U2 was a Christian rock band

U2 | biography

They've been together for over thirty years now and that's an eternity in pop. Ever since their fifth album “The Joshua Tree” catapulted them into the stadiums in 1987, U2 has held the seat of the greatest rock band on the planet. No band has reinvented itself more often and has remained so consistent. Time and again U2 have put on surprising albums and breathtaking live shows. All this time, of course, all sorts of competitors tried to storm her throne. First The Clash, then The Smiths, Nirvana, the Stone Roses and Blur. It was once thought that R.E.M. would trump them or Oasis. You can list other bands: Radiohead, The Killers, Kings of Leon - but the more you list, the more hopeless the comparison becomes. What impresses the most and enrages their competitors: U2 have actually always ignored the rules of rock'n'roll. No wild sex. No drugs (exception: bassist Adam Clayton before his withdrawal). Not even really rock'n'roll - the Rolling Stones and the Christians of U2 are light years apart. Because U2 spreads neither rebellious thoughts nor teenage fear, but joy. That has always made her unpopular in London - the capital of irony - where joy is totally uncool, embarrassing. And that's possibly the backbone of their three decades of glory: U2 are not cool. They are not afraid that someone might find them embarrassing because they are really good. Front man Bono already suspected all of this in 1981, shortly after the release of U2's debut album “Boy”. "I think our destiny is to become one of the great bands," he said boldly to "Rolling Stone" in an interview. "There's this chemistry, that spark that made the Stones, the Who, the Beatles so unique, and we have it too." Powerful words from the Milchbart at that time, quite embarrassing, he should be proved right.

The chemistry of U2 married the do-it-yourself attitude of punk with fervent pathos, with the message stadium rock of Bruce Springsteen and the elegiac ambient spheres of Brian Eno. Responsible for the sound of the “best band in the world” is guitarist David Howell Evans alias The Edge, whom “Rolling Stone” included in its list of “100 best guitarists of all time” in 2003. | Fast forward to January 2009: Bono got up early . Today he has to juggle again, alternating between family man, rock star and social activist. U2's long awaited twelfth album “No Line On The Horizon” has just been finished. In a few days the band will be performing at Barack Obama's inauguration in Washington. "The world is waking up again," Bono told a Guardian reporter. The singer seems to have reached the peak of his destiny. After over thirty years in a post-punk band, they found God on their second album “October” in 1981. 1983 made political rock with “Sunday Bloody Sunday”. She laid an Americana milestone in 1987 with “The Joshua Tree”, in 1991 put on sunglasses and disco balls on “Achtung Baby” and then closed the circle of rock and roll again in 2004 with “How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb” . "One of the reasons for its longevity," says producer and companion Brian Eno, "is that U2 was never about itself."

At some point, Bono played the prominence as a trump card for social activism, opened doors in the Vatican, the White House, the Bundestag: for Africa, against AIDS. He not only entered into politically correct alliances: with Nelson Mandela, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, the author Jeffrey Sachs or Bill Clinton. No, he also met with Iraq war supporters Tony Blair and George Bush. His dance on the political tightrope has earned him a lot of praise and criticism: “There are probably worse things than being taught about development aid for Africa by a wealthy Irish rock star in a cowboy hat - only I can't think of anything worse,” wrote snappy the travel journalist Paul Theroux on Bono. It's all about the result, countered the bespectacled cowboy hat wearer. “People threw tomatoes when they saw me hanging out with Bush in a picture. But when the US government subsidized the largest anti-AIDS campaign to date, even the toughest critics fell silent. ”|Chronology:

1976: 14 year old Larry Mullen founds a band at Mount Temple High School in Dublin: with himself on drums, Paul Hewson alias Bono on vocals, Adam Clayton on bass and brothers Dave and Dik Evans on guitar. First they call themselves Feedback, then The Hype, and finally U2.

September 1979: The EP “U2–3” is released via CBS in Ireland. It contains the early hit “Another Day”.

1980: U2 sign with Island Records and release their debut album “Boy”.

1981: U2's second album “October” doesn't make a big impression on the charts.

March 1983: That changes with the third album “War” and its anthems “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “New Year's Day”.

1984: U2 collaborated with producers Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois for the first time on “The Unforgettable Fire”.

1985: U2 give one of their early legendary live shows: at the historic Live Aid concert at London's Wembley Stadium. Then they go on the “Conspiracy of Hope” tour for Amnesty International, in the same line-up with Peter Gabriel, Bryan Adams or Sting.

1987: “The Joshua Tree”, the band's fifth album, stayed at number 1 in the UK charts for nine weeks, broke through the U2s in the USA, won two Grammys and contained the singles of the century “With or Without You”, “I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For ”and“ Where the Streets Have No Name ”.

1988: U2's live album and their concert film “Rattle & Hum” are also awarded various Grammys. | New Year's Eve 1989: U2 are currently at the peak of their careers. A radio-broadcast concert by the band in Dublin reached 500 million people. Bono says: "Now we have to go away and dream everything again."

November 1991: Bono didn't beat an empty phrase. “Achtung Baby”, album number 7, is edgier, more experimental high-tech. The band staged him in 1992 on their Zoo TV tour, during which they recorded their next album “Zooropa”, on which Johnny Cash has a guest appearance.

March 1997: On their ninth album “Pop”, U2 venture into the realm of electronic dance music, it is enough for the top 10 single “Discotheque”. U2's subsequent PopMart tour is the most elaborate pop spectacle of all time and sets the standard for later giga concerts by Madonna and Co.

2000: On their album “All That You Can't Leave Behind”, the band started their way back towards song-oriented material with the single “Beautiful Day”.

2001: U2's first live DVD: “Elevation 2001: U2 Live from Boston” is released.

2002: The quartet releases “The Best of 1990-2000”, a best of album with plenty of bonus material.

November 2004: Release of “How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb”, the 11th studio album by the Irish. It won 8 Grammys and reached number 1 in the charts in 32 countries.

February 2009: After a long break, U2's new album “No Line On The Horizon” is released, recorded in Fez (Morocco), New York, London and Dublin.

October 2009: For the 25th anniversary the Remastered Edition of “The Unforgettable Fire” is released.
2011: U2 start their 360 ° tour and visit North America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Canada. The planned dates are postponed, however, as Bono is struggling with a back injury that he sustained during tour rehearsals.
September 2011: The world premiere of the U2 documentary “From the Sky Down” takes place in Toronto, Canada.
October 2013: The song “Ordinary Love” is released as the soundtrack for the movie Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
October 2014: The album “Songs Of Innocence” is released.
June 2016: The concert DVD “iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Live in Paris” from the 2015 world tour is released. U2 show scenes from the emotional Paris catch-up concert from December 2015, which took place shortly after the terrorist attacks in the Bataclan Club.