Bono celebrates his 56th birthday today, and since the release of U2’s 1980 debut album, the man born Paul David Hewson has evolved into one of the best frontmen of all time.
So, how do you pay tribute to someone like Bono, who prides himself on wearing his heart on his sleeve? Have a little fun at his expense, because even Bono knows how ridiculous he can be sometimes. Here’s five times Bono was even better than the real thing. (Get it?!)
For U2’s massive PopMart Tour, the band had a giant prop in the shape of a lemon covered in reflective mirrors from which they emerged night after night. That is, of course, until the lemon malfunctioned and U2 got stuck inside one fateful show.
U2 - Lemon For Sale - Popmart DVD
As part of the ZooTV tour, Bono would dress head-to-toe in gold and don red horns to become MacPhisto, a pseudo-devil in a not-so-subtle disguise that would frequently place prank calls to a then President George H.W. Bush. It was good times, to say the least.
Your Cuddling Significant Other
On the DVD for Elevation 2001: Live From Boston, Bono pulls a fan from the crowd while performing “With Or Without You” and just cuddles with her while he sings. He caps off the song with a sweet kiss, which creates the perfect fan reaction. Honestly, the whole performance just makes us feel all warm and fuzzy.
CALM DOWN, BEATLE-MANIACS! No one is quite like The Fab Four, but Bono’s cover of “I Am The Walrus” for the film Across The Universe is quite good.
video de The Beatles de la pelicula Across de Universe
A Pro Cyclist
Okay, okay…this one, on the surface, might be in poor taste considering Bono’s nasty cycling accident in New York City’s Central Park back in 2014 that resulted in a crazy amount of surgery, but recently, Bono raffled off an afternoon bike ride in support of his charity (RED), and the ride went off without a hitch! Look how much fun he’s having!
#Shopathon experience signed, sealed, delive(RED). And still alive. #endAIDS @red @omazeworld - Bono
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Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter who never leaves home without her iPod, because to her, there’s something very comforting about carrying around every piece of music she’s ever owned in her life.