U2

U2

Biography

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.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Bono: 'The Sky Is A Lot Darker Without David Bowie'


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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 Leads Brit Award Nominations


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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.

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Taylor Swift Lands 2015'S Top Tour


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The pop superstar kicked off The 1989 World Tour in Japan in May (15), and visited locations including the U.K., North America and China before wrapping the shows in Australia on 12 December (15).

It has now emerged Taylor scored the most profitable tour of the year (15) with more than $250 million in global ticket sales, topping Pollstar's annual rundown of top treks.

Taylor even managed to break a previous record set by the Rolling Stones by making $200 million (£133 million) in North America alone, dwarfing the $162 million (£108 million) the veteran rockers made in 2005 with their A Bigger Bang shows.

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Eagles Of Death Metal Star Jesse Hughes May Have Been Target Of Bataclan Terror Attack


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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.

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Bono Recruits Hozier And The Script To Busk For Charity


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The U2 frontman has made it a tradition to perform in the city on the night before Christmas since 2009, but he was forced to skip last year (14), because he was recovering from surgery following a cycling accident in New York City.

However, he made it up to fans on Thursday by staging an impromptu show on Dublin's Grafton Street with fellow Irishmen Hozier and Glen Hansard and members of groups The Script and Kodaline, among others, belting out renditions of tracks such as U2's Every Breaking Wave and When Love Comes to Town, as well as Hozier's Take Me to Church.

Bono's annual street gig benefits the local Simon Community housing charity.

Continue reading: Bono Recruits Hozier And The Script To Busk For Charity

Eagles Of Death Metal Announce Paris Return In Touring Plans


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In the wake of the atrocity at the city's Bataclan theatre, in which 89 people were killed, the band abandoned its Nos Amis tour, cancelling concerts in a number of European venues.

However, the rockers have now announced they will reschedule the concerts for 2016, travelling the continent between February and August.

The tour itinerary includes an emotional return to the city of Paris, where they will play at the Olympia venue on 16 February (16). Fans who were at the Bataclan show on 13 November (15) will be entitled to a free ticket to the new concert.

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The Edge Wins Approval For Major Property Development In Malibu


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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.

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Continue reading: The Edge Wins Approval For Major Property Development In Malibu

The Edge Wins Battle To Build New Complex Overlooking Malibu


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Officials at the California Coastal Commission have unanimously approved his project, which the guitarist first announced several years ago.

Environmental leaders and residents objected to his plans, insisting they would destroy the landscape and the look of Malibu, forcing the musician and his architects to make significant changes and to pay closer attention to wildlife habitats.

The Edge has also agreed to dedicate 140 acres of the property as open space with access to public hiking and equestrian trails, according to the Los Angeles Times newspaper.

Eagles Of Death Metal Join U2 On Stage During Paris Gig


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Eagles of Death Metal have made an emotional return to Paris, appearing as surprise guests during U2’s gig at the AccorHotels Arena on Monday evening. Bringing the band to the stage U2 frontman Bono said: 'They were robbed of their stage three weeks ago and we would like to offer them ours tonight.

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U2 Pay Tribute To Terror Victims At Paris Concert


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The Irish rockers scrapped plans to perform in the French capital the night after the 13 November (15) atrocities, which included a massacre at an Eagles of Death Metal show at the Bataclan, where 89 gig-goers were killed.

U2 subsequently rescheduled their iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE show, the first of two Paris gigs, for Sunday and when frontman Bono first stepped onto the AccorHotels Arena stage, he shouted "Vive La France" in front of the more than 20,000 revellers.

The band dedicated its hit Pride (In the Name of Love) to those who lost their lives in the attacks by showing each of the 130 victims' names within a blue, white and red peace and love symbol on the giant screen in the venue.

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U2 Headlines At The SSE Hydro

U2 , Bono - U2 headlines at the SSE Hydro within the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) in Glasgow at SSE Hydro SECC - Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom - Friday 6th November 2015

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U2 Perform Live In Concert

U2 , Bono - U2 perform live in concert during the 'iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour' at The O2 - London, United Kingdom - Friday 30th October 2015

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U2 Perform Live In Concert

U2 , Bono - U2 perform live in concert during the 'iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour' at the The O2 at The O2 - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 25th October 2015

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Celebrities Arrive At The Sarm Studios To Record The Band Aid 30 Single 'Do They Know It's Christmas'.

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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Bambi Awards 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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Fender Factory Corona CA. Edge
Edge: JTNP
Parachute #alexandredacunha - Adam
Rolling stones... Bono
Nice Ass!! -Edge
snow woman says 'gender equality' - Bono #davos
Edge: Distorted Desert Windmill.
He's not a mug. But I'm a mugger. Dude says he will match every dollar @RED raises this year. So spend, spend, spend on @RED stuff. Happy 10th bday to @RED - Bono
Billie Holiday by Elizabeth Payton .. Adam


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