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U2 (formed 1976)
U2 are an Irish rock band, consisting of Bono (vocals), Larry Mullen Jr. (drums), Adam Clayton (bass) and The Edge (guitar, keyboards and vocals).
The Early Years: The members of U2 formed the band when Larry Mullen Jr., aged 14, posted a note on the notice board at Mount Temple Comprehensive School, looking for people to form a band with.
All four members off the band attended the initial practice, in Mullen's kitchen and chose the name Feedback. There were three other boys at the rehearsal, none of whom made the final grade. Dick Evans lasted the longest, eventually walking offstage at a farewell gig at Howth Presbyterian Church. It was at this moment that the band changed their name to U2.
The band won a talent show in 1978, winning £500 and the chance to record a demo tape. Paul McGuiness agreed to be their manager and their first EP was released in Ireland only. Entitled Three, the EP was their first success in the Irish charts.
The Mainstream: In 1980, U2 were signed to Island Records. '11 O'Clock Tick Tock' was the band's debut internationally released single. Steve Lillywhite was drafted in to produce their debut album, Boy, which was well received by music critics.
October was the band's second album. It did not sell well outside of the UK and Island records put pressure on the band to improve. U2's answer to this pressure was the album, War. The album's artwork featured the photography of Anton Corbijn. War went straight to number one in the UK charts and the debut single was 'New Year's Day' became their first overseas hit single. The live album, Under a Blood Red Sky was recorded on the promotional tour for War, which saw the band playing to sold-out venues across Europe and the States.
In 1984, the band released The Unforgettable Fire. Produced by Brian Eno, the album saw a more experimental change in direction. The debut single from the album, 'Pride (In The Name of Love)', written about Martin Luther King was the band's best-selling single at that point in their career, including an entry in the US charts, which had eluded them until that point. The live tour for the album saw the band playing in indoor arenas and their performance at Wembley Stadium's Live Aid concert is still considered one of their most memorable gigs ever.
Acting on criticism that The Unforgettable Fire was somewhat fuzzy and unfocused, the band's next album featured more conventional song structures. In March 1987,The Joshua Tree was released. The album was number one in the US for nine weeks and was their fastest-selling album in the UK. The band were rewarded with two Grammy Awards and the first two singles 'With or Without You' and 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For' both went to number one in the US. The accompanying tour became the subject of the documentary Rattle and Hum. The double album of the same name featured live tracks of the tour and nine studio tracks. The film featured tracks recorded with B.B. King and Bob Dylan.
Achtung Baby was U2's seventh studio album. Released in 1991, the album was influenced by dance, industrial and alternative music. Recorded initially in East Berlin, this album was again produced by Brian Eno and his engineer, Daniel Lanois. In 1992/3, the band embarked on the Zoo TV tour. The tour was an ambitious multimedia event, with hundreds of video screens, flying cars and mock transmissions towers.
The Zooropa album was originally intended as an EP and incorporated techno music influences and electronic music. The final track on the album, 'The Wanderer', was sung by Johnny Cash.
Original Soundtracks 1 was an experimental album released in 1995. Brian Eno was this time not just a producer, but contributed to the writing and performing of the songs. It was released under the name Passengers, to distinguish it from U2's conventional releases. One track, 'Miss Sarajevo' featured Luciano Pavarotti was a hit, though the album performed poorly compared to other U2 albums.
Pop, released in 1997 saw U2 continue with their experimentation, involving tape loops, sampling and sequencing. The album debuted at number one in 35 countries and was a critical success. A month after the PopMart tour - which saw U2 being the first rock band to play in Sarajevo following the Bosnian war - the band appeared on an episode of The Simpsons entitled 'Trash of the Titans'.
In October 2000, the band released All That You Can't Leave Behind. The album was number one in 22 countries and spawned the singles 'Beautiful Day', 'Walk On', 'Stuck in a Moment You can't Get Out Of', and 'Elevation', all of which won Grammy awards.
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb hit the stores in 2004 and the single 'Vertigo' was the soundtrack to a widely publicised advert for Apple's iPod. Apple also manufactured a limited edition U2 iPod and an iTunes U2 box set. The tour saw the band playing songs that they had not played since the 1980s. The next year, U2 were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Bruce Springsteen.
They embark on their tour later this Spring.
To coincide with their previously announced world tour which kicks off in May 2017, U2 will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of their seminal 1987 album 'The Joshua Tree' with a special edition re-release featuring live recordings, b-sides, remixes and other rarities.
U2 embark on their 'Joshua Tree Tour' later this year
You might not be able to believe it's been 30 years since U2 dropped their international number one diamond-certified record, but they are paying tribute to the timeless classic with a massive tour across North America and Europe and now with a special edition release.
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British singer Paul Rose claims that Bono and co. stole elements of his song 'Nae Slappin' for their 1991 chart topper.
A British singer-songwriter has slapped rock giants U2 with a plagiarism lawsuit over their classic track ‘The Fly’, claiming the band used elements of his own song.
In a court case filed in Manhattan federal court on Monday (February 27th), singer Paul Rose contended that U2 used prominent elements of his song ‘Nae Slappin’ for their 1991 track ‘The Fly’, the lead single from their album Achtung Baby and which was a UK chart topper in October that year, according to a report by Billboard and the New York Post.
