Bono (Musician)

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2014

    The Top 10 Power Ballads of All Time

    If we're being completely honest, power ballads are responsible for some of the most resonant music-listening experiences in the entire world. They're a beautiful blend of sentiment and obviousness, a band willfully becoming emotionally available. Everybody makes fun of the power ballad, because som ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2014

    My Dad Says the New U2 Album Sucks

    Once, during high school, I was woken up early on a Saturday by my dad, the Rooster (self-named after the Alice In Chains song) with a loud, repetitive knock. As I stumbled into the living room in my underwear, he bellowed, "Jim! I found this great new band." I rubbed the sand out of my eyes with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2014

    Tom Waits Paved the Way for Shrewd Musicians Cashing in on Literal Commercial Success

    Twenty-four years ago to today, Tom Waits scored a big victory for musicians. In the late '80s, snackfood company Frito-Lay had approached the theatrical, gravel-voiced singer-songwriter about using one of this tunes in a Doritos commercial. Waits said, "Hell, no," so Frito-Lay went ahead with the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2014

    Oscars 2014 Recap: The Best Music Moments

    It's the Oscarszzzzzzzz! Ellen DeGeneres returned to host red-carpet season's most boring awards show last night with a little more bite than her goodie-goodie turn in 2007. The daytime talk show vet kicked off the ungodly-long telecast by making fun of actress Jennifer Lawrence's fall (this year's, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2014

    Six St. Louis Acts Leading the Local Scene

    Apparently, some football game happened recently, and it was a big deal. We weren't really paying attention; we only watched to see Bruno Mars cause a swoonfest with his sexy dance moves and Bono fight AIDS with his sunglasses. You know -- the stuff that matters. See also: Super Bowl Highlights: Fu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2013

    Six Punk Bands We Don't Need To Talk About Anymore

    I have an embarrassing tendency to bait people into conversations where I just talk about cool things I am doing. Surprise, right? While it likely stems from being bored with hearing of the mundane achievements of others (babies, crappy jobs, cars), there is a part of me that figures it must stem fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2013

    Roundheels to Release Phonocology, Ink Deal with Bug Eyed Puggle

    Formed in the Fall of 2009, Roundheels has taken nearly four years to release its first CD. With the release party of Phonocology finally approaching on Friday, August 2 at the Heavy Anchor, RFT Music sat down with drummer Eric Moore and discussed the future of Roundheels, his label Tension/Release ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2013

    A Plea For The Separation of Music And Music Culture

    Art and life co-habitate, informing, imitating, and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship. As some of these Better Living Through Music columns have pointed out (and as my nemesis Matt Harnish ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    The Six Most Factually Inaccurate Lyrics In Songs

    Songs exist in a general realm of fiction, even when they are theoretically true. Still, every once in a while a lyric comes along that makes you tilt your head and say "Wait a second..." Here are the six most factually inaccurate lyrics in songs. Let us know your favorites in the comments, and plea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2013

    How to Cheat the High Notes in Karaoke

    Karaoke can be a dangerous endeavor. What can you sing that won't make friends shun you? How can you go balls-out during your next performance? Each week in "Ask a Karaoke Host," RFT Music writer and professional karaoke host Allison Babka answers your burning questions about maximizing your melodio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    The 14 Best Music-Related GIFs We Discovered in 2012

    Editor's Note: The end of 2012 is upon us (also the end of the world, if you believe in that sort of thing), so we thought we'd put a cap on things by sharing some of our personal favorite shows, albums, events and general shenanigans. Join us as we indulge in some navel-gazing! Once upon a time, I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2012

    Tidbits from Iguanas, Bono's Pizzeria, Haas Baking Company

    Quick-hit news for a lovely afternoon: - Gut Check reported last that month that Iguanas Mexican Cuisine was slated to open at 5641 South Kingshighway Boulevard. Well, the day has come. Iguanas is now open. - We're a tad late with this item, but: Bono's Pizzeria has relocated from 3825 Watson Road ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    The WWE Royal Rumble Guide For Concert-Goers

    Pro wrestling and arena concerts may seem like vastly different species. But they're not that far off. World Wrestling Entertainment camped out Sunday at Scottrade Center for this year's Royal Rumble, arguably the mega-federation's second biggest pay-per-view of the year next to its annual Wrestlem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Bono Talks Plants in St. Louis

    Jason Stoff​Unless you were hiding under a rock, you know that Irish uber-band U2 graced us with their presence Sunday night, and it was awesome.But you might not know, unless you are the indefatigable Deb Peterson at the Post-Dispatch, that he stopped by the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    U2 360 Tour at Busch Stadium, 7/17/11: Review, Photos and Setlist

    Jason Stoff​U2 | Interpol Busch Stadium July 17, 2011 U2 may be the least subtle band in history. Last night, the boys took the stage to "Space Oddity," which does not make sense thematically, but does make sense in that the song has a countdown in it and the 360 Tour stage looks like a spac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    Why U2 Is Still Relevant

    Wikimedia CommonsThis hat hasn't aged well. But how has U2?​Busch Stadium staff is currently in the midst of a weeklong reinvention of the venue, and the reason is a band with a live draw almost as big as its ego: U2. By Monday, all of the grass on the field had been dug up in preparation for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    The Ten Most Cringe-Worthy Celebrity Vocal Duets

