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, ZZ Top Stars To Appear on Alice Cooper's Upcoming 'Paranormal' Album
Alice Cooper has revealed the title, release plans and a very impressive list of guest stars for his next studio album.
U2's Adam Clayton Talks Joshua Tree Tour, Says 'We Think We're There' With New 'Songs of E…
Nostalgia might be a big reason for U2 fans to see the band perform its landmark The Joshua Tree LP on tour this year, but for bassist Adam Clayton, there are more compelling reasons to revisit.
Why 'The Joshua Tree' Was Destined to Become U2's Masterpiece
Even before this breakthrough LP arrived, it was clear something big was on the horizon.
16 Memorable Moments From U2's First 'Joshua Tree' Tour
As their No. 1 1987 album went supernova, so did the band.
U2 Compare Upcoming 'Songs of Experience' Album to 1993's 'Zooropa'
U2 expect to release their next album, Songs of Experience, sometime this year — and fans may hear echoes of the band's experimental past reverberating through the new songs.