|Throughout a career that has already spanned more than 30 years, U2 has established itself as one of the leading voices in rock music. The group’s sound blends elements of alternative, indie, rock, pop and even gospel to create a cohesive sound unlike any other group. Throughout the years, the group has been fortunate to maintain its original lineup, consisting of Bono on lead vocals, The Edge playing lead guitar and singing backup vocals, Larry Mullen Jr. on percussion and Adam Clayton on bass guitar. Though the group’s origins are extremely humble, U2 has grown to be an international superpower, touring around the world and packing massive arenas with its legions of loyal fans. If you’re looking to experience a breathtaking rock concert like no other, purchase your U2 tickets today to take in this wonderful group live.
The four members of the band first met in their youth, when all of them were students at the Mount Temple Comprehensive School in Ireland. The boys began playing together in 1976 and never looked back, quickly realizing the stylistic cohesion they held with one another. Initially the older brother of The Edge, Dik Evans, also played with the group, but grew distant from the project when he left to attend college. The four members began to play music together around their area, building a regional following. Throughout this period, the band went by the names Feedback and The Hype before ultimately settling on U2 in the late 1970s. By 1979, U2 had released its first EP, simply titled Three, and there was no looking back. Island Records caught wind of their expanding fan base in 1980 and quickly signed them to a recording deal. After gaining studio time from Island, the group put out its debut record, Boy, in October 1980.
Rise to fame
Their album Boy led the group to have a successful touring stint in both Europe and the U.S. While the band was experiencing success with its first record, it was incredibly minimal in contrast to the level of superstardom its would soon achieve. Across the next several years, U2 put out two more albums, October and War, both of which were commercial successes. By the mid 1980s, U2 had established a global presence as a band that stood for spiritual exploration, pacifism and great music. They began to record live albums and gain broader exposure through televised performances on networks like MTV.
Other work and critical acclaim
Still going strong, U2 has released ten albums since War, almost all of which have been commercial successes. Among these records are The Unforgettable Fire, The Joshua Tree, Rattle and Hum, Achtung Baby, Zooropa, Pop, All That You Can’t Leave Behind, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, No Line on the Horizon, and Songs of Innocence. As of 2010, the group’s career sales totaled more than 150 million records, placing it among some of the most popular bands of all time.