May 12 – Vancouver, British Columbia, BC Place
May 14 – Seattle, Wash., CenturyLink Field
May 17 – Santa Clara, Calif., Levi’s Stadium
May 20 – Pasadena, Calif., Rose Bowl
May 24 – Houston, Texas, NRG Stadium @ NRG Park
May 26 – Arlington, Texas, AT&T Stadium
June 3 – Chicago, Ill., Soldier Field
June 7 – Pittsburgh, Pa., Heinz Field
June 8-11 Manchester, Tenn., Great Stage Park (Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival – actual date to be determined)
June 11 – Miami Gardens, Fla., Hard Rock Stadium
June 14 – Tampa, Fla., Raymond James Stadium
June 18 – Philadelphia, Pa., Lincoln Financial Field
June 20 – Landover, Md., FedExField
June 23 – Toronto, Ontario, Rogers Centre
June 25 – Foxboro, Mass., Gillette Stadium
June 28 – East Rutherford, N.J., MetLife Stadium
July 1 – Cleveland, Ohio, FirstEnergy Stadium
July 8 – London, England, Twickenham Stadium
July 12 Berlin, Germany, Olympiastadion Berlin
July 15 – Rome, Italy, Olympic Stadium
July 18 – Barcelona, Spain, Estadio Olimpico
July 22 – Dublin, Ireland, Croke Park Stadium
July 25 – Paris, France, Stade de France
July 29 – Amsterdam, Netherlands, Amsterdam ArenA
Aug. 1 – Brussels, Belgium, King Baudouin Stadium
Mumford & Sons appear May 12-17; The Lumineers May 20-June 7 & June 18-28.; OneRepublic June 11-14 & July 1; and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds July 8-Aug. 1.
Hometown: Dublin Ireland
Albums: Boy (1980), October (1981), War (1983), The Unforgettable Fire (1984), The Joshua Tree (1987), Rattle and Hum (1988), Achtung Baby (1991), Zooropa (1993), Pop (1997), All That You Can't Leave Behind (2000), How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (2004), No Line on the Horizon (2009), Songs of Innocence (2014)
Awards: 22 Grammys, 7 BRIT awards, 6 VMAs, 2 Golden Globes
Hits: Sunday bloody Sunday, Pride, With or Without You, Sweetest Thing, Vertigo, Beautiful Day
Other: Most Grammy wins for a band – 22
What started out as four classmates getting together to form a band in Dublin Ireland, unexpectedly turned into one of the most polarizing bands of all time. Say what you want about them, U2 have the sales and reputation to be considered one if the vest bands ever – and unquestionably the biggest musicians to hail from Ireland in the modern era.
Originally named the Hype, the band were lacking in skill and popularity, but still stuck to their goals which in the end helped mould the style that so many love to hear today. With front man Bono’s melodic voice giving power to his strong political beliefs, along with guitarist David ‘the Edge’s Evans skill on guitar, the bands sounds has been moulded then reshaped over the decades.
After playing locally and recording independently, the newly named U2 (after the fighter jet) caught their break in 1980 when they signed with Island Records. They went on to release their debut album ‘Boy’, which offered a different type of sound most commonly found in the 80s. Non present were the ideals of partying, sex, and general rock and roll, replace with deep lyrics rooted in the men’s Christian faith.
Their follow up album ‘War’ solidified their status as a politically minded group, particularly focusing on ‘the troubles’ of Northern Ireland – smash hit ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’ being an example of this.
They truly reached new found levels of fame with the release of ‘The Joshua Tree’ in 1987. The album went on to be a critical and commercial success. It produced several number one hits such as ‘With or Without You’ and ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’. The album is frequently discussed as one of the best albums ever.
Not ones to take success lightly, after extensive tours an another double album, U2 decided to reinvent themselves for the new decade. ‘Actung Baby’ was departure from their usual sound, and was met with acclaim, reaching the number one spot yet again.
Further releases that decade were mostly met positive reviews and great sales, and solidified their status as one of the biggest performers in the world, with their live shows being very well received.
The 2000s showed continued success for the band, who in 2004 release another smash hit album ‘How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb’. Another number one album with even more hit tracks – it would go onto win a massive 9 Grammy awards, already adding to their impressive collection.
Frontman Bono continued to be a face for activism, particularly focusing on the poverty and hunger in Africa. He went on to coordinate Live 8, a worldwide concert aimed at trying to raise awareness and funds to help battle these issues.
Recording less frequently in the last ten years or, the band continues to tour the world as one of the most sought after performers. Their reputation speaks for itself and while many resent them for their publically charged voices U2 can’t be denied their status as one of the most successful bands in the last 30 years.