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Love is a temple
Love a higher love
Love is a temple
Love the higher law
You ask me to enter
But then you make me crawl
And I can't be holding on
To what you got
When all you got is hurt"
U2 is without a doubt one of the most important and influential rock groups from Ireland. Originally started in 1976 the group grew out to be one of the biggest and most popular groups in history. A good enough choice for us to announce U2 as our new artist of the week.
U2 has sold around 50.5 million albums in the U.S. with a smashing 170 million records worldwide, of which six #1 albums in the US and nine #1 albums in the UK. As you can see below, the list of awards is quite stunning, too.
(Taken from The Rock Radio - soon we will write our own biography)
The Early Days
One of the most popular rock n' roll bands ever, U2 evolved in 1976 in a secondary school in Dublin when 14-year old Larry Mullen Jr. formed a band called Feedback comprising of himself on drums, Paul Hewson (Bono) on vocals, Adam Clayton on bass guitar and Dave Evans (The Edge) and his brother Dik on guitar.
Playing as a Beatles and Rolling Stones cover band they changed name to The Hype before eventually settling for U2 after the spy plane and submarine. During this time Dik Evans left the band to form his own group. At the end of 1978 music manager Paul McGuinness saw the band play and offered to manage them.
In September 1979 U2 released their debut single "U2-3" that was only available in Ireland where it topped the charts and in early 1980 the band released their second number 1 single "Another Day". The band then went on to sign to Island Records with whom they released the fist album "Boy" in October. Benefiting from its atmospheric sound, spiritual lyrics and constant touring the album entered the American Top 70 in early 1981. However, at that time the band nearly split up due to the fact that all members where practicing Christians (with the exception of Adam Clayton) and were troubled by the conflict of faith with rock lifestyle!
Nevertheless, the band decided they could compromise between their faith and music and in 1981 they released "October". This album proved to be their British breakthrough topping at number 11 in the charts and also managed to make the band's name in America through constant touring and regular appearance of Boy's "I Will Follow" and October's "Gloria" on MTV.
The result was that their next album "War" released in 1983 entered the US charts in number 12 and UK charts at number 1 and for the first time the band performed in sold-out gigs around Europe and the US. Classics songs "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and "New Year's Day" quickly become hits with MTV.
The band released their fourth studio album "The Unforgettable Fire" in 1984, an experimental album with complex lyrics and funkier sounds. With the help of the tribute hit single for Martin Luther King "Pride (In The Name Of Love)" the album entered the UK charts at number 1 and US charts at number 12.
Perhaps the biggest landmark in the band's career came in 1985 with the massive Live Aid concert for Ethiopian relief seen by more than one billion people worldwide where Bono and U2 along with Queen and Freddie Mercury managed to steal the show. Also in 1986 the band played in six shows across the US for the "Conspiracy Of Hope" tour to help Amnesty International.
The band managed to reach superstar status with their next album in 1987 "The Joshua Tree". In 28 hours it became platinum in the UK and for the first time the band had a number 1 album in the US. The band decided to make a film supported by a double-album soundtrack of their subsequent tour and the result was "Rattle And Hum". Although the album was a success, the film attracted a lot of negative criticism.
After taking some time off, the band released its next album "Achtung Baby" in 1991. As a heavily experimental album, it successfully blended the band's post-punk music in their early career and American music during their mid-career. The album debuted at number 1 all around the world and their subsequent 1992 tour codenamed "Zoo TV" was a multimedia event with hundreds of video screens, satellite links, cellular phone calls and text messages aimed to masterfully confuse the audience.
U2's next studio album "Zooropa" (1993) was a departure from the band's earlier recordings with its techno-dance style and electronic sounds. Although the album received strong reviews it failed to attract the public. After a break and some side projects the band reemerged with the 1995 project "Passengers" that also failed to make an impact.
In March 1997 "Pop" was released debuting at number 1 in 28 countries. The subsequent massive "Popmart" tour continued the "Zoo TV" style of shows and although it netted $80 million it actually cost more than $100 million to produce. In late 1998 the band released its first greatest hits compilation "The Best Of 1980-1990".
World's Hottest Band
A large number of hardcore U2 fans became unsettled with the techno-dance style music of "Zooropa" and "Pop". In order to keep their army of loyal fans U2's next studio album "All That You Can't Leave Behind" (2001) musically returned to their 1987 album "The Joshua Tree". It debuted at number 1 in 22 countries and the single "Beautiful Day" was a worldwide hit. Their massive "Elevation" tour grossed $110 million just in America, the highest ever in history after The Rolling Stones "Voodoo Lounge" tour in 1994. In the summer of 2002 the band released part two of their greatest hits collection with "The Best Of 1990-2000".
U2's next album came in November 2004 with "How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb" and debuted in number 1 in 32 countries, smashing in the process their previous record sales in the US. The band promoted their album heavily by licensing a special version of the Apple iPod music player and by making a number of TV appearances in the UK and the US. Tickets for their gigs around the world became music's hottest property. 150,000 tickets for the Dublin concerts sold in 50 minutes, in Canada their only show sold out in five minutes and a similar story was to be told pretty much everywhere else in the world. In March 2005 U2 was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in their first year of eligibility.
(Taken from The Rock Radio - soon we will write our own biography)
Bono, vocals/rhythm guitar/harmonica
The Edge, guitars/vocals/keyboards
Adam Clayton, bass
Larry Mullen Jr., drums/percussion/backing vocals
1980 - Boy
1981 - October
1983 - War
1983 - Under a Blood Red Sky (live)
1984 - The Unforgettable Fire
1987 - The Joshua Tree
1988 - Rattle and Hum
1991 - Achtung Baby
1993 - Zooropa
1995 - Original Soundtracks No. 1 (passengers)
1997 - Pop
1998 - The Best Of 1980 - 1990 & B-Sides (compilation)
2000 - All That You Can't Leave Behind
2002 - The Best Of 1990 - 2000 & B-Sides (compilation)
2004 - How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
2006 - U218 Singles (compilation)
1987 Album Of The Year (The Joshua Tree)
1987 Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal (The Joshua Tree)
1988 Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal (Desire)
1988 Best Performance Music Video (Where The Streets Have No Name)
1992 Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal (Achtung Baby)
1993 Best Alternative Music Album (Zooropa)
1994 Best Music Video, Long Form (Zoo TV - Live From Sydney)
2000 Record Of The Year (Beautiful Day)
2000 Song Of The Year (Beautiful Day)
2000 Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal (Beautiful Day)
2001 Record Of The Year (Walk On)
2001 Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal (Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of)
2001 Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal (Elevation)
2001 Best Rock Album (All That You Can't Leave Behind)
2004 Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal (Vertigo)
2004 Best Rock Song (Vertigo)
2004 Best Short Form Music Video (Vertigo)
2005 Album Of The Year (How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb)
2005 Song Of The Year (Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own)
2005 Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal (Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own)
2005 Best Rock Song (City Of Blinding Lights)
2005 Best Rock Album (How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb)
1988 International Group
1989 International Group
1990 International Group
1993 Most Succesful Live Act
1998 International Group
2001 International Group
2001 Outstanding Contribution
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