Biography

U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group consists of Bono (vocals and guitar), The Edge (guitar, keyboards, and vocals), Adam Clayton (bass guitar), and Larry Mullen, Jr. (drums and percussion). U2's early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music. Throughout the group's musical pursuits, they have maintained a sound built on melodic instrumentals, highlighted by The Edge's timbrally varied guitar sounds and Bono's expressive vocals. Their lyrics, often embellished with spiritual imagery, focus on personal themes and sociopolitical concerns.

U2 formed at Mount Temple Comprehensive School in 1976 when the members were teenagers with limited musical proficiency. Within four years, they signed with Island Records and released their debut album Boy. By the mid-1980s, U2 became a top international act. They were more successful as a touring act than they were at selling records until their 1987 album The Joshua Tree which, according to Rolling Stone, elevated the band's stature "from heroes to superstars". Reacting to musical stagnation and criticism of their earnest image and musical direction in the late-1980s, U2 reinvented themselves with their 1991 album, Achtung Baby, and the accompanying Zoo TV Tour; they integrated dance, industrial, and alternative rock influences into their sound, and embraced a more ironic and self-deprecating image. Similar experimentation continued for the remainder of the 1990s with varying levels of success. U2 regained critical and commercial favour in the 2000s with the records All That You Can't Leave Behind (2000) and How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (2004), which established a more conventional, mainstream sound for the group. Their U2 360? Tour from 2009-2011 was the highest-attended and highest-grossing concert tour in history.

U2 have released 12 studio albums and are among the all-time best-selling music artists, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide. They have won 22 Grammy Awards, more than any other band, and in 2005, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. Rolling Stone ranked U2 at number 22 in its list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time" and has labelled them the "Biggest Band in the World". Throughout their career, as a band and as individuals, they have campaigned for human rights and philanthropic causes, including Amnesty International, the ONE/DATA campaigns, Product Red, and The Edge's Music Rising.

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U2 reportedly set to release new album 'before the end of the year'

U2 reportedly set to release new album 'before the end of the year'

Tabloid reports also suggest the band could perform in London as part of iTunes festival

  • Jul 22, 2014

U2 fan records snippet of 'new track 'Song For Something' from outside Bono's beach house

Spanish fan site claims to have heard new material from outside French property

  • Jul 4, 2014

U2's Bono calls Apple a 'religious cult' for not publically supporting his charity RED

"Apple is so fucking annoyingly quiet," said the frontman

  • Jun 25, 2014

U2's Bono and The Edge join board of directors at guitar manufacturer Fender

The musicians will be working with Fender on new ideas

  • May 29, 2014

Rare U2 recordings from 1980 go up for auction

A four song live set, audio interview and photos are estimated to sell for £1,000

  • May 20, 2014

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U2 Music Videos

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Take Me To The Clouds Above

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Ordinary Love

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Mr. Wrong

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25/8

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City Of Blinding Lights

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U2 Reviews

Live Review: U2

Live Review: U2

There's sentimentality, shocking omissions and too much new stuff… but somehow it all works. Hampden Park, Glasgow, Tuesday, August 18

  • Aug 27, 2009

Album Review: U2

No Line On The Horizon

  • Feb 26, 2009

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The Joshua Tree: Remastered

  • Dec 3, 2007

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