Inspired By The Punk Movement
Formed in 1976 by four school friends – Bono (vocals), The Edge (guitar), Adam Clayton (bass), and Larry Mullen Jr. (drums), U2 were one of a number of impressive groups to be inspired by punk and emerge in its wake in the late 1970s. Success didn’t come for the group immediately, however, but 1983 was the year that saw the group break through in both the UK and US, with their album War. That album topped the UK album chart and reached number 12 in the US. Also, one of the album’s tracks, Sunday Bloody Sunday, underlined the group’s bravery in highlighting difficult issues – in this instance the Troubles in Northern Ireland.
The Joshua Tree
U2 then really became known worldwide thanks to a stunning performance at Live Aid in 1985. The group subsequently enhanced their reputation still further with their best album, The Joshua Tree, in 1987, which was a number one album on both sides of the Atlantic. While, by the end of the decade, U2 had become the hottest live rock band around.
If anything, after the release of the Joshua Tree, U2 became a bigger group in the US than in Europe. They achieved their first number one singles in America with With or Without You and then with I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.
A Run Of Continual Success
U2 albums topped the album charts in both the UK and US regularly from the late 1980s onwards, and the group had a string of UK number one singles, including the songs Desire and Beautiful Day. While the emotional One, released in 1992, is thought by many, including Rolling Stone, to be the group’s greatest song. There is also a u2 tour scheduled for 2015, with tour dates all over the world.
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