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U2: Boy

Review by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, October 1980

I LOVE U2. I worry about U2. Hearing their debut single 'Out Of Control' and seeing them play in Ireland, I fell for their undismayed ...

U2: A Perspective

Essay by Mark Cooper, Q, 1991

WHEN U2's recent Number 1 single 'The Fly' first came on the radio, it sounded like a confused mess, an irritating jangle of throbbing guitars ...

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U2/Soul Boys: Moonlight Club, London

Live Review by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, 1980

TWO NEWCOMERS playing in NW6 either side of the Xmas go slow. Plenty of gaps in the gathering for the U2 show, but of the ...

Echo & Bunnymen, U2, Delta 5: The Lyceum, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, September 1980

ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN dwell in the magical land between life and art that is the territory of great rock'n'roll. Making music alone isn't enough ...

U2: Kings of the Celtic Fringe

Interview by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, February 1981

BONO VOX, a.k.a. Paul Houston, the frontman and driving force behind U2 is huddled in the back of a small van, wrapped in a fur ...

U2: Friars, Aylesbury

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Sounds, June 1981

THEY'D JUST FLOWN IN from the States, seen Springsteen the previous night, and gave Aylesbury a taste of what it's like to be totally wired ...

U2: October

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, October 1981

WHEN U2 first hit England in the twilight of 1980, a dull cry of relief rose up from rock's murky depths. U2 were "just what ...

U2: A Dreamboat Named Desire

Report and Interview by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, February 1982

"THEY WENT right through it. Took out every sock. Squeezed every tube of toothpaste. Then this guy says to me 'You – come with me. ...

U2: Pluck Of The Irish

Interview by Jim Green, Trouser Press, March 1982

PEOPLE HAVEN'T asked U2 if they're the future of rock. They've told them. ...

U2: War

Review by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, February 1983

"If people come along expecting the world from U2 then they're gonna get it. I'm not afraid we won't be able to give it to ...

U2: War (Island)

Review by Richard Riegel, Creem, May 1983

JERRY MATHERS' days as TV's beloved Beaver were numbered the second his voice began to crack and change, and U2's new War may force similar ...

U2: Small Victories in a Rock and Roll Struggle of Sound and Emotion

Report and Interview by Fred Schruers, Musician, May 1983

STUMPY, PRINCELY Bono Vox drives along Dublin Bay, left arm grasping the wheel of his humble sedan while he uses the right – temporarily game ...

U2/Simple Minds/Eurythmics/Steel Pulse/Perfect Crime/Big Country: Phoenix Park, Dublin

Live Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, August 1983

DATELINE DUBLIN: 3.30am Monday. There will no doubt be some measured reports of U2's home-coming gig. But I really hate measured reports. ...

U2, Simple Minds, Eurythmics, Big Country, Steel Pulse: A Day At The Racecourse

Report by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, September 1983

A long, hot, emotional day it was too. Dublin's Phoenix Park throws open its gates to U2, Simple Minds, Eurythmics, Big Country and about 20,000 ...

Songs Of Praise: Fire and Fervour from Ireland’s U2

Profile by Steve Turner, History of Rock, The, 1984

U2, ONE OF IRELAND'S MOST SUCCESSFUL rock bands ever, seemed something of an anachronism when they arrived on the scene in 1980. The group had ...

U2: The Pride of Lions

Report and Interview by Tony Fletcher, Jamming!, October 1984

Excepting live albums and video, U2 have been silent, both on record and in the media, for a year and a half. Now back with ...

U2: Call Us Unforgettable

Interview by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, October 1984

EARLIER THIS year one of rock's newest messiahs U2's Bono appeared onstage alongside one of its oldest, Bob Dylan at an outdoor Dublin festival in ...

Epic Affirmation: U2 and Big Country

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, New Statesman, November 1984

WITH ALL THE hype of chart pop proving more contagious that ever, what chance does the passionate old dream of rock now stand? If Jon ...

U2: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by David Quantick, New Musical Express, November 1984

THE MOST boring band in the world. There can now be no question of U2 avoiding such a title. There may be groups equally as ...

At The Homecoming: U2’s Unforgettable Fire

Review by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 1985

THIS HAS BEEN a long time coming, and there have been signs of strain. War, U2's last album of new material, was released more than ...

Brian Eno: Music Without Compromise

Interview by John Hutchinson, Mix, February 1985

BRIAN ENO IS something of a paradox. He is at once associated with the avant-garde and an artist/producer who has actually had his share of ...

Flags And Penance: U2'S American Dream

Report and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, June 1985

IT IS SOME WAY into a U2 set at the vast Veterans' Coliseum in Hartford, Connecticut, and the place is strewn and bedecked with the ...

R.E.M., U2, The Ramones etal: Milton Keynes Bowl, Buckinghamshire

Live Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, June 1985

THE LONGEST DAY ...

U2's Leading Edge

Interview by John Hutchinson, Musician, September 1986

"I DON'T REALLY see myself as a guitar player," says U2's Edge. "I'm more of a songwriter or composer. In looking for a new way ...

U2: The Joshua Tree (Island)

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, March 1987

BARKING AT THE MOON ...

