by Kevin Byrne
NAME: Paul Hewson
(d-o-b May 10, 1960, Dublin Ireland)
NAME: Bono (BAH'-noh)
NAME: Paul was originally
nicknamed "Bono Vox" by his friend, Guggi, a high school cohort
who stole it from a hearing aid store on O'Connell Street in Dublin.
Fittingly enough, the original moniker meant "good voice" in
cockeyed Latin. Paul later shortened it to Bono, which remains his name to
STATUS: Alison Stewart (August, 1982)
Two girls and one boy (Jordan, Memphis Eve, and Elijah Bob Patricus Guggi
The Antichrist * (see below), Alton Dalton, The
Mother Teresa of Abandoned Songs, The Sonic Leprechaun, The Fly,
Mirrorball Man, Mister MacPhisto
lead singer/songwriter, sometime guitarist
OCCUPATIONS/INTERESTS: Activist. Screenwriter. Orator. Amateur thespian.
too much to say about Bono... but still we wouldn't cover even half of his
Edge" Howell Evans
(b. August 8, 1961)
Instrument: Guitars, piano, keyboards, vocals and background vocals.
Dave 'The Edge' Evans was
born in Barking, Essex, in East London, to parents Gwenda and Garvin
Evans. When he was one year old, the family - which included younger
sister Gill and older brother Dick - moved to Dublin, where he has lived
Early in the band's career,
Dave Evans was re-baptized by Bono - then Bono Vox - as 'The Edge'. The
nickname was inspired in the beginning by the sharp features of his face,
but it also applied to his sharp mind and the way he always observes
things from the edge.
Edge's guitar sound is part of U2's
trademark, the characteristic and mesmerizing sounds he plays and the
emotions he puts through them are what make him one of the most unique
guitarists in rock and roll. He has often been called an "anti-guitar
hero" because of his aversion to the indulgent, solo style of many
His voice, proving to be
able to be monotone yet interesting as in "Numb," and mellow yet
lead-worthy as in "Sunday Bloody Sunday" from the PopMart Tour,
is just one more proof that there are no limits to this man's talents.
||(by David Lineage)
Adam's defiant acts and attitudes in his
schoolboy days are legendary, and serve preparatory notice of his extreme
sense of bluff -- if you can talk the talk, you can arrange to walk the
walk at the first available opportunity.
Adam found himself the band's outsider in the
early eighties, while the other members contemplated the fate of the band
from a spiritually troubled perspective. However, Adam's position was
never seriously in jeopardy, as illustrated by his attendance as best man
at Bono's 1982 wedding.
In August 1989, Adam's name
made the headlines when he was arrested in Dublin and charged with
possession of a small amount of cannabis, with the intent to supply the
drug to others. He avoided a conviction (which would have had serious
repurcussions on his international touring schedule with U2) by making a
sizable donation to charity. His regret, even years later, was not of the
nature of the crime, but the fact that it was a crime: "It was
my own fault. And I'm sure I was out of my head -- emotionally apart from
anything else. But it is serious because it is illegal."
It was in the Zoo TV years
that Adam really seemed to finally gain a public persona along with the
others. The 'ultimate rock star' phase that the band explored was entirely
suited to his playboy lifestyle, and Adam soaked it all up.However,
towards the end of the tour, the unthinkable happened -- Adam missed a
gig. For the first time ever, U2 went on stage without one of their own.
Adam joined U2 to fulfill
his dream of being in a band, of playing bass for a living. In his 1995
book "U2 At the End of the World", Bill Flanagan wrote:
"Bono says that Larry
really wishes he were the singer, Bono wants to be the guitarist, and
Edge is a frustrated drummer. 'Adam only wants to play the bass.'"
||Larry Mullen, Jr.
(b. October 31, 1961)
(Alias: Duke Dalton, Babyface Mullens)
Larry was born and raised in
Artane, located the north side of Dublin, at 60 Rosemont Avenue.
Larry began drumming in
1971, taking classes with Ireland's best-known drummer, Joe Bonnie.
However, Larry has said that his drumming style is "unteachable"
and that spirit and instinct are what guides his drumming style. His
sister, Cecilia, bought him his first drum-kit in 1973 for £17. He placed
a notice at the infamous Mount Temple Comprehensive School in the fall of
1976, and his life has not been the same since. Although everyone knows
the band as U2, Larry claims that the band's name is really "The
Larry Mullen Band." His award-winning career has been plagued with a
battle with tendonitis, which has been curbed by specially designed
Although Larry takes a
no-bull attitude, he does have quite a sense of humor. He is known to play
pranks on people, as well as stealing the spotlight with a karaoke
He has a partner, Anne, and
2 children. He has also been a dog owner, thanking his dogs JJ and Missy
on past albums.
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