca image doesn't have a good resolution? I have no idea what you are talking about - it's 1,138 × 1,864 pixels, more than large enough to fill a place in the infobox 1/5 the image's full size. In contrast, the current 360 Tour image is 674 × 490 pixels, much smaller, but still more than large enough to fill a small spot in the infobox. Y2Kcrazyjoker4 (talkcontributions) 16:25, 12 July 2013 (UTC)
Look, Y2Kcrazyjoker4. I am done with this discussion. Do whatever you want. You won. keep the tribeca image if you want, call principle management, call Bono, do whatever you want. I am out of this. And tired.... Miss Bono [zootalk] 16:29, 12 July 2013 (UTC)

improvement Of Bono's Article[edit]

I'm afraid I can't make any sense of your comment.Theroadislong (talk) 19:08, 23 April 2013 (UTC)
Ok forget about it ;P  Miss Bono (zootalk) 19:11, 23 April 2013 (UTC)

Humanitarian work[edit]

Two of the sentences in the third paragraph from the bottom are in the wrong chronological order. Respectfully, Tiyang (talk) 05:42, 24 April 2013 (UTC)


Melicans (talk · contribs), Dream out loud (talk · contribs), Pjoef (talk · contribs), Y2kcrazyjoker4 (talk · contribs), Lemurbaby (talk · contribs), Difop (talk · contribs), Cullen328 (talk · contribs), Teancum (talk · contribs), Fylbecatulous (talk · contribs)PBASH607 (talk · contribs). I wouldn't ask all of you if it wasn't a controversial issue. Some user added the Irish Christians catergory to the article. What do you people say? Miss Bono(zootalk) 12:06, 12 July 2013 (UTC)

Not sure why you consider it to be controversial? He is Irish and Christian after all. Theroadislong (talk) 12:19, 12 July 2013 (UTC)
Sure, right. Sorry the bother then. I made a slip. Sure he is Irish and Christian. We keep it then. Miss Bono(zootalk) 12:27, 12 July 2013 (UTC)
I agree :) Difop (talk) 12:28, 12 July 2013 (UTC)

Category:Irish Christians includes people who are member of Christian churches in Ireland, so the question is: does he take active part in one of them? –pjoef (talkcontribs)

I read in U2 by U2 that he doesn't go frequently to church. He takes his kids to the African-American church (in his own words) Maybe I misunderstood, but that's what I read. Better ask him lol Miss Bono [zootalk] 13:59, 12 July 2013 (UTC)

Religious catergories should only be added if it plays a significant part in thier life. So Bono a religious speeking or virtued person? Murry1975 (talk) 14:06, 12 July 2013 (UTC)
He seems to consider himself a Christian here [3] Theroadislong (talk) 14:15, 12 July 2013 (UTC)
ClockC: The category Irish Christians states: Members of Christian churches, either past or present, in Ireland. It says right in the Early life section of Bono's article that his mom was Anglican and that he attended church with her. He was baptised in the Irish Sea and I have this in a book, although it will be later before I can hunt it down. Please leave him in this category; even if the heading on the category needs to be changed. Not all faith traditions require active membership to be or remain a valid Christian. Fylbecatulous talk 14:18, 12 July 2013 (UTC)
For how Bono speaks about religion, he does believe in God but not in religion... See:

Who in Ireland could have too much respect for organized religion? We've seen it tear our country in two. My mother was a Protestant. My father was a Catholic. And I learned that religion is often the enemy of God, actually.

and: One of the things that I picked up from my father and my mother was the sense that religion often gets in the way of God...

