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 RatingReleases
1987-06-15: The Leaves of the Joshua Tree: Le Zénith, Paris, France 2
1987-06-17: Muengersdorfer Stadion, Cologne, Germany 1
1987-06-21: St. Jakob's Stadion, Basel, Switzerland 1
1987-06-24: King's Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK 1
1987-06-27: Croke Park, Dublin, Ireland 1
1987-07-01: Elland Road Stadium, Leeds, UK 1
1987-07-04: The Hippodrome, Paris, France 1
1987-07-08: Vorst National, Brussels, Belgium 1
1987-07-10: Feyenoord Stadium, Rotterdam, Netherlands 1
1987-07-11: Feyenoord Stadium, Rotterdam, Netherlands 1
1987-07-15: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain 1
1987-07-18: Espace Richter, Montpellier, France 1
1987-07-21: Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany 2
1987-07-22: Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany 1
1987-07-25: Arms Park, Cardiff, UK 1
1987-07-29: Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow, UK 2
1987-07-30: Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow, UK 1
1987-08-01: Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, UK 1
1987-08-03: NEC Arena, Birmingham, UK 1
1987-08-04: NEC Arena, Birmingham, UK 1
1987-08-08: Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Cork, Ireland 1
1987-08-08: Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Cork, Ireland 1
1987-09-11: Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY, USA 1
1987-09-12: The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA, USA 1
1987-09-14: Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ, USA 1
1987-09-17: Boston Garden, Boston, MA, USA 1
1987-09-18: Boston Garden, Boston, MA, USA 1
1987-09-20: Robert F. Kennedy Stadium, Washington, DC, USA 1
1987-09-22: Sullivan Stadium, Foxboro, MA, USA 1
1987-09-23: Coliseum, New Haven, CT, USA 1
1987-09-25: John F. Kennedy Stadium, Philadelphia, PA, USA 1
1987-09-28: Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY, USA 1
1987-09-29: Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY, USA 1
1987-10-01: Olympic Stadium, Montreal, QC, Canada 1
1987-10-03: Canadian National Exhibition Stadium, Toronto, ON, Canada 1
1987-10-06: Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, OH, USA 1
1987-10-07: Civic Auditorium, Buffalo, NY, USA 1
1987-10-09: Carrier Dome, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, USA 1
1987-10-09: Carrier Dome, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, USA 1
1987-10-10: Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY, USA 1
1987-10-11: Silver Stadium, Rochester, NY, USA 1
1987-10-13: Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, PA, USA 1
1987-10-20: Hawkeye Arena, Carver, Iowa City, IA, USA 1
1987-10-22: University Of Illinois Assembly Hall, Champaign, IL, USA 1
1987-10-23: Rupp Arena, Lexington Center, Lexington, KY, USA 1
1987-10-26: Kemper Arena, Kansas City, MO, USA 1
1987-10-28: Chicago - My Kind of Town: Rosemont Horizon, Rosemont, IL, USA 1
1987-10-28: Rosemont Horizon, Rosemont, IL, USA 1
1987-10-29: Rosemont Horizon, Rosemont, IL, USA 1
1987-10-30: Rosemont Horizon, Rosemont, IL, USA 1
1987-11-07: McNichols Sports Arena, Denver, CO, USA 1
1987-11-24: Tarrant County Convention Center, Fort Worth, TX, USA 1
1987-12-05: Tampa Stadium, Tampa, FL, USA 1
1989-12-26: Point Depot, Dublin, Ireland 1
1989-12-30: At the Eleventh Hour: Point Depot, Dublin, Ireland 1
1991 Studio Sessions 1
1992-02-29: Lakeland Arena, Lakeland, FL, USA 1
1992-03-01: Miami Arena, Miami, FL, USA 1
1992-04-05: Reunion Arena, Dallas, TX, USA 1
1992-04-06: The Summit, Houston, TX, USA 1
1992-04-07: Frank Erwin Center, Austin, TX, USA 1
1992-04-10: Arizona State University Activity Center, Tempe, AZ, USA 1
1992-04-12: Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA, USA 1
1992-04-13: Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA, USA 1
1992-04-15: San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, CA, USA 1
1992-04-17: Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA, USA 1
1992-04-18: Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland, CA, USA 1
1992-04-20: Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, WA, USA 1
1992-04-21: Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, WA, USA 1
1992-04-23: P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, BC, Canada 1
1992-05-07: Palais omnisports de Bercy, Paris, France 1
1992-05-09: Flanders Expo Hall, Gent, Belgium 1
1992-05-11: Espace Tony Garnier, Lyon, France 1
1992-05-12: Patinoire De Malley, Lausanne, Switzerland 1
1992-05-16: Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain 1
1992-05-18: Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain 1
1992-05-21: Forum di Assago, Milan, Italy 1
1992-05-22: Forum di Assago, Milan, Italy 1
1992-05-24: Donauinsel, Vienna, Austria 1
1992-05-25: Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany 1
1992-05-29: Festhalle, Frankfurt, Germany 1
1992-05-31: Earl's Court Arena, London, UK 1
1992-06-01: NEC Arena, Birmingham, UK 1
1992-06-04: Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, Germany 1
1992-06-05: Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, Germany 1
1992-06-08: Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden 1
1992-06-10: Globen, Stockholm, Sweden 1
1992-06-11: Dancing Zoo TV: Globen, Stockholm, Sweden 1
1992-06-11: Globen, Stockholm, Sweden 1
1992-06-13: Ostseehalle, Kiel, Germany 1
1992-06-15: Sportpaleis Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands 4
1992-06-17: Indoor Sports Arena, Sheffield, UK 1
1992-06-19: G-Mex Center, Manchester, UK 1
1992-08-16: Robert F. Kennedy Stadium, Washington, DC, USA 1
1992-08-23: Bono Breaks Wind Over Boston: Foxboro Stadium, Foxboro, MA, USA 1
1992-10-14: Zoo TV Tour Live Transmission: Houston Astrodome, Houston, TX, USA 1
1992-10-24: Sun Devil Stadium, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA 1
1993-05-10: Bono's Birthday Party: Feyenoord Stadium, Rotterdam, Netherlands 1
1993-06-04: Olympiastadion, Munich, Germany 1
1993-06-23 : Stade de la meinau, Strasbourg, France 1

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