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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.

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20 Years Ago: U2 Switch Gears Again With ‘Pop’

U2 continued to experiment on 'Pop,' embracing dance music and electronica on the album, which was released in March 1997.

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

U2’s Adam Clayton Talks Joshua Tree Tour, Says ‘We Think We’re There’ With New ‘Songs of Experience’ LP

Nostalgia might be a big reason for U2 fans to see the band perform its landmark The Joshua Tree LP on tour this year, but for bassist Adam Clayton, there are more compelling reasons to revisit.

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Island

30 Years Ago: U2 Make Their Masterpiece, ‘The Joshua Tree’

Even before U2's 'The Joshua Tree' arrived, it was clear something big was on the horizon.

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16 Memorable Moments From U2’s First ‘Joshua Tree’ Tour

'The Joshua Tree' was more than a hit album, though it was certainly that. It was part of a phenomenon that would change U2 forever.

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U2 Unveil ‘Joshua Tree 2017′ Tour Dates

U2 will spend the summer on the road celebrating the release of their watershed 1987 album The Joshua Tree by performing the entire LP in concert.

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25 Years Ago: U2 Reinvent Themselves for the First Time on ‘Achtung Baby’

Up until the release of 'Achtung Baby,' U2 had been all about evolution, not reinvention.

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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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