They are now together for over thirty years and that is an eternity in pop. Since their fifth album "The Joshua Tree" catapulted into the stages 1987 to U2 stop at the square of the greatest rock band on the planet. No band has more often reinvented and has remained so consistent. Again and again have laid U2 Surprising albums and stunning live shows. In all that time naturally tried various competitors to storm her throne. Only The Clash, then The Smiths, Nirvana, the Stone Roses and Blur. Once it was thought R.e.m. would trump or Oasis. One might even enumerate other bands: Radiohead, The Killers, Kings of Leon - but enumerates the more you, the more hopeless is the comparison. What this most impressive and their competitors in Rage brings: U2 have actually always play by the rules of Rock'n'Roll ignored. No wild sex. No drugs (except for bassist Adam Clayton before his withdrawal). Not even really rock'n'roll - the Rolling Stones and the Christians of U2 are light years apart. Because U2 spread neither rebellious ideas and teenage fear but joy. this made them always unpopular in London - capital of irony - where joy is totally uncool, embarrassing. And that is probably the backbone of their three decades lasting glory: U2 are not cool. You are not afraid that you might find someone embarrassed because they are really good. Frontman Bono knew all that already in 1981, soon after the release of U2's debut album "Boy". "I think it is our destiny to be one of the big bands," he said boldly the "Rolling Stone" interview. "There's this chemistry, this spark, which has the Stones, the Who, the Beatles made so unique, and we have it also." Powerful words from former milksop, quite embarrassed, he was right.
The chemistry of U2 wed the do-it-yourself attitude of punk with fervent pathos, with the message of a stadium rock Bruce Springsteen and the elegiac Ambient spheres of Brian Eno. Reason responsible for the sound of the "best band in the world" is guitarist David Howell Evans aka The Edge, the the "Rolling Stone" in 2003 in its list of "100 Best Guitarists of All Time" recorded | Fast forward to January 2009:. Bono is up early , He must again today juggle, oscillate between a father, rock star and social activist. U2's long-awaited twelfth album "No Line On The Horizon" has just finished. In a few days the band will perform at the inauguration of Barack Obama in Washington. "The world wakes up," says Bono a reporter of the "Guardian". The singer seems to have reached the top of his determination. After over thirty years in a post-punk band, in 1981, on their second album "October" God found. 1983 political rock made, with "Sunday Bloody Sunday". The 1987 "The Joshua Tree" a Americana milestone lay, in 1991 "Achtung Baby" sat sunglasses and disco balls mounted and then In 2004, on "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" the circle of rock and roll again , "One reason their longevity," says her producer and collaborator Brian Eno, "is that it never went himself to U2."
The VIPs played Bono eventually as a trump card fOr social activism from Opened doors at the Vatican, the White House, the Bundestag: fOr Africa against AIDS. He focused not only politically correct alliances: with Nelson Mandela, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, the authors Jeffrey Sachs or Bill Clinton. No, he also met with the Iraq war supporters Tony Blair and George Bush. His dance on the political tightrope has earned him much praise and much criticism: "There are probably worse things than to be taught by a wealthy Irish rock star in a cowboy hat over development aid for Africa - only reminds me just nothing worse one," wrote acidly the travel writer Paul Theroux About Bono. It'll go to him just about results, countered the bespectacled cowboy hat-wearer. "People were throwing tomatoes when they saw me depend on a picture with Bush But when after the US government subsidized the largest ever anti-AIDS campaign, silenced even the toughest critics.." |Chronology:
1976: 14-year old Larry Mullen founded a band in the Mount Temple High School in Dublin: with himself on drums, Paul Hewson aka Bono on vocals, Adam Clayton on bass and brothers Dave and Dik Evans on guitar. Only they call feedback, then The Hype, finally U2.
september 1979: The EP "U2-3" appears via CBS in Ireland. They contains the early hit "Another Day".
1980: U2 sign with Iceland Records and released their debut album "Boy".
1981: U2's second album "October" does not leave a great impression on the charts.
March 1983: The Varies with the third album "War" and his hymns "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and "New Year's Day".
1984: On "The Unforgettable Fire" work first U2 with producers Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois.
1985: U2 give one of her early legendary live shows: at the historic Live Aid concert at Wembley Stadium. Then they go for Amnesty International to the "Conspiracy of Hope" tour, in the same line-up with Peter Gabriel, Bryan Adams and Sting.
1987: "The Joshua Tree", the fifth album of the band, nine weeks holding at No. 1 in the UK charts, provides the breakthrough U2 in the USA, won two Grammys and contains the century Singles "With or Without You", "I Still Have not Found What I'm Looking For "and" Where the Streets Have No name ".
1988 U2 live album and her concert film "Rattle Hum "also won several Grammys | Year 1989. U2 are on the climax of her career A Transmitted by Radio Concert of the band in Dublin reached 500 million people Bono says.." Now we have to go away and dream all things new. "
November 1991: Bono slammed as not an empty phrase. "Achtung Baby" album No. 7, edged, experimental high-tech. In scene sets him the band in 1992 on their Zoo TV tour, during which they receive their next album "Zooropa", on the Johnny Cash has a guest appearance.
March 1997: On their ninth album "Pop" penetrate U2 still time in the realm of electronic dance music before, enough even for the Top 10 single "Discotheque". U2's subsequent PopMart tour is the most elaborate pop spectacle of all time, and sets the standard for later Giga concerts by Madonna and Co.
2000: On the way back towards song-oriented material suggests the band on their album "All That You Can't Leave Behind" with the single "Beautiful Day" a.
2001: U2's first live DVD, "Elevation 2001: U2 Live from Boston" appear.
2002: The Quartet brings "The Best of 1990-2000" out a Best Of album with plenty of bonus material.
November 2004: Publication of "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb", the 11th studio album of the Irish. It wins 8 Grammys and reach in 32 LTo No. 1 on the charts.
February 2009: After a long break due appear U2's new album "No Line On The Horizon", recorded in Fez (Morocco), New York, London and Dublin.
Not less than 67 Awards has awarded U2 so far, including 7 BRIT awards (1983, '88, '89, '90, '92, '98, 2001) and 22 Grammy Awards. Only Stevie Wonder can match yet.
In 2005, Bruce Springsteen U2 into the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame.
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