Rose alleges that the band heard his demo tape after they signed to Island Records in 1989, the same year that he reached out to make contact with Island executives in the hope of getting signed.
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U2 have extended their 'The Joshua Tree' tour, which will see them perform at London's Twickenham stadium on July 8 and July 9.
U2 have extended their 'The Joshua Tree' tour.
The Irish rock band, which is now comprised of Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Junior, have added a second date to the UK leg of their UK and European tour after their performance at London's Twickenham stadium on July 8 sold out when tickets went on sale on Monday (16.01.17).
The group have consequently decided after receiving the ''wave of support'' they have decided to return to the stage and perform on July 9.
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They'll perform the classic album in North America and Europe.
U2 are re-visiting their landmark 1987 album 'The Joshua Tree' this summer with their 30th anniversary 'U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017' which will see them perform the album in full over a series of North American and European tour dates. Tickets are on sale soon.
U2 embark on their 2017 Joshua Tree tour
Thirty years after the release of their break-out number one record 'The Joshua Tree', U2 are returning to their roots to give fans a taste of nostalgia. They'll be taking their fifth album across the US, Canada, the UK and the rest of Europe in June and July, including an appearance at Bonnaroo Festival in Tennessee.
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Robbie Williams has revealed he would love to collaborate with U2 or former One Direction star Niall Horan.
He said: ''I'd love to do something with U2 but if they are not available Niall will do. I think I just wrote the lyric for it.''
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The rock star and humanitarian will be honoured at the November 14th ceremony in L.A.
The mag’s prestigious list has always attempted to celebrate women from diverse walks of life and industries, from fashionistas to business leaders and social justice activists, but it’s the first time that a man has been selected.
“I asked did she think I deserved it. She wasn’t sure,” Bono told the publication when he learned the news from his wife, Ali Hewson, on Tuesday (November 1st).
U2 played a benefit gig for the USCF Children's Hospital in San Francisco on Wednesday night at The Cow Palace, Daly City, California and the Irish superstars used their time on stage to highlight a few facts that Donald Trump has made on his campaign trail. Continually addressing the video as 'Candidate', it appears Bono didn't want to address the man directly.
Frontman Bono interacts with a pre-edited video that shows Trump continually bragging about his wealth, the fact that he's going to build a 'great wall' between the US and Mexico and also putting a few comments he's made on his campaign tour to use.
The video was played over the intro for their song 'Bullet The Blue Sky' originally featured on their 1987 album The Joshua Tree.
The Irish rockers are in the middle of their 'Innocence and Experience Tour'.
U2 were force to cancel Sunday night’s concert in Stockholm, Sweden, following a security breach at the show’s venue, The Globe. The band who are currently on the European leg of their ‘Innocence and Experience Tour’ have rescheduled the show for Tuesday, September 22nd.
U2 have had to postpone their gig at Stockholm’s The Globe.
A statement on the band’s official website reads, ‘Due to a security breach, Stockholm's The Globen evacuated the audience from the building this evening. As the breach has not been resolved quickly and as audience safety is paramount, the police have advised The Globen and Live Nation that they have no option but to postpone tonight's show, to a rescheduled date of Tuesday 22nd September.’
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He altered the lyrics of 'Pride (In The Name of Love)' to refer to the shocking image of the drowned Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi.
Bono changed the lyrics of one of U2’s songs to make a reference to the current refugee crisis in Europe during one of the band’s live shows last night, and took the time to address the packed crowd and urge “humanitarian leadership” upon the continent’s national governments to solve the problem.
U2 kicked off the European leg of their latest world tour, in support of last year’s album Songs of Innocence, on Friday night (September 4th) in Turin’s Pala Alpitour. During a performance of their 1984 hit single ‘Pride (In The Name of Love)’, Bono altered the song’s opening lyric to “one boy washed up on an empty beach” – a reference to the image of the drowned 3 year old child Aylan Kurdi which shocked the world during the week.
Bono made reference to the refugee crisis by altering the lyrics of 'Pride (In The Name of Love)'
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Liberty Ross had a rough time a few years ago when her ex-husband, director Rupert Sanders, was caught by the paparazzi cheating on her. Fortunately, the British model has found happiness and is engaged!
Liberty Ross and Jimmy Iovine are engaged! Representatives for the couple confirmed their happy news to a U.S. entertainment website on Saturday (5th September). They have been dating since for more than two years.
Liberty Ross and Jimmy Iovine at the LACMA 50th Anniversary Gala Sponsored By Christies in Los Angeles, April 2015.
Continue reading: Liberty Ross Is Engaged To Record Producer Jimmy Iovine
Bono and U2 - Celebrities arrive at the Sarm studios to record the Band Aid 30 single 'Do they Know It's Christmas'. The new Band Aid 30 song and music video will debut on The X Factor results show Sunday night (16Nov). at The X Factor - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 15th November 2014
Adam Clayton and U2 - Snaps from the red carpet as an array of stars attended the 2014 Bambi Awards which recognise excellence in international media and television in Berlin, Germany - Thursday 13th November 2014
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