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U2

U2

 

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U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin formed in 1976. The group consists of Bono (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), the Edge (lead guitar, keyboards, and backing vocals), Adam Clayton (bass guitar), and Larry Mullen Jr. (drums and percussion).[1] Initially rooted in post-punk, U2's musical style evolved throughout their career, yet has maintained an anthemic sound built on Bono's expressive vocals and the Edge's effects-based guitar textures. Their lyrics, often embellished with spiritual imagery, focus on personal and sociopolitical themes. Popular for their live performances, the group have staged several ambitious and elaborate tours over their career.

The band 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 (1980). Subsequent work such as their first UK number-one album, War (1983), and the singles "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and "Pride (In the Name of Love)" helped establish U2's reputation as a politically and socially conscious group. By the mid-1980s, they had become renowned globally for their live act, highlighted by their performance at Live Aid in 1985. The group's fifth album, The Joshua Tree (1987), made them international superstars and was their greatest critical and commercial success. Topping music charts around the world, it produced their only number-one singles in the US, "With or Without You" and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For".

Facing creative stagnation and a backlash following their documentary/double album, Rattle and Hum (1988), U2 reinvented themselves in the 1990s through a new musical direction and public image. Beginning with their acclaimed seventh album, Achtung Baby (1991), and the multimedia-intensive Zoo TV Tour, the band integrated influences from alternative rock, electronic dance music, and industrial music into their sound, and embraced a more ironic, flippant image. This experimentation continued through their ninth album, Pop (1997), and the PopMart Tour, which were mixed successes. U2 regained critical and commercial favour 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 of 2009–2011 is the highest-attended and highest-grossing concert tour in history. The group's thirteenth album, Songs of Innocence (2014), was released at no cost through the iTunes Store, but received criticism for its automatic placement in users' music libraries.

U2 have released 14 studio albums and are one of the world's best-selling music artists in history, having sold 175 million records worldwide.[2] 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 on its list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time".[3] Throughout their career, as a band and as individuals, they have campaigned for human rights and philanthropic causes, including Amnesty International, Jubilee 2000, the ONE/DATA campaigns, Product Red, War Child, and Music Rising.

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Spotify Singles
Album
Spotify Singles is an album by musical group U2, released on December 13, 2017.
Spotify Singles
Song
Spotify Singles is a song by musical group U2, released on December 13, 2017.
Songs of Experience
 
Songs of Experience is the fourteenth studio album by Irish rock band U2.
American Soul
Song
American Soul is a song by musical group U2, released on November 17, 2017.

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Popular Songs120

Song Appearances & References34

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Book References & Influences3

Minor Film Appearances & References3

Other Music-Related Relationships13

TV Shows5

Minor Musical Appearances & References1

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Bok Center
Tulsa, United States
May 2, 2018
Scottrade Center
St Louis, United States
May 4, 2018
SAP Center
San Jose, United States
May 7, 2018
SAP Center at San Jose
San Jose, United States
May 8, 2018
T-Mobile Arena
Las Vegas, United States
May 11, 2018
T-Mobile Arena
Las Vegas, United States
May 12, 2018
The Forum
Inglewood, United States
May 15, 2018
The Forum
Inglewood, United States
May 16, 2018
United Center
Chicago, United States
May 22, 2018
United Center
Chicago, United States
May 23, 2018
Bridgestone Arena
Nashville, United States
May 26, 2018
Infinite Energy Arena
Atlanta, United States
May 28, 2018
Bell Centre
Montréal, Canada
June 5, 2018
Centre Bell Centre
Montreal, Canada
June 6, 2018
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Uniondale, United States
June 9, 2018
Wells Fargo Center
Philadelphia, United States
June 13, 2018
Wells Fargo Center
Philadelphia, United States
June 14, 2018
Capital One Arena
Washington, United States
June 17, 2018
Capital One Arena
Washington, United States
June 18, 2018
TD Garden
Boston, United States
June 21, 2018
TD Garden
Boston, United States
June 22, 2018
Madison Square Garden
New York, United States
June 25, 2018
Madison Square Garden
New York, United States
June 26, 2018
NJ Prudential Center
Newark, United States
June 29, 2018
Mercedes-Benz Arena
Berlin, Germany
August 31, 2018
LANXESS Arena
Koln, Germany
September 4, 2018
AccorHotels Arena
Paris, France
September 8, 2018
AccorHotels Arena
Paris, France
September 9, 2018
WiZink Center
Madrid, Spain
September 20, 2018
Royal Arena
Copenhagen, Denmark
September 29, 2018
Barclaycard Arena
Hamburg, Germany
October 3, 2018
Ziggo Dome
Amsterdam, Netherlands
October 7, 2018
Mediolanum Forum
Assago, Italy
October 11, 2018
Mediolanum Forum
Assago, Italy
October 12, 2018
Manchester Arena
Manchester, United Kingdom
October 19, 2018
The O2
London, United Kingdom
October 23, 2018

News Articles6

U2’s Latest Music Video Shows the KKK Visiting the White House
  –  January 19, 2018
With their new music video, U2 suggests that Donald Trump has allowed the KKK to once again infiltrate America. Do President Donald Trump and the White House support white supremacy and neo-Nazism? According to popular Irish rock group U2, yes.
U2 album shatters a historic Billboard sales record
  –  December 11, 2017
Now, a few solo artists have also pulled off having four consecutive decades of No. 1 albums –namely, Bruce Springsteen, Barbara Streisand and Janet Jackson — but not a music group. The Beatles come close to U2’s record, sort of. They had No. 1 album ...
U2's Edge survived being thrown through windscreen in car crash before band's debut
  –  January 14, 2018
U2 bassist Adam Clayton has revealed how the superstar band ... car in a crash the day before they were due to play their first big UK gig in the famous rock music pub, The Hope and Anchor, in London in 1980. "When we did the Hope and Anchor, Edge had ...
Rock Music Menu: U2 announce new album, Philly show next June
  –  November 2, 2017
At long last, U2 will finally release the second of a two-themed set of albums, “Songs of Experience,” coming Dec. 1. It follows on the heels of ‘Songs of Innocence,’ which came out in Sept. 2014. The Irish rockers will also be returning to the ...
U2 confronts the dinosaur within on new album 'Songs of Experience'
  –  December 1, 2017
U2 lives in constant fear of turning into a classic-rock dinosaur ... Similarly, “The Blackout,” parodies arena rock with its groaning guitars and, yes, another city-stomping contribution from the irreplaceable Clayton. All doubts are extinguished ...
After shoving its way onto iTunes, U2 is headed for the Amazon Echo
  –  November 28, 2017
The last time U2 offered up an album exclusive, things didn’t go great. Apple reportedly paid $100 million for exclusive rights to Songs of Innocence, the Irish arena rock band’s first record in half a decade — and irritated countless iTunes users in ...

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