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Bono is a Bastard, bloody bastard

Goldhearted philanthropist or total fucktard? You decide.

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Bono, dubbed by fans a benevolent Messiah, is the lead singer of the popular band U2, and a self-serving ass hat. Bono's throngs of squealing 40- year-old women will be quick to point out that he's done an enormous amount of charity work for many admirable causes, among these the struggle against poverty in Africa. No one is going to deny that Bono has done a buttload of charity concerts, but the thing no one seems to notice is that every single one of these well-publicized tragedies coincides with U2's latest album release. Most recently, we've seen Bono performing at a hurricane Katrina benefit for the people of New Orleans. Does this mean that Bono should be equated to Mother Theresa, lulling dying plauge victims as they slip into the abyss? No. It means U2 needs to promote their new single, "City of Blinding Lights."

U2 started out as one of those bands that were more popular in the UK than in the desirable American market. All that changed when U2 signed on with the Live Aid benefit concert in 1985. Their EP Wide Awake in America was released at the beginning of that year and failed to succeed. It was only after they played Live Aid, visited Ethiopia and called for a boycott against playing in South Africa because of apartheid, that the EP finally found success in America. At the Live Aid concert, it's important to note that Bono called poverty in Africa an emergency. However, for the next two years, he failed to do any charity work towards his proclaimed emergency.

Enter The Joshua Tree, which quickly became the number one album worldwide and established U2 as a world-renowned band in 1987. On the resulting tour, Bono did a lot of preaching about poverty in Africa, and took very little action to rectify it. In fact, for the next five years, Bono did little of anything charitable, comfortably riding the wave his previous philanthropy brought, until the Zoo TV tour in 1992, when U2 played a show to protest the building of a nuclear waste facility in Manchester called "Stop Shellafield." This is after he spent £1000 to have his favorite hat flown from his home in the UK to Pavarotti's home before a joint concert in Italy. Five years of nothing, then a major tour and stopping nuclear waste? What happened to the emergency of African poverty?

Cashing in on the conflict in Bosnia, a much more popular social issue at the time, Bono and the boys played a concert in Sarajavo in 1997, corresponding with the release of the single "If God Will Send Her Angels." November of 1998 saw Bono performing a version of Lou Reed's "A Perfect Day" for BBC's "Children in Need" charity, corresponding with the release of U2's Best of 1980-1990.

In 2001, Bono finally returned to the cause he so emphatically proclaimed as an emergency back in the '80s. He organised a group of artists to perform a version of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On?" with proceeds from the single going to benefit AIDs relief in Africa--at least until a little thing called 9/11. Once again, Bono found a much more popular beneficiary, the proceeds from the single wrenched from the shrivelled hands of AIDs victims and thrust into those of 9/11. All the while, U2 was promoting their single "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out of."

February of 2002 saw Bono at the World Economic Forum a month after the release of the EP 7. Unfortunately, the WEF didn't see Bono again in 2003, or 2004 for that matter. However, in January of 2005, during the height of philanthropy for Asia's Boxing Day tsunami, Bono again returned to the WEF, corresponding with the release of the album How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb in November of 2004 and the promotion of the video and single "All Because of You."

Bono is an asshole. The man uses his "noble causes" to promote new U2 albums and singles and people laud him as a saint. If the man didn't get a return investment off African poverty, he wouldn't bother. Bono isn't Mother Teresa, and he isn't Ghandi. He's simply another rock star with an image he uses to peddle his substandard music.

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Hey John, just letting you know that Shannon forwarded me this, and I agree 100%. I even had a massive issue with the recent Live 8 concerts. I'll get into it sometime if you want.

Great article, glad to see somebody standing up to Bono's salivating legions.

There once was a man named Bono
He couldn't get laid because he had mono
For charity he fought,
like a self-righteous twat
Nothing else rhymes with Bono.

Fuck tha police!

his whole tour is bought up by clear channel, the biggest sponser of the Bush campaign...

Bono is a bloody bastard indeed, and I can't say I really enjoy his music. But as he uses the causes he supports for 15 minutes, they use him as well. It's a symbiotic relationship. Although it would be preferable for him to support his causes for longer than a tour, the exposure he gives to these causes still help. I'd rather he support LIVE 8 and AIDS and make more people interested in these things than just have him be a rock star who doesn't even pretend to give a damn whose only contribution to the world was to make it a better place for the headware transportation industry.

This article is ridiculously off-base.

1. "Most recently, we've seen Bono performing at a hurricane Katrina benefit for the people of New Orleans. Does this mean that Bono should be equated to Mother Theresa, lulling dying plauge victims as they slip into the abyss? No. It means U2 needs to promote their new single, "City of Blinding Lights.""

Hmmm, I could swear that the songs they played at the Hurricane benefits were Love and Peace or Else and One, not City of Blinding Lights. Not to mention the fact that City had been a single for months already and U2 weren't promoting it at all anymore.

