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Bono has family prayers in bed

April 14th, 2014 6:20am EDT
Bono and his family hold impromptu prayer sessions in their bed.
The U2 singer gathers with wife Ali Hewson and their children Jordan, 24, Eve, 21, Elijah, 14, and John, 12, to ask for help for sick family members or those struggling in life, and the 'One' hitmaker also prays to learn to understand the "will of God" better.
In an interview with Ireland's RTE One, he said: "I pray to get to know the will of God, because then the prayers have more chance of coming true, I mean, that's the thing about prayer.
"We don't do it in a very lofty way in our family. It's just a bunch of us on the bed...

U2 album won't be released until 2015

March 9th, 2014 1:00pm EDT
U2 album won't be released until 2015
U2 won't release a new album until next year.

Although the band have performed live - appearing at The Oscars, The Golden Globes and on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' - and debuted two new tracks, 'Ordinary Love' and 'Invisible', they are still trying to perfect songs for their new album.

A source told Billboard magazine: "It seems to be taking longer for them to finish an album as they get older, but the great thing about U2 is that the whole of a record is always better than the sum of its parts.

"That magic that the band always seems to capture ... they have yet to capture i...

U2 album won't be released until 2015

March 7th, 2014 3:20pm EST
U2 won't release a new album until next year.
Although the band have performed live - appearing at The Oscars, The Golden Globes and on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' - and debuted two new tracks, 'Ordinary Love' and 'Invisible', they are still trying to perfect songs for their new album.
A source told Billboard magazine: "It seems to be taking longer for them to finish an album as they get older, but the great thing about U2 is that the whole of a record is always better than the sum of its parts.
"That magic that the band always seems to capture ... they have yet to capture it...

Bono takes own bed on tour

March 1st, 2014 6:20am EST
Bono takes his own bed on tour with him.
The U2 rocker has played hundreds of shows worldwide with his band, but as he suffers from back problems he decided on his last tour to have the bed from his home in Ireland transported to all of the locations he was visiting.
A popular tour manager from the United States, Stuart Ross, told the Sun newspaper: "I know somebody whose job it was to drive Bono's bed from hotel to hotel on the last tour. Bono wanted to sleep in his own bed every night.
"So instead of being able to fly him, I assume, back to Dublin, there was a bed that was in a Ryder (r...

Bono to write about his dad in new essay collection

February 24th, 2014 3:00am EST
U2 star Bono has written a new essay about his father to help raise funds for the hospice where the rocker's dad spent the last weeks of his life in 2001.

The rocker's piece will be part of a book that will benefit the Irish Hospice Foundation charity, where Brendan Robert Hewson battled cancer.

The tome will feature a series of essays about father-and-son relationships, penned by high-profile figures from the world of music, literature and film.

Bono had a close connection to his dad and penned the U2 song Kite in his memory.

He was with his father when he died, recalling, "Actually, h...

Bono wants interactive albums

February 13th, 2014 6:20am EST
Bono plans for U2's albums to be "interactive".
The 'One' rocker is concerned about the decline in record sales over the years but thinks the key to revitalizing the format is to make artwork important again by embracing technology to give listeners a more complete experience.
Discussing how to boost record sales, he said: "It's album artwork. Not videos, because videos demand your attention. You need to think it's supposed to be on in the background when you listen to the music - a much more ambient experience. People could watch while listening - the way we used to when you'd open up, say...

U2 will perform at the Oscars

February 12th, 2014 7:40pm EST
U2 are set to perform at the Oscars next month.
The Irish rockers will take to the stage to perform their track 'Ordinary Love,' which is nominated for best Original Song, at the ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on March 2.
Confirming the news on Wednesday (02.12.14), the event's producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said it will be the first time the band perform the song, which was written especially for the 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom' soundtrack, live.
Members Bono, Larry Mullen, Adam Clayton and The Edge, who are currently in the studio working on their new album, face st...

U2 Debuts New Single 'Invisible' During Super Bowl

February 3rd, 2014 8:11pm EST
U2 is hoping to have their 13th studio album out sometime this summer, and during Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday night the band gave fans a free preview of the album via new track "Invisible."

The song, which lead singer Bono says won't be the first single released for the album, was released as a free download on iTunes until 11:59 p.m. Monday night.

The band partnered with (RED) and Bank of America, and for every download, $1 will be donated (with a $2 million max) to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS by the financial giant.

"Invisible" was produced by Danger Mouse.

"We have another song we'...

