U2

U2

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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.



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U2 Pay Tribute To New York City With 'You're The Best Thing About Me' Video


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At a time of political turmoil, U2 are focusing on the positives aspects of America with a love song to New York City. Their new video for their new album's first single 'You're The Best Thing About Me' explores the great city in all its glory.

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Directed by Jonas Åkerlund, the video is an ode to the Statue of Liberty as well as New York City itself, featuring a montage of footage of the busy streets and must-visit venues including Ray's Pizza, and their own sightseeing tour in Times Square on a double-decker bus. It flicks between colour and black and white and also sees U2 performing on the roof of a high-rise building against the stunning city skyline backdrop at night.

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'You're The Best Thing About Me': U2 Drop The Lead Single For 'Songs Of Experience'


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Currently on their Joshua Tree 30th anniversary world tour, U2 have just launched a soaring brand new single entitled 'You're The Best Thing About Me' along with a lyric video, as they prepare to unveil to the world their eagerly awaited fourteenth studio album 'Songs of Experience'.

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'You're The Best Thing About Me' comes following their recently dropped performance video of another new song, 'The Blackout', both of which will feature on the 'Songs of Experience' collection. The artwork for the single was designed by Anton Corbijn and features The Edge's daughter Sian Evans, while the lyric video is presented in the form of a flick book.

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Why Are Fans Receiving Strange 'Blackout' Letters From U2?


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U2 have surprised their fans with a mysterious letter in the mail, which contains certain clues to their next big announcement. Whether or not it's a new album coming remains to be seen, but there are certainly many theories abou the surprise behind the notes. 

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The letter in question contains a passage from the foreward of William Blake's collection of poems 'Songs of Innocence and Experience', which became the main inspiration behind U2's last album 'Songs Of Innocence'. However, it is partially blacked out by a silhouette of two figures - a man and a woman - holding hands, with a few words left un-blanked creating the sentence: 'Blackout... It's clear who you are will appear... U2.com'.

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U2 Fan Stands Out In Crowd Post


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U2 posted a picture of their lively Dublin crowd on Saturday night (22.07.17) - but the photo stood out due to one fan.

The Irish rockers - made up of Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. - took to their Twitter to upload the image of their 80,000 capacity crowd at Croke Park, but didn't spot one guy in the front row flicking them an inoffensive two-fingered gesture.

U2 captioned their picture: ''Full house tonight. #U2 #croker #dublin #U2TheJoshuaTree2017 (sic)''

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U2 Sued For Plagiarism By British Singer-Songwriter Over 'The Fly'


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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 Re-visit 'The Joshua Tree' With Nostalgic 30th Anniversary Tour


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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.

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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 Wants U2 Collaboration


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Robbie Williams wants to collaborate with U2.

The 'Party Like A Russian' singer has revealed he would be keen to record with the 'With or Without You' hitmakers or with 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 Edge and Adam Clayton of U2 seen arriving at the 2016 StubHub Q Awards, London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 2nd November 2016

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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.

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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'Security Breach' Causes U2 To Postpone Stockholm Show


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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.

u2U2 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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Bono Changes Lyrics Of U2 Song To Reference Refugee Crisis In Europe


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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.

BonoBono made reference to the refugee crisis by altering the lyrics of 'Pride (In The Name of Love)'

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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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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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Adam Clayton, Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen Junior and U2
Adam Clayton, Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen Junior and U2
Adam Clayton, Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen Junior and U2

U2 and Bono Wednesday 14th September 2011 U2 singer Bono leaving Balans in Soho in the early hours of the morning.

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