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Bono celebrates his birthday today (May 10), and since the release of U2’s 1980 debut album, the man born Paul David Hewson has evolved into one of the best frontmen of all time.

So, how do you pay tribute to someone like Bono, who prides himself on wearing his heart on his sleeve?  Have a little fun at his expense, because even Bono knows how ridiculous he can be sometimes.  Here are five times Bono was even better than the real thing.  (Get it?!)

 

Spinal Tap

For U2’s massive PopMart Tour, the band had a giant prop in the shape of a lemon covered in reflective mirrors from which they emerged night after night.  That is, of course, until the lemon malfunctioned and U2 got stuck inside one fateful show.

U2 Live from Rotterdam, PopMart Tour 1997 (4 songs)

Extracto del gran concierto que dieron U2 en el Feyenoord Stadium en Rotterdam (Holanda) el 18 de Julio de 1997. Las canciones son "Please", "Where the streets have no name", "Discothèque" y "If you wear that velvet dress". Extraido del DVD original "U2 Popmart tour live from Mexico".

 

The Devil

As part of the ZooTV tour, Bono would dress head-to-toe in gold and don red horns to become MacPhisto, a pseudo-devil in a not-so-subtle disguise that would frequently place prank calls to a then-President George H.W. Bush.  It was good times, to say the least.

 

Your Cuddling Significant Other

On the DVD for Elevation 2001:  Live From Boston, Bono pulls a fan from the crowd while performing “With Or Without You” and just cuddles with her while he sings.  He caps off the song with a sweet kiss, which creates the perfect fan reaction.  Honestly, it’s hard not to feel all warm and fuzzy after watching this clip.

 

The Beatles

CALM DOWN, BEATLE-MANIACS!  No one is quite like The Fab Four, but Bono’s cover of “I Am The Walrus” from the film Across The Universe is quite good.

[HD] Across The Universe Bono I Am The Walrus (HD).wmv

video de The Beatles de la pelicula Across de Universe

 

A Pro Cyclist

Okay, okay…this one, on the surface, might be in poor taste considering Bono’s nasty cycling accident in New York City’s Central Park back in 2014 that resulted in a crazy amount of surgery, but in 2016, Bono raffled off an afternoon bike ride in support of his charity (RED), and the ride went off without a hitch!  Look how much fun he’s having!

#Shopathon experience signed, sealed, delive(RED). And still alive. #endAIDS @red @omazeworld - Bono

27.2k Likes, 504 Comments - U2 Official (@u2) on Instagram: "#Shopathon experience signed, sealed, delive(RED). And still alive. #endAIDS @red @omazeworld - Bono"

Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.

Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.