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’s Groundbreaking Sphere Residency: By the Numbers
The acclaimed concert series comes to a close this weekend.
Roger Waters Calls Bono an 'Enormous S---' After Israel Tribute
U2 dedicated 'Pride (In the Name of Love)' to victims of a music festival attack by Hamas.
40 Years Ago: U2 Become Arena-Rockers on 'Under a Blood Red Sky'
A lot of things went wrong before this live project helped made them one of the '80s' biggest concert acts.
Win a Trip to Vegas to Experience U2 Live at the Sphere
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Why U2 Was Forced to Perform Without Bassist Adam Clayton
Sphere residency isn’t the first time the band has taken the stage without a founding member.
35 Years Ago: U2 Tries to Move On With 'Rattle and Hum'
Chart-topping follow-up to 'The Joshua Tree' went five times platinum.
Watch U2 Perform Altered 'Pride' in Tribute to Hamas Victims
"Sing with us," Bono urged from the stage.
U2’s 5 Most Dazzling Moments From Sphere Opening Night
Band used groundbreaking venue's video capabilities to create some unforgettable fire.
U2 Subverts Expectations at First Sphere Show: Photos, Set List
The band showed off the dazzling capabilities of the new venue while also keeping the focus on their music.
Why Larry Mullen Jr. Isn't Taking Part in U2's Vegas Residency
Drummer is missing shows for the first time in the band's history.