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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.

U2 Hint at Ambitious Tour Plans for 2015

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

U2 refused to play by the rules when they partnered with Apple for the shocking giveaway of their 'Songs of Innocence' album, and it sounds like they might also plan to defy a few expectations with their 2015 tour.

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26 Years Ago: U2 Debut ‘Rattle and Hum’ Film

Island/Paramount Pictures
Island/Paramount Pictures

During the last week of October 1988, U2‘s anticipated concert movie ‘Rattle and Hum’ was released in their native Ireland.

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The Real Reason U2′s Bono Wears Sunglasses Indoors

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

U2's Bono hasn't been wearing sunglasses for the last two decades to look cool. Instead, he's battling a light sensitivity caused by glaucoma.

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Bono Apologizes for Giving People Free Music

Bono
Handout, Getty Images

So here's how much music is apparently worth in 2014.

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U2 Answers Tax-Dodging Accusations

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Mike Coppola, Getty Images

U2 has opened up about moving the band's publishing company from Ireland to the Netherlands, a decision that sparked massive protests at a signature UK music festival.

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Ozzy Osbourne on U2′s ‘Songs of Innocence’ Giveaway: ‘Selfish, Really’

Ozzy Osbourne and Bono
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Spending years slaving over something and then giving it away by the millions seems like a pretty generous act, if you ask us.

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30 Years Ago: U2 Spark ‘The Unforgettable Fire’

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YouTube

U2's fourth album arrived just a little more than a year and a half after its punky predecessor 'War' had become a surprise platinum-selling hit, reaching No. 12 in the U.S. and topping the U.K. chart.

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U2 Reveal Cover Image for ‘Songs of Innocence’

U2 Songs of Innocence feature

U2 have revealed the artwork for the upcoming physical release of 'Songs of Innocence,' the new album millions of iTunes users received for free earlier this month.

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Bono’s U2 Bandmates Would Rather He Didn’t Play Guitar

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Mike Coppola, Getty Images

U2 singer Bono has never been known for his guitar playing, and his bandmates would really like to keep it that way.

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‘Conan’ Makes Fun of U2-Apple Controversy With ‘eRase U2′ Spoof

Mike Coppola, Getty Images
Mike Coppola, Getty Images

Like it or not, music has been devalued to the point that a free album from one of the world's biggest bands is a cause of genuine annoyance (and/or more legitimate privacy concerns) for a lot of listeners.

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