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U2 is an Irish rock band featuring Bono (Paul David Hewson) on vocals and sometimes guitar, The Edge (David Howell Evans) on guitar and sometimes pianos, vocals, and bass, Adam Clayton on bass and sometimes guitar, and Larry Mullen, Jr. on drums.

U2 were one of the most popular rock groups of the 1980's and 1990's. The band is politically active in human rights causes especially Bono. U2 have been together for over two decades. Their long and eventful history is best described by their music, and often even by the album titles. The band was formed in Dublin in October 1976. 14-year-old Larry Mullen, Jr. posted a note on his secondary school bulletin board seeking musicians for a new band. The response that followed that note resulted in a 5-piece band, known at the time as Feedback, with Mullen on drums, Adam Clayton on bass guitar, Paul Hewson on vocals, Dave Evans and his brother Dik on guitar. Bono was named after Bonavox (meaning 'beautiful voice'), a store that sold hearing aids, and The Edge got his name from Bono who thought it was an accurate description of his head.

After 18 months of rehearsals, Feedback changed their name to The Hype. The band performed with their new name at a talent show in Limerick, Ireland on 17 March 1978. One of the judges for the show happened to be CBS Records' Jackie Hayden; U2 won the contest, earning a £500 prize. Hayden was impressed enough with the band that he gave them studio time to record their first demo. The Dublin punk rock guru Steve Averill (better known as Steve Rapid of the Radiators from Space) recommended that "The Hype stinks, at least as a name." Someone offered "What about U2? It's the name of a spyplane and a submarine, and it's got an endearing inclusivity about it."1 ( Some suggest the meaning of the name "U2" is based on their philosophy. They believe that the audience is part of their music and the concert and that "you too" (U2) are participating in the music. Dik announced his departure in March 1978. So, The Hype performed a farewell show for him at the Community Centre in Howth. Dik walked off the stage, halfway through the set. Dik later joined the Virgin Prunes, a fellow Dublin band. In May, Paul McGuinness became the band's manager.

Indisputably one of the most popular rock acts in the world, this Irish quartet's achievements since the late 70s have been extraordinarily cohesive and consistent. U2 began their musical career at school in Dublin in 1977. Bono (b. Paul David Hewson, 10 May 1960, Dublin, Eire; vocals), The Edge (b. David Evans, 8 August 1961, Barking, Essex, England; guitar), Adam Clayton (b. 13 March 1960, Chinnor, Oxfordshire, England; bass) and Larry Mullen Jnr. (b. Laurence Mullen, 31 October 1961, Dublin, Eire; drums) initially played Rolling Stones and Beach Boys cover versions in an outfit named Feedback. They then changed their name to the Hype before finally settling on U2 in 1978.

After winning a talent contest in Limerick that year, they came under the wing of manager Paul McGuinness and were subsequently signed to CBS Records Ireland. Their debut EP U2:3 featured "Out Of Control" (1979), which propelled them to number 1 in the Irish charts. They repeated that feat with "Another Day" (1980), but having been passed by CBS UK, they were free to sign a deal outside of Ireland with Island Records. Their UK debut "11 O'Clock Tick Tock", produced by Martin Hannett, was well received but failed to chart. Two further singles, "A Day Without Me" and "I Will Follow", passed with little sales while the band prepared their first album, produced by Steve Lillywhite.

Boy, a moving and inspired document of adolescence, received critical approbation, which was reinforced by the live shows that U2 were undertaking throughout the country. Bono's impassioned vocals and the band's rhythmic tightness revealed them as the most promising live unit of 1981. After touring America, the band returned to Britain where "Fire" was bubbling under the Top 30. Another minor hit with the impassioned "Gloria" was followed by the strident October. The album had a thrust reinforced by a religious verve that was almost evangelical in its force. In February 1983 the band reached the UK Top 10 with "New Year's Day", a song of hope inspired by the Polish Solidarity Movement.

War followed soon afterwards to critical plaudits. The album's theme covered both religious and political conflicts, especially in the key track "Sunday Bloody Sunday", which had already emerged as one of the group's most startling and moving live songs. Given their power in concert, it was inevitable that U2 would attempt to capture their essence on a live album. Under A Blood Red Sky (recorded at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado, USA) did not disappoint and, as well as climbing to number 2 in the UK, it brought them their first significant chart placing in the USA at number 28. By the summer of 1984, U2 were about to enter the vanguard of the rock elite.

Bono duetted with Bob Dylan at the latter's concert at Slane Castle and U2 established their own company, Mother Records, with the intention of unearthing fresh musical talent in Eire. The Unforgettable Fire, produced by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, revealed a new maturity and improved their commercial and critical standing in the US charts. The attendant single, "Pride (In The Name Of Love)', displayed the passion and humanity that were by now familiar ingredients in U2"s music and lyrics. The band's commitment to their ideals was further underlined by their appearances at Live Aid, Ireland's Self Aid, and their involvement with Amnesty International and guest spot on Little Steven's anti-Apartheid single, "Sun City".

During this same period, U2 embarked on a world tour and completed work on their next album. The Joshua Tree emerged in March 1987 and confirmed U2's standing, now as one of the most popular acts in the world. The album, which became the fastest-selling album in history and topped both the US and UK charts, revealed a new, more expansive sound that complemented their soul-searching lyrics. The familiar themes of spiritual salvation permeated the work and the quest motif was particularly evident on both "With Or Without You" and the gospel-tinged "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For", which both reached number 1 in the US charts, confirming U2 as indisputably the most successful European act to cross the Atlantic for several years.

They became the first rock band since the Who to appear on the cover of Time magazine. After such a milestone album, 1988 proved a relatively quiet year for U2. Bono and the Edge appeared on Roy Orbison's Mystery Girl and the year ended with the poorly received double album and documentary film, Rattle And Hum. The portentous tone of the film did the band little favours, with Bono's po-faced self-mythology attracting particular critical ire. The band also belatedly scored their first UK number 1 single with the R&B-influenced "Desire", one of several new studio tracks written for Rattle And Hum, which despite its indifferent critical reception went on to sell over 14 million copies.

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U2 - North America dates - April / May 2005
March 28th San Diego, CA - Sports Arena
April 1st Anaheim, CA - Arrowhead Pond
April 5th Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center
April 9th San Jose, CA - HP Pavilion
April 14th Phoenix, AZ - Glendale Arena
April 20th Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
April 24th Seattle, WA - Key Arena
April 28th Vancouver, BC - General Motors Place
May 7th & May 9th Chicago, IL - United Center
May 14 Philadelphia, PA - Wachovia Center
May 17 & May 18 East Rutherford, NJ - Continental Airlines Arena
May 21 New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
May 24 & May 26 Boston, MA - Fleet Center
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How come when the U2 tickets are all sold out that slime-ball agents have 100+ tickets for sale at four times the normal price.

Come on Bono, stop talking to Presidents, and sort out U2 tickety sales for ordinary fans !

The extra Manchester date is sold out, but the same day they are on e-bay - yuk !

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