U2 Discography and Fact Sheet

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By Larry Mullin... Fall of 1976... in Dublin Ireland

14-year-old drummer Larry Mullen posted a note on his high school bulletin board in Dublin, seeking musicians to form a new band. Those answering the ad were Adam Clayton, Paul (Bono) Hewson, Dave (The Edge) Evans and his brother Dick. "Feedback" was born, later renamed to "Hype" and finally to U2.


U2 began as "Feedback" along with Dave (The Edge) Evans brother Dick for a short time

Band Member Noise Maker
Paul (Bono) Hewson Vocals
Dave (The Edge) Evans Guitar
Dick Evans Guitar
Adam Clayton Bass
Larry Mullen Jr. Drums

Only one line up change for U2...the boys stick together!

On Guitar...
Dick Evans left "Feedback" to form the virgin Prunes - 1977


Band Member Noise Maker
Paul (Bono) Hewson Vocals
Dave (The Edge) Evans Guitar
Adam Clayton Bass
Larry Mullen Jr. Drums


U2 is on the road with their Vertigo 2005 world tour.

U2 Celebrate, Encourage Unity During Vertigo Tour Kickoff 03.29.2005

SAN DIEGO — You know it was a powerful show if every single seat in the arena is still occupied by fans singing at the top of their lungs even after the band is done and the house lights go up.

That was the scene Monday at the San Diego CA. Sports Arena, where U2 kicked off their Vertigo Tour with a two-hour celebration of the new and the old and a few favorites in between.

"I want to go back to where we started," Bono declared, boldly leading the band through three tunes from 1980's album "Boy" just a few songs into the show.

A pair of "Days" (when you have nearly a dozen albums, you can use the same words over), "Beautiful Day" and "New Year's Day," followed, giving even the diehard fans a needed adrenaline boost.

Rounding out the set, the band played four tunes from different albums — "Running to Stand Still," "Zoo Station," "The Fly" and "Elevation" — which, put together, made for a perfect playground for the musicians to play, especially the Edge, who occasionally switched guitars during songs and also played a little piano. For "Elevation," U2 brought the upbeat anthem to a crawl during the bridge and then exploded into the final verse, even getting a little mixed up in the pacing. "It's OK to screw up, right?" Bono asked. "We're a close-knit group."

For the encore, U2 returned with the one-two punch of "Pride (In the Name of Love)" and "Where the Streets Have No Name," during which Bono stepped up his preaching of unity. "Martin Luther King's dream was bigger than America," he sermonized during the former, while the crowd repeated the "uh oh oh oh" part of the tune. "It was big enough to fit the whole world. It was a dream where everyone was equal. Asian. European. African. Let's sing it for Africa!"

Bono continued on his tribute to Africa during the latter, dedicating the tune to Nelson Mandela while different African flags scrolled on the projection beads behind him.

While the band finished out the tune and started into the next, Bono asked the audience to participate in the band's One campaign "to show there's equality in Africa and America." (An address to send a text message to join was shown on the big screen later.)

"We are more extraordinary and more powerful when we act as one," he said, just as the Edge kicked into the infectious opening to "One." "One life/ But we're not the same," Bono sang. "We get to/ Carry each other/ Carry each other." It wasn't the final song, but it did seem the final message.

"We haven't played this one since 1983," Bono said as guitarist the Edge, bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen Jr. subtly started the War anthem, which instantly turned into a sing-along. As the tune came to an end, each member strolled off the stage one at a time, eventually leaving the sold-out crowd to continue the chorus of "how long to sing this song" a cappella. It was a fitting ending to a night clearly about unity.---MTV---

Bono, Brad Pitt Launch Campaign For Third-World Relief 04.06.2005

BEVERLY HILLS — Bono and Brad Pitt brought their star power to the kickoff of the One Campaign calling on people to come together to fight the global crises of AIDS, hunger and poverty.

