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U2 frontman Bono undergoes five hours of surgery after cycling accident in New York – Telegraph

Surgeons say the U2’s Bono sustained injuries including broken arm and fractured eye socket

U2 frontman Bono has undergone five hours of surgery after breaking his arm in six places and suffering a broken eye socket falling off his bike in New York.

The band released a statement three days ago saying Bono needed surgery after a “cycling spill” in Central Park, and they were cancelling a planned week-long residency on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

According to details obtained by Rolling Stone, Bono’s injuries as a result of what doctors called a “high-energy bicycle accident” were much more severe than the band let on.

Dr Dean Lorich, an orthopaedic trauma surgeon, told the magazine that on Sunday the singer was rushed to the emergency department of the New York Presbyterian hospital where he underwent multiple x-rays and CT scans.

These showed that Bono had suffered numerous serious injuries, including a “facial fracture involving the orbit of his eye” and three separate fractures of his left shoulder blade. The fracture of  left humerus bone in his upper arm was said to be particularly serious, as it broke in six places and pierced the skin, requiring five hours of surgery.

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Cops were reportedly called to a ranch in La Quinta, California where U2 star Bono staged a surprise performance during the Coachella music festival on Saturday (13Apr13) due to overcrowding. Organisers of the Rolling Stone/Patron bash failed to receive appropriate permits for the gig, forcing police to regulate attendance levels and evacuate a number of guests, according to the New York Post.

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Fray guitarist Joe King receives encouragement from U2 for new single ‘Need a Woman by Friday’


(John Carucci/ Associated Press )

Fray guitarist Joe King recently found out how supportive U2 can be when he sent his new single to the band.

After listening to “Need a Woman by Friday,” King said Bono told him in an email: “I need a song like this every Friday.”

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TIME 100: Apple’s Jony Ive Is An ‘Artist,’ Bono Sings Praises

by Anthony Wing Kosner


This year’s Time 100 list is now public and Apple’s Jony Ive can add “Artist” to his list of accolades. Time places its “100 most influential people in the world,” in one of five categories: artists, leaders, pioneers, titans and icons. These buckets are sometimes an awkward fit, so before we slap a jaunty beret atop Ive’s head (as I have above) it’s worth asking the two most obvious questions: is he indeed an artist and, if so, is that a good thing?

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Time Names Apple’s Jony Ive Among Most Influential Artists

Time magazine has released its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and Apple’s designer-in-chief, Jony Ive, was named one of the most influential artists. U2’s Bono, who counted the late Steve Jobs as a friend, did the write up on Sir Jony for the magazine.

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Bono’s description of Sir Jony

Jony Ive is himself classic Apple. Brushed steel, polished glass hardware, complicated software honed to simplicity. His genius is not just his ability to see what others cannot but also how he applies it.

To watch him with his workmates in the holy of holies, Apple’s design lab, or on a night out is to observe a very rare esprit de corps. They love their boss, and he loves them. What the competitors don’t seem to understand is you cannot get people this smart to work this hard just for money.

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Quincy Jones, Michael Caine toasted at birthday benefit

Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Chaka Khan, Bono and Patti Austin sang in honor of the music impresario and storied British actor.

by Edna Gundersen


U2 singer Bono performs at the Power of Love gala.(Photo: Denise Tuscello, Getty Images)

Birthday parties don’t get much grander than this: 2,000 well-heeled guests ranging from Babyface to Will Smith, dinner prepared by chefs Wolfgang Puck and Gordon Ramsay, bottomless glasses of Dom Perignon, and Stevie Wonder singing Happy Birthday.

Quincy Jones and Michael Caine, born within minutes of each other on opposite sides of the Atlantic, celebrated their 80th birthdays as honorees of a lavish benefit Saturday night at the MGM Grand.

