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U2 is an Irish rock band that has been inspiring generations of fans with their charismatic singer Bono Vox for decades. In 2019 you can experience the legendary band live on their current tour in New Zealand and Australia. You can buy tickets for the shows conveniently online and mobile from wherever you are. You can find more interesting facts about U2 on the artists page.

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U2 facts:

When did U2 start their music?

In 1978, U2 appeared in the talent show "Pop Group '78" in Limerick and won it. This was rewarded with 500 pounds and a record deal. In the same year they recorded their first two demo records, which contained the titles "Street Mission", "Shadows and Tall Trees" and "The Fool" as well as "Lost on a distant planet", "Twilight", "Another Time" and "Alone in the Light". One year later, U2's first EP called "Three" was released and climbed to number 19 in the Irish single charts. In 1980 the debut album "Boy" was released and one year later "October", with which the band gained more public attention for the first time. The singles "Fire" and "Gloria" even made it into the Irish Top Ten.

Where does the name of U2 come from?

In 1976 the current members of the band (Paul David Hewson aka Bono, David Howell Evans aka The Edge, Larry Mullen junior and Adam Clayton) and Richard Evans founded the band Feedback during their school days. Shortly before that, the band was called The Larry Mullen Band for 10 minutes, as it was founded on his initiative. After Richard Evans finished school in 1978, he left the band, which then changed its name to The Hype. In March 1978 the band members finally decided to take on the name U2. The name probably derives from the spy plane Lockheed U-2, which was developed during the Cold War and is still in use today. In 1960 one of these planes crashed in Russia, whereupon the pilot was arrested for espionage. This story impressed the band members so much that they decided to name themselves after the U2 plane. However, this is not the only explanation for the name and the band has not yet made an official statement.

How many U2 albums are there?

In total, U2 already released incredible 14 studio albums and two live albums. With over 170 million records sold, the Irish band is one of the most successful bands in the world. U2's best-selling album is "The Joshua Tree", which has sold over 18 million copies. For their outstanding musical achievements, U2 received 22 Grammy Awards, more than any other band in the world, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. After their debut album "Boy" in 1980, the third album "War" reached the top of the British charts in 1983 with the megahits "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and "Pride (In the Name of Love)". The band made their huge international breakthrough with their fifth album "Joshua Tree". The album also features the only hits that made it to number one in the USA: "With or Without You" and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For". U2 reinvented themselves with their album "Rattle and Hum". The band kept this new, rockier sound also for the upcoming albums "Achtung Baby" and "Pop". The band's latest album was released in 2017 under the name "Songs of Experience" and is the successor of the 2014 album "Songs of Innocence".

What do the members of U2 do besides the music?

Besides music, U2 are known for their social and charity commitment. Singer Bono is a founding member of the NGO "DATA" (Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa), whose goal is to fight AIDS and poverty in Africa. Together with other NGOs, DATA founded the ONE campaign in 2004, in which Bono works as a board member. As a band, U2 supports various charitable organizations such as Amnesty International and Greenpeace. U2's lyrics also often reflect political, religious and social issues.

Will U2 be on tour in 2020?

The last concert of the band's eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour in Berlin was ended by Bono with the words: "We've been on the road for quite some time, just going on 40 years, and this last 4 years have been really something very special for us. We're going away now…" What exactly Bono meant by that, maybe a break or even a band break-up, was unclear and left many fans insecure. Some fear that U2 will finally withdraw from show business in 2020, exactly 40 years after the release of their debut album. Others are of the opinion that this is just the right time for a new, final album. The band itself hasn't yet spoken about a new tour in 2020.