U2 (Irish rock band)

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U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin formed in 1976. The group consists of Bono (lead vocals and guitar), the Edge (guitar, keyboards, and backing vocals), Adam Clayton (bass guitar), and Larry Mullen Jr. (drums and percussion). Initially rooted in post-punk, U2's sound grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music, yet has maintained an anthemic sound. Their lyrics, often embellished with spiritual imagery, focus on personal themes and sociopolitical concerns. Popular for their live performances, the group has 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 a backlash and creative stagnation, 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 of all time, having sold more than 170 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 on 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, Jubilee 2000, the ONE/DATA campaigns, Product Red, War Child, and Music Rising.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Salome: Achtung Baby Outtakes U2 1
1994 Two Hearts Beat as One: Out of the Studio 1983 U2 1
1996 Previously... U2 1
2005 The Very Best U2 1
2014 Songs of Innocence + U2 1
1982-05-01: Get Set for Summer, BBC One, Manchester, UK U2 1
1983-11-22: TV Studio, Tokyo, Japan U2 1
1987-09-08: Trip Through Your Wires, New York City, NY, USA U2 1
Shadows and Tall Trees: The Early Demos U2 1

Other + Audiobook

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 Maximum U2 U2 1

Other + Interview

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981-03-19: KUSF Radio Station, San Francisco, CA, USA U2 1
1983-08-11: RTE, Dublin, Ireland U2 & Dave Fanning 1
1983-08-20: Loreley Amphitheater, St. Goarshausen, Germany U2 & Alan Bangs 1
1985-06-24: RTE 1 U2 & Dave Fanning 1
1987-06-25: RTE 2, Dublin, Ireland U2 & Dave Fanning 1
1988-10-28: RTE 2, Dublin, Ireland U2, Dave Fanning & Timothy White 1
2000-10-19: NRJ radio, Paris, France U2 1
All I Want Is ... Interview CD U2 1
Bono in Conversation U2 1
Bono Talks in Philadelphia U2 1
Interview Picture Disc U2 1
Press Conferance Mexico 1992 U2 1
Shaped U2 1

Other + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 Vertigo 2005 // Live From Chicago U2 1
Love Comes to Town Tour U2 1

Broadcast + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2011 This Show Will Last Forever U2 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993-08-08: Celtic Park, Glasgow, UK (DAT source) U2 1
Zooropa U2 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 Previously... U2 1
2000 U2 Exclusive CD! The Sunday Times U2 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1998 Popmart: Live From Mexico City U2 1
2001 3 Live Tracks From Boston 010606 U2 1
1978-06-01: Youngline, Dublin, Ireland U2 1
1978-11-01: Keystone Studios, Dublin, Ireland U2 1
1980-07-27: Dublin Festival 1980: Leixlip Castle, Leixlip, Ireland U2 1
1980-09-29: Marquee Club, London, UK U2 1
1980-10-16: Vera, Groningen, Netherlands U2 2
1981-02-28: Old Grey Whistle Test, BBC Studios, London, UK U2 1
1981-05-30: The Tomorrow Show, NBC Studios, New York, NY, USA U2 1
1981-10-14: Kid Jensen, BBC Radio, London, UK U2 1
1982-05-15: Something Else, London, UK U2 1
1983-03-16: Newcastle, UK U2 1
1984-07-08: Slane Castle, Slane, Ireland U2 & Bob Dylan 1
1985-02-04: Teatro Tenda Lampugnano, Milano, Italy U2 2
1985-07-13: Live Aid: Wembley Stadium, London, England, UK U2 1
1986-01-30: RTE2 Studios, Dublin, Ireland U2 1
1987-03-16: Late Late Show, RTE Studios, Dublin, Ireland U2 1
1992-04-17: Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA, USA (Nakamichi 300 CP-4 source) U2 1
1992-06-15: Sportpaleis Ahoy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (Sony WM D 3 source) U2 1
2000-02-26: Sanremo Festival, Sanremo, Italy U2 1
2005-06-29: Millenium Stadium, Cardiff Wales, UK U2 1
2005-07-02: Live8, Hyde Park, London, UK U2 1
U2 Live Vol 4 (Unlicensed Recording) U2 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2006 Miracle Drug U2 1

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