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About U2

Through a combination of zealous righteousness and post-punk experimentalism, U2 became one of the most popular rock bands in the world -- equally known for their sweeping sound as for their grandiose statements about politics and religion. The Edge provided the group with a signature sound (his heavily processed, echoed guitars) while the grand gestures of lead singer Bono played better in arenas than small clubs. By the late '80s, the band's following had grown large enough to propel them to the level of international superstars. Unlike many of their contemporaries, U2 sustained their popularity by reinventing themselves as a postmodern rock group, confirming their status as one of the most popular bands in rock history, in addition to earning additional critical respect. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

ORIGIN
Dublin, Ireland
GENRE
Rock
FORMED
1976

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