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May 12, 2017

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."

September 9, 2014

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

August 15, 2009

On the first UK gig of their world tour, U2 breaks the Wembley Stadium Attendance record when 88,000 show up. Their "claw" set design allows more fans to fit in the stadium and breaks Rod Stewart's record of 83,000 set in 1995.

March 14, 2005

In New York City, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts Percy Sledge, The O'Jays, U2, Buddy Guy, and The Pretenders.

October 10, 2001

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.

October 15, 2000

U2 notch their fourth UK #1 hit when "Beautiful Day" beats out Robbie Williams and Kylie Minogue's "Kids" for the top spot.

September 27, 2000

U2, whose video for "Where The Streets Have No Name" comes from a rooftop concert, play another roofie, this time atop the Clarence Hotel in Dublin to play their new songs "Beautiful Day" and "Elevation" for air on Top Of The Pops.

February 29, 1992

U2 premiere their Zoo TV tour in Lakeland, Florida, making their first US concert appearance in four years.More

November 4, 1988

The U2 documentary Rattle And Hum opens worldwide.

March 2, 1988

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.

May 16, 1987

U2 earns its first #1 hit in the US when "With Or Without You" leaps to the top of the Hot 100.

April 27, 1987

U2 makes the cover of Time magazine with the headline "Rock's Hottest Ticket."

March 27, 1987

U2 play a rooftop concert in Los Angeles to film their video for "Where The Streets Have No Name." Thousands of onlookers gather and police order the band to stop playing.More

March 9, 1987

U2 release their fifth studio album, The Joshua Tree. The first two singles, "With Or Without You" and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," climb to #1 in America. The album becomes their first #1 in that country, and takes the Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

March 3, 1981

U2 begin their first major tour of the US with two shows at a Washington, DC, club called The Bayou.

March 23, 1980

U2 sign a worldwide deal with Island Records. They get about $100,000 for their first album.

March 17, 1978

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.

January 30, 1972

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."

October 31, 1961

U2 drummer Larry Mullen is born in Artane, Dublin, Ireland.

August 8, 1961

David Evans is born in East London. He later becomes The Edge as a member of U2.

May 10, 1960

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.

March 13, 1960

U2 bass player Adam Clayton is born in Oxfordshire, England.

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