U2 Biographies & Band
by Matt McGee
of only a few bands to achieve consistent commercial and critical success
across three decades, U2 has charted success on its own terms on both
the artistic and business sides of the music industry. From the band's
earliest days in Dublin, Ireland, to the present, U2 has broken free from
the traditional limitations of what a rock band -- and rock music -- could
and couldn't do. By combining an original sound with honest lyrics and
a challenging social message, U2 has earned the respect of their peers
and critics, and an almost fanatical following of fans around the world.
This is their story.
U2 formed in Dublin in the fall of 1976 after 14-year-old
Larry Mullen, Jr. posted a note on the bulletin board at his high school
seeking musicians for a new band. From the group of hopefuls that showed
up at Mullen's home that first day, a five-piece known originally as "Feedback"
formed with Mullen (born October 31, 1961) on drums, Adam Clayton (born
March 13, 1960) on bass, Paul Hewson (later nicknamed "Bono Vox"
and eventually just "Bono", born May 10, 1960) on vocals, and
Dave Evans (later nicknamed "The Edge", born August 8, 1961)
on guitar. Dave's brother, Dick, also played guitar for a while, but left
Feedback very early on to join another Dublin band, the Virgin Prunes.
Feedback quickly changed their name to "The Hype,"
and began rehearsing on weekends and after school as often as possible,
forming genuine friendships and developing an undeniable chemistry in
the process. After nearly 18 months of rehearsing, the band's big break
came at a talent show in Limerick, Ireland, in March, 1978. With CBS Records'
Jackie Hayden judging, U2 (they had just changed their name again) won
the contest, earning a £500 prize and studio time to record their