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Old 01-07-2005, 08:58 PM   #1
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Bono anecdotes

You may have seen them elsewhere - I was just browsing around and found this place anecdotage.com and found these:

Rock Star

During one of the band's early gigs, U2 frontman Bono Vox spotted two young ladies dancing in front of the stage. Bono crouched down, thrust his microphone toward one of the girls, and asked, "What's your name?" Her response? "F--- off, dickhead! Get on with the bleeding music. Who do you think you are, David Bowie?"

(I got as far as "Bono crouched down, thrust his..." and that's it. )


Bono: Clarence Hotel

In June 2004, shortly after Ireland's passage of strict anti-smoking laws banning smoking in public places, U2 frontman Bono Vox was reprimanded after lighting up in Dublin's Clarence Hotel. When staff and friends asked him to stub it out, he apologized and agreed. The hotel's owner? Bono and his U2 bandmates.

["I was quickly reminded by the staff and a few friends. I apologised then and I apologise now," the singer said. "It was the wee small hours," Bono said. "I was in the company of people from out of town who didn't know about the ban and for a moment nor did I."]


Bonohead

Though notoriously absentminded U2 frontman Bono Vox usually lost nothing more important than keys, money, socks, and underwear, he occasionally lost more significant articles. Shortly before entering the studio to record October, for example, Bono lost the lyrics to all of the album's songs.

[Some time later Bono almost lost his life: "At the beginning of the 'October' tour, Bono marched out into the audience waving a white flag. One time, he stepped off a balcony into thin air. His roadie caught him by the belt. The roadie managed to pull the wriggling rock star back up onto the balcony. After that, Bono stopped the flag routine."]

Hold on a minute... WRIGGLING ROCK STAR??!?!?!!!!???

I gotta go shower now!
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Jamaican Guinness

While visiting Jamaica one year, Bono Vox and his U2 bandmates found themselves in an elevator with a local attendant who observed that they were from Ireland and asked them whether they knew where they could find "the best Guinness in the world." "Yeah," Bono replied. "Dublin of course." "No, man," the attendant countered. "Right here in Jamaica." "You've got to be joking." "I bet you £10 that it is. Come with me to my local tonight and I'll show you." Thus the attendant, still unaware of the identity of his guests, took them to his local drinking establishment. Bono ordered a pint of Guinness and took a sip. A long pause followed. "F---ing hell," he allegedly exclaimed, "that's the best pint of Guinness I've ever had!"

[Guinness may taste better in Ireland because "proper" pints (poured in "Guinness Time" - with three quarters of a pint pulled and left to settle before being topped up) are rarely served outside Ireland. Moreover, the lines connecting keg and tap are treated with a special reverence in Ireland, and are generally kept meticulously clean.]


And now, drumroll please - my personal fave!

Sweet Jaysus

One day in 1977, future U2 frontman Bono Vox was driving with some school chums looking for the home of another friend. When they stopped at a traffic light, Bono jumped out of the car and mooned his fellow motorists and several elderly pedestrians - two of whom were treated to a view of Bono's privates. "Jaysus," they exclaimed, "look at the size of it!"

[Bono promptly swung over to ask the ladies for directions: "Excuse me, can you tell me where Georgie Higgins lives?"]
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Haha, I'm glad you posted the Sweet Jaysus one....I was thinking about it but didn't have the guts....



Wriggling rock star you say....
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Bonohead and Sweet Jaysus are perfect together.
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Haha, I'm glad you posted the Sweet Jaysus one....I was thinking about it but didn't have the guts....

Wriggling rock star you say....
Well, all I'm doing is simply repeating someone else's comments...purely in the interest of journalism, you see. I myself have not been privy to his privates, so I really wouldn't know.

(Of course I see him naked all the time...in my dreams!)

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And now, drumroll please - my personal fave!

Sweet Jaysus

One day in 1977, future U2 frontman Bono Vox was driving with some school chums looking for the home of another friend. When they stopped at a traffic light, Bono jumped out of the car and mooned his fellow motorists and several elderly pedestrians - two of whom were treated to a view of Bono's privates. "Jaysus," they exclaimed, "look at the size of it!"

[Bono promptly swung over to ask the ladies for directions: "Excuse me, can you tell me where Georgie Higgins lives?"]


I'd be surprised if there was any truth to that!
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I remember reading that in one of the U2 bio's....The Unforgetable Fire one I believe.....
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Hmmmm...methinks that would make a good sign to bring to a concert...

JAYSUS! LOOK AT THE SIZE OF IT!!!
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Thanks, LemonGrrrrrl, for the suggestion!

You just might see that sign during one of the upcoming tour dates.

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I love these Baby Bono anecdotes:

So he was born that way

Paul was a cranky baby. He cried most of the day. Peace only settled on the new house after he went to bed where, exhausted from the trauma of his waking hours, he slept long and soundly. Iris tried all known methods to still the noise coming from the cot. Her sister Ruth would come over to lend a hand. Onagh Bryne, a sympathetic neighbor from two doors along, was also enlisted to help pacify Paul. Norman, who was now a sensible eight-year old, often walked his young brother around the block to give Iris a break.

Iris was sure there was something wrong. Nobody would cry like that just for attention. When he was two, Iris took Paul to Dr. Lee Kidney, a noted specialist at Crumlin Children's Hospital. Dr. Kidney couldn't find anything wrong with his young patient but suggested he stay in hospital for a week for observation. The good news, seven days later, was that Paul was healthy and normal. The bad news was that he was unlikely to stop seeking attention.


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Another version of the bee story

Paul at three had stopped crying all day and was now talking. He was a funny little fellow, Bobby thought. One evening that summer he watched Paul in the back garden. The boy was probing a bush, talking away to himself. When Bobby moved closer he was startled to see a bee crawling along Paul's open palm. He shouted a warning, saying he would be stung. 'No, it's all right, Dad," Paul smiled. "I've made friends with him."
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Hilarious.
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Where did they come from, Stars?
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Aren't those quotes stars posted about Bono from Bill Flanagan's book?

I've read them so many times before yet they always endear themselves to my heart every time I read them again.

Imagine Bono as a small child - what an imaginative, bright, inquisitive, cheerful and hopeful spirit!
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Two of them came from The Unforgettable Fire by Eamon Dunphy. And one was Flanagan's.
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I always thought Dunphy's book was a better book than many people, including U2, had originally thought.

I would love to get a copy of John Waters' book "Race of Angels".

thanks, stars - you always post such wonderful and truthful things about the B-man.
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I always thought Dunphy's book was a better book than many people, including U2, had originally thought.

I would love to get a copy of John Waters' book "Race of Angels".

thanks, stars - you always post such wonderful and truthful things about the B-man.

I think Dunphy's book is very good for understand where it is U2 came from and the experiences before they were famous that shaped them.

I haven't heard of Race of Angel's?

Thanks for the compliment!
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