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.
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.'
Details of the long-awaited new U2 album, including a tentative release date, are starting to take shape. According to Billboard, the group is apparently searching for a partner to announce the new project during a Super Bowl commercial early next year.
During the last week of October 1988, U2‘s anticipated concert movie ‘Rattle and Hum’ was released in their native Ireland. It would premiere in the U.S. on Nov. 4. The feature-length film, which was preceded by a double album, captured the band on tour across America during their breakthrough run for 1987’s ‘The Joshua Tree.’
U2 have been taking their time putting together the follow-up to their most recent studio LP, but thanks to the upcoming film 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,' fans starved for new music have been blessed with a long-awaited appetizer.
A hybrid project that boasted gutsy live reworkings of tracks from their smash album 'The Joshua Tree,' cover songs honoring Bob Dylan and the Beatles and nine new cuts, U2's 'Rattle and Hum' tried to be everything to everybody. It didn't quite get there.
For more than 30 years, U2 have quite literally been the flag-wavers for the idea of rock as an agent of social change. Their passion and commitment makes them the ideal choice to represent the letter "U" on our A-Z list of the Best Classic Rock Artists.
30 years ago, on the night of June 5, 1983, a half-capacity crowd risked inclement weather to congregate at scenic Red Rocks Amphitheatre, situated outside Denver, Colorado, and witness, unbeknownst to them, one of the critical events in the inexorable rise to stardom undertaken by Irish rockers U2. The event was later immortalized on the seminal live album, ‘Under a Blood Red Sky.’
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