    The soon to be collaborating Voices. Courtesy of NBC​Oh great. The judges/coaches from NBC's hit karaoke tournament vocal competition "The Voice" are going to collaborate. Specifically, Maroon 5, led by slightly soulful popster Adam Levine will be joined by Christina Aguilera to perform their ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 4, 2010
  • Blogs

    March 11, 2010

    Show Review Photos: Flogging Molly and Frank Turner at the Pageant, Wednesday, March 10

    The St. Patrick's Day season is officially upon us: Beloved Irish punks Flogging Molly performed at the Pageant last night. And even vocalist Dave King's sore throat (which rendered him rather hoarse) and problems with Matt Hensley's accordion couldn't dampen the enthusiasm of the band or the sold-o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    Stuck to My Ribs: Bono's Pizzeria

    Josh Bacott​One of the detriments to living in a city that claims its own "style" of pizza? A significant chunk of the locally-owned establishments ignore the alternatives.Seemingly every neighborhood joint that offers delivery specializes in thin-crust St. Louis-style pizza. As a lifelong reside ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    This Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    Robin WheelerSteven Caravelli's Gnocchi with Truffled Bacon Jus​Well, it's October, finally. Too bad it's a month late. Ah, well. This would be a great weekend to stop by Citygarden, if you haven't already, and maybe grab a bite to eat at the Terrace View, the subject of my review this week. Or, i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2009

    Ten Things to Do Under $10 This Weekend, August 21-23, 2009

    For those of you still in college, this is the last weekend of summer. Time to get out there and make as many mistakes as possible in the next 48 hours before lying to yourself that you're "really going to hit the books" this semester. For the rest of us, there's a variety of cheap choices this week ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2009

    U2 3D Showing This Weekend at the Tivoli

    U2 3D, billed as the "first live-action 3D concert movie," is playing as part of the Tivoli's midnight movie series this weekend on Friday and Saturday night. I saw this last year when it was at the iMax, and it was seriously impressive. Here's the trailer for the flick. U2's current world tour isn' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2008

    Top Ten Hip-Hop Albums Of 2008

    A couple of weeks ago, an expert on the Harry Potter series told an audience of high school kids how lucky they were to have this Big Shared Experience--these seven books and 41,000 words in common. What does Harry Potter have to do with hip-hop in 2008? In an age when many year-end lists should be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2008

    Xmas Jam Countdown: Band Aid, "Do They Know It's Christmas?"

    MP3: Band Aid, "Do They Know It's Christmas Time? (Original 1984)" I couldn't find the best version of this song, which is an extended mix with a totally earnest spoken-word bridge featuring the tune's participants. But here's the original version of 1984's seminal charity single, "Do T ... More >>

  • Music

    January 2, 2008

    The Aviation Club

    9 p.m. Friday, January 4. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2007
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    November 13, 2007
  • Music

    October 24, 2007

    Tony Bennett

    8 p.m. Saturday, October 27. Fox Theatre, 527 North Grand Boulevard.

  • Calendar

    July 25, 2007
  • Music

    March 14, 2007

    120 Days

    8 p.m. Tuesday, March 20. The Gargoyle on the campus of Washington University (Forsyth and Skinker boulevard).

  • Music

    March 14, 2007

    Top o the Morning!

    Take B-Sides annual St. Patricks day lyrics quiz, just before exploring religion with unlikely bedfellows the Thermals and the Hold Steady.

  • Music

    January 17, 2007

    Ghost in the Machine

    Ghost in Light changes its stage dynamic — and rocks harder than ever.

  • Music

    October 11, 2006

    The Killers

    Sam's Town (Island)

  • Home Entertainment

    May 31, 2006

    Dreams of Syndication

    Will & Grace: Series Finale

  • Music

    December 7, 2005

    La Russa Palooza

    Five nights in November with the "Card-Carrying Rocker"

  • Music

    December 7, 2005


    Wednesday, December 14; the Savvis Center (South 14th Street and Clark Avenue)

  • Calendar

    September 21, 2005

    This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

    Week of September 21, 2005

  • Music

    July 20, 2005

    The Love Experts

    Cuba Street (Undertow Music)

  • Music

    June 29, 2005

    We Aren't the World

    A critical fatwa of Live 8

  • Music

    November 24, 2004

    Not Quite the Bomb, Mom

    A guy and his mother dissect U2

  • News

    September 15, 2004


    Week of September 15, 2004

  • Music

    May 5, 2004

    David Is Goliath

    The former Ziggy Stardust proves giants still walk the music scene

  • Dining

    November 19, 2003


    La Piazza, 7401 Pershing Avenue, 314-862-5224

  • Calendar

    October 1, 2003

    Cher the Wealth

    One last time

  • Music

    May 22, 2002

    Off the 'Mats

    No, the Replacements aren't getting back together -- yet

  • Culture

    December 5, 2001

    Hunger Strike

    Can a non-9/11 benefit album make any noise?

  • Culture

    January 19, 2000


    By August Wilson (St. Louis Black Repertory Co.)

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    December 9, 1998
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    November 25, 1998
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