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 rhythm guitar), the Edge (lead 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 built on Bono's expressive vocals and the Edge's effects-based guitar textures. Their lyrics, often embellished with spiritual imagery, focus on personal themes and sociopolitical concerns. Popular for their live performances, the group have 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 following their documentary/double album, Rattle and Hum (1988), 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
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
1993-06-26: The Hippodrome, Paris, France 1
1993-06-30: St. Jakob's Stadion, Basel, Switzerland 1
1993-07-02: Stadio Bentegodi, Verona, Italy 1
1993-07-03: Stadio Bentegodi, Verona, Italy 1
1993-07-06: Stadio Flaminio, Rome, Italy 1
1993-07-07: Stadio Flaminio, Rome, Italy 1
1993-07-09: Stadio San Paulo, Naples, Italy 1
1993-07-12: Stadio Delle Alpi, Turin, Italy 1
1993-07-14: Stade Velodrome, Marseilles, France 1
1993-07-17: Stadio Comunale, Bologna, Italy 1
1993-07-18: Stadio Comunale, Bologna, Italy 1
1993-07-23: Népstadion, Budapest, Hungary 1
1993-07-27: Gentofte Stadion, Copenhagen, Denmark 1
1993-07-29: Valle Hovin Stadion, Oslo, Norway 1
1993-07-31: Stockholms Stadion, Stockholm, Sweden 1
1993-08-03: Goffert Park, Nijmegen, Netherlands 1
1993-08-07: Celtic Park, Glasgow, UK 1
1993-08-08: Celtic Park, Glasgow, UK 1
1993-08-11: Wembley Nights, Volumes 1 & 2 1
1993-08-11: Wembley Stadium, London, UK 1
1993-08-12: Wembley Nights, Volumes 3 & 4 1
1993-08-12: Wembley Stadium, London, UK 1
1993-08-14: Dream Out Loud: Roundhay Park, Leeds, UK 1
1993-08-18: Arms Park, Cardiff, UK 1
1993-08-20: Wembley Nights, Volumes 5 & 6 1
1993-08-20: Wembley Stadium, London, UK 1
1993-08-21: Wembley Nights, Volumes 7 & 8 1
1993-08-21: Wembley Stadium, London, UK 1
1993-08-24: Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Cork, Ireland 1
1993-08-27: Royale Dublin Society Showgrounds, Dublin, Ireland 1
1993-08-28: Royal Dublin Society Arena, Dublin, Ireland 1
1993-08-28: Zoo Europa: Royal Dublin Society Arena, Dublin, Ireland 1
1993-11-12: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, VIC, Australia 1
1993-11-13: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, VIC, Australia 1
1993-11-16: Football Park, Adelaide, SA, Australia 1
1993-11-26: Cricket Sports Ground, Sydney, Australia 1
1993-11-26: Cricket Sports Ground, Sydney, Australia 1
1993-11-27: Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney, NSW, Australia 1
1993-12-01: Lancaster Park, Christchurch, New Zealand 1
1993-12-04: Western Springs Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand 1
1993-12-09: Egg Dome, Tokyo, Japan 1
1993-12-10: Egg Dome, Tokyo, Japan 1
1997-05-06: Autzen Stadium, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, USA 1
1997-06-12: Winnipeg Stadium, Winnipeg, MB, Canada 1
1997-07-19: 2nd Night In Rotterdam: Feyenoord Stadium, Rotterdam, Netherlands 1
1997-07-31: Maimarkt, Mannheim, Germany 1
1997-08-02: The Party Still Goes On: Ullevi Stadion, Gothenburg, Sweden 1
1997-08-23: Wembley Stadium, London, England, UK 3
1997-08-30: Landsdowne Road: Landsdowne Road, Dublin, Ireland 1
1997-08-31: She's Gone: Landsdowne Road, Dublin, Ireland 1
1997-09-02: Murryfield Stadium, Edinburgh, UK 1
1997-09-02: Not Coming Down: Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, UK 1
1997-09-06: Parc des Princes, Paris, France 1
1997-09-23: Kosevo Stadium, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina 2
1997-09-30: Ramat-Gan National Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel 1
1997-12-03: Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City, Mexico 1
1998-01-31: Morumbi, Sao Paulo, Brazil 1
1998-02-11: Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile 1
1998-03-16: Future In Your Hands: Greenpoint Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa 1
1998-03-21: Last Night on World Tour '97-98: Johannesburg Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa 1
2000-10-19: Le manray, Paris, France 1
2000-12-05: Irvine Plaza, New York, NY, USA 1
2000-12-05: Irving Plaza, New York, NY, USA 1
2000-12-05: Irving Plaza, New York, NY, USA 1
2001-03-24: National Car Rental Center, Sunrise, FL, USA 1
2001-03-26: National Car Rental Center, Sunrise, FL, USA 1
2001-05-01: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN, USA 1
2001-05-03: Beautiful Night in Cleveland: Gund Arena, Cleveland, OH, USA 1
2001-06-22: Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJ, USA 1
2001-07-09: Globen, Stockholm, Sweden 1
2001-07-21: Stadio Delle Alpi, Turin, Italy 1
2001-08-08: Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain 1
2001-08-19: Earl's Court Arena, London, UK 1
2001-08-21: Earl's Court Arena, London, UK 1
2001-10-10: Joyce Center, South Bend, IN, USA 1
2001-10-25: Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY, USA 1
2001-10-25: Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY, USA 1
2001-11-27: Kemper Arena, Kansas City, MO, USA 1
2005-03-28: Into San Diego: San Diego, CA, USA 1
2005-04-14: Glendale Arena, Glendale, AZ, USA 1
2005-04-15: Glendale Arena, Glendale, AZ, USA 1
2005-05-21: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY, USA 1
2005-06-25: Croke Park, Dublin, Ireland 1
2005-06-27: Croke Park, Dublin, Ireland 1
2005-07-09: Stade de France, Paris, France 1
2005-07-16: Hours Of Fun: Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 1
2005-07-20: San Siro, Milan, Italy 1
2005-07-21: San Siro, Milan, Italy 1
2005-07-23: Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy 1
2005-07-29: White Flags in the Land of the Midnight Sun: Ullevi Stadion, Gothenburg, Sweden 1
2005-09-21: United Center, Chicago, IL, USA 1
2005-10-11: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY, USA 1
2005-11-08: Oakland Arena, Oakland, CA, USA 1

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