U2 to release free song for charity

January 23rd, 2014 8:30pm EST
U2 are releasing a song for free in order to raise money for the AIDS awareness campaign, (RED).

The Irish rockers' will debut their new song, Invisible, in a commercial for the charity set to air during the Super Bowl telecast in America on 2 February (14).

The track will then be available for free via iTunes, and for every download during that period, Bank of America will donate $1 to (RED) up to a maximum of $2 million (£1.2 million), which will benefit the Global Fund To Fight Aids, Tuberculosis And Malaria.

Frontman Bono helped found the charity in 2006. He and his partners have rai...

Amy Poehler's boyfriend warns Bono

January 13th, 2014 3:20pm EST
Amy Poehler
Amy Poehler's boyfriend has warned Bono to "watch his back" after he kissed her at the Golden Globes.
Amy celebrated winning Best Actress in a TV Series (comedy) for her role in 'Parks and Recreation' by having a quick smooch with the U2 singer before accepting her trophy, prompting her partner, Nick Kroll, to joke.
He posted on Twitter: "Hey Bono, watch your back."
Amy was overjoyed with the award - her first Golden Globe - after missing out in the previous two years.
She told E! News: "I think I'm zero for 13 in these awards shows. So I was very, very, very surprised to win and very exc...

U2 win Golden Globe for Best Song

January 13th, 2014 3:10am EST
U2 took home their second Golden Globe award on Sunday (12Jan14) for their song Ordinary Love from the film Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.

The Irish rockers saw off competition from Coldplay, Justin Timberlake and Idina Menzel from Disney's animated hit Frozen to win the Best Original Song trophy.

Their first new track in three years, the song was written in honour of the late Nelson Mandela, who died in December (13).

Upon receiving the award, frontman Bono lauded the civil rights leader, saying, "This really is personal for us. This man turned our life upside down, right-side up, a man...

Amy Adams, Sandra Bullock, Bono Take Over The Palm Springs Film Festival

January 6th, 2014 8:41am EST
Amy Adams
A plethora of celebrities attended the 25th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival over the weekend. Stars including Sandra Bullock, Julia Roberts and Matthew McConaughey picked up awards for their acting work.

"American Hustle" co-stars Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Renner as well as director David O. Russell accepted an ensemble performance award.

Tom Hanks won the Chairman's Award for "Captain Phillips" and "Saving Mr. Banks."

Irish rock band U2 picked up the Sonny Bono Award For "Ordinary Love," a song used in "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom." Singer Bono used the even...

Meryl Streep wins Icon Award

January 5th, 2014 6:20pm EST
Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep collected an Icon Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival last night (04.01.14).
The awards were the first of the New Year but are a more low-key event than the glitzy ceremonies which follow, with winners announced in advance, lending a more relaxed atmosphere to other events.
Picking up her trophy - only the second Icon Award given by the festival in its 25 year history - Meryl told the crowd: "My four children remind me everyday that I am not an Icon.
"I don't feel like an icon. Most of the days I feel like 'I can't.' [But] I feel like I'm an example now in m...

Bono busks for Christmas

December 27th, 2013 3:00am EST
U2 rocker Bono hit the streets of Dublin, Ireland on Christmas Eve (24Dec13) to fulfil his annual tradition of busking for charity.

The Irish star has been teaming up with The Frames singer/guitarist Glen Hansard to serenade last-minute Christmas shoppers on the city's famous Grafton Street for the past five years to raise funds for The Simon Community, which provides support for the homeless.

He honoured the commitment on Tuesday and delighted fans as he staged a free mini-gig with Hansard, singer/songwriter Mundy, and The Hothouse Flowers' Liam O'Maonlai, performing a cover of Slade's M...

Ozzy Osbourne: 'Musicians and politicians should not mix'

December 20th, 2013 3:20am EST
Ozzy Osbourne
Rocker Ozzy Osbourne has taken aim at his fellow musicians in the wake of Nelson Mandela's death for using the civil rights leader's death to boost their image.

When the former South African president passed away earlier this month (Dec13), celebrities and global leaders alike took to to mourn the icon.

And while the Black Sabbath frontman has nothing but respect for Mandela, he is adamant that there should be a line drawn between the worlds of entertainment and politics.

He tells NME, "I don't touch politics. I leave that to (U2's) Bono. He won't be happy, now that his best ...

Jay Z offers up second Mandela tribute at Los Angeles show

December 10th, 2013 8:30pm EST
Forest Whitaker
Rapper Jay Z ended his show in Los Angeles on Monday night (09Dec13) with a touching tribute to late human rights icon Nelson Mandela.

