In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a collection of some of the world’s most acclaimed artists will gather on the stage in musical harmony. U2 will be there, as will Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Metallica, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin and Eric Clapton. The concerts will take place over the course of two days: Oct. 29 and Oct. 30 at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
U2 will take the stage on the latter date, as will Clapton, Franklin and Metallica. One of the biggest arena rock bands in the world, U2 has made a huge impact in the music industry as a whole. Check online for more details and to get your own pair of U2tickets as soon as possible!
Throughout the 1980s, U2 gradually began building a following of fans, with their powerful collection of Christian-rock ballads featured on such initial albums as: Boy and October. The latter record became U2’s British breakthrough as it reached number 11 on the charts and spawned off the hit singles “I Will Follow” and “Gloria,” both of which were played repetitively on MTV. Of course this was only just the beginning.
In 1983, U2 released the Steve Lillywhite-produced War. It stormed the charts, entering at the number one spot in the U.K. and the number 12 spot in the U.S. It gave U2 the internationally acclaimed hits “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “New Years Day.” It also generated their first Top 40 hit in the U.S., “Pride (In the Name of Love),” a tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. Fiery and ablaze with protest anthems bristling with anger, despair and passion, the album was their biggest hit to date.
At this point U2 was one of the greatest rock bands in the world and they sought to do even better. In the spring of 1987 the album that made them into bona-fide superstars arrived. Joshua Tree became the group’s first American number one hit and in England it went platinum within 28 hours. The album was packed with hit tunes including: “With or Without You,” “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and “Where the Streets Have No Name.” With undeniable vision and remarkable clarity U2 had delivered up one of the most powerful rock records of all time. It’s release prompted a highly successful worldwide tour.
Instead of falling flat after striking success with Joshua Tree, U2 powered onwards. Albums that followed included Achtung Baby, All That You Can’t Leave Behind, How to Dismantle a Time Bomb and most recently No Line on the Horizon. The tour following How to Dismantle a Time Bomb, called The Vertigo Tour became the highest grossing concert tour of 2005, in the end generating $ 389 million.
Through the years U2 has remained a band for the ages – rock ‘n’ rollers who weave us heart-wrenching stories through beautiful melodic ballads. It is fitting then that they will be honoring the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.