U2 is back on the road and when the Irish rock band is on the road it means sold-out shows, high-energy performances and party in the town. These rock legends have been around for more than four decades and have never failed to impress the rock lovers. Their constant hits and blockbuster numbers have not only made them rock fan favorites but speak of their unmatched talent too. They rule the rock world like no other band has and not for once in their career have their popularity ever faded. In fact, just like old wine, U2 keeps getting better. As they continue to inspire generations with their blend of rock, this is your chance to catch one of the most prolific rock bands live in concert. Get U2 tickets to attend their upcoming concert; it is not every day that you get to enjoy a performance by the legends, so be there.
How U2 Came Together
It was the fall of 1976. 14-year old Larry Mullen had just got himself a new drum kit and wanted more members to form a band so he pinned an advertisement that read “musicians wanted” on the notice board of his high school. At the time, a five member band by the name of “Feedback” responded and hence Paul Hewson (Bono), Dave Evans (The Edge), Dik Evans, Ivan McCormick and Adam Clayton joined Mullen. The venue for the practice session by the teenage group was Larry’s kitchen. Larry recalls in an interview,” 'This odd group of people convened in my kitchen in Artane. And that's where it started.”
Today the odd group that now consists of Bono (lead singer and guitarist), the Edge (lead guitar, keyboards, and backing vocals), Adam Clayton (bass guitar), and Larry Mullen Jr. (drums and percussion) is the best-selling music act of all time.
Choosing the Name of the Band
After the formation, the band underwent several lineup as well as name changes. In 1978, they finally settled for the name “U2”. At the time the young band was among the final contestants of a competition in Limerick. They wanted to settle for a name and so asked Steve Averill for suggestions. He came up with ten options, out of which U2 was chosen because it was short and crisp. Plus, it didn’t have any specific meaning, so the band settled for it. The name proved lucky and U2 got their first break when they won the competition and earned a £500 prize.
The Journey Forward
U2 made their debut in the fall of 1980 with the album titled “Boys.” While it was not a commercial hit, it earned praise from the critics. It was in 1983 that “War” was released which was the first commercial success by the band. It topped the UK charts. Then came the “Unforgettable Fire” a year later. The band enjoyed moderate success until “The Joshua Tree”. Their fifth studio album, “The Joshua Tree” made them superstars overnight. From then on there was no turning back for the iconic band that continued to climb new heights with each album.
In their four decades long career, the rock band gave several of multi-platinum, platinum and gold albums. Some of their best-known songs include “Vertigo,” “Sleep Like a Baby Tonight,” “Beautiful,” “With or Without You,” "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" and “Desire.”
“The Joshua Tree” turned out to be a big success and put the band on the international map. To date, it is their most successful record. It marked a new beginning for the band and sold more than 20 million copies. The album went on to win Grammy for “Album of the Year” and ”Best Rock Performance,” in 1987.
The album received rave reviews and things changed for the young band overnight. Time called U2 "Rock's hottest ticket.” With The Joshua Tree, suddenly the band was in the limelight like never before and the pressure of it started to get to Adam Clayton who revealed later that he didn’t enjoy the time. Bono is on record saying, “that it was the worst time of their lives.” That was because they were not prepared for the huge response and the attention was overwhelming.
But the band soon got used to it. Playing to huge crowds and sharing the stage with legends became a norm as the band continued with its journey to be the legends themselves. In 2017, the band celebrated 30 years of the album’s success by going on a world tour with record ticket sales.
U2 has won nine Billboard Music Awards. The band has won an impressive number of twenty two Grammys and was nominated a record forty seven times. In addition to this, U2 has also won fifteen Meteor Ireland Music Awards, three Juno Awards and eight BRIT Awards. They were inducted into the esteemed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.
U2 Tour Tickets
Touring has been a major part of the U2 legacy right from the start. The band has always been more popular for their high energy concerts. In 1979, the band hit the road for their first ever tour, titled “U2-3 Tour”. U2 gave the highest-grossing concert tour in music history with its “U2 360° Tour” that lasted from 2009 to 2011. It was also the highest attended concert.
They are once again on the road and if you haven’t had the chance to attend their concert then you are missing out on something really exceptional. Find out about U2 Tour tickets here and make it to their concerts while the legends are still on the road. You might not get this opportunity again.