20 Facts About U2
U2 have been ‘doing it’ since the late 1970's and are still performing today, they really are one of the hardest working bands ever. Throughout their career, and what a long career it has been, U2 have kept their fans rocking with their music. Here we will take a look at 20 facts about U2.
(U2 - Image via Wikipedia)
- U2 released their album 'War' in 1983, later on that year, the band War included a medley called U2 on their 1983 record 'Life (Is So Strange)'.
- U2 have never performed the song, from the Joshua Tree album, 'Red Hill Mining Town' live.
- Bono may be one for 'saving the world' but he thought nothing of having his favourite hat flown from London to Italy before performing at a charity concert with Luciano Pavarotti in 2003.
- During U2's first dates outside Ireland, they played a gig at the Islington's Hope and anchor to a crowd of only 9 people.
- U2 was only the fourth music group to appear on the front cover of Time magazine, after the Beatles, the Band and the Who.
- Bonos' real middle name is David.
- Bono was awarded an honorary knighthood from the Queen in 2007.
- Bono is taken from the Latin 'bono vox' which translates as good voice, it was a nickname given to him by a group of friends.
- The band came about after Larry Mullen had posted a notice on his school notice board seeking other musicians to start a band.
- The first name the band was going to use, before they became U2 was the Larry Mullen Band.
- At one stage, U2 toyed with the idea of calling themselves 'Feedback' or 'the Hype' before settling on U2.
- Bono and the Edge are co-owners of the Clarence Hotel in Dublin.
- A suitcase that had been stolen in 1981 was returned to Bono in 2004 which contained the original lyrics for U2's October album.
- Members of U2, Larry Mullen Jr. and Adam Clayton provided the theme tune for the 1996 movie Mission Impossible.
- The previous year, U2 had given their song 'Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me' to the Batman Forever movie.
- In the early 1990's U2 was the biggest export from Ireland.
- U2 won a talent contest on Saint Patrick's Day in 1978, winning £500 and, more importantly, studio time to record a demo.
- Bono sang as a guest vocalist on the 2001 Mick Jagger album Goddess in the Doorway.
- The U2 song 'Beautiful Day' was used s the official song of the German team at the 2000 Olympics.
- U2 have won a total of 20 Grammy Awards.