But also we have this: For me, at least, it got in the way. Seeing what religious people, in the name of God, did to my native land... and in this country, seeing God's second-hand car salesmen on the cable TV channels, offering indulgences for cash... in fact, all over the world, seeing the self-righteousness roll down like a mighty stream from certain corners of the religious establishment... I must confess, I changed the channel. I wanted my MTV. Even though I was a believer. Perhaps because I was a believer." Miss Bono [zootalk] 14:27, 12 July 2013 (UTC)

I read Fylbecatulous's comment. I agree in leaving Bono in that category. Miss Bono [zootalk] 14:50, 12 July 2013 (UTC)

Crystal Clear action edit add.png Added: In Unforgettable Fire, Past, Present, and Future -The Definitive Biography of U2, author Eamon Dunphy, (1988, isbn=0-446-51459-4): quote: "Bono and Edge had been baptised, in the Holy Spirit by immersion in the sea" (page 149). Larry, Edge and Bono were attending Shalom, a Charismatic church group in Dublin (paraphrase: same book, page 134). For me, this qualifies as church and if the baptism is good enough for the Holy Spirit, Lord knows I am not going to anger Him by questioning if Bono and Edge are truly Irish Christian! Forgive the delay in answer. Under the weather. ツ Fylbecatulous talk 13:11, 14 July 2013 (UTC)

Good to know! :) Thanks Fylbecatulous Miss Bono [zootalk] 12:33, 15 July 2013 (UTC)

Reasons why Bono didn't pass GAR[edit]

  • The overall tenor is pretty colloquial. Short paragraphs like "In early 2005, Bono, his wife Ali Hewson, and New York-based Irish fashion designer Rogan Gregory launched the socially conscious line EDUN in an attempt to shift the focus in Africa from aid to trade. EDUN's goal is to use factories in Africa, South America, and India that provide fair wages to workers and practice good business ethics to create a business model that will encourage investment in developing nations." could be reworded. The last sentence is grammatically incorrect, and sounds awkward.
  • "In 1976, Bono responded to an advertisement by fellow student Larry Mullen, Jr. to form a rock band, as did The Edge (David Howell Evans), Dick Evans, and Adam Clayton. After Dick (nicknamed 'Dik') Evans left the group, the remaining four officially changed the name from "The Hype" to "U2"." Run-on. Could be shortened and less beat-around-the-bushy.
  • "[I have] very sensitive eyes to light. If somebody takes my photograph, I will see the flash for the rest of the day. My right eye swells up. I've a blockage there, so that my eyes go red a lot. So it's part vanity, it's part privacy, and part sensitivity." should use the C-quote format.
What is the C-quote format please? Theroadislong (talk) 20:40, 2 August 2013 (UTC)
Theroadislong, that was pointed out by some user who is now retired :(, so I think it is better to add the quote format that all the rest of U2 related articles have. Miss Bono [zootalk] 12:02, 5 August 2013 (UTC)
  • A good amount of expansion is needed, such as Bono's musical influences, his early biography, and more some information about his history with U2.

Lot of work to do. Miss Bono [zootalk] 17:15, 2 August 2013 (UTC)

Bono article recent Cleanup[edit]

I asked FoCuSandLeArN a few days ago to make a cleanup to the article, and these are the comments:

A few comments:

  • 1) I wouldn't use Oprah's show as a reference, and some references should be changed to more reliable ones in general.
  • 2) "has met with influential politicians" doesn't mean anything unless he's done stuff with them; perhaps rephrasing that sentence is appropriate.
  • 3) I don't see why "Other songs focus on the theme of childhood vs. maturity, such as "Into the Heart", "Twilight" and "Stories for Boys"" is relevant for his biographical section.
  • 4) The NBC Nightly News "honour" doesn't seem relevant to me.

