U2 (Irish rock band)

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U2 are an Irish rock band formed in Dublin 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 musical style has evolved throughout their career, yet has maintained an anthemic quality built on Bono's expressive vocals and the Edge's chiming, effects-based guitar sounds. Bono's lyrics, often embellished with spiritual imagery, focus on personal and sociopolitical themes. Popular for their live performances, the group have staged several elaborate tours over their career.

The band was formed when the members were teenaged pupils of Mount Temple Comprehensive School and had limited musical proficiency. Within four years, they signed with Island Records and released their debut album, Boy (1980). Works such as their first UK number-one album, War (1983), and singles "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and "Pride (In the Name of Love)" helped establish U2's reputation as a politically and socially conscious group. Their fourth album, The Unforgettable Fire (1984), was their first collaboration with producers Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, whose influence resulted in a more abstract, ambient sound for the band. By the mid-1980s, U2 had become renowned globally for their live act, highlighted by their performance at Live Aid in 1985. Their fifth album, The Joshua Tree (1987), made them international stars and was their greatest critical and commercial success. One of the world's best-selling albums with 25 million copies sold, it produced the group's only number-one singles in the US to date: "With or Without You" and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For".

Facing creative stagnation and a backlash to their documentary and double album Rattle and Hum (1988), U2 reinvented themselves in the 1990s. Beginning with their acclaimed seventh album, Achtung Baby (1991), and the multimedia spectacle of the Zoo TV Tour, the band pursued a new musical direction influenced by alternative rock, electronic dance music, and industrial music, and they embraced a more ironic, flippant image. This experimentation continued on Zooropa (1993) and concluded with 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), returning to a more conventional, mainstream sound. Although their twelfth album, No Line on the Horizon (2009), did not meet commercial expectations, the supporting U2 360° Tour of 2009–2011 set records for the highest-attended and highest-grossing concert tour, both of which stood until 2019. In the 2010s, U2 released two companion albums: Songs of Innocence (2014), which received criticism for its pervasive, no-cost release through the iTunes Store; and Songs of Experience (2017). In 2023, U2 released Songs of Surrender, an album of re-recorded songs, and began the U2:UV Achtung Baby concert residency at the Sphere in the Las Vegas Valley.

U2 have released 15 studio albums and are one of the world's best-selling music artists, having sold an estimated 150–170 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 social justice causes, working with organisations and coalitions that include Amnesty International, Jubilee 2000, DATA/the ONE Campaign, Product Red, War Child, and Music Rising.

