From his larger-than-life message to his stellar vocals to his one word stage name, rock legend and activist Paul David Hewson is anything but small. Born in 1960 in Dublin, Bono was raised in a divided household at the center of a cultural battle - his father was Catholic and his mother Protestant. With schoolmates he formed the band U2, which has been the one of the most popular and critically acclaimed bands in years. His complex religious upbringing has given birth to many songs conveying messages of faith and of religious tolerance, such as "Gloria," "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," and "One." He has also taken aggressive stances on many political issues. After a message of peace during a performance of "Sunday Bloody Sunday," members of the IRA sent Bono threats and attacked a band car trying to kidnap him. In addition to his music, he has been one of the most outspoken celebrities on poverty and peace worldwide for decades. As a spokesman for Amnesty International, AIDS relief, and aid efforts in Africa, he has brought worldwide attention to many pressing issues around the globe. He is a three time Nobel Peace Prize nominee and was one of Time's 2005 Persons of the Year. Perhaps the most overpowering voice of his generation, Bono continues to delight and inspire listeners around the world.
"Distance does not decide who is your brother and who is not. The church is going to have to become the conscience of the free market if it's to have any meaning in this world - and stop being its apologist."
"As a rock star, I have two instincts, I want to have fun, and I want to change the world. I have a chance to do both."
"Grace defies reason and logic. Love interrupts, if you like, the consequences of your actions, which in my case is very good news indeed, because I've done a lot of stupid stuff."
"This music changed the shape of the room. It changed the shape of the world outside the room; the way you looked out the window and what you were looking at."
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