|Also known as:||U2|
|Members Name:||Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr.|
|Genres:||Rock, alternative rock, post-punk|
|Net Worth in 2023:||$800 Million|
|Last Updated:||April 2023|
Music has become an integral part of our lives, not just part of the entertainment industry. The music has its legends and icons that have secured their names as one of the best artists in the world. An example of such a group of artists is U2. U2 is an Irish rock band from Dublin that was formed in 1976.
They were not just a rock band, they are legends and have been upheld with a certain level of respect that only icons can relate to. The group consists of Bono (leading guitar, keyboards, and backing vocals), Adam Clayton (bass guitar), and Larry Mullen Jr. (drums and percussion).
The musical theme of the rock band has evolved over the years, from post-punk, alternative rock, and rock, However, throughout their evolution, they have maintained an anthemic quality built on Bono’s vocals and the Edge’s chiming, effects-based guitar sounds. With numerous live performances and tours to their name, the band is known for lyrics that focus on the personal and sociopolitical themes in the world. The band really has a lot of history, from their humble beginnings in school and within four years, they had secured their first deal even with very little musical proficiency.
Well, how well do you know about U2? If not much, here is what we know about U2 to date.
In 1976, Larry Mullen Jr. posted a note on the noticeboard of Mount Temple Comprehensive School in Dublin, Ireland. The note stated that Larry was in need of musicians for a new band. Six people responded and set up in their kitchen. Two of the people were removed from the group and the remaining members settled for the name, Feedback.
Larry later said that their role models were the punk rock acts of the time. The group later changed the name to U2 after a friend of theirs had suggested six other names. Dik Evans left the group for Virgin Prunes because he was the only one in college and therefore, the odd one out.
Hot Press magazine was influential in the rise of U2. The publication journalist introduced them to Paul McGuiness who became their manager in mid-1978. They performed all over Ireland to build their audience. In 1980, U2 met with Bill Stewart, a representative of Island Records who got them signed to the label.
They released their debut album, Boy, in the same year but did not really garner much success. The album gained a lot of positive reviews and after going on their first tour, Boy Tour, the general public was still pleased with them. Though they were inexperienced, the band showed a lot of promise of what it is capable of.
The band faced some challenges in writing their second album, especially after Bono’s briefcase, which contained the lyrics of the second album, got lost backstage. Their lead single, Fire, was released in July and didn’t hold up for long on the UK charts. At some point in 1981, Bono and Edge had considered exiting the band because their spiritual beliefs didn’t coincide with their rock star lifestyle.
After releasing their first two albums, the group went silent and left Edge to write their third album War. It was released in 1983 and became their first commercial success. It peaked at number one in the UK Charts and number 12 in the USA Charts.
U2 signed a deal extension in 1984 and decided to release a new album, The Unforgettable Fire, which was meant to determine whether they were still relevant or not. Luckily, they received some positive feedback as it peaked at number one in the UK and similarly very high in the USA. In 1985, Rolling Stone called the U2 band, “the band of the 80’s”. Their fifth album, The Joshua Tree was released in March 1987 and was meant to address the effect that sociopolitical factors have on people.
U2 developed a melodic sound under the early influence of the record producer, Steve Lillywhite. This happened at a time when the band was not known for its musical proficiency. Bono’s songwriting was more inclined towards the social, political, and personal aspects of life. Their early sound was influenced by bands like Television and Joy Division.
The band is also known for collaborating with other musicians, artists, celebrities, and even politicians to address important issues like poverty, disease, and social injustice. An example of such a situation is when they were of Band-Aid to raise money for the 1983-85 famine in Ethiopia.
Awards & Achievements
The Irish band, U2, has a very big reputation for being incredible Rock performers. Therefore, during their career, the group has received so many awards for their music. In 1988 and 2006, they won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. In 2002 and 2006, they won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album. In 2003 and 2014, they won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. These are just a few of many awards that the band has won.
Net Worth & Earnings of U2 in 2023
U2 is known for being one of the most popular bands in the 1980s. Their albums have sold millions of copies all over the world and after all this fame and success, the band has an estimated net worth of $800 Million as of 2023.
U2 is certainly one of the most popular bands in the 1980s and even today, it stands out as one of the most popular rock bands of all time. In total, the band has sold around 150-170 million records which places them among the best-selling music artists in history.