The World’s Greatest Band

U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. They were formed in 1976. The group consists of Bono (vocals and guitar), The Edge (guitar, keyboards, and vocals), Adam Clayton (bass guitar), and Larry Mullen, Jr. (drums and percussion). U2’s early sound was rooted in post-punk. Their sound is built on melodic instrumentals, The Edge’s varied guitar sounds and Bono’s expressive vocals. Their lyrics focus on personal themes and sociopolitical concerns.


U2 in 1978

U2 – I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For

U2 were formed at Mount Temple Comprehensive School when the members were teenagers. In four years time, they signed with Island Records and released their first album “Boy”. In 1980s they became very famous. They were more successful as live performers than they were at selling records. Their breakthrough came in 1987 with the album “The Joshua Tree”. Their biggest hits “With or without you”, and “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for” are from this album. The group reinvented themselves with their 1991 hit album “Achtung Baby”. U2 regained critical and commercial success after their 2000 record “All That You Can’t Leave Behind”.


U2 in 1986

U2 – With or Without You

U2 have released 12 studio albums and are among the all-time best-selling music artists, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide. They have won 22 Grammy Awards – more than any other band. In 2005, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


U2 in 1993

U2 – Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss me, Kill Me (Batman Forever OST)

U2 have, like most bands, written songs for several hollywood films – Batman Forever, Goldeneye (performed by Tina Turner) and Mission Impossile.


U2 in 1998

Tina Turner – Golden Eye  (James Bond OST, written by U2)

Since the early 1980s, the members of U2 — as a band and individually — have collaborated with other musicians, artists, celebrities, and politicians to address issues concerning poverty, disease, and social injustice. They have participated in several project: In 1984, Bono and Adam Clayton participated in Band Aid to raise money for the 1983–1985 famine in Ethiopia; in 1986, U2 participated in the A Conspiracy of Hope tour in support of Amnesty International and in Self Aid for unemployment in Ireland; in 1992, the band participated in the “Stop Sellafield” concert with Greenpeace during their Zoo TV tour; the events in Sarajevo during the Bosnian war inspired the song “Miss Sarajevo”. the song was performed for the first time at a September 1995 Pavarotti and Friends show, and which Bono and the Edge performed at War Child; In 2001, the band dedicated “Walk On” to Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi; In late 2003, Bono and the Edge participated in the South Africa HIV/AIDS awareness 46664 series of concerts hosted by Nelson Mandela; the band also played on 2005’s Live 8 concert in London. The band and manager Paul McGuinness were awarded Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award for their work in promoting human rights; and many more.


U2 in 2010

Adam Clayton (U2) & Larry Mullen Jr. – Mission Impossible OST

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