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U2 was formed in Dublin in 1976 by drummer Larry Mullen Jr.

He was attending Mount Temple Comprehensive School and posted a note on the notice board looking for musicians to form a band.

There were seven respondents, two left almost immediately.

The band that was formed was called Feedback.

The band became known as The Hype in 1977 and still had five members.

These were Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, his brother Dik Evans, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr.

Paul Hewson is better known as Bono.

Dave Evans is better known as The Edge.

In March 1978, The Hype was playing a gig when Dik Evans walked off stage.

The remaining four members finished the gig as U2.

U2 now consisted of Bono (lead vocals), The Edge (lead guitar), Adam Clayton (bass guitar), and Larry Mullen Jr. (drums).

The name U2 was suggested by Steve Averill of Irish rock band, Radiators from Space, as a name that could easily be translated into any language.

Paul McGuinness became their manager in 1978.

The band performed outside of Ireland for the first time in 1979.

The band was signed to Island Records in 1980.

They have released the following albums:

Boy – 1980.

October – 1981.

War – 1983.

The Unforgettable Fire – 1984.

The Joshua Tree – 1987.

Rattle and Hum – 1988.

Achtung Baby – 1991.

Zooropa – 1993.

Passengers – 1995.

Pop – 1997.

All That You Can’t Leave Behind – 2000.

How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb – 2004.

No Line in the Horizon – 2009.

The band received their first Grammy Awards for the Joshua Tree.

In total they have received 22 Grammys, more than any other band.

They have also won 7 Brit Awards and 14 Meteor Awards.

U2 were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.

The band has sold more than 150 million albums.

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