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The iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE 2015 tour may have ended but Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen will soon be back playing to fans all around the world. Are you one of them? Check back here regularly to see if U2 have announced new concert dates in your city!
Bona and the boys have performed in some of the world's most impressive venues, like the O2 in London, Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam and the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm so they are bound to be coming to a city near you! Ever since The iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE 2015 tour ended fans have been waiting for a new announcement.
U2's 360 tour is at the time of writing the highest-grossing in history, pulling in a massive $736m in sales and selling an unbelievable 7.2m tickets. U2 360° involved some of the most advanced concert equipment ever seen in outdoor stadia - the band's famous claw allowed the audience to stand around the stage and gave a 360° view of the Irish rockers. Fans can be sure of is that U2 will put on an epic show that will not be forgotten for some time.
In 1976, several teenagers formed a band called “Feedback” and started playing rock music in the kitchen. As often always happens, some of the members wound up leaving the group, but the four current musicians were the ones that stayed and stuck to the band. As we all know, change begets change and not only had some members left the band, but they also decided to change the name to “U2”. Sometime later, the Irish rock music group was blessed with a unique opportunity, for they got to participate at a talent show in Limerick and wound up winning the contest. They not only won money, but also got studio time to record a demo. The talent show had done it: thanks to this contest, the rock band was launched to stardom in 1978, two years after the formation of the band, and hasn’t stopped succeeding since then.
Their first international single, “11 O´Clock Tick Tock” debuted in 1980, leading off their debut album Boy. Originally supposed to be produced by Joy Division producer Martin Hannett (after having successfully produced “11 I’Clock Tick Tock”), the band were forced to use Steve Lillywhite after Hannett became distraught following the suicide of Joy Division’s lead singer Ian Curtis. Suffice to say Lillywhite infused the album with his trademark raw punk sound that first gained him credibility with Siouxsie and the Banshees. True to Lillywhite’s style, the band actually recorded most of their songs in the reception area of the recording studio! In order to specifically achieve a “clattery sound”, the band would have to wait until the receptionist went home in order to record, due to the frequency of the phone ringing! With a number of the songs coming from U2’s extensive back catalogue, the album featured twelve songs heavily themed on adolescence and teenage angst. Receiving positive reviews straight from the off, the album was lauded by critics everwhere from Rolling Stone to NME, not a single negative note was sounded about the debut!
So far, U2 have released thirteen studio records and sold over 150 million copies worldwide. U2 have become the best-selling music artists of all time, they are the only ones to have won twenty-two Grammy awards and to top it off they have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Moreover Bono has become a role model for hundreds of musicians and fans. The band has participated in numerous charity events and has managed to reach everyone’s hearts with their amazing music and emotional lyrics. Songs such “Vertigo”, “Beautiful Day” or “With or Without You” have made history and are being constantly aired on all radio stations. Everybody knows these songs whether they like the band or not.