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.
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.'
Scripted U2 Series Reportedly in Development at Netflix
Anthony McCarten, who penned 2018 Queen biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' will write project.
How Bono Convinced U2 to Not Throw Away 'With or Without You'
Singer's belief in nearly scrapped song gave band its first No. 1.
How U2's 'Claw' Stage Became a Utah Tourist Attraction
Former backdrop for 360° Tour now greets visitors at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium.
How Eddie Vedder's Career Goals Frustrated U2's Bono
Pearl Jam frontman recalls leaving U2 counterpart “frustrated” after discussion about career objectives.