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.
Bono Takes 'Full Responsibility' for U2's iTunes Disaster
Band forced 2014 album 'Songs of Innocence' upon all users — and ignited a firestorm of criticism.
Rolling Stones, U2 Lead Ticket Gross Chart With Over $2 Billion
New Pollstar report analyzes "thousands of box-office reports" dating back to early '80s.
Bono's 'Surrender' Memoir Will Highlight 40 U2 Songs
Singer also created 40 original drawings which will be featured throughout the book.
Bono and the Edge Perform in Ukrainian Bomb Shelter
They delivered a 40-minute acoustic set "as a show of solidarity with the Ukrainian people."
When U2 Roamed Las Vegas for 'I Still Haven’t Found…' Music Video
Shot as a "side assignment" with virtually no budget, it became one of the biggest videos of 1987.
U2 Took Over Downtown L.A. for 'Where The Streets Have No Name'
Clip for 'Joshua Tree' track was inspired by Beatles’ final rooftop performance from 'Let It Be.'