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2005 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees U2

U2

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  • Year:
    2005
  • Inducted by:
    Bruce Springsteen
  • Category:
    Performers

Hall of Fame Essay

2005

James Henke

Back in 1985, when I was the music editor of Rolling Stone, I convinced Jann Wenner to put U2 on the cover.

It took some doing. I had first met U2 some five years earlier, when I was one of a handful of American journalists sent to England to see the band shortly after the U.K. release of its first album, Boy. I rode in a van with the band members - then barely in their twenties - from London to Coventry for their gig at a university gymnasium.

The show totally knocked me out, and I came back convinced that U2 was going to be, as the headline of my story put it, “the next big thing.” From that day on, I was constantly championing the band around Rolling Stone. When Jann finally gave in and let me put it on the cover, our headline boldly declared: our choice: BAND OF THE EIGHTIES.

2005 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees U2

faith in the great inspirational and resurrective power of rock

Bruce Springsteen

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