Hope this helps. Good luck! FoCuSandLeArN (talk) 01:33, 7 August 2013 (UTC)


Shouldn't Bono's appearance (as himself) in the film Brüno be included in his filmography? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Nil Joel (talkcontribs) 03:54, 13 August 2013 (UTC)

Filmography roles.[edit]

Is there a reason some of the roles are listed as "Bono" and others "Himself"? What's the difference? Ultra Violet Light 14:32, 27 September 2013 (UTC)

HI, Ultra Violet Light... See this... Mark response :) Miss Bono [hello, hello!] 14:35, 27 September 2013 (UTC)
Oh right, well now I know thanks :) Ultra Violet Light 14:39, 27 September 2013 (UTC)
No problem, Ultra Violet Light, I just don't get it either, but those are the rules :P Miss Bono [hello, hello!] 14:50, 27 September 2013 (UTC)
Rules are rules :P Ultra Violet Light 16:11, 27 September 2013 (UTC)

2014 Golden Globes Award (Music for "Mandela")[edit]

Right now, "This was very personal for us", Bono says about wining a Golden Globe award for writing music for "Mandela" the movie. — Charles Edwin Shipp (talk) 01:58, 13 January 2014 (UTC)

Sir Paul David Hewson?[edit]

Isn't the restriction on using the title "Sir" only for Commonwealth realms? The Republic of Ireland probably doesn't recognize titles at all. So I would assume any media (if it is not in a Commonwealth realms nation) reporting on him would not be legally required to drop the title part of his name. I think in the U.S., for example, anyone can legally change their name to a name with "Sir" or "Lord" in front of it, because the title carries no legal status/privilege/precedence in America anyway. Isn't Wikipedia based in the U.S. (ie, legally, it follows U.S. laws/rules, not Commonwealth ones). So you could argue that any media organizations in non-Commonwealth realms countries can legally can him "Sir" (even if that would not be considered appropriate by some). I suppose the status of the "Sir" title is decided by the UK anyway, as it is their award. But not all countries would have any recognition *at all* for having or not having the title. Isn't Wikipedia supposed to be a website for the whole world, not just the Commonwealth realms or the U.S.? Maybe the title on his Wikipedia page should be based on the status in the Republic of Ireland (which probably doesn't like people using "Sir" in front of their name, even if it has no legal status/privileges in their country. Whether it is actually illegal to use the title "Sir" in the Irish republic, I don't know. Presumably the UK has no control over what the Irish (and their media) do.— Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:56, 23 February 2014 (UTC)

What point are you trying to convey? There is no Sir used in the artcile. Murry1975 (talk) 11:19, 23 February 2014 (UTC)
Probably the article should have no "Sir" in front of his title, as it is a Commonwealth realms award, and he doesn't currently live in a Commonwealth realm. That would be the most correct way of having it, even though it would be legal in other countries to call him "Sir". — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:47, 23 February 2014 (UTC)
Actually as he is only an Irish citizen and not British or a Commonwealth citien, its an honourary knighthood and therefore even in UK and C/W nations its not titled "sir". On wikipedia we only use titles and post-nominals from a country the subject has a strong tie to. Bono has no strong ties with the UK so we dont use them, Bob Geldof on the other hand is a UK resident for around 30 years and is know for his work there, (I have seen you comment there aswell), so on that article we use his post-nominals- there is actually a section (Awards and Honours) on the Geldof article that explains the Honourary bit. Murry1975 (talk) 11:59, 23 February 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 14 November 2014[edit]

Paul David Hewson (born 10 May 1960), known by his stage name Bono (/ˈbɒn/), is an Irish singer-songwriter, born again Christian, musician, venture capitalist, businessman, and philanthropist.[1] He is best recognized as the frontman 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.[2][3][4] Bono writes almost all U2 lyrics, frequently using religious, social, and political themes.[5][6] During U2's early years, Bono's lyrics contributed to their rebellious and spiritual tone.[5] As the band matured, his lyrics became inspired more by personal experiences shared with the other members.[3][5] (talk) 07:46, 14 November 2014 (UTC)

(Note the request was to add "born again Christian") Those are only for what he is best known. Stickee (talk) 08:05, 14 November 2014 (UTC)

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Relationship with Chastitty Bono[edit]

Apparierntly they are lovers. Why isn't that part included? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:07, 16 October 2015 (UTC)

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