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Picture: Bono – Diesel+Edun’s launch Party for Studio Africa Live held at Theatre Gaite Lyrique – Paris, Gaite Lyrique, France – Sunday 3rd March 2013 U2 star Bono stunned Coachella festival revellers who managed to leave the site on Friday night (12Apr13) when he joined Congolese musician Baloji for an impromptu performance at a ranch in La Quinta, California. The collaboration took place at the Rolling Stone Rock Room launch party for Diesel+Edun’s Studio Africa, a series of events bringing African and Western musicians together.

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Bono: Talented Do-Gooder or Narcissistic Jag-Off?

Bono: Talented Do-Gooder or Narcissistic Jag-Off?
Pro Bono and Con Bono debate the Polarizing Performer
BY PAUL GLEASON AND COURTNEY LAVENDER

The bigger the fame, the bigger the myth.

Whenever a celebrity achieves a level of out-of-this-world fame, that moment in time will invariably be followed by a counter-attack from media, from fans, and from the goddess Popular Culture herself. Almost no superstar who chooses to remain in the public eye can escape the double-barreled salvos of jealousy and nastiness that invariably come flying when one stands at The Peak of Fame.

Often the pendulum swings – from glorification to the garbage heap; from the cinders back to charmed deification; then back to the bargain bins and to the meme of the week. But once in awhile we find a celebrity who remains beloved and belittled – at the very same time. That, friends, is Bono.

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There is probably no one in rock music quite as polarizing as Bono. Axl Rose and Courtney Love are already self-parodies – too comical and artistically played-out to be taken seriously, while Michael Jackson’s legacy was spared both the sordid and the silly by his untimely death. Justin Bieber’s got a Capuchin monkey and a few paparazzi hi-jinks to his credit, but he’s still a little unseasoned (or under-talented?) to rise to the celebra-level of Paul David Hewson.

Decade after decade, Bono remains heroic to many, while nauseating to others. What just is it about this guy that gets people so worked up – both so positively and so negatively? Is he the second-coming of Mother Teresa or just a materialistic phony-baloney? Is any of this fair? Better yet, is any of this even real?

We take time out from our usual ground-breaking Both Sides Now topics (Socialism, General Petraeus, grafitti, Rush Limbaugh, intellectual piracy, free speech, hate speech, Jews and Mel Gibson, face-piercing, women golfers, the Patriot Act, and genderless babies) to have a light-hearted look at one of rock and roll’s favorite side-shows: Bono.

For this task we’ve assigned two writers – Paul Gleason and Courtney Lavender – who absolutely love Bono and U2, but can understand why some people just… don’t.

We call this Both Sides Now… Pro Bono and Con Bono!

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Bono, Elton, Timberlake, Blige Boost Robin Hood Gala Draw


Photographer: Joe Kohen/Getty Images

By Patrick Cole

Elton John, Bono and Grammy-winning singer Mary J. Blige will be featured performers at the Robin Hood Foundation’s 25th anniversary gala next month.
The May 13 event, which raises money for New York’s poverty-fighting organizations, will have actress Jessica Biel and her husband, Justin Timberlake, serving as co-chairmen, according to an invitation mailed to donors and companies this week.

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Bono, Batali, Blankfein, Cohn, Stipe, Perry: N.Y. Scene

By Amanda Gordon & Katya Kazakina


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Bono’s Beckett

Bono read from Samuel Beckett’s “The End” last night at a benefit for the Drawing Center, paying tribute to his friend, artist Sean Scully.

Then he found his own words. “I am lucky enough to live with some of Sean Scully’s work. They are of course very musical, very lyrical, but it’s their discipline I want to be around.”

Scully paints horizontal and vertical blocks of rich colors, “approaching the canvas like a kickboxer or a builder,” Bono said. “These grids with their frayed edges don’t intend to contain uncontainable emotions. What they do is suggest boundaries, limits. Limits are important for an artist, I’m told.”

“We’re both from Dublin, we kind of agree about things, about making the world better,” Scully said of his friendship with Bono.

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