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  • Bono FILE - In this July 24, 2017, file photo, U2 singer Bono makes a peace sign as he arrives for a meeting at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, France. Bono will break a longstanding promise among the band not to play golf in order to raise money for his (RED) charity in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The chance to play mini-golf with U2 is just one of the celebrity experiences that are being raffled off as part of the (RED) Shopathon campaign for World AIDS Day on Dec. 1 at (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

  • Mandel Howie Mandel arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of “Jane” at the Hollywood Bowl on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 1:00 am


U2 breaking promise to help charity

Associated Press

When the members of the rock band U2 were just young Irish lads, they made a pledge to each other that has remained steadfast throughout their decades-long run as rock stars. But frontman Bono said the band is now willing to break that promise in order to raise money for his (RED) charity in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

“U2 made a pledge early on, as teenagers actually, when we formed the band that the one thing we would never ever do – and it was a sacred pledge – was to play golf,” Bono said in a recent interview with The Associated Press. “We didn't think it was rock 'n' roll.”

The chance to play a round of mini-golf with one of the world's most popular rock bands is just one of the once-in-a-lifetime celebrity experiences that are being raffled off at as a part of the (RED) Shopathon campaign for World AIDS Day on Friday.  

Despite the “no golf” pledge, Bono suspects that one member of U2 might be secretly excited for the chance to play the links.

Edge would say things like, 'There are some cool people who play golf, Bono. Like Iggy Pop or Willie Nelson or Jack Nicholson,'” Bono said of the U2 guitarist. “So some people might be very happy if the band is broken open in a major fight over crazy golf. We shall see.”

Save the royal date

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will have a May wedding at Windsor Castle's St. George's Chapel, royal officials announced Tuesday.

Windsor Castle is one of Queen Elizabeth II's main residences. The 15th-century chapel is as historic but more intimate than Westminster Abbey, where Harry's older brother, William, married Kate Middleton in 2011. Harry's communications secretary said it is “a special place” for the couple. The royal family will foot the bill for the wedding of Harry, 33, and the 36-year-old American actress.

Bail plea

Meek Mill's legal team has filed an emergency motion to get him out of prison on bail.

The motion filed with Pennsylvania's Superior Court contends the judge who sentenced the rapper hasn't responded to any post-sentencing appeals.

Mill was sentenced this month to two to four years in prison for violating probation on a roughly decade-old gun and drug case.

The sentence has been criticized, but Common Pleas Court Genece Brinkley Mill ignored the rules of his probation.

The motion contends Mill can't appeal until Brinkley rules on his post-sentence motions, and she “refuses to do so.” Mill's case has attracted attention through rallies, billboards and buses in Philadelphia carrying the message “Stand With Meek Mill.”

Happy birthday

Among today's celebrity birthdays: Actress Diane Ladd is 82. Musician Chuck Mangione is 77. Actor-comedian Howie Mandel is 62. Actress Cathy Moriarty is 57. Actress Kim Delaney is 56. Actor Tom Sizemore is 56. Actor Andrew McCarthy is 55. Actor Don Cheadle is 53. Actress Gena Lee Nolin is 46. Actor Brian Baumgartner is 45. Actress Anna Faris is 41. Rapper The Game is 38.