Did you know that three of U2’s band members identify themselves as strong Christians? Indeed, U2 is famous for promoting socially and politically conscious messages on different issues such as war, hunger, human rights, poverty and sickness. The band has been known to be at the forefront of promoting charity and other efforts that improve lives of the unfortunate around the world.
U2 was formed in 1976 in Dublin, Ireland by band members Bono (songwriter and lead singer), The Edge (vocals, keyboard and lead guitar), Adam Clayton (bass guitar), and Larry Mullen Jnr (drums). The band was under the management of Paul McGuiness who passed away in 2013.
U2 have had 12 studio album releases:
- 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)
U2 have been vocal about several issues around the world causing misery and suffering in one way or another. As Irishmen, the band sang about the Irish troubles in their song ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday.’ They also sang about drug addiction in their hometown of Dublin in the song ‘Bad.’
U2 were at the forefront of organizing the ‘Live Aid’ concert in 1985 to fight hunger in Africa. The group’s performance helped put them on the world’s radar and their popularity soared beyond expectation. The following year, the band performed to support Amnesty International, the global human rights NGO.
The band has also performed for charity in addressing devastating occurrences such as the Omagh bombing, the Bosnian civil war, September 11 attacks, and the war in Chile. U2 have also been vocal against the debt on third world countries participating in the Live 8 series of concerts to highlight the oppressive nature of these debts.
Even though U2 are not given to perform to large commercial audiences, they have been one of the most decorated bands in rock music. Some of their awards include:
- Grammy award ‘Album of the Year’ in 1988 and 2006. They are the rock band with the highest number of Grammy awards at 22.
- They have been ranked number 29 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Artists of Rock & Roll.
- They were ranked number 4 on Forbes Magazine celebrity list 100
- They were the 4th rock band to be featured on Time Magazine cover.
U2 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005 and continues to thrill fans with their socially conscious and entertaining music.