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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.
U2's The Edge has become the first rock star to play at the Sistine Chapel.
The Irish band's lead guitarist, whose real name is David Evans, sang four songs on Saturday night (30Apr16) for about 200 participants of a conference on regenerative medicine, which took place inside the Vatican in Rome, Italy.
According to NBC, the performer played acoustic guitar and sang a cover of Leonard Cohen's If It be Your Will, as well as versions of U2 songs Yahweh, Ordinary Love and Walk On, as he was backed by a choir of seven Irish teenagers.
Wearing his trademark black beanie, The Edge told the audience that he was stunned to be invited to play in the chapel, which was painted by Renaissance master Michelangelo in the 16th century.
Continue reading: U2'S The Edge Performs At The Sistine Chapel
U2 frontman Bono made a surprise appearance onstage at Lupita Nyong'o's Broadway play Eclipsed on Saturday (30Apr16).
The show centres around a group of captive wives of a rebel officer in the Liberian Civil War, and 12 Years a Slave star Nyong'o portrays a semi-literate 15-year-old who becomes the fourth wife of the commanding officer.
Following her performance on Saturday, Lupita and her co-stars paid tribute to 219 schoolgirls, who went missing in Nigeria in 2014. They were joined by Bono, who called out the media for failing to report the news item.
"They were taken from their high school 747 days today," he said. "If they were American or Irish girls, we'd get a daily report."
Rocker Bono has urged gospel singers to shine a light on their troubled marriages, rather than sing about the glory of God.
The U2 singer feels Christian music is lacking a little personal truth and accuses performers of glossing over real-life problems and politics in their messages to the Lord.
In a new chat with one of his favourite authors, Eugene H. Peterson, Bono admits he would like to see more honesty from gospel singers and Christian rockers.
"I think it's a shame because these are people who are vulnerable to God in a good way - porous, open," the singer said. "I would love if this conversation would inspire people who are writing these beautiful voices, Gospel songs... (to) write a song about their bad marriage, write a song about how they're p**sed off at the government.
Rocker The Edge was supported by his U2 bandmates on Wednesday (20Apr16) as he laid his father to rest in Ireland.
John Garvin Evans died on Saturday (16Apr16) at the Bons Secours Hospital in Dublin, following "a long and courageous battle with illness", according to a family notice published on The Irish Times website.
Family and friends gathered for his funeral at Howth's Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, when The Edge, real name Dave Evans, served as one of his dad's pallbearers.
Continue reading: The Edge Supported By U2 At Father's Funeral
U2 rocker The Edge is mourning the loss of his father, who passed away on Saturday (16Apr16).
John Garvin Evans died on Saturday at the Bons Secours Hospital in Dublin, Ireland following "a long and courageous battle with illness", according to a family notice published on The Irish Times website on Sunday (17Apr16).
Evans dealt with his illness with "typical joie de vivre" and had "wonderful care" at the facility, the notice reads. He will be remembered at a funeral at Howth Presbyterian Church in Howth, Ireland on Wednesday (20Apr16).
The 54-year-old guitarist, real name David Howell Evans, has siblings Richard and Gillian. Their mother Gwenda passed away in 2012.
Continue reading: The Edge Mourning Loss Of Father
David Bowie Wrecked Bono's Dreams Of Becoming A Rock Star, Because The U2 Singer Always Knew He'd Never Be As Good As The Thin White Duke.
The U2 frontman was good friends with the late singer, who lost his battle with cancer on 10 January (16), and he has shared his memories of the 69-year-old in the latest issue of Rolling Stone.
"I've played at being a rock & roll star, but I'm really not one," he confessed. "David Bowie is my idea of a rock star. Right now, I'm in Myanmar, a little cut off from the reaction to David's passing, but I can assure you the sky is a lot darker here without the Starman."
The 55-year-old grew up with Bowie and became friends with the star after U2 hit the big time, and Bono credits David with introducing the band to many sights and sounds which influenced the group's music.
Continue reading: Bono: 'The Sky Is A Lot Darker Without David Bowie'
Adele And James Bay Will Lead The Way At The 2016 Brit Awards After Landing Four Nominations Apiece.
The soulful superstar's comeback hit Hello will compete for British Single and British Artist Video of the Year, while her record-breaking 25 release is in the running for British Album of the Year.
Her fourth nod is for Best Female Solo Artist, in which she will face off against Florence + The MAChine, Jess Glynne, Laura Marling, and the late Amy Winehouse.
James Bay will fight for the Best Male Solo Artist honour against Mark Ronson, Jamie XX, Calvin Harris, and Aphex Twin, while he is also up for British Breakthrough Act, and will challenge Adele for British Single and British Album of the Year for Hold Back the River and Chaos & the Calm, respectively.
Continue reading: Adele Leads Brit Award Nominations
The Terrorists Who Stormed The Bataclan Theatre In Paris, France During An Eagles Of Death Metal Gig Last Month (Nov15) Were Keen On Killing Band Frontman Jesse Hughes, According To A New Report.
Hughes and his bandmates managed to get off the stage unhurt as the gunmen opened fire, killing 89 people, and now it has emerged the singer may have been a main target of the Islamic fundamentalists.
In a new report, sources at the 13 November (15) gig tell the Daily Mail devout Christian Hughes may have been targeted for his outspoken religious and political beliefs.
Bystanders claim they heard the gunmen shouting, "Where's the singer?" as they created havoc at the venue.
The U2 guitarist has gained permission to build five huge houses in Malibu.
U2 guitar player The Edge has won approval to construct five massive hilltop mansions in Malibu, California, concluding a long-running dispute with nearby residents and environmentalists concerned about the impact on wildlife.
The musician, whose real name is David Howell Evans, bought the land in question back in 2005, and for the subsequent decade has been trying to gain approval from the California Coastal Commission to be able to build properties on the site, with the intention of living there.
U2 guitarist The Edge
Continue reading: The Edge Wins Approval For Major Property Development In Malibu
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
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In our rags of light, dressed to kill - Edge https://t.co/wtl6uRHJtD
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One of the all-time greats, Prince has gone. A huge loss for Music. The Edge.
I never met Mozart, I never met Duke Ellington or Charlie Parker I never met Elvis But I met Prince - Bono https://t.co/ruD6Su3aMh
PRINCE. Larry, Edge, Bono, Adam https://t.co/3pJTLuHoEh
'Passion' - Adam https://t.co/aLG0UAYWxE
Home safe. Garvin RIP... Adam https://t.co/lzYlUoGQSE
We remember the people of Ecuador.. You are in our prayers , Larry , Adam , Bono , Edge... https://t.co/rnGqGs1g7p
Eucalyptus Seas... Adam https://t.co/xAqMiGJY6T
Together again ! - Adam https://t.co/f8Ex7U4Gmh
RT @ONECampaign: #Bono answers yr Q's and discusses his experiences at Kenya & the Middle East refugee camps: https://t.co/AMrL785wV3 https…
RT @Refugees: Bono: “we can help host countries see refugees not just as a burden, but as a benefit” https://t.co/cm62haDGXl https://t.co/E…
RT @ONECampaign: Read and watch: Bono's @nytimes diary from visiting refugee camps in Kenya: https://t.co/7CFs4wol39 https://t.co/P2RudwrouD
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Dude owns the word Happy @Pharrell https://t.co/xopD0rsJej