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.

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, 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, 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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Year Title RatingReleases
1991 Live 1
1991 The Unforgettable Show 1
1991 Thinking About U2 1
1992 One Live Baby 1
1992 M.L.K. 1
1992 Rotterdam Connection 1
1992 1989-12-01: Eight 579 Baby: Red Sun at Midnight: Osaka Castle Hall, Osaka, Japan 1
1992 1992-05-22: Wild Horses in Milan: Forum di assago, Milan, Italy 1
1992 Last Night on Earth 1
1992 Live at the Zoo Station 1
1992 Pride 2
1992 The Eye of the Fly 2 1
1992 The Eye Of The Fly (Live) 1
1993 Faraway, So Close 1
1993 Best of '93 Tour 1
1993 Live From Dublin 1
1993 Pride - the Classic Hits Recorded Live in Chicago 2
1993 Radio Zooropa - Live USA 1993 1
1993 Zoo TV Tour 2
1993 Zoomerang Live Down Under 1
1993 Zooropa Down Under 1
1994 Anything Is Possible 1
1994 The New Word, Volume 1: [1979-1983] 1
1995 1982-02-11: Riverboat President, New Orleans, LA, USA 1
1997 Mexico City - Southern Accents 1
1998 Popmart: Live From Mexico City 1
1998 Amazing Grace 1
1998 MexiMofo 1
1999 President 2
2000 Hasta la Vista Baby! Live From Mexico City 1
2001 Elevation 2001: Live From Boston 3
2001 1979-10-05: Cork Opera House, Cork, Ireland 1
2001 2000-12-05: Like Landing a 747: Irving Plaza, New York City, NY, USA 1
2001 First Night in Paris 1
2001 Heart-Shaped Show 1
2001 Kings of the Castle 1
2003 U2 Go Home: Live From Slane Castle, Ireland 3
2003 Ultra Rare Trax 1
2004 Live From Boston 1981 1
2005 U2.COMmunication 1
2005 Vertigo 2005: Live from Chicago 1
2005 1980-02-26: National Stadium, Dublin, Ireland 2
2005 2005-07-10: INSIDE OUT. Stade de France, Paris, France 1
2006 Vertigo in Mexico City 1
2006 Zoo TV Live 1
2006 2006-02-20: Estádio Morumbi, São Paulo, Brazil 1
2006 Zoo Live From Sydney 2006 1
2006 Zoo TV: Live From Sydney 1
2008 Live From Paris 4 1
2010 Wembley Station 1
2010 360° at the Rose Bowl 2
2010 2010-09-18: Stade de France, Paris, France 1
2012 From the Ground Up: Edge's Picks From U2360° 5 1
2012 U22: A 22 Track Live Collection From U2360° 1
2015 Another Time, Another Place: Live at The Marquee London 1980 2
2016 iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE: Live in Paris 1
1-800-U2 Live 1
20 Years: The Definitive Covers' Story From 1979 to 1999 1
1979-06-28: McGonagle's, Dublin, Ireland 1
1979-10-05: Glad to See You Go: Cork Opera House, Cork, Ireland 1
1980-03-02 / 1980-05-11: The Garden of Eden: The Garden of Eden, Tullamore, Ireland 1
1980-03-02: The Garden of Eden, Tullamore, Ireland 1
1980-05-11: Garden of Eden Club, Tullamore, Ireland 1
1980-09-07: Lyceum Ballroom, London, UK 1
1980-09-12: Taboo Club, Scarborough, UK 1
1980-10-14: KRO Studios, Hilversum, The Netherlands 1
1980-10-15: Amsterdam 1980 - The Milky Way Tapes: The Milkyway, Amsterdam, Netherlands 1
1980-10-15: The Milkyway, Amsterdam, Netherlands 1
1980-11-11: Kent University, Canterbury, UK 1
1980-11-13: Limit Club, Sheffield, UK 1
1980-11-28: Aston University, Birmingham, UK 1
1980-12-03: Baltard Pavilion, Paris, France 1
1980-12-07: Bayou Club, Washington, DC, USA 1
1980-12-13: The Paradise, Boston, MA, USA 2
1981-01-23: Belfast Boy: McMordie Hall, Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland 1
1981-01-23: McMordie Hall, Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland 1
1981-01-23: McMordie Hall, Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland 1
1981-01-23: U2 Play Belfast: McMordie Hall, Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland 1
1981-01-24: Strathclyde University, Glasgow, UK 1
1981-01-26: University, York, UK 1
1981-01-29: Nene College, Northampton, UK 1
1981-02-01: Lyceum Ballroom, London, UK 1
1981-02-01: Lyceum Ballroom, London, UK 1
1981-02-10: Beursschouwburg, Brussels, Belgium 1
1981-02-12: Paard Van Troje, Den Hague, The Netherlands 1
1981-02-15: Onkel Po's Carnegie Hall, Hamburg, Germany 1
1981-02-18: Sugar Shack, Munich, Germany 1
1981-03-03 Late Show: Bayou Club, Washington, DC, USA 2
1981-03-04: Bijou Cafe, Philadelphia, PA, USA 1
1981-03-06 Early Show: Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA, USA 1
1981-03-06 Late Show: Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA, USA 1
1981-03-06 Late Show: Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA, USA 1
1981-03-06: Another Time, Another Place: Paradise Theater, Boston, MA, USA 1
1981-03-07: The Ritz, New York, NY, USA 1
1981-03-14: Globe Theater, San Diego, CA, USA 1
1981-03-15: Reseda Country Club, Reseda, CA, USA 2
1981-03-18: San Jose State College, San Jose, CA, USA 1
1981-03-20: The Old Waldorf, San Francisco, CA, USA 1
1981-03-28: Rainbow Music Hall, Denver, CO, USA 1
1981-04-06: Uptown Theater, Kansas City, MO, USA 1

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