It looks as though Bono's son is going to follow his father into the family business. On December 13, Eli Hewson, 18, appeared with his band, Inhaler, at a sellout gig in Dublin's Button Factory venue, reported Buzz.ie. Inhaler's was performing as part of a Garageland event that seeks to promote new Irish music talent. The gossip site says that Bono quickly left after the band's 39-minute set.
Eli is Bono and Ali Hewson's third child, after daughters, Jordan and Memphis Eve. Eli has a younger brother, John Abraham.
His band do not cite U2 as an influence
On their official website, Inhaler says their influences are Manchester-based bands Joy Division and the Stone Roses. At their December 13 gig, the band covered Joy Division's song, "Love will tear us apart again."
Inhaler was formed in 2016 and is made up of Eli, along with Josh Jenkinson, Robert Keating and Ryan McMahon. Their short bio concludes with, "Inhaler hopes to be able to bring Rock and Roll the masses." The band appears to have only played a handful of gigs across Dublin over the last 12 months. Eli is the band's lead singer and guitarist.
You might recognize Eli's face
Don't be surprised if Eli looks familiar. It's his face that you see along with the Edge's daughter, Sian Evans, on the cover of U2's 2017 album Songs of Experience. The photo was taken by U2's longtime photographer, Anton Corbijn. At the time of the photo, Eli was a student at the prestigious south Dublin private school, St. Andrew's College. In a blog post on U2's official website in January 2015, Bono wrote about his son, "Elijah Bob, or Eli as he's known, is 15 and already a guitar shredder. Our boy Eli won’t be a student for long."
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