U2 performing in August 2017, from left to right: Larry Mullen Jr.; The Edge; Bono; Adam Clayton
are an Irish rock
band from Dublin
, formed in 1976. The group consists of Bono
(lead vocals and rhythm guitar), the Edge
(lead guitar, keyboards, and backing vocals), Adam Clayton
(bass guitar), and Larry Mullen Jr.
(drums and percussion). Initially rooted in post-punk
, U2's musical style has evolved throughout their career, yet has maintained an anthemic quality built on Bono's expressive vocals and the Edge's chiming, effects
-based guitar sounds. Their lyrics, often embellished with spiritual imagery, focus on personal and sociopolitical themes. Popular for their live performances, the group have staged several ambitious and elaborate tours over their career.
The band was formed when the members were teenaged pupils of Mount Temple Comprehensive School
and had limited musical proficiency. Within four years, they signed with Island Records
and released their debut album, Boy
(1980). Subsequent work such as their first UK number-one album, War
(1983), and the singles "Sunday Bloody Sunday
" and "Pride (In the Name of Love)
" helped establish U2's reputation as a politically and socially conscious group. By the mid-1980s, they had become renowned globally for their live act, highlighted by their performance at Live Aid
in 1985. The group's fifth album, The Joshua Tree
(1987), made them international superstars and was their greatest critical and commercial success. Topping music charts around the world, it produced their only number-one singles in the US to date: "With or Without You
" and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
". (Full article...