Recently, U2 have participated in one of the largest album releases of all time through a controversial iTunes giveaway, expanded their impressive repertoire with a brilliant new record, successfully maintained their musical relevance despite being active for nearly four decades, and continued to alter the musical landscape of rock.
It’s all in a day’s work for the biggest band in the world.
And now, you too can experience what it’s like to see the biggest band in the world live in concert, as U2 prepares to embark on what is sure to be a spectacular tour in support of their latest work.
It’s been approximately 37 years since Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. united and formed a band in Dublin. Since then, this four-piece band has developed into one of the finest and best-selling acts in music history. Boasting 13 albums (including timeless classics such as The Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby), U2 have sold over 150 million records, as well as garnered countless accolades and awards, including 22 prestigious Grammy Awards. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. Possessing an incomparable legacy and enormous influence on the music scene, U2 have established themselves as one of the greatest bands of all time.
In September 2014, U2 added another stellar album to their expansive musical discography; Songs of Innocence, the highly-anticipated follow-up to 2010’s No Line on the Horizon. While Songs of Innocence was marked by the notorious iTunes giveaway (which made the record available to over 500 million iTunes customers), it stands to reason that, whether you loved the release or hated the release, you’re still talking about the release. Regardless, Songs of Innocence was a product of the band’s intense struggle to remain musically relevant. In response to this struggle, U2 crafted an album representing the core of their emotional being, and dug up sorrow that lay dormant for decades, thus leading to an album that is wrought with themes such as friendship, mortality, love, and grief.
U2 isn’t through with their latest work, and the band is promising various upcoming projects. The band has already planned a follow-up to Songs of Innocence, which will be appropriately titled Songs of Experience. Additionally, the band will deliver on their promise to release the long-dormant Songs of Ascent.
And, of course, there’s the tour! The last time that U2 took to stages across the world was from 2009 to 2011, during their record-breaking U2 360 Tour, which was the highest-grossing concert tour in history. We know that U2 loves to shoot for new heights, and have an unquenchable desire to outdo themselves over and over again, and so we can’t wait to see what the band has in store this time around!