Bono sings in the rain during a gig in Sydney, Australia, November 10 2006. Taken from ‘U2: A Diary’ by Matt McGee, published by Omnibus Press priced Â£19.95.
Pic: Daniel Boud
Bruce Springsteen joins U2 onstage as the band perform ‘in the round’ in Philadelphia, October 17 2006, on their ‘How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb’ tour. Pic: Rob Wanenchak
A pre-shades Bono wades in the rock pools of New Jersey’s Asbury Park shoreline, Nov 25 1981. The band released their second album ‘October’ in the same year. Pic: Susan Shoshinsky
Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder rubs shoulders (literally) onstage with Bono in Honolulu, Hawaii, December 9 2006. U2 are set to release their new album early next year. Pic: Pascal Jaquemyn
Bono belts out tracks from 1981’s ‘October’ album, the follow-up to their debut ‘Boy’, at Ireland’s Slane Castle, August 16 1981. The Rolling Stones performed in the grounds of the historic house a year later. Pic: Sean O’Connor
The show must go on as Bono gets a hand changing his shoes mid-set in Berlin, July 7 2005, during the tour to promote 2004’s ‘How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb’. Pic: Evavander Valk
Bono sports his trademark shades as the Popmart Tour rolls into Melbourne, Feb 21 1998. The tour featured a giant mirrored lemon and a huge olive and martini stick on stage.
Pic: Andrew Biscoe
Bassist Adam Clayton lends his singer a shoulder to hang on to in Boston, October 3 2005, during the tour for the previous year’s ‘How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb’. Pic: Phil Roman
Bono, still sporting his tinted sunglasses, receives an Honorary Degree from the University of Pennsylvania, May 17 2004. Pic: Marylin Mainone
The Edge goes for the laugh-not-cry option as he’s snapped in the oddest jacket of his career, Dublin, November 1991.
Adam Clayton and The Edge relax on the set of ‘The Sweetest Thing”s video shoot. The single would go on to be Number One in both Canada and the band’s home country of Ireland. Pic: Sue Fell
Forget the Pope or Nelson Mandela, Bono really ups the ante of famous friends by hanging out with Elvis and Santa Claus in Boston, December 5 2005.
Pic: Phil Romans
An early New York gig following the release of U2’s debut album ‘Boy’, New York City Palladium, May 29, 1981. Pic: Susan Shoshinsky
A fan clambers onstage at New York City’s Palladium for a quick waltz with her hero, May 29, 1981.
Pic: Susan Shoshinsky
Bono stands back as bassist Adam Clayton’s hair takes centre stage in New York City, May 29, 1981. The group are set to release their new album, rumoured to be titled ‘No Line On The Horizon’, in 2009. Pic: Susan Shoshinsky
Bono strikes a stage move on the Portland leg of the ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind’ tour, April 15, 2001. The album was seen as a return to form by fans alienated by the experimentation of their 1990s work. Pic: Matt McGee
Bono in his second home – behind a podium – at the launch of The One Campaign, an effort to rally Americans to fight the crisis of global AIDS and extreme poverty, Philadelphia, May 16, 2004.
Pic: Marylin Maione
U2 performing at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater on June 5, 1983. The venue, situated in Red Rocks Park, has been used for over a century. Pic: Greg Wigler
Bono dives into the crowd at Montpelier’s PopMart tour date, France, September 15, 1997. Completion of the album ‘Pop’ was famously rushed, with Bono even reportedly finishing his vocals on ‘Last Night On Earth’ the day the album was sent to be pressed. Pic: Xavi Balart
The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. hitch a ride on Bono’s horse-drawn cart on the video shoot for ‘The Sweetest Thing’, Dublin, September 20, 1998. The video featured cameos from Boyzone and the cast of ‘Riverdance’. Pic: Sue Fell
David Bowie straps on a guitar and joins U2 onstage. The shot is taken from Matt McGee’s new book ‘U2: A Diary’.