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Rock band

Birth Name :

The Hype

Birth Date :

September 25, 1976

Birth Place :

Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Claim to fame :

Album "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" (2004)


Irish rock band U2 began its tale when in autumn 1976, the 14-year-old Larry Mullen, Jr. posted a note on his secondary school, Mount Temple Comprehensive School in Dublin, bulletin board, seeking musicians for a new band. Four friends responded and joined up, they were Bono (b. Paul David Hewson on May 10, 1960, in Dublin, Eire); Dave Evans (aka the Edge, b. August 8, 1961, in Barking, Essex, England); Dik Evans who is the brother of David "the Edge" Evans; and Adam Clayton (b. March 13, 1960, in Chinnor, Oxfordshire, England). All of the joined personnel resulted in a 5-piece band, known at the time as Feedback, consisting of Mullen (b. March 13, 1960, in Chinnor, Oxfordshire, England) on drums, Adam Clayton on bass guitar, Bono on vocals, and Dave Evans and his brother Dik on guitar.

After 18 months of practice, the band decided to change their name into The Hype. And so they started to perform with their new name at a talent show in Limerick, Ireland on March 17, 1978. As fate would have it, they won the talent contest and brought home 500 prize. Happened by chance, one of the judges of the show happened to be the CBS Records' Jackie Hayden, who was impressed with the band that he later gave them studio time to record their first demo. Sadly, the demo wasn't a great success because the Hype was still an amateur and that lack in experience and studio time even combining to hamper their efforts. It's just a start anyway. At almost the same time, many started to critic the band's name. One of the many was the Dublin punk rock guru Steve Averill, better known as Steve Rapid of The Radiators from Space, who recommended that "The Hype stinks, at least as a name."

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HBO Will Air U2 Concert and Tour Documentary, Defends 'True Detective' Season 2

July 31, 2015 09:22:06 GMT

is teaming up with HBO for two TV specials. The cable channel is set to air the band's performance at the Bercy Arena in Paris, which is part of their current "iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE" world tour, on November 14.

Video: Lady GaGa Sings With U2 at Band's New York Concert

July 27, 2015 08:54:44 GMT

came out as a surprise guest when continued their eight-night residency at New York's Madison Square Garden on Sunday night, July 26. The Mother Monster joined the veteran Irish rockers for a performance of their "Ordinary Love".

U2 Releases Short Film Starring Woody Harrelson for 'Song for Someone'

July 13, 2015 03:17:53 GMT

has released a music video for their latest "" single, "Song for Someone". The nearly-eight-minute cinematic clip was debuted on SundanceTV's website following the third season premiere of "".

Video: U2 Brings Out Elvis Impersonator Onstage at Concert After Technical Malfunction

June 05, 2015 06:42:46 GMT

knows how to deal with technical problem at a live concert. When the band was forced to pause their performance at L.A.'s Forum earlier this week after a piano used during "Every Breaking Wave" malfunctioned, frontman spent some time interacting with the crowd before bringing up onstage an impersonator while technicians were figuring out what's wrong.

Kate Hudson and Derek Hough Getting Cozy at U2's Concerts

June 04, 2015 09:53:14 GMT

was reportedly getting cozy again with after a short fling in December last year. The two were seen attending a concert at The Forum in Inglewood, California, on Tuesday, May 26.

Video: U2 Pays Tribute to Tour Manager Dennis Sheehan at L.A. Concert

May 28, 2015 16:55:26 GMT

dedicated their show on Wednesday night, May 27 at The Forum in Los Angeles to their tour manager Dennis Sheehan. The band is mourning the loss of their longtime manager who passed away early Wednesday morning due to suspected cardiac arrest.

Bono Reacts After U2's Tour Manager Was Found Dead in Hotel Room

May 27, 2015 18:42:59 GMT

and his bandmates are mourning the loss of their manager. Dennis Sheehan who had managed the band's tour for more than 30 years was found unconscious in his room at the Sunset Marquis Hotel in Los Angeles in early Wednesday morning, May 27.

Video: The Edge Takes Nasty Fall During U2's Concert

May 15, 2015 18:39:44 GMT

took a serious tumble when performing with in Canada. The guitarist, 53, fell during "I Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" performance. He walked on the stage while strumming his guitar, unaware that he got closer to the edge.

Video: Bono Spoofs Bike Accident With Jimmy Fallon, Busks With U2 in Subway Station

May 09, 2015 17:53:51 GMT

returned to "" on Friday night, May 8. The Irish rocker spoofed his bike accident in November, which caused the cancellation of his week-long residency with on the late-night show. He teamed up with to recreate the accident, but with an added twist.

U2 Performs as Buskers in the New York City Subway

May 06, 2015 02:44:21 GMT

Fans can expect to see as buskers when they finally appear on "". The Irish rockers were spotted on Monday, May 4 filming a performance for the Friday, May 8 episode in the New York City subway.

U2's Delayed Residency on 'Tonight Show' Rescheduled

May 02, 2015 05:12:10 GMT

is finally coming to "". The Irish rock band, who was forced to postpone their residency on the show after frontman had a cycling accident in New York, is going to visit host and perform on Friday, May 8.

U2 Revisits Ireland's Dark Past in 'Every Breaking Wave' Music Video

February 24, 2015 08:53:34 GMT

has dropped the proper music video for their "Every Breaking Wave". The clip, hitting Vevo on Monday, February 23, is a condensed version of a short film the group created with Irish director Aoife McArdle. The 13-minute film was released earlier this month featuring "Every Breaking Wave" and another "" cut called "The Troubles".

