U2

U2 are among the most critically and commercially successful groups in all of music history. They are from Dublin Ireland and have included the same band members since they first formed in 1976 as teenagers with very limited musical proficiency at Mount Temple secondary school. The members of the band are most predominantly Bono who does vocals and guitar; The Edge, who plays the guitars and does vocals as well; Adam Clayton who plays the bass guitar; and Larry Mullen Jr., drums and percussion. It didn’t take them too long to learn though and by 1980 they had signed with Island Records and released their debut album. Within a few years beyond that had become a top international act. However, they were more successful as a live act than at selling studio albums until 1987 and the release of their classic album, The Joshua Tree. This album, according to Rolling Stone, helped them to go from being unknowns to being rock stars.

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U2 have released twelve studio albums and have won 22 Grammy Awards, more than any other band in history. It is estimated they have sold more than 145 million records. In 2005, in the first year they were eligible, the band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. U2 are ranked as #22 in Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 greatest artists of all time. Nine of their twelve studio albums have reached #1 in the United States: War, The Unforgettable Fire, The Joshua Tree, Rattle and Hum, Zooropa, Pop, All That You Can’t Leave Behind, How to Dismantle and Atomic Bomb, and No Line on the Horizon. They have also released seven live albums, five compilation albums, fifty-eight singles, and seven extended plays. The categories u2 have won Grammy Awards in are Best Rock Duo of Group, Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Rock Album. Other awards they have won include seven BRIT Awards – 5 for best International Group, fourteen Meteor Awards, and a variety of other prestigious awards that have given them world popularity.

U2 Live Video - ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’ Slane Castle

 

U2’s musical style has developed quite a bit over the more than thirty years they have been together, though they have maintained a distinctly recognizable sound. They began with post-punk roots and smaller instrumental inclusions. They developed to more varied styles of rhythms including gospel and blues music. In the 1990s U2 reinvented themselves and began using synthesizers and other technologies to distort their music and allow them to try their hand at a variety of genres. In the 2000s, U2 has returned to a more stripped down sound. U2 is also well known for their charity work and activism in causes all over the globe.