December 15, 2019
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Sarah N Benmansour
⟶ Updated 11 days ago ⟶
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Adam Clayton born in Chinnor, Oxfordshire
Paul Hewson born in Dublin
David Evans born in East London
Larry Mullen Jr. born in Artane, Dublin
The band forms after Larry posts on the notice board
They win a talent show in Limerick and won £500 and time in a studio record a demo for CBS Ireland.
They change their name to U2 instead of 'The Hype'
They get their first interview in 'Hot Press' with Bill Graham
Paul McGuinness becomes their manager
They have their biggest concert so far, where they were paid £50 at the Top Hat Ballroom to support 'The Stranglers'
They play their first performance on TV at the Cork Opera House, a televised concert broadcast on RTE
'Hot Press' feature them on the cover
They get a cover story in 'Record Mirror' (a British magazine), their first outside of Ireland.
They perform their first shows outside of Ireland, touring London clubs for a fortnight, using £3000 that they borrowed from their family and friends.
They perform on The Late Late Show, singing 'Stories for Boys'
They release 'Another Day' for the Irish market with CBS
Island Records signs them on an international deal
They release their first international single, '11 O'Clock Tick Tock'
They played to 15,000 people in Kildare, at Leixlip Castle, their first open-air festival.
They get paid £50 to play at the Top Hat Ballroom, supporting 'The Stranglers'. This their biggest gig so far
They perform at the Lyceum Ballroom in London supporting Echo and the Bunnymen
They play at Melkwig ('The Milkway') in Amsterdam, their first continental Europe gig.
'Boy', their debut album, is released in the UK and Ireland, and peaks at no. 52
They play in New York, at the Ritz, their first concert in America, part of a 2-week long tour.
They have their first show in Canada. It receives fantastic reviews as people were emotional about the death of John Lennon the day before
'Boy' gets released in the US
They make their TV debut in the US on the 'Tomorrow Show'
'Gloria' is released and makes the charts
'October', their 2nd album, is released
The pre-'War' tour begins
They record a performance of 'The Fool' for 'Our Times', an RTE programme. It is their first appearance on TV
They decide for their name to be 'Feedback'
They record their first demo in Keystone Studios in Dublin
'The Greedy Bastards', a band made up of members of 'Thin Lizzy', 'Boomtown Rats' and 'Sex Pistols', play in Dublin at the Stardust nightclub and hire U2 to support them.
Bono goes to London to try and sell the idea of U2 to music magazines and record companies
They play in Dublin at the Dandelion Market. This expanded their audience as it let in young people that couldn't go to their other shows
They had their first success in the Irish charts after they released 'Three', an Ireland-only EP
They record their first album in Windmill Lane Studios
They release a single called 'A Day Without Me'
They tour around the UK for 56 days
They release a single that peaks at no. 20 on the 'Mainstream Rock Charts', called 'I Will Follow'
They start their first tour of continental Europe.
They have their first major tour of the US, playing nearly 60 dates around the country, mostly in clubs.
'Fire' is released
They record their 2nd album in Dublin, at Windmill Studios.
'A Celebration' is released
'War's first single, 'New Years Day' is released and is their first hit outside the UK
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