U2: Prophet Incentive

Profile and Interview by Robin Eggar, Observer, The, April 1987

In Dublin they joke that Bono, lead singer of the rock band U2, has God's phone number. Not for U2 groupies, drugs or a limo ...

U2: Luminous Times

Interview by John Hutchinson, Musician, May 1987

U2 Wrestle With Their Moment Of Glory ...

U2: Glory Days

Interview by Colin Irwin, Spin, June 1987

With a platinum-bound LP and sell-out tour, U2 have finally conquered America. But first they had to conquer the problem of being a political band ...

U2: Another Day, Another Dollar

Profile and Interview by Steve Turner, Q, July 1987

WHEN U2 FIRST played Chicago, in the spring of 1981, it was as part of a loss-making tour. They played one club and a university ...

The Roots of U2

Retrospective and Interview by Karen Schlosberg, Creem, August 1987

SHERMAN, INTO the Wayback Machine. The year: 1981. A young Irish quartet called U2 is promoting its debut album, Boy. Its lead singer is simply ...

The Unforgettable Band: A U2 Overview

Overview by Kris Needs, Creem, August 1987

MAY 1, 1980, AND I'm sitting on a plane bound for Dublin. Next to me, the Island Records publicity man is telling me about the ...

U2: Time Has Come Today

Live Review by Roy Trakin, Creem, August 1987

U2: Los Angeles Sports Arena, April 17-22, 1987 ...

U2's Journey Through The Past: Rattle and Hum

Review by Geoffrey Himes, Washington Post, The, October 1988

BY THEIR OWN admission, the members of U2 had little sense of history when they started making music. Like so many of their generation, the ...

U2: The Rock of the Irish

Profile and Interview by Steve Turner, Sunday Express Magazine, October 1988

Until the huge international impact of U2, the upper rungs of rock’n’roll had been almost totally dominated by musicians from Britain and America. For a ...

U2: 'In Ireland People Are Scared of Success...'

Interview by Jack Barron, New Musical Express, October 1988

THE FULFILLMENT of any U2 project will always set tongues a-wagging in Dublin. Aside from being one of the country's major industries, the quartet are ...

U2 Reborn in the USA

Report and Interview by Wayne Robins, Newsday, October 1988

FOR HOURS, the same shot repeats over and over on a massive screen in a high-ceilinged editing room in Studio City, just a traffic jam ...

U2: Rockin' in the Not So Free World (Part 1)

Report by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, December 1989

Yen will I see you again?!!...In the first of an exclusive two part report on the band that more than any other has found a ...

U2: Rockin' in the Not So Free World (Part 2)

Report by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, December 1989

BONO'S OSAKA Plaza hotel room is littered with the ephemera of a rock 'n' roll traveler. There are Japanese picture books for his baby daughter ...

The Irishness on the Inside of Bono and U2

Essay by Steve Turner, Independent, The, April 1991

There is a shop off Dublin’s O’Connell Street called Bonavox Hearing Aids. It has a neat window display featuring bean-sized aids in velvet presentation boxes ...

U2: Achtung! Saint Bono

Profile by Sean O'Hagan, Guardian, The, November 1991

All but canonised in Ireland, U2's lead singer preaches redemption through rock 'n' roll. But now he's learning to write about girls. Sean O'Hagan profiles ...

Daniel Lanois and U2: Five Men and Achtung Baby

Interview by Max Bell, Vox, December 1991

The new U2 album — released on November 18 — is "rougher and harder-hitting than anything we've done before" …Producer Daniel Lanois talks to Max ...

U2: Achtung Baby

Review by Mat Snow, Q, December 1991

WITH EACH NEW U2 album there has been a growing buzz of anticipation, a sense of event stoked by the way the band has stamped ...

U2: Achtung Baby

Review by Max Bell, Vox, December 1991

BONO VOX once mentioned in passing that if and when he ever published a volume of his poetry, the title of said tome would be ...

U2: Re-issues

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, January 1992

WHEN U2'S RECENT NUMBER 1 single 'The Fly' first came on the radio, it sounded like a confused mess, an irritating jangle of throbbing guitars ...

U2: Saint Bono Defrocked

Report and Interview by Sean O'Hagan, Face, The, April 1992

IT'S EARLY evening in a Russian restaurant somewhere in west London, a place that specializes in vodka – chili vodka, lemon vodka, brandy vodka, even ...

U2: Flying High With a Jet Set

Report and Interview by Robert Sandall, Sunday Times, May 1992

HAVING, BY his own account, spent most of the 1980s "trying to dodge being a rock star," Bono aka Paul Hewson, the singer and most ...

U2 Anew

Report and Interview by Sean O'Hagan, Details, September 1992

With Achtung Babyand their Zoo TV tour, U2 have found a way to be the biggest band in the world and still have fun. Sean ...

Public Enemy and U2: The Chuck and Bono Show

Interview by Max Bell, Vox, December 1992

When U2's tour brought Public Enemy to the Deep South, where segregation is still an issue, Chuck D did his best to pour napalm on ...

