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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 producer Andy Barlow has revealed the band's new album 'Songs Of Experience' was re-written after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States in November 2016.
The group - made up of Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. - worked with new producer Andy Barlow on the record, and he admitted the new President of the United States caused a shift in songwriting for the band.
Speaking to Billboard, he explained: ''The album changed massively when Trump got elected. We pretty much had it in the bag and then the band came in the next day and went, 'We've got to change it. It's not relevant anymore.'
Continue reading: U2's New Album 'changed Massively' When Trump Was Elected
There's a lot going on for this Black Friday event.
Record Store Day is almost upon us which means all kinds of exclusive and unique releases are coming from the likes of Paul McCartney, U2, Gorillaz and many others. It's an annual celebration of indie recordings, and marks an appreciation of the tangible when it comes to musical enjoyment.
Paul McCartney at Desert Trip Festival
Paul McCartney has two 'Holidays Rule' 7-inch singles, both with a new version of 'Wonderful Christmastime' recorded with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, one with Norah Jones' live rendition of 'Peace' recorded at the Sheen Center and the other with 'Jesus Christ' by The Decemberists.
Meanwhile, Eminem has no idea why he landed his Best Hip Hop award.
The 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards took place over the weekend, with some stellar performers and some very well-deserved award recipients. Shawn Mendes was the big winner of the night, taking home four gongs in total and playing his winning single 'There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back' live.
Shawn Mendes at the 2017 MTV EMAs
As well as landing Best Song for the third single of his number one second album 'Illuminate', the 19-year-old singer-songwriter also landed Best Artist, Biggest Fans and Best Canadian Act at the award ceremony last night (November 12th 2017), held at the SSE Wembley Arena in London. It appears he's the only nominee of the night to take home multiple awards.
Continue reading: Shawn Mendes Takes Home Four Prizes At 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards
A love song for one of their favourite US cities.
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.
U2 performing live in the UK
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.
They're finally releasing music from their forthcoming album.
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'.
U2 launch the first single from their forthcoming album 'Songs of Experience'
'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.
Mysterious notes are finding their way to the U2 fan club.
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.
U2 perform live at the SSE Arena
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'.
Continue reading: Why Are Fans Receiving Strange 'Blackout' Letters From U2?
U2 took to Twitter to share a picture of 80,000 fans at their Dublin gig, but their photograph has hit headlines for the wrong reasons after a guy in the front row was spotted aiming a two-fingered hand gesture at the camera.
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)''
Continue reading: U2 Fan Stands Out In Crowd Post
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.
Continue reading: U2 Sued For Plagiarism By British Singer-Songwriter Over 'The Fly'
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.
Continue reading: U2 Re-visit 'The Joshua Tree' With Nostalgic 30th Anniversary Tour
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.''
Continue reading: Robbie Williams Wants U2 Collaboration
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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