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1993-07-17: Stadio Comunale, Bologna, ItalyU21
1993-07-27: Gentofte Stadion, Copenhagen, DenmarkU21
1993-08-11: Wembley Stadium, London, UKU21
1993-06-23: Capital of Zooropa: Stade de la meinau, Strasbourg, FranceU21
1993-07-03: July the Real Live in Verona: Stadio Bentegodi, Verona, ItalyU21
1993-07-29: Valle Hovin Stadion, Oslo, NorwayU21
1993-08-07: Celtic Park, Glasgow, UKU22
1993-08-08: To Zoo or Not to Zoo That's the Question: Celtic Park, Glasgow, UKU21
1993-07-31: Stockholms Stadion, Stockholm, SwedenU21
1993-08-03: Goffert Park, Nijmegen, NetherlandsU21
1993-08-12: Wembley Stadium, London, UKU21
1993-06-26: Le Diable au corps: The Hippodrome, Paris, FranceU21
1993-06-30: St. Jakob's Stadion, Basel, SwitzerlandU21
1983-12-18: Victoria Apollo, London, UKU21
1984-09-06: Entertainment Centre, Sydney, NSW, AustraliaU21
1986-06-04: Cow Palace, San Francisco, CA, USAU21
1986-06-06: The Forum, Inglewood, CA, USAU21
1986-06-08: McNichols Sports Arena, Denver, CO, USAU21
1986-06-11: The Omni, Atlanta, GA, USAU21
1986-05-17: Royale Dublin Society Showgrounds, Dublin, IrelandU21
1986-06-15: Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ, USAU21
1987-10-11: Silver Stadium, Rochester, NY, USAU21
1987-07-21: Olympiahalle, Munich, GermanyU22
1987-10-09: Carrier Dome, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, USAU21
1987-10-10: Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY, USAU21
1987-03-08: Balmoral TV Studios, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UKU21
1987-03-27: Liquor Store Rooftop, Los Angeles, CA, USAU21
1987-05-12: Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ, USAU21
1985-01-26: Scandinavium, Gothenburg, SwedenU21
1985-03-25: Richfield Coliseum, Richfield, OH, USAU21
1993-11-12: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, VIC, AustraliaU21
1993-11-13: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, VIC, AustraliaU21
1984-09-21: Apollo Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, South Australia, AustraliaU21
1993-11-16: Achtung Adelaide!: Football Park, Adelaide, SA, AustraliaU21
1992-06-19: G-Mex Center, Manchester, UKU21
1992-05-11: All I Want Is My Three Sisters: Espace Tony Garnier, Lyon, FranceU21
1992-06-11: Globen, Stockholm, SwedenU21
1984-12-01: Tower Theater, Upper Darby, PA, USAU21
1983-05-30: Glen Helen Regional Park, Devore, CA, USAU21
1983-03-27: Odeon, Birmingham, UKU21
1982-12-09: Martinihal, Groningen, NetherlandsU21
1983-05-06: The Orpheum Theater, Boston, MA, USAU21
1983-05-26: Paramount Theater, Seattle, WA, USAU21
1993-08-24: Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Cork, IrelandU21
1993-08-18: Arms Park, Cardiff, UKU21
1993-08-20: Wembley Stadium, London, UKU21
1993-08-21: Wembley Stadium, London, UKU21
1993-08-27: Royale Dublin Society Showgrounds, Dublin, IrelandU21
1993-11-27: Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney, NSW, AustraliaU21
1993-12-01: Lancaster Park, Christchurch, New ZealandU21
1993-12-04: Western Springs Stadium, Auckland, New ZealandU21
1993-06-04: Olympiastadion, Munich, GermanyU21
1993-05-10: Bono's Birthday Party: Feyenoord Stadium, Rotterdam, NetherlandsU21
1992-10-24: Sun Devil Stadium, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USAU21
1997-09-23: Kosevo Stadium, Sarajevo, Bosnia and HerzegovinaU22
1987-08-08: Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Cork, IrelandU21
1987-04-14: US Grant Hotel, San Diego, CA, USAU21
1987-04-22: Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA, USAU21
1987-05-03: The Centrum, Worcester, MA, USAU21
1987-05-15: Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ, USAU21
1987-05-04: The Centrum, Worcester, MA, USAU21
1997-08-02: The Party Still Goes On: Ullevi Stadion, Gothenburg, SwedenU21
1984-10-31: Sportpaleis Ahoy, Rotterdam, NetherlandsU21
1984-11-07: Barrowlands, Glasgow, UKU21
1985-03-19: Minneapolis Auditorium, Minneapolis, MN, USAU21
1998-02-11: Estadio Nacional, Santiago, ChileU21
1985-04-24: The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA, USAU21
1987-10-28: Chicago - My Kind of Town: Rosemont Horizon, Rosemont, IL, USAU21
1987-11-24: Tarrant County Convention Center, Fort Worth, TX, USAU21
1992-02-29: Lakeland Arena, Lakeland, FL, USAU21
1993-08-21: Wembley Nghts, Volumes 7 & 8: Wembley Stadium, London, UKU21
1993-08-20: Wembley Nights, Volumes 5 & 6: Wembley Stadium, London, UKU21
1993-08-12: Wembley Nights, Volumes 3 & 4: Wembley Stadium, London, UKU21
1993-08-11: Wembley Nights, Volumes 1 & 2: Wembley Stadium, London, UKU21
1998-01-31: Morumbi, Sao Paulo, BrazilU21
1998-03-16: Future in Your Hands: Greenpoint Stadium, Cape Town, South AfricaU21
1992-04-06: The Summit, Houston, TX, USAU21
1985-03-30: Civic Center, Ottawa, ON, CanadaU21
1985-03-08: Cow Palace, Daly City, CA, USAU21
1984-10-30: Sportpaleis Ahoy, Rotterdam, NetherlandsU21
1984-11-05: Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh, UKU21
1984-12-02: The Centrum, Worcester, MA, USAU21
1984-09-08: Entertainment Centre, Sydney, NSW, AustraliaU21
1984-09-18: Sports and Entertainment Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, AustraliaU21
1985-02-08: Hallenstadion, Zurich, SwitzerlandU21
1992-04-12: Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA, USAU21
1992-05-07: Palais omnisports de Bercy, Paris, FranceU21
1997-08-23: Wembley Stadium, London, England, UKU23
1992-04-23: P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, BC, CanadaU21
1980-03-02 / 1980-05-11: The Garden of Eden: The Garden of Eden, Tullamore, IrelandU21
1980-10-15: Amsterdam 1980 - The Milky Way Tapes: The Milkyway, Amsterdam, NetherlandsU21
1981-01-23: Belfast Boy: McMordie Hall, Queen's University, Belfast, Northern IrelandU21
1981-01-23: U2 Play Belfast: McMordie Hall, Queen's University, Belfast, Northern IrelandU21
1979-10-05: Glad to See You Go: Cork Opera House, Cork, IrelandU21
1981-03-06 Late Show: Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA, USAU21
1981-04-18: Harpo's, Detroit, MI, USAU21
1987-08-08: Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Cork, IrelandU21
1981-12-13: Malibu Night Club, Lido Beach, NY, USAU21
1981-04-21: The Decade, Pittsburgh, PA, USAU21
1981-02-01: Lyceum Ballroom, London, UKU21

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