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.
Watch U2 Debut New Song 'Atomic City' at Surprise Las Vegas Gig
Unannounced performance and music video shoot comes weeks before the band's Vegas residency starts.
Here's Your First Look Inside the Las Vegas Sphere
U2 will soon perform a residency at the venue, which boasts the world's largest video screen.
Watch Las Vegas' MSG Sphere Debut Its Incredible Visuals
U2 will open the state-of-the-art venue with a residency beginning in September.
30 Years Ago: U2 Polarizes Audience With ‘Zooropa’
It couldn't have been more different than the band's anthemic post-punk '80s work.
Cost of Venue Hosting U2's Las Vegas Shows Rises to $2.3 Billion
The innovative spherical Las Vegas event center has become most the expensive entertainment building in Nevada.
U2's the Edge Takes Some Blame for Bono's Vocal Embarrassment
Guitarist responds to singer's comments about turning scarlet when early songs are broadcast.
Janis Joplin, Bon Scott and U2 Among New Funko Collectibles
Soundgarden, George Clinton and Ghost are also part of the newly unveiled releases.
Edge Says Bono Was Right to Start Playing Politics
U2 guitarist admits they’ve faced “challenging moments” when music and activism crossed paths.