Negativland: A Fistful Of Lawsuits

Report and Interview by Tony Fletcher, Creem, April 1993

"I don't think there are any record companies right now in the real sense of the word. We're all in the fashion business. You used ...

Stereo MCs: Zooropean Sons

Report and Interview by Paul Lester, Melody Maker, June 1993

Stereo MCs are already one of the biggest (dance) bands in Britain. By the end of the summer, after touring Europe with U2, unarguably the ...

Animal Lightweight: U2: Zooropa (Island)

Review by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, July 1993

SO THE intergalactic rock megastar reclines on his Virtual Reality waterbed at the Hotel Zooropa with multiple TV screens blasting 24-hour infotainment from every wall. ...

U2: I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night

Report and Interview by Adrian Deevoy, Q, September 1993

It seemed like such a good idea at the time: serenading Axl Rose; sleeping in an igloo; drinking the swimming pool; licking the promoter; blowing ...

U2: Pop

Review by Mat Snow, MOJO, March 1997

U2 have a fine sense of event and how to tweak it. Preceded by advance publicity suggesting more than enough stylistic innovation to maintain the ...

U2 Part One: 'Only Now Do We Look Cool'

Report and Interview by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, March 1997

But that's not all that's changed. Yes, you read it here first...U2, those hoary old rock behemoths, have gone dance! Sort of! ...

U2 Part Two: 'I Feel Caught Between the Bootboy and the Ponce'

Report and Interview by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, March 1997

Ah, the problems of being the biggest band in the world. In the second of a two-part special, Keith Cameron keeps up with U2 as ...

U2: Pop

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rolling Stone, March 1997

IT IS HARD to believe we’re a whole decade away from The Joshua Tree – U2’s very own Born In The USA, its Purple Rain, ...

U2: Wembley Stadium, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, September 1997

Mart For Art's Sake ...

U2: The Year of Living Dangerously

Report and Interview by Andrew Mueller, The Irish Independent, December 1997

U2 started '97 badly, but their annus horribilis has undergone a miraculous recovery. Interview: Andrew Mueller ...

U2: Boys To Men

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, December 1998

It is the '80s, and the decade is full of one Irish band and their guitarist's exotic millinary. So, follow Edge through the first ever ...

U2: In the Name of Love

Retrospective by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, November 1999

Twenty years ago next month, four teenagers from Dublin played their first British date in a north London pub, in front of less than a ...

U2: Achtung Baby

Review by Mat Snow, MOJO, October 2000

WITH EACH new U2 album there has been a growing buzz of anticipation, a sense of event stoked by the way the band has stamped ...

U2: All That You Can't Leave Behind

Review by Andy Gill, Independent, The, October 2000

HAVING SPENT the majority of the past decade searching for ways to rejuvenate the jaded stadium-rock formula — as much for their own benefit as ...

Interview wth Wim Wenders

Interview by Jeff Apter, Rolling Stone (Australia), November 2000

This interview was held in conjunction with the theatrical release of The Million Dollar Hotel in Australia. ...

U2: All That You Can’t Leave Behind Richard Ashcroft: Alone with Everybody

Review by The Rev. Al Friston, Rock's Backpages, December 2000

WE WERE assured that Dublin’s finest would be going back to basics on All That You Can’t Leave Behind; that they’d dispensed with the electro-trappings ...

U2: All That You Can't Leave Behind

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, December 2000

Corn without authenticity. Bono and Co rediscover the importance of being earnest ...

Bono’s Dosh: U2 and Money

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Payday, March 2002

"WE'RE NOT GOING to let people rip us off, we want the money!" That's what Bono said in 1979 when Dublin's teenaged hopefuls U2 were ...

Various Artists: America: A Tribute To Heroes

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, March 2002

Star-Spangled Bummer:  Record of benefit concert/telethon for victims of September 11 ...

U2 and the Making of Achtung Baby

Retrospective and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, November 2004

TOYKO, LATE 1993, somewhere in the fast-forward blur of the dying 20th century. As the biggest, loudest, most expensive and technically ambitious rock tour in ...

U2: City of Manchester Stadium

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, June 2005

STILL THRILLING huge audiences more than 25 years into their career, U2 become ever more impressive in their longevity, integrity, capacity for reinvention and willingness ...

U2

Interview by Paul Morley, Observer Music Monthly, December 2005

1: IN A VAST penthouse suite on top of a hotel that could be anywhere in the world overlooking a city that seems to shimmer ...

How I Learned To Love U2 (Almost)

Comment by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, February 2009

LIKE MOST right-thinking people, I grew up hating U2. ...

U2: Remembering The Unforgettable Fire

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, June 2009

YOU TOO COULD love U2, if you could only transport yourself back to a time when their fundamental pomposity and crusading bad faith weren't such ...

Ego Warriors: U2 Speak Out On Rock-Star Hypocrisy

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, July 2009

Over the years, U2 have taken many a kicking. But the band believe they're unjustly maligned for their unique brand of "stadium activism" ...

U2: Wembley Stadium, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Quietus, The, August 2009

U2 Live Under A Slate Grey Claw. Chris Roberts reports from Wembley ...

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