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). U2's early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music. Throughout the group's musical pursuits, they have maintained a sound built on melodic instrumentals. Their lyrics, often embellished with spiritual imagery, focus on personal themes and sociopolitical concerns.

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. By the mid-1980s, U2 had become a top international act. They were more successful as a touring act than they were at selling records until their 1987 album The Joshua Tree which, according to Rolling Stone Magazine, elevated the band's stature "from heroes to superstars". Reacting to musical stagnation and criticism of their earnest image and musical direction in the late 1980s, U2 reinvented themselves with their 1991 album, Achtung Baby, and the accompanying Zoo TV Tour; they integrated dance, industrial, and alternative rock influences into their sound, and embraced a more ironic and self-deprecating image. They embraced similar experimentation for the remainder of the 1990s with varying levels of success. U2 regained critical and commercial favour in the 2000s 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.

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, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. Rolling Stone ranked U2 at number 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/DATA campaigns, Product Red, War Child and the Edge's Music Rising.

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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

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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