As a young teen in Dublin, the artist formerly known as Paul Hewson was a member of the street gang called ‘Lypton Village.’ His buddies started calling him Bono Vox after the neighborhood hearing-aid store Bonavox (latin for ‘good voice’). He’s been known as Bono ever since.
Prior to Bob Dylan’s concert at Dublin’s Slane Castle in July 1984, Bono was asked to interview Dylan backstage for the magazine Hot Press. After the interview, Dylan invited Bono onstage for ‘Blowin’ in the Wind,’ and, not knowing the words, the U2 singer made up lyrics as he went along.
Okay, you may already know that Bono and his wife, Ali, have been together for a long time, but do you know the names of their four children? Their two daughters are Jordan, 22, and Memphis Eve, 19, and their two sons are Elijah, 11, and John, almost 10.
Bono once admitted to Larry King that, “I don’t like the name, U2, actually.” The band was originally called Feedback, followed by the Hype. The name U2 was suggested by Steve Averill, who designs the group’s album sleeves. Despite Bono’s dislike for the name, U2 have carved out a pretty nice career over the past 30-plus years.