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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Year Title RatingReleases
1981-04-21: The Decade, Pittsburgh, PA, USA 1
1981-05-08: Ol' Man River's, New Orleans, LA, USA 1
1981-05-09: Poets, Memphis, TN, USA 1
1981-05-11: Rainbow Music Hall, Denver, CO, USA 2
1981-05-15: California Hall, San Francisco, CA, USA 2
1981-05-27: Toad's Place, New Haven, CT, USA 1
1981-05-28: The Metro, Boston, MA, USA 1
1981-05-29: Palladium, New York, NY, USA 1
1981-06-08: Pinkpop: Burgemeester Damenpark, Geleen, Netherlands 1
1981-06-09: Hammersmith Palais, London, UK 1
1981-08-16: Slane Castle, Dublin, Ireland 1
1981-08-23: Paris Cinema Studio, London, UK 1
1981-08-24: Greenbelt Arts and Music Festival, Odell, UK 1
1981-08-29: Gateshead Festival, Gateshead, UK 1
1981-08-31: Coasters, Edinburgh, UK 1
1981-10-02: Rock City, Nottingham, UK 1
1981-10-03: University of Salford, Salford, UK 1
1981-10-04: Tiffany's, Glasgow, UK 1
1981-10-06: Warwick University, Coventry, UK 1
1981-10-07: Polytechnic, Leicester, UK 1
1981-10-08: Lyceum, Sheffield, UK 1
1981-10-10: Royal Court Theater, Liverpool, UK 1
1981-10-12: Top Rank, Brighton, UK 1
1981-10-18: Locarno, Bristol, UK 1
1981-10-19: Locarno, Birmingham, UK 1
1981-10-20: Tiffany's, Leeds, UK 1
1981-10-21: Pavilion Hemel, Hempstead, UK 1
1981-10-26: Élysée Montmartre, Paris, France 1
1981-10-30: Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands 1
1981-11-03: Fabrik, Hamburg, West Germany 1
1981-11-04: Metropol, Berlin, Germany 1
1981-11-13: J.B. Scott's, Albany, NY, USA 1
1981-11-14: Orpheum, Boston, MA, USA 1
1981-11-15: Toad's Place, New Haven, CT, USA 1
1981-11-18: Ripley's Music Hall, Philadelphia, PA, USA 1
1981-11-22: Last Night at the Ritz: The Ritz, New York, NY, USA 1
1981-11-25: Hitsville South, Asbury Park, NJ, USA 1
1981-11-28: Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, CA, USA 1
1981-11-29: Warfield Theater, San Francisco, CA, USA 1
1981-12-01: The Agora, Atlanta, GA, USA 1
1981-12-04: Royal Oak Music Theater, Detroit, MI, USA 1
1981-12-06: Park West, Chicago, IL, USA 1
1981-12-10: Uncle Sam's, Buffalo, NY, USA 1
1981-12-11: Ontario Theater, Washington, DC, USA 1
1981-12-13: Malibu Night Club, Lido Beach, NY, USA 1
1981-12-13: Malibu Night Club, Lido Beach, NY, USA 1
1981-12-13: Malibu Night Club, Lido Beach, NY, USA 1
1981-12-20: Lyceum Ballroom, London, UK 1
1981-12-21: Lyceum Ballroom, London, UK 1
1982-02-21: First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, USA 1
1982-02-23: University Of Illinois Auditorium, Champaign, IL, USA 1
1982-02-25: Uptown Theater, Kansas City, MO, USA 1
1982-03-04: Civic Auditorium, West Palm Beach, FL, USA 1
1982-03-05: Curtis Hixon Convention Hall, Tampa, FL, USA 1
1982-03-11: Civic Center, Atlanta, GA, USA 1
1982-03-14: Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, IN, USA 1
1982-03-16: University Of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, USA 1
1982-03-17: The Ritz, New York, NY, USA 1
1982-03-18: The Ritz, New York, NY, USA 1
1982-03-27: Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA, USA 1
1982-03-30: Civic Center, San Francisco, CA, USA 1
1982-05-14: T Heem, Hattem, The Netherlands 1
1982-07-01: Groenoordhallen, Leiden, Netherlands 1
1982-07-02: Festival Grounds, Roskilde, Denmark 1
1982-07-04: Festival Grounds, Werchter, Belgium 1
1982-07-18: Punchestown Racecourse, Dublin, Ireland 1
1982-07-31 Early Show: International Stadium, Gateshead, UK 1
1982-08-07: Ruisrock Festival, Turku, Finland 1
1982-08-07: Ruisrock Festival, Turku, Finland 1
1982-12-01: Tiffany's, Glasgow, UK 1
1982-12-02: Apollo Theater, Manchester, UK 1
1982-12-02: U2: Catholic or Protestant: Apollo Theater, Manchester, UK 1
1982-12-03: De Montfort Hall, Leicester, UK 1
1982-12-04: Odeon, Birmingham, UK 1
1982-12-05: Lyceum Ballroom, London, UK 1
1982-12-06: Hammersmith Palais, London, UK 1
1982-12-08: Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, Utrecht, The Netherlands 1
1982-12-09: Martinihal, Groningen, Netherlands 1
1982-12-14: Falkoner Teatret, Copenhagen, Denmark 1
1982-12-15: Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden 1
1982-12-20: Maysfield Leisure Center, Belfast, North Ireland, UK 1
1983-02-26: Caird Hall, Dundee, UK 1
1983-02-28: Playhouse Theater, Edinburgh, UK 1
1983-03-01: Newcastle City Hall, Newcastle, UK 1
1983-03-02: Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK 1
1983-03-03: Royal Court Theater, Liverpool, UK 1
1983-03-04: Victoria Hall, Hanley, UK 1
1983-03-06: Guildhall, Portsmouth, UK 1
1983-03-07: Colston Hall, Bristol, UK 1
1983-03-10: Odeon, Birmingham, UK 1
1983-03-11: St. David's Hall, Cardiff, UK 1
1983-03-13: Top Rank, Brighton, UK 1
1983-03-14: Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK 1
1983-03-15: Gaumont Theatre, Ipswich, UK 1
1983-03-17: City Hall, Sheffield, UK 1
1983-03-18: Leeds University, Leeds, UK 1
1983-03-19: Apollo Theater, Manchester, UK 1
1983-03-21: Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK 1
1983-03-22: Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK 1
1983-03-24: Tiffany's, Glasgow, UK 1

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