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
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
2005-12-14: Savvis Center, St. Louis, MO, USA 1
2005-12-19: Rose Garden, Portland, OR, USA 1
2005‐03‐28: San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, CA, USA 1
2006-11-16: Adelaide Should Be So Lucky: AAMI Stadium, Adelaide, Australia 1
2006-11-18: Telstra Dome, Melbourne, VIC, Australia 1
2006-11-29: Japanese Skies: Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan 1

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