Explaining that "it's not a cause, it's an emergency," Bono said thousands of people die every day in Africa from preventable causes. He called upon the young people of today to make the fight for third-world relief their generation's movement, much like the youth of the 1960s fought for civil rights in America.---MTV---

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Year Album
1993 Zooropa
1997 Pop
2000 All That You Can't Leave Behind
2000 Hasta La Vista, Baby (Live)
2004 How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb


BB200 (Billboard 200), TCA (Top Canadian Albums), PA (Pop Album)

#1   Jushua Tree - BB200 - 1987
#1   Rattle and Hum - BB200 - 1988
#1   Achtung Baby - BB200 - 1991
#1   Zooropa - BB200 - 1993
#1   Pop - BB200 - 1997
#1   All That You Can't Leave Behind - TCA - 2000
#12  War* - PA - 1983

* Critically acclaimed album included in listing although not in top 10


BBH100 (Billboard Hot 100), MR (Mainstream Rock), MRT (Mainstream Rock Tracks), AT40 (Adult Top 40), MDRT (Modern Rock Tracks), TCA (Top Canadian Album), HDM (Hot Dance Music), CSC (Canadian Singles Chart)

#1   I still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - BBH100 - 1987
#1   With Or Without You - MRT - 1987
#1   Angel Of Harlem - MRT - 1988
#1   Desire - MRT - 1988
#1   Mysterious Ways - MRT - 1991
#1   The Fly - MDRT - 1991
#1   Even Better Than The Real Thing - MRT - 1992
#1   One - MRT - 1992
#1   Lemon - HDM - 1981
#1   Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me - MRT - 1995
#1   Discotheque - HDM - 1997
#1   Staring At The Sun - MRT - 1997
#1   Sweetest Thing - CSC - 1998
#1   Beautiful Day - CSC - 2000
#1   Elevation - CSC - 2001
#1   Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of - CSC - 2001
#1   Walk On - CSC - 2001
#1   Electrical Storm - CSC - 2004
#1   Vertigo - MODRT - 1994
#1   All Because Of You - CSC - 2005
#1   Sometimes you Can't Make It On Your Own - CSC - 2005
#2   New Years Day - MR - 1983
#2   Pride (In The Name Of Love) - MRT - 1984
#2   When Love Comes To Town - MRT - 1988
#2   Night + Day - MRT - 1990
#2   Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses - MRT - 1992
#2   Numb - MRT - 1993
#4   Until The End Of The World - MRT - 1992
#4   last Night On Earth - CSC - 1997
#4   Beautiful Dancer - AT40 - 2000
#7   Sunday Bloody Sunday - MR - 1983
#8   God PT.2 - MRT - 1993
#8   Zooropa - MRT - 1965
#9   Jesus Christ - MRT - 1988
#10  Please - CSC - 1997


Determining accurate and reliable U.S. sales is difficult. Determining foreign sales is almost impossible, not to mention the huge amount of bootlegging in many countries of the world. Album sales reported here are based on the Recording Industry Association of America's (RIAA) Latest data.

U2 have sold more than 48 Million Albums in the USA


Grammy Awards - The Grammy's are the only peer-presented award to honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position.


1987 - The Joshua Tree
Album of the Year

1987 - The Joshua
Best Rock Performance by a duo or group with vocal

1992 - Achtung Baby
Best Rock Performance by a duo or group with vocal

1993 - Zooropa
Best Alternative Music Performance

2001 - All That You Can't Leave Behind
Best Rock Album


1988 - Desire
Best Rock Performance by a duo or group with vocal

2000 - Beautiful Day
Best Rock Performance by a duo or group with vocal

2000 - Beautiful Day
Record of the Year

2000 - Beautiful Day
Song of the Year/New Song of the Year

2001 - Elevation
Best Rock Performance by a duo or group with vocal

2001 - Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of
Best Rock Performance by a duo or group with vocal

2001 - Walk On
Record of the Year


1994 - Zoo TV: Live from Sidney
Best Music video, Long form


U2 inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - 2005

Inductees: Bono (vocals; born May 10, 1960), The Edge (guitar; born August 8, 1961), Adam Clayton (bass; born March 13, 1960), Larry Mullen Jr. (drums; born October 31, 1961)


Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time

Position Album
#26 Joshua Tree
#62 Achtung Baby
#139 All that You Can't Leave Behind
#221 War
#417 Boy

About.com Ultimate Album list (Not Ranked)

  • Achtung Baby

  • Joshua Tree

Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time

Position Song
#36 One
#93 I Still Haven't found What I'm Looking For
#131 With Or Without You
#268 Sunday Bloody Sunday
#378 Pride (In The Name Of Love)
#427 New Years Day


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