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U2


1960

Adam Clayton, bassist for U2, is born in Chinnor, Ireland.

1960

Paul “Bono” Hewson, vocalist for U2, is born in Dublin, Ireland.

1961

Dave “The Edge” Evans, guitarist for U2, is born in Wales.

1961

Larry Mullen Jr., drummer for U2, is born in Dublin, Ireland.

1978

Five young men form a band at Mount Temple High School in Dublin, Ireland. They run through a few names (Feedback, The Hype) and lose a member (Dick Evans) before settling on a name and lineup that stick

1979

U2 debut with U2-3, a three-song EP featuring “Out of Control." It is released on the CBS label only in Ireland

1980

U2 sign with Island Records. Their first single, “11 O’clock Tick-Tock,” is released a month later.

1980

U2’s debut album, Boy, is released in the U.S. It contains the propulsive “I Will Follow,” the first of many anthems from the Irish quartet.

1981

U2’s second album, October, is released.

1983

War, U2’s breakthrough third album, is released. It contains their most topical songs to date

1983

Under a Blood Red Sky, an eight-track live album culled from three venues, is released.

1984

The Unforgettable Fire, U2’s fourth studio album, is released. The group’s more layered, ethereal sound owes much to producers Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois.

1985

U2 deliver a memorable performance at the Live Aid charity concert from London’s Wembley Stadium.

1986

U2 headline Amnesty International’s two-week Conspiracy of Hope Tour. They’re joined by Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, Bryan Adams, Neville Brothers, Joan Baez and Sting.

1987

The Joshua Tree, U2’s fifth studio album, is released. It will top the album chart for nine weeks, stay on it for two years and produce three hit singles

1987

U2 grace the cover of 'Time' magazine.

1987

“With or Without You” becomes U2’s first #1 hit in the U.S.

1988

U2 win Grammys for Album of the Year and Best Rock Performance for The Joshua Tree.

1988

U2 releases the concert film and double live album Rattle and Hum, which goes to #1 for six weeks and yields the hit singles “Desire” (#5) and “Angel of Harlem” (#14).

1989

U2 wins more Grammys, including Best Rock Performance for “Desire,” from Rattle and Hum.

1989

U2 concludes a tour with four shows at Dublin’s Point Depot. The last of these is broadcast on radio, reaching 500 million listeners. Vocalist Bono hints at changes to come: “This is the end of something for U2….We have to go away and dream it all up again.”

1991

U2 releases their sixth studio album, Achtung Baby, which takes an edgier, more experimental approach. For their daring they earn their third consecutive #1 album and four more hits: “Mysterious Ways” (#9), “One” (#10), “Even Better Than the Real Thing” (#32) and “Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses” (#35).

1992

U2 kick off their high-tech, multimedia Zoo TV tour in Lakeland, Florida.

1993

U2’s seventh studio album, Zooropa, is released. Its title alludes to U2’s Zoo TV tour, in whose midst it was recorded. Johnny Cash adds guest vocals on “The Wanderer.”

1997

Pop!, U2’s eighth studio album, is released. It reveals the group’s interest in electronic dance music and generates a Top Ten single, “Discotheque.”

1997

U2 kicks off PopMart - a year-long, 40-country stadium tour that is the most ambitious in rock history.

1998

U2 release The Best of 1980-1990, which includes a bonus disc of B-sides and rarities.

2000

U2 enters the new millennium with All That You Can’t Leave Behind, an album that harks back to their more song-oriented roots. Key tracks: “Beautiful Day,” and “Walk On."

2001

U2 release their first live DVD, Elevation 2001: U2 Live from Boston.

2002

U2 release The Best of 1990-2000, which includes a bonus disc of B-sides and rarities.

2004

How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, the tenth full-length studio album in U2’s twenty-five years as a recording entity, is released. The lead single is “Vertigo.”

2005

U2 is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the twentieth annual induction dinner. Bruce Springsteen is their presenter.

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