- Is everyone in the band married?
- How many kids do they each have?
- When are their birthdays?
- Do they have any pets?
- How tall is Bono?
- Are U2 Christians?
- Didn't Adam get arrested for doing drugs?
- Is it true that Larry almost had to quit the band because of a hand injury?
- What about the story about Larry taking injections of bulls' blood - is that true?
- Is it true that Bono has had his chest shaved?
- Was Bono really a great chess player as a kid?
- Did Bono really take off his clothes in the middle of a crowded restaurant?
- Do any of the band members have any known tattoos?
- Where does Bono get his shades?
- Why does Bono always wear shades?
- Some singer claims that Bono has had a hair transplant. Is that true?
1. Is everyone in the band
Bono is married to his
high school sweetheart, Alison (Stewart), whom he wed on August
21, 1982. Edge married Aislinn O'Sullivan in July, 1983. They
separated in the early 90s and divorced in 1996. Edge married
Morleigh Steinberg, the second belly dancer from the Zoo TV tour,
on June 18, 2002, in Dublin. (A public ceremony was held June
22 in the south of France.) Larry is single, but has a longtime
girlfriend in Anne Acheson. Their relationship apparently goes
back to the late 70s. Adam is also single, but was briefly engaged
to supermodel Naomi Campbell in 1993. He has most recently been
spending personal time with longtime Principle Management girl
Suzanne Smith. [M2, MJS, PC]
2. How many kids do
they each have?
Bono and Ali have two
daughters, Memphis Eve and Jordan, and two sons, Elijah Bob Patricius
Guggi Q (yes, his real name) and John Abraham. Edge has four daughters
and a son: daughters Holly, Arran, and Blue Angel with Aislinn;
and daughter Sian and a son named Levi with Morleigh Steinberg.
Larry and Anne are the proud parents of a son, Aaron Elvis, and
a daughter named Ava. They also have a third child, a boy, but
the name is not known as of this FAQ update. [M2, MJS,
3. When are their birthdays?
Adam is the oldest, born
March 13, 1960. Bono was born May 10, 1960. Edge was born on August
8, 1961, and Larry is the youngest, born October 31, 1961. [M2]
4. Do they have any pets?
Bono has two German Shepards,
their names are Fanny and Angel. Edge had a dog called Fleetwood,
but it ran away. He actually showed a picture of the dog on TV
during an interview, to try and get the dog back. Larry dog J.J.died,
as evidenced by the "J.J. (R.I.P.)" message in the liner notes
of Pop. He
also has a pet named Missy. Adam has a dog named Colin.
[PC, CB, M2, MTD]
5. How tall is Bono?
In previous versions
of the FAQS, their heights were listed as: Bono 5'-8, Edge 5'-10,
Adam 5'-10, and Larry 5'-7. These were supplied years ago by someone
associated with the U2 World Service, making them the closest
thing to "official" we have. But each height listed
is generally considered to be a couple inches too tall by fans
who have stood next to a band member. Bono's friend Gavin Friday
has let it slip that Bono is 5'-6-and-a-half. [MJS, M2, CB]
In a word: yes.
Longer explanation: In
the band's early years, it was no secret that Bono, Edge, and
Larry were very active in their faith. For a time in the early
80s, the three joined a religious group called Shalom, and struggled
for some time to reconcile their beliefs with the rock and roll
lifestyle. Songs such as "Gloria", "40", and "I Still Haven't
Found What I'm Looking For" are very open in their religious and
spiritual overtones. In more recent years, Bono has not worn his
faith on his sleeve as openly as he did in past years. But to
examine things such as Zoo TV, the Mirrorball Man, and MacPhisto,
and to take the lyrics of songs such as "Wake Up, Dead Man" and
others, and draw the conclusion that Bono (and U2) are no longer
believers is to completely miss the point. These things were not
U2 embracing the dark side, it was U2 exposing the dark side.
As Bono often quoted, "Mock the devil and he will flee from thee."
The message has not changed over the years ... but sometimes it's
been a little harder to find.
If all that's not enough,
various band members have said in recent interviews that they
ARE still believers. Here's a quote from Bono during his
appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, September 20, 2002:
I'm a believer, but religion is the thing when God, like Elvis,
has left the building. But when God is in the house, you get
something else. I'm happy in a Catholic cathedral or a tent
show down in the South with gospel music.
Here's another quote from Bono, this time in response to a student
who asked how Bono's faith informs his activism. It's from a Q&A
session during DATA's "Heart of America" tour in late
"I'm not a very religious person. I'm a need to practice
much more Christian. I'm uncomfortable in churches because the
Christ I love and read about in the Gospels is often not in
the churches. Remember, I come from Ireland and I've seen the
damage of religious warfare. I am a believer. I don't wear the
badge on the outside but it is on the inside."
And in December, 2002, Hot Press magazine asked Edge about his
Yourself, Larry and Bono were all members of the Shalom
Christian prayer group in the early days of U2. Are you still
I still have a spiritual life, but I'm not really a fan of
religion per se. You know, what I believe is very much what
I ended up coming to. It's not a doctrine that is connected
to any church or any religious group. It's very much my own
Are you raising your kids as Catholics?
Em . . . technically yes, but again I'm not in favour of presenting
something that I think is ultimately very personal in any kind
of fundamental way. I think it's really up to everyone, when
they reach a certain age, to figure it out for themselves. You
know, they are Catholic in terms of their upbringing or whatever,
but really they'll decide themselves what they wanna believe,
when they get older.
Hopefully these quotes answer the question adequately. [M2]
7. Didn't Adam get arrested
for doing drugs?