As world leaders and celebrities like Bono and Forest Whitaker were preparing for the former South African leader's memorial in Pretoria, Jay Z offered up his own thoughts about one of his heroes onstage at the Staples Center.

He dedicated Young Forever to Mandela, who died on 5 December (13), calling him "a great man who spent 27 years in prison and came out to be president".

A photo of the late leader was then beamed onto a huge screen above the stage.

Bono and Charlize Theron attend Mandela memorial

December 10th, 2013 12:20pm EST
Bono, Naomi Campbell and Charlize Theron attended Nelson Mandela's memorial service today.
The U2 frontman, British supermodel and 'Monster' actress joined political leaders from around the globe to pay tribute to the former South African president - who died last week aged 95 following a long illness - at a service in Johannesburg.
South Africa native Charlize - who first met the anti-apartheid campaigner in 2004 - was one of the first famous faces to arrive at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, and blew kisses as she was cheered by the waiting crowd.
Talk show host Oprah Winfrey had been du...

Bono writes essay tribute to Nelson Mandela

December 5th, 2013 8:30pm EST
Nelson Mandela
U2 star Bono has penned a tribute essay for Time magazine honouring his friend Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday (05Dec13).

The rocker reveals that the former South African leader was his mentor and hero - and the leading figure behind his decision to become an activist for world change as a teenager.

In the 1051-word piece, titled The Man Who Could Not Cry, which was published on Time's website hours after the news of Mandela's death was released, Bono writes, "As an activist I have pretty much been doing what Nelson Mandela tells me since I was a teenager."

The singer, who has becom...

Bono sends sober Nile Rodgers boozy welcome package

October 24th, 2013 8:41pm EDT
Nile Rodgers
U2 star Bono welcomed funk legend Nile Rodgers to Ireland this week (begs21Oct13) by sending him a crate of booze - even though the Chic icon has been sober for almost 20 years.

The Irish rocker had a box of champagne and Guinness sent to Rodgers' dressing room at the Vicar Street venue in Dublin on Tuesday (22Oct13), ahead of Chic's gig there that night, and even included a note with the recipe for a Black Velvet cocktail.

The card read: "U2 Black Velvet, one part champagne, five parts Guinness. In a well chilled larger glass, pour simultaneously the Champagne and Guinness. The ingredien...

Bono's booze gift for Nile Rodgers

October 24th, 2013 6:20am EDT
Nile Rodgers
Bono gave Nile Rodgers a crate of alcohol to welcome him to Dublin.
'Good Times' hitmaker Nile was in the U2 singer's home city to perform with his legendary funk group Chic, and was surprised to find the crate of champagne and Guinness - the stout beer the Irish city is most famous for - awaiting him.
Alongside a picture posted on Twitter, Nile wrote: "I came to sound check in #Dublin & there was a gift from #Bono @U2_Official. (sic)"
The gift was accompanied by a recipe for 'Black Velvet', a special cocktail devised by the band.
It says on a card: "U2 Black Velvet, one part champagne, ...

U2 to release new album next year

October 14th, 2013 5:20am EDT
U2 will release their new album early next year.
The 'Elevation' band's bass player, Adam Clayton, says they are nearing the end of recording sessions for the follow up to 2009's 'No Line On the Horizon' and the songs will bring together different eras from their career.
He told Irish radio station 98FM's Dermot & Dave show: "I think it's a bit of a return to U2 of old, but with the maturity, if you like, of the U2 of the last 10 years. It's a combination of those two things and it's a really interesting hybrid.
"We're in the studio. We're trying to get these 12 songs absolutely right and ...

Bono Does His Best President Bill Clinton At NYC Conference

September 25th, 2013 8:25am EDT
U2's Bono introduced Bill Clinton at a charity event in New York this week by performing his finest comedy impersonation of the former president.

On Tuesday, the 53 year-old singer was among the guests who were invited to speak at the Clinton Global Initiative conference in Manhattan and the star found himself with time to spare on stage when the statesman was late taking over.

Bono tested out his comedy skills by doing an impersonation of Clinton, mimicking his famous southern accent and raspy tones in a short skit, which drew laughter from the audience.

In his impersonation of Clint...

Eve Hewson cast in Steven Soderbergh's new TV drama

August 12th, 2013 8:41pm EDT
Steven Soderbergh
Bono's actress daughter Eve Hewson is heading to the small screen after landing a role in Steven Soderbergh's upcoming TV series The Knick.

