To commemorate the 30th anniversary of their acclaimed 1987 album, The Joshua Tree, U2 embarks upon The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, with an opener in Vancouver, Canada. The band plays through the entire album, including rare treats "Exit" and "Trip Through Your Wires," which haven't been performed since the '80s, and a live first for "Red Hill Mining Town."
Who doesn't like a free gift? Apparently, about 500 million iTunes users who create an uproar when U2's latest album, Songs of Innocence, shows up sans charge and sans permission in their personal libraries.More
Embracing the Internet at a time when broadband is rare, U2 webcasts a concert from their Elevation tour in South Bend, Indiana, for free on U2.com.
The U2 documentary Rattle And Hum opens worldwide.
U2 win their first Grammy Awards, taking Album of the Year and Best Performance by Rock Duo or Group with Vocal for The Joshua Tree.
U2 earns its first #1 hit in the US when "With Or Without You" leaps to the top of the Hot 100.
U2 makes the cover of Time magazine with the headline "Rock's Hottest Ticket."
U2 begin their first major tour of the US with two shows at a Washington, DC, club called The Bayou.
U2 sign a worldwide deal with Island Records. They get about $100,000 for their first album.
The Irish high school band U2, which just recently changed their name from The Hype, win the Limerick Civic Week Pop '78 talent competition, earning about $1,000 and a chance to record a demo for CBS Records.
British soldiers open fire on 26 unarmed civilians during a peaceful protest march in Derry, Northern Ireland, resulting in 14 deaths. The incident inspires Paul McCartney to write "Give Ireland Back To The Irish" (Wings' debut single) and gives rise to the U2 song "Sunday Bloody Sunday."
U2 drummer Larry Mullen is born in Artane, Dublin, Ireland.
David Evans is born in East London. He later becomes The Edge as a member of U2.
Paul Hewson is born in Dublin. He shortens his nickname from Bono Vox (Latin for "good voice") to simply Bono and fronts the band U2.
U2 bass player Adam Clayton is born in Oxfordshire, England.
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