2. "Their EP Wide Awake in America was released at the beginning of that year and failed to succeed. It was only after they played Live Aid, visited Ethiopia and called for a boycott against playing in South Africa because of apartheid, that the EP finally found success in America."

Um. The EP was released AFTER Live Aid. it INCLUDED A PERFORMANCE FROM LIVE AID.

3. "Enter The Joshua Tree, which quickly became the number one album worldwide and established U2 as a world-renowned band in 1987. On the resulting tour, Bono did a lot of preaching about poverty in Africa"

The only preaching Bono did about Africa at that point was apartheid, not poverty.

4. "This is after he spent £1000 to have his favorite hat flown from his home in the UK to Pavarotti's home before a joint concert in Italy."

Whoa, what? This rumor has gotten ridiculously out of control. That hat thing never actually happened even though I've heard 20 different versions of the story. Never one that involved Pavarottti though.

5. "Cashing in on the conflict in Bosnia, a much more popular social issue at the time, Bono and the boys played a concert in Sarajavo in 1997, corresponding with the release of the single "If God Will Send Her Angels.""

First of all, it's If God Will Send His Angels, which was released as a single in December of 1997. The concert was in September. Secondly, U2 were ON TOUR AT THE TIME. The Sarajevo (learn to spell) concert wasn't just a one-off "ooo look at us we're political" thing. Thirdly, U2 had been showing satellite feeds from Sarajevo since their ZooTV Tour in 1992-3. U2 were talking about it long before it became a "popular social issue." They were involved in the War Child campaign in 1995 and gave proceeds from the single "Miss Sarajevo" to it.

6. "n 2001, Bono finally returned to the cause he so emphatically proclaimed as an emergency back in the '80s."

He had returned to the cause before that with the Jubilee 2000 Drop the Debt campaign, which Bono got involved with in 1999 or so.

7. "He organised a group of artists to perform a version of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On?" with proceeds from the single going to benefit AIDs relief in Africa--at least until a little thing called 9/11. Once again, Bono found a much more popular beneficiary, the proceeds from the single wrenched from the shrivelled hands of AIDs victims and thrust into those of 9/11."

The proceeds were split between 9/11 victims and various AIDS organizations, not completely "wrenched from the shrivelled hands of AIDs victims."

8. "All the while, U2 was promoting their single "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out of.""

Once again you're incorrect. Stuck had been a single since January. The current single would have been Elevation, with Walk On being released shortly thereafter in November. But hey, obviously it's U2's fault for releasing an album a year before 9/11 happened. Once tragedy hits, all musicians must stop what they're doing and ... not do anything to help, apparently, but not continue their job either? Anyway, it's totally obvious that U2 planned the album All That You Can't Leave Behind to heal America from tragedy...that hadn't happened yet when it was released...


9. "February of 2002 saw Bono at the World Economic Forum a month after the release of the EP 7."

Ah yes, the heavily promoted EP 7. Boy, that US-only, only-sold-at-Target EP was the talk of the world. And what better place to promote it than the World Economic Forum?

10. "However, in January of 2005, during the height of philanthropy for Asia's Boxing Day tsunami, Bono again returned to the WEF, corresponding with the release of the album How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb in November of 2004 and the promotion of the video and single "All Because of You.""

Right, and of course Bono stayed completely quiet on the issue of AIDS in Africa between 2002 and 2004. Yeah. Anyway, like you so clearly established before, the World Economic Forum is the best place to promote your new single.

If you're going to write such a harsh criticism of someone, get your facts straight first.
















I totally agrea with you.

Bono uses charity to promote there records etc..

Lately they moved parts af the U2 company to Holland to avoid taxes on royalties.

I recently bought the domain www.fuckbono.com in a moment of explosive rage...

Wow, you sound like an egotistical ******* with nothing better to do with your time so you spend hours discovering false research from tabloids and search engines to bash a man who has done far more good than yourself. You know nothing about this man and I'm sure you have not met him. So instead of wasting your time bashing somebody else because you have nothing better to do, go make youself a little bit more useful and keep your profane, useless comments to yourself.

anyone can google this blogger\'s claims and find out that he is seriously misrepresenting timelines in order to make bono appear to be a douchebag. case in point:

\"Cashing in on the conflict in Bosnia, a much more popular social issue at the time, Bono and the boys played a concert in Sarajavo in 1997, corresponding with the release of the single \'If God Will Send Her Angels.\'\"

sounds so opportunistic and exploitative, right? sure, until you actually look at the dates in question:

1. sarajevo concert: 09-23-1997
2. release date of \"if god would send his angels\": 03-24-1998

hey wait a minute! that\'s a six month span between when the concert was played, and when the single was released. not only that, but the sarajevo concert happened before the release of the single.

how can a charity benefit be cynically timed to promote a single that isn\'t even released as a single until six months later?