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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 13 studio albums and are one of the world's best-selling music artists in history, having sold more than 170 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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Get Out Of Your Own Way is a song by musical group U2, released on November 1, 2017.
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The Blackout is a song by musical group U2, released on November 1, 2017.
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"You're the Best Thing About Me" is a song by Irish rock band U2.
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The Joshua Tree is the fifth studio album by Irish rock band U2.

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U2 confront how to live in an age of terror with ‘The Blackout’ video
  –  August 30, 2017
But the July 11 concert in Miami Gardens didn’t showcase any new material from the Irish rock group’s coming new album, “Songs of Experience.” U2 fans now have a taste. On Wednesday, U2 shared a performance video of the new album track “The ...
U2 announce new tour, includes stop at United Center
  –  November 2, 2017
SEPTEMBER 23: Recording artist Bono of music group U2 performs onstage at the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena on September 23, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 23: Recording artist Bono of music group U2 performs ...
U2’s Beautiful Days In A New Millennium
  –  November 11, 2017
There was a whole lot happening in U2’s world in 2000, but most of all ... by making glorious, celebratory rock music, this time for a new millennium. In doing so, they emerged in October 2000 with All That You Can’t Leave Behind, which has sold ...
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 ...
From the archives: Our review of U2's 1987 'Joshua Tree' concert in St. Paul
  –  September 8, 2017
Editor's note: This review first appeared in the Star Tribune on Nov. 4, 1987. Six years ago, Rolling Stone labeled the Irish rock band U2 the "next big thing ... as is the case with most rock music. And Bono Hewson's passionate wail, populist gestures ...
U2 lift up women, the Saints and Steve Scalise ‘in the name of love’ at New Orleans show
  –  September 15, 2017
It was during the show-closing punk rock love song that is “I Will Follow” that I remembered why I love U2 — strip away all of the ambition and pretension and you still have a four-piece rock band from Dublin that has a punk rock heart.

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