Music History

Bono’s Hair Through the Ages

Bono has managed to maintain a head of hair throughout U2’s career. Not all this fashion choices were good ones, though–at least not in retrospect. For example, who can forget this look c.1983?

U2 - bono-1983


Or the mullet years of The Joshua Tree?

U2 - Bono 1987


UPROXX has a whole gallery of Bono hairstyles here.

With The Edge, it’s simpler. It starts here…

U2 - Edge Explorer2


…and ends here.


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3 thoughts on “Bono’s Hair Through the Ages

  • Technically not a mullet; which is categorized as long on the back, short on the front. He simply has long hair in that photo.

    • Here is a full video of the busking:

  • I would agree with David. If anything, the 1983 pic is more of a mullet. Joshua Tree era hair was all one length… and greasy (looking).


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