U2 came out of the U.K. punk scene — from Ireland, specifically – with a stripped-down sound that hinted at grandeur beneath the skittering surface. Even on their very first album, 1980’s ‘Boy,’ Bono’s soaring vocals and the Edge’s shimmering guitar were aimed at something bigger than whatever punk and New Wave offered them. By 1983’s ‘War,’ U2 began making ripples with their anthem-sized songs about the same things Bob Dylan sang about 20 years earlier. On 1987’s ‘The Joshua Tree,’ they finally reached the legendary status they were striving for with a sprawling work about broken dreams at the end of the world. After a globe-conquering tour made them one of the era’s biggest bands, U2 shot back with an industrial-noise set called ‘Achtung Baby’ that set the course for their restless, ambitious career. They’re still following that exciting path.
Five years have now come and gone since the release of 'No Line on the Horizon,' U2's 12th and most recent studio album. When it hit stores on March 3, 2009, four years and three months had passed since the Irish rockers had issued their previous record, 'How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb,' marking the longest period between studio releases for the band at the time.
When you're a big enough band to warrant a Super Bowl commercial for your new single, it's pretty safe to say you've made it. But U2 frontman Bono still has the same hopes and fears as any multimillionaire musician after decades of rock stardom.
Normally we don't pay too much attention to the commercials during the Super Bowl -- the game's the important thing! But the news that U2 will debut a new song for charity during the game peaked our interest. On the eve of the kickoff, Bono talked a little bit more about 'Invisible.'
If you want to make a big splash with your charity event, it helps to have friends in high places, and Sean Penn knows more than a few. Case in point: Penn's third-annual Help Haiti benefit, held in Beverly Hills on Jan. 11, lured none other than U2 to the stage for the first time in three years.
Can't wait until Black Friday to snag a copy of U2's first new song in four years? Well, you're in luck: The group just released a gorgeous new lyric video for 'Ordinary Love,' which comes from the upcoming biopic 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.'
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