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U2 is an Irish band with Bono (vocals), The Edge (guitar), Adam Clayton (bass) and Larry Mullen, Jr. (drums).

U2's major albums have included: The Joshua Tree (1987), Achtung Baby (1991), Zooropa (1993), and All That You Can't Leave Behind (2000).

Major hits from U2 have included: All I Want Is You; Angel of Harlem; Bad; Beautiful Day; Desire; Discotheque; The Fly; Gone; Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me; I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For; I Will Follow; Mysterious Ways; New Year's Day; One; Pride (In the Name of Love); Staring at the Sun; StayStuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of; Sunday Bloody Sunday; The Hands That Built America; and Until the End of the World.


"You have made people listen. You have made people care, and you have taught us that whether we are poor or prosperous, we have only one world to share. You have taught young people that they do have the power to change the world."
-- Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General, addressing Bono, Nov. 1999

" At a certain point, I just felt, you know, God is not looking for alms, God is looking for action."
-- Bono

"The world is more malleable than you think and it's waiting for you to hammer it into shape."
-- Bono

"He's a poet. He's a philosopher. And last night, I think I saw him walking on water."
-- Mick Jagger introducing Bono when he received his MTV Free Your Mind award, Nov. 1999

"Actually '78 was a really exciting time for U2. We had just discovered F sharp minor. So we had the fourth chord and we'd only had three up to then."
-- Bono on U2's early days

"I have never tried to write this thing called a song that's played on radios all around the world, that window-cleaners hum, that people listen to in traffic jams. I was never interested in song: U2 came about through a sound.
-- Bono

"The music that really turns me on is either running toward God or away from God. Both recognize the pivot, that God is at the center of the jaunt."
-- Bono

"Even though I'm a believer, I still find it really hard to be around other believers. They make me nervous, they make me twitch. I sorta watch my back. Except when I'm with the black church. I feel relaxed, feel at home; my kids... I can take them there; there's singing, there's music."
-- Bono

"I'm not exaggerating to say that. This music changed the shape of the room. It changed the shape of the world outside the room; the way you looked out the window and what you were looking at."
-- Bono on listening to John Lennon

"If you believe in a cause, you must be willing to put yourself on the line for that cause."
-- Adam Clayton on why U2 played in war-torn Sarajevo, Bosnia, in 1993.

"I suppose ultimately I'm interested in music. I'm a musician. I'm not a gunslinger. That's the difference between what I do and what a lot of guitar heroes do."
-- The Edge on his laid back style

"They're coming to a rock and roll concert and watching television. That says it all."
-- Larry Mullen, Jr., on ZooTV, 1992





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