In August, 1989, Adam
was arrested near his Dublin home and charged with possession
of marijuana and with intent to supply marijuana to another
person. Less than a month later, he appeared in court and admitted
to possessing 19 grams of marijuana. The intent-to-supply charge
had already been dropped by the State. Under Irish law, the prosecution
agreed to apply the Probation of Offenders Act, which allows defenders
to make contributions to charity in return for a dismissal of
charges without conviction. Adam agreed to pay £25,000 to
the Women's Aid Refuge Centre and there is no mention of this
incident on his record. [M2]
8. Is it true that Larry
almost had to quit the band because of a hand injury?
In late 1986, Radio 2 in Dublin picked up a story from the Daily
Mirror that Larry Mullen was in a New York hospital having emergency
surgery on his hands, and that if the surgery didn't work it would
be the end of Larry's career as a drummer. The story was picked
up by other news sources reporting that Larry was indeed in a
New York hospital and that it might be the end of his career.
The U2 office was quick to respond when they were actually called
for comment. The spokesperson at the time responded "No,
it's not true. Yes, he does have a problem with his hand. It's
not piano hand. And it's not going to impinge on his career."
Larry at the time was actually working in the studio on The Joshua
Tree album and not in a hospital room in New York.
In a later interview with Hot Press, Larry spoke extensively
of his problems with his hands. He admitted to having to wear
a cast which could be removed for live performances during the
Amnesty International Tour. He's had cortisone injections which
didn't cure the ailment, and he was taking anti-inflammatory pills
for the problem at the time of the interview, which were helping
him deal with the problem.
As recently as the Elevation Tour, Larry was wearing compression
bandages on his wrists as he performed. This is likely a sign
that the problem continues to bother him, but to my knowledge
he's never had to undergo surgery for the problem, nor has it
affected his career some 17 years after it was first announced.
9. What about the story about
Larry taking injections of bulls' blood -- is that true?
According to Bill Flanagan's book, U2 At the End of the World,
it is true. (Or at least it was in the early 90s during the time
period chronicled in the book.)
"Bono says Larry tried different doctors without success
until he went to a German who brought in a holistic healer who
started giving Larry shots of bull's blood. That did the trick!
Larry's Irish doctor refuses to accept it - he looks at X rays
of Larry's crooked spine and says it's impossible, but Larry
feels fine. He flies to Germany for shots of bull's blood regularly."
10. Is it true that Bono
has had his chest shaved?
Yes. Bono had to have
an exam for his insurance company. He had too much chest hair
for the doctor to be able to hear his heartbeat so they shaved
part of it off. That's where the story comes from. [KM]
11. Was Bono really a great
chess player as a kid?
It's apparently true. There are many references in various books
about Bono and U2 to the fact that Bono "excelled" at
chess as a youngster. Here's a quote from 1987 where Bono talks
about his interest in chess: "I never knew what I wanted
to be. One day I'd wake up and want to be a chess player -- the
best. I'd read a book on it, and at twelve I studied the grandmasters,
and I was fascinated." [M2]
12. Did Bono really take
off his clothes in the middle of a crowded restaurant?
This is true. From Newsday
March 27, 1992: At a dinner earlier this week at London's celebrity
haunt, Nikita, Bono surprised his 18 dinner guests by removing
all his clothes - including his black bikini briefs - for no apparent
reason. During the Russian meal of mainly vodka and caviar, we're
told the Irish rocker sat naked and acted as if being nude in
a plush, crowded restaurant was the most natural thing in the
world. Which, in some quarters, we suppose it is. "Sometimes people
drink vodka and do strange things," Nikita owner Sylvain Borsi
told us. But didn't he find Bono's behavior a bit eccentric, to
say the least? "No, he was very nice and very civilized," Borsi
said. "I think he just felt more comfortable with nothing on."
But he had a really good reason! From Newsday March 30, 1992 :
His spokesman says Bono was actually being interviewed by a journalist
during dinner when the Irish rocker decided to undress, as we
reported. "The writer was so unimaginative, so frozen, so unloose
that Bono thought it would be a good idea to take his clothes
off," the spokesman said. "And there wasn't much of a reaction."
13. Do any of the band members
have any known tattoos?
Yes, Larry Mullen has
a tattoo on his left shoulder. The tattoo is a circular shape
and is red and green in colour. It appears to be a sunburst like
pattern, or arrows shooting out from a central point. It can be
seen in the "Staring at the Sun" video and the "Walk
On" (Brazilian version) video. [AS, M2]
14. Where does Bono get
Bono's shades seem to
change every few years, probably whenever he finds a new style
he likes better. Most recently, he wore shades made by the Italian
designer Bulgari during the Elevation Tour. He wore the Quadrato
line, models 610 and 611, and has them customized with a special
"B" on the sides. [M2]
15. Why does Bono always
Bono has an allergy to salicyclates, which are found in things such
as wine. When asked about his allergy, his response was, "That means
I lose my voice or I fall asleep in the strangest places, like once
on the lighting board for Sonic Youth, one of the loudest concerts
in the world. And I get red eyes, which is one of the reasons I
wear glasses." He hasn't expanded on what the other reasons may
16. Some singer claims that
Bono has had a hair transplant. Is that true?
Coldplay singer Chris
Martin made the comment to Britain's Q magazine. He said: "Someone
famous, someone who knows, told me Bono's had a hair transplant.
Can you believe it? Bono? Some of those tufts have been stitched
in. So there's hope for me yet."
A U2 spokesperson laughed
off that claim, saying "What a load of nonsense." [M2]