Bono: a case study on how rock stars are co-opted and bought off

The subject of famous and prominent  rock musicians who have sold out to the corporate world has been covered extensively by other writers over the years, but it seems that it has become less noticeable and less of an issue than it was 20 or 30 years ago. Perhaps because the public is so used to to seeing musicians take the easy road to corporate riches that we now expect it, and  don’t feel the need to comment upon this phenomenon any longer.

Most of today’s little corporate ‘musicians’ (Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Beyonce, Rihanna, et al) are not worth commenting upon, except perhaps to point out how much they celebrate their satanism with their elaborate stage shows featuring  satanic and illuminatist imagery.

However, there is one particular corporate shill who does need a calling-out and that man is known by the name of ‘Bono.’ The lead singer of the world’s most successful rock and roll band, U2,  Bono was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1960 as Paul David Hewson.  Beginning with the release of ‘Boy’ in 1980 and continuing until the 2009 release of ‘No Line on the Horizon,’ Bono and U2 have crafted an immensely successful career as rock musicians and continue to tour the world and sell out large stadiums.



If Bono was merely a run -of- the- mill rock star/corporate sell-out, he would not be worth writing about. But he has gone far beyond merely hawking credit cards or sports cars. In the late 1990s, Mr. Hewson decided that he was going to get actively involved in activism, and in particular philanthropy directly primarily towards the poor nations of Africa. He has taken on ‘third-world’ debt relief and the sub-Saharan AIDS crisis as his pet causes. To this end, he has crafted an entirely new persona for himself outside of his rock star image, though of course the new one is built  upon the success of the former.


What’s incredible to see is how long Bono has been able to deftly weave these two careers together. He uses  his music fame to support his causes and enter into relationships with prominent politicians and businessmen and then turns around and advertises his philanthropy at U2’s concerts. I say ‘incredible’ because judging from the number of young (and old) fans snatching up their music and attending their shows, many people still cling to the old image of Bono as a youthful and rebellious rock star. He is no longer young, and most certainly not rebellious. He is a middle-aged, fabulously wealthy supporter and cheerleader for the status quo.



Author Harry Browne who recently wrote a book about Bono, calls him a ‘spokesmodel for the virtues of neo-liberal capitalism.’ Bono wants his gullible fans to believe that the rich and powerful of this world have good intentions to make the world a better place. He stands for philanthro-capitalism, and believes that this system is more powerful than genuine popular movements for change.

Furthermore, Bono believes in a techno-utopianism (trans-humanism, anyone?) of which Bill Gates is the personification of enlightenment. Gates is the main sponsor Bono’s Africa endeavors, though certainly not the only one. Warren Buffet and George Soros are other names mentioned in association with Bono. Browne states that Bono’s campaigning work is merely a branch of the Gates Foundation. Gates’ unabashed embrace of eugenics and global depopulation has been well documented, and written about, including in this blog. Bono/Hewson also owns a stake in Facebook.



In addition, Bono is an unapologetic supporter of multi-national corporations and has even supported American evangelical Christians with their agenda in Africa.

It has long been said that you are known by the company you keep. Let’s look at the company Bono keeps. He has embraced, both figuratively and literally, war criminal George W. Bush, war criminal Tony Blair, war criminal Barack Obama, and unrepentant racist Jesse Helms. Bono has worked closely with Wall Street bankers and insiders such as Jeffrey Sachs and Bobby Shriver of the Kennedy family.  He has been invited to 10 Downing Street for ‘lunch.’ He has worked with Robert Rubin, a well-connected Wall Street insider who has been implicated in much of the wheeling and dealing that led to the 2008 financial meltdown. He was close friends with Steve Jobs and helped him launch itunes.

Is that enough? There’s more. Bono has been a ‘regular fixture’ at Davos, Switzerland for the yearly meeting of the World Economic Forum. This is the place where the world’s most powerful corporate leaders get together to discuss how to screw over and impoverish the world’s population while increasing their riches. In 2012, shortly after the conclusion of the G8 summit, Bono was out shilling for Monsanto. Yes, Africa will be saved by the introduction of GMOs, monocultures fields and plenty of Roundup. Saved?  That’s more like a recipe for genocide.

When he’s not making multi-millions in grandiose concert gigs or cheerleading for GMOs, or being a spokesmodel  for Bill Gates’ foundation,  Bono takes time to pose for celebrity photographers like Annie Liebovitz and do ads for Louis Vuitton in Africa. Louis Vuitton? Are you serious, Bono?


U2 is rumored to be working on a new studio album which will likely be followed by anther concert tour. No doubt the album’s release and tour will be successful and lucrative for Bono and his bandmates. More than 25 years ago, the late comedian Bill Hicks reminded us that once a musician goes on tv (or any media) and starts hawking products, he has FOREVER given up his artistic license. Let’s be clear about this: Bono has voluntarily relinquished his title of ‘artist.’ He may be a guy who runs around on stage singing and occasionally playing guitar, but he no longer can use the title of artist. He now merely acts to give a hip facade to a global agenda of genocide and pure evil.



The wrap around red sunglasses which Bono always wears in public are, he says, to protect his sensitive  eyes. He claims his right eye ‘swells up’ when it is exposed to bright light. He also claims he has a ‘blockage’ in one eye, whatever that means. I don’t believe any of it. He looks freakish with his silly sunglasses,  befitting a guy who now participates in a malicious  agenda and maybe doesn’t want the world to see into  his soul.





2 thoughts on “Bono: a case study on how rock stars are co-opted and bought off”

  1. He is a sell out plain and simple. Making jeans in Haiti sweat shops to be sold to rich Europeans and save Africa? Come on man! Playing the opening of the Clinton library in his costume, torn leather jacket, military issue boots, but, $4000 custom shades. His butt buddy Edge in his costume scull cap and tight tee playing with him for the likes of Kissinger. Come on! The band made a billion dollars in one year and did that billion go to good work? Of course not. A buddy of Bush and Kissinger. He drank from the vampire’s cup. Saw this a long while ago.

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