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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.

Sam Jones
Sam Jones

U2 Compare Upcoming ‘Songs of Experience’ Album to 1993’s ‘Zooropa’

U2 expect to release their next album, Songs of Experience, sometime this year — and fans may hear echoes of the band's experimental past reverberating through the new songs.

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Watch the Eagles of Death Metal Join U2 for a Rousing Paris Appearance

The Eagles of Death Metal took the stage today during a U2 concert in Paris, marking an emotional return after the terrorist attacks of Nov. 13.

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Kevin Winter / Matthias Nareyek, Getty Images

UPDATE: U2 Says Eagles of Death Metal Won’t Join Them Onstage Tonight

There are rumors that the Eagles of Death Metal will sit in for the final song at one of the rescheduled Paris concerts.

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Sam Jones

U2 Announce New Date for Rescheduled Paris Concert

As promised, U2 have set a new date for their Paris concert originally scheduled for Nov. 14.

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Tim Mosenfelder, Getty Images

The History of U2’s Hit-Packed, But Unfocused ‘How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb’

Bono proclaimed 'How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb' as "the best collection of songs" U2 had ever put together, but there was something missing.

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Jeff J Mitchell, Getty Images

U2 Visit Memorial for Victims of Paris Attacks

The members of U2 placed flowers at a memorial erected near the Bataclan, the site of the Paris concert attack.

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Persephone Productions

Paris Attacks Force U2 to Cancel Live HBO Broadcast

U2 have been forced to cancel their scheduled concert in Paris, France tomorrow night as a result of the terrorist attacks that killed at least 150 people in the city tonight.

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Jim Dyson, Getty Images

U2’s Larry Mullen Demands That Streaming Services Pay Up

U2 drummer Larry Mullen is taking aim at streaming services, decrying their role in a "broken" music business.

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Island

20 Years Ago: U2 and Brian Eno Get Weird With Passengers’ ‘Original Soundtracks 1′

U2 went by the name of Passengers for 'Original Soundtracks 1,' which was released on Nov. 7. 1995.

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

15 Years Ago: U2 Get Back on Track With ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind’

Like another great album from the era, Wilco's 'Yankee Hotel Foxtrot', U2's 'All That You Can't Leave Behind' gained more resonance after 9/11.

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