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Bono Launches Digital Music Service as AIDS Charity | Bono

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Bono Launches Digital Music Service as AIDS Charity

Originally posted 12/01/2008 07:30PM

In honor of World AIDS Day on Monday, Bono launched the digital music service (RED)WIRE, the music offshoot of his (RED) charity, featuring exclusive songs from Jay-Z, Dixie Chicks, The Killers, Coldplay, Sheryl Crow and more.

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Broadway's Spider-Man to Hold Open Audition

Broadway's Spider-Man to Hold Open Audition

Originally posted 07/15/2008 02:00PM

Always longed for a chance to make like Tobey Maguire? Or, a song-and-dance man Hugh Jackman? Here's your chance.

The creators of the upcoming Broadway musical Spider-Man – who include Lion King director Julie Taymor and the show's composer, Bono – are holding an open casting call for the leading roles of Peter Parker (Maguire in the movie franchise) and Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst).

For the stage version, the Parker role is described as "male, 16-20s, great Rock voice, can be nerdy with understated sex appeal, good sense of humor," according to the casting agency.

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Bono's Dream: A United States of Africa | Bono

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Bono's Dream: A United States of Africa

Originally posted 06/03/2008 11:00AM

If Bono has his way, there would be two U.S.A.s.

The U2 frontman says the second U.S.A. – a United States of Africa – could help end the strife which afflict much of the continent, according to Agence France-Presse, citing a special Africa edition of Japan's Asahi Shimbun newspaper that Bono guest-edited over the weekend.

"[It] would be the dream," said the singer. "I think a kind of broader African identity is going to be very important to deal with tribal tensions."

Though a United States of Africa may seem more "poetic" and symbolic than a legitimate solution to conflict, Bono says the American USA is an inspiration that has proven otherwise.

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Brad Pitt Helps Bono Celebrate 48th Birthday in Monaco | Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt Helps Bono Celebrate 48th Birthday in Monaco

Originally posted 05/11/2008 03:00PM

Even by Monaco standards, it wasn't your ordinary dinner party for 12 on Friday night – though there was cake and champagne.

To celebrate his 48th birthday, U2 frontman Bono held a small dinner party at Sass' Café in Monaco. On the guest list: Brad Pitt, Monaco's Prince Albert II and The Edge.

"It was really quite a surprise," the café's maitre de tells PEOPLE. "It wasn't organized in advance. We only got called on it that afternoon."

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Bono AIDS Charity Auction Raises $42 Million | Bono

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Bono AIDS Charity Auction Raises $42 Million

Originally posted 02/15/2008 11:50AM

The stars came out on Valentine's night to spread the love – and the cash – for Bono's (RED) charity, and raised more than $42 million in an art auction to benefit the Global Fund of the United Nations Foundation, which works to fight AIDS in Africa.

"Tonight we're taking it to a whole new level," the U2 frontman told PEOPLE. "We have people giving all of their work away … This is a pretty big night."

The event, at Sotheby's on New York's Upper East Side, brought out everyone from Martha Stewart to Russell Simmons, Ed Burns and Christy Turlington.

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Sarkozy & Bruni Get a Celebrity Guest | Bono, Carla Bruni

Sarkozy & Bruni Get a Celebrity Guest

Originally posted 01/10/2008 09:20AM

Just hours after President Nicolas Sarkozy told the world of his romance with ex-supermodel Carla Bruni, France's first couple had Bono over to private dinner at the Élysées Palace Tuesday night. Upon leaving, the singer was accompanied into the Palace's courtyard by a liveried footman, who placed a parting gift of state – a large flat blue package tied with ribbon – into the trunk of his chauffeured Mercedes.
– Peter Mikelbank

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QUOTED: Bono Knows that Lead Singers Are Replaceable | Bono

QUOTED: Bono Knows that Lead Singers Are Replaceable

Originally posted 10/26/2007 07:25AM

"Don't tell the band I'm here. I'm supposed to be recording an album. They support our cause, but they wish I would stick to singing rather than talking. And they also say Sammy Hagar to me a lot. And Phil Collins. They tell me Genesis became more popular [with] him."

– Humanitarian (and, for now, U2 frontman) Bono, who was honored Thursday night at the Black Ball in New York City, a benefit for Keep a Child Alive
(Anne Marie Cruz)

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Bono Made Knight of the British Empire | Bono

Bono Made Knight of the British Empire

Originally posted 03/29/2007 01:35PM

Arise, Bono! The U2 frontman was named an honorary knight of the British Empire at a Dublin ceremony on Thursday – though because he is not a British citizen, the Irish rock star must forego the customary title "Sir."

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Bono to Get Honorary Knighthood | Bono

Bono to Get Honorary Knighthood

Originally posted 12/23/2006 02:15PM

The accolades keep coming for U2 frontman Bono, who is being awarded an honorary British knighthood, according to the British Embassy in Dublin.

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Bono Surprises Monte Carlo Revelers | Bono, Jay-Z, Petra Nemcova, Wyclef Jean

Bono Surprises Monte Carlo Revelers

Originally posted 05/29/2006 08:00AM

The annual Monaco Grand Prix Ball turned even grander just before midnight on Saturday when surprise guest Bono popped in to join the event's ball host Wyclef Jean for an impassioned duet of "Redemption Song."

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