The This Must Be The Place star, 22, has been cast alongside Clive Owen in the 10-part show, which is based in 1900s New York and will centre around groundbreaking surgeons and staff at Knickerbocker Hospital during a period of high mortality rates and a lack of antibiotics.

Kristen Stewart's ex-boyfriend Michael Angarano has also joined the line-up, which includes Andre Holland and Sinister's Juliet Rylance, according to

Production on ...

Bono goes to the ball as royal guest

July 29th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Rocker Bono rubbed shoulders with royalty at the weekend (27Jul13) - the U2 star and his wife joined Prince Albert Of Monaco and his new bride, Princess Charlene, at the annual Love Ball.

Bono and his wife Ali Hewson were joined by their eldest daughter Jordan at Saturday's ritzy bash, which was also attended by tennis star Novak Djokovic and his partner Jelena Ristic, Karl Lagerfeld and photographer Mario Testino.

The Love Ball was hosted in Monte-Carlo by supermodel Natalia Vodianova in support of the Naked Heart Foundation.

Bono: 'I would Love To Be Mick Jagger's Roadie For A Day'

July 25th, 2013 3:08pm EDT
Mick Jagger
Rocker Bono has an odd crush on Mick Jagger, revealing he loves the Rolling Stones star's wrinkles.

The U2 frontman admits he is a big fan of the Start Me Up veteran, who turns 70 at the weekend, and would love to spend a day just wandering around with him.

In a new interview with a German newspaper, Bono says, "Mick looks a bit like (Mikhail) Baryshnikov, like a ballet dancer from a different age. At the same time he still has a very beautiful face. The wrinkles that run through it now have made it even more beautiful... because he wears those wrinkles well. I love his wrinkles.

"I woul...

Bono lands top French honour

July 16th, 2013 3:10am EDT
U2 frontman Bono is to be feted with France's highest honour in recognition of his lengthy career.

The With or Without You hitmaker will be made a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) in a ceremony due to be held in Paris, France on Tuesday (16Jul13), according to a spokesperson from the Ministry of Culture and Communication.

The Irish singer follows in the footsteps of screen stars including Clint Eastwood, Sir Sean Connery and Sir Michael Caine, and singer David Bowie, who have all received the same accolade.

Bono was previously presented with Fran...

Jack Quaid and Eve Hewson need fan funding for new movie

July 8th, 2013 8:41pm EDT
Dennis Quaid
Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan's actor son is teaming up with Irish rocker Bono's daughter to make an independent movie.

The Hunger Games star Jack Quaid and actress Eve Hewson are asking fans to help them fund new film #Roadies by making donations via their page on the crowdsourcing website

The filmmakers behind the project have set a goal of $7,000 (£4,500) to cover costs on the upcoming road-trip shoot across Los Angeles, Arizona, Texas, and New Mexico.

The cast and crew have agreed to work for free, and Quaid and Hewson are offering prizes such as personal tweets, autograph...

U2 post rooftop performance footage online to raise poverty awareness

June 16th, 2013 8:29pm EDT
U2 have posted a clip from a recent acoustic performance of their iconic protest song Sunday Bloody Sunday online to raise awareness about the One Campaign's agit8 anti-poverty initiative.

The rockers filmed the low-key footage on a New York rooftop earlier this month (Jun13), according to while recording new material.

During the short clip, frontman Bono breaks off to talk about the power of protest songs in his life, recalling the moment he heard classic tunes from John Lennon and Bob Marley, which suggested the world was "more malleable than you think, that things coul...

Bono and Denzel Washington attends daughters' graduation

May 22nd, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Denzel Washington
Bono and Denzel Washington brought some superstar glamour to graduation day in New York on Wednesday (22May13) as the celebrated their daughters' academic achievements.

The pair was in attendance at Yankee Stadium for the New York University's graduation ceremony, and watched proudly as their girls graduated.

The U2 rocker's 21-year-old actress daughter Eve Hewson picked her diploma, as did Olivia Washington.

Bono had been offered an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by university bosses, but decided to turn down the honour so he could concentrate on cheering on his daughter's ach...

Scientist Names Spider After Bono

January 21st, 2013 9:28am EST
You know you've made it when a creature is named after you. U2 frontman Bono has the dubious honor of having inspired the scientific name for a newly identified spider.

Biologist Jason Bond of Auburn University in Alabama has discovered 33 spider breeds, and he named one "Aptostichus bonoi" after the Irish rocker, who scored the Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark."
The spider was discovered in California's Joshua Tree National Park, the name of U2's classic 1987 album.
But Bono isn't the first to receive such an honor. The scientist previously named his insect discoveries ...

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