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U2
U2
U2 are a rock band from Dublin, Ireland. The
group consists of Bono (vocals and guitar),
The Edge (guitar, keyboards, and vocals),
Adam Clayton (bass guitar), and Larry
Mullen (drums and percussion).
The band formed at Mount Temple
secondary school in 1976 when the
members were teenagers with limited
musical proficiency. Within four years, they
signed to Island Records and released their
debut album Boy. By the mid-1980s, they
had become a top international act. They
were more successful as a live 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".
GENRES
• Rock
• alternative
rock
• rock stadiums
• post-punk
MEMBERS
Larry
Mullen
Adam
Clayton
THE EDGE
BONO
FORMATION
The band formed in Dublin on 25 September
1976. Larry Mullen, Jr., then 14 years old,
posted a notice on his secondary school
(Mount Temple Comprehensive School)
notice board in search of musicians for a
new band. Setting up in his kitchen, Mullen
later described it as "'The Larry Mullen
Band' for about ten minutes, then Bono
walked in and blew any chance I had of
being in charge." Mullen was on drums,
Paul Hewson (Bono) on lead vocals, Dave
Evans (The Edge) and his older brother Dik
Evans on guitar, Adam Clayton, a friend of
the Evans brothers on bass guitar, and
initially Ivan McCormick and Peter Martin,
two other friends of Mullen. Soon after,
the group settled on the name "Feedback",
because it was one of the few technical
terms they knew.
Discography
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Boy(1980)
October(1981)
War (1983)
The Unforgettable Fire (1984)
The Joshua Tree (1987)
Rattle and Hum (1988)
Achtung Baby (1991)
Zooropa (1993)
Pop (1997)
All That You Can't Leave Behind (2000)
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (2004)
No Line on the Horizon (2009)
AWARDS
U2 first received Grammy Awards for the
The Joshua Tree in 1988, and have won
22 in total since. These include Best
Rock Duo or Group, Album of the Year,
Record of the Year, Song of the Year and
Best Rock Album. The British
Phonographic Industry has awarded U2
seven BRIT Awards, five of these being
for Best International Group. In Ireland,
U2 have won 14 Meteor Awards since
the awards began in 2001. Other
awards include one AMA, four VMAs,
ten Q Awards, two Juno Awards, three
NME Awards, and a Golden Globe
Award. The band were inducted into
the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in early
2005. In 2006, all four members of the
band received ASCAP awards for writing
the songs, "I Still Haven't Found What
I'm Looking For", and "Vertigo".
‘’THE SAINTS ARE COMING’’
To coincide with the U2 and Green Day
recording of the song, both bands
performed it live during the Monday
Night Football Pregame show of the
New Orleans Saints versus Atlanta
Falcons game on 25 September
2006. This was the first game in the
Louisiana Superdome since it was
heavily damaged by Hurricane
Katrina in August 2005.
The song's lyrics about storms and
drowningcame back to light after the
events of Hurricane Katrina. In
September 2006, it was announced that
Green Day and U2 were to record a
cover version of the song for charitable
purposes.
AT A GLANCE
U2 have released 12 studio albums and are among the
most critically and commercially successful groups in
popular music. They have won 22 Grammy Awards,
more than any other band, and they have sold more
than 145 million records. In 2005, the band were
inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their
first year of eligibility. Rolling Stone magazine listed U2
at #22 in its list of the 100 greatest artists of all time.
Throughout their career, as a band and as individuals,
they have campaigned for human rights and
philanthropic causes, including Amnesty International,
the ONE Campaign, Product Red, and Bono's DATA
campaign.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
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TITLE PAGE
INFORMATION ABOUT U2
GENRES
MEMBERS
FORMATION
DISCOGRAPHY
AWARDS
THE SAINTS ARE COMING
AT A GLANCE
VIDEO

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