Bono, lead singer of the rock group U2, was named Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire on Thursday in an informal, laugh-filled ceremony in the Dublin home of British Ambassador David Reddaway. Reddaway paid tribute to Bono’s work as a campaigner against poverty and disease in Africa
Because he is an Irish citizen, Bono, whose real name is Paul Hewson, won’t have the title of “sir” before his name. That honorific is reserved for citizens of the United Kingdom and British Commonwealth.
Bono joked that his 5 year old son was disappointed he wasn’t presented with a light saber. Bono cracked, “He thought I was becoming a Jedi.”
Larry Mullins’ former music teacher had this to say about him when he was young
Have to say I share your “mehness” about this. It’s a meaningless title, given to a good singer who loves himself a ‘little’ too much. The whole tax thing bugged me a lot as well. He talks the talk all right but when it comes to his own money that’s a different story.
He also bangs on about how much Ireland means to him and how he loves living here. Well IMO he should then pay his fair share of taxes to the state. I have to and I’m not a millionaire 100’s of times over.
They are tax exempt as a band as artists are given that here. Other companies the band have set up have now had their accounts routed through A’dam to minimise the tax take.