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U2

Allan F. Moore

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.46259

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Irish rock band. It was formed in Dublin in 1977 by Bono (Paul Hewson; b 10 May 1960; vocals), the Edge (David Evans; b 8 Aug 1961; guitar), Adam Clayton (b 13 Mar 1960; bass guitar) and Larry Mullen Jr. (Lawrence Mullen; b 31 Oct 1960; drums). Having signed to Island Records, their first song to become widely known was Gloria (1981; from the album October), after which their studio albums War (1983; including the hit Sunday Bloody Sunday), The Unforgettable Fire (1984), The Joshua Tree (1987), Rattle and Hum (1988; which also contained live recordings), Achtung Baby (1991) and Zooropa (1993) reached number one in the UK or US charts, and in some cases both. As a result they, together with REM, had become the world's best-known stadium-rock attractions by the early 1990s. This position was already assured when U2 were one of the highlights of the Live Aid concert in ...

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Subjects: Popular Music

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