Kaleidoscope 2014: Important Events in Entertainment (Part 3/4)

December 31, 2014 09:26:53 GMT

Happy news and sad news equally shared parts in the third trimester of 2014. After & 's wedding in May, more A-list stars got married last summer. These newlyweds include & Eric Johnson (II), & , and & Amal Alamuddin, just to name a few. On the other hand, fans were brought to tears with the sudden passing of and .

U2 Accused of 'Cashing in' on Troubles for Filming Controversial Music Video in Belfast

December 22, 2014 01:50:40 GMT

has angered people in Belfast, Northern Ireland after they filmed a new music video in the area recently. As reported by Belfast Telegraph, local residents claimed the filming was "disruptive." One man said cars on the set had stopped social workers being able to park.

U2 Reveals North American Dates of 'Innocence + Experience' Tour

December 04, 2014 04:58:31 GMT

is returning to the road next year. The Irish rock band announced on Wednesday, December 3 that they would be embarking on "Innocence + Experience" tour in support of their newest album, "".

Video: Kanye West, Bruce Springsteen and More Perform at U2's World AIDS Day Concert

December 02, 2014 04:00:49 GMT

enlisted several big names in music for their surprise concert in New York City on December 1. The Irish band was joined by fellow musicians including and to play the free concert held as a part of World AIDS Day.

Jimmy Fallon Transforms Into Bono, Performs U2's 'Desire' on 'Tonight Show'

November 19, 2014 03:17:10 GMT

found a way to keep 's fans entertained after the band delayed their week-long residency on "". During the Monday, November 17 episode of the late-night show, the host transformed himself into frontman and covered a song from the Irish group's catalog.

U2's 'Tonight Show' Residency Postponed as Bono Needs Surgery due to Cycling Accident

November 17, 2014 04:29:19 GMT

was forced to postpone their residency on "" after frontman had a cycling accident in New York. The band's Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. announced the unfortunate news in a statement posted on their website on Sunday, November 16.

Ariana Grande, U2 Among Winners at 2014 Bambi Awards

November 14, 2014 06:57:43 GMT

was among the winners at the 66th Bambi Awards. The singer took home the Best Newcomer trophy during the ceremony held on Thursday, November 13 at the Stage Theater in Berlin, Germany.

U2 Announces Week-Long Residency on Jimmy Fallon's 'Tonight Show'

November 05, 2014 06:47:18 GMT

is returning to "" to continue promoting their latest album, "". The band will be joining host and house band for a week-long residency that starts on Monday, November 17.

The Black Keys' Patrick Carney: U2 'Devalued Their Music' With Free Album

October 17, 2014 07:48:37 GMT

The idea of free music just doesn't sit well with ' drummer Patrick Carney. The outspoken musician recently had an interview with The Seattle Times and took the opportunity to voice his opinion about 's decision to release their latest album "" for free on iTunes last month.

U2 Releases 'The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)' Music Video, Apologizes for New Album

October 15, 2014 06:26:21 GMT

debuted a new music video for their song "The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)". Hitting iTunes on Tuesday, October 14, the clip looks very similar to the "Echoes" commercial that was debuted by Apple last month.

U2 Now Eligible for 2015 Grammy Awards After Releasing Free Album on Vinyl

October 01, 2014 08:28:14 GMT

Shortly after made their new album, "", available for free on iTunes earlier this month, a spokesperson for the Grammys said the band wouldn't be eligible for the 2015 Grammy Awards. The spokesperson said at that time the record should be available for purchase before Tuesday, September 30 to be considered for next year's ceremony.

Bono Says U2 Is Not Advocating Free Music With Free New Album

September 30, 2014 08:12:45 GMT

's decision to make their newest album "" available for free download on iTunes has sparked criticism. Many music industry insiders are accusing the band of undermining up and coming artists by supporting free music.

U2 Releases the Real Cover Art of 'Intimate' New Album 'Songs of Innocence'

September 27, 2014 05:55:40 GMT

unveiled the official cover art of "" weeks after they made the new album available for free download on iTunes. On Friday, September 26, the band took to their official website to share the black-and-white image featuring U2's drummer Larry Mullen Jr. embracing his 18-year-old son.

Sharon Osbourne: U2 Gives Their 'Mediocre' Music Away Because No One Wants to Buy It

September 18, 2014 06:49:08 GMT

is clearly not happy to get that U2 free album which appeared automatically on 500 million iTunes users' libraries no matter they wanted it or not. The TV personality voiced her opinion about the group's decision to give away their "" in a string of Twitter posts she sent out earlier this week.

U2 Reacts to Backlash Over Album Giveaway as Apple Launches Removal Tool

September 16, 2014 06:57:05 GMT

's camp addressed the criticisms regarding the surprise free release of their new album "" on iOS devices. The band's manager Guy Oseary told Mashable, "It's a gift from Apple. If someone doesn't like the gift, they should delete it."

Tyler, the Creator: Getting That Free U2 Album Is Like 'Waking Up With Herpes'

September 15, 2014 04:07:44 GMT

is one of those iTunes users who found 's "" automatically appearing on their iPhones annoying. The leader of vented his frustration about the Irish rockers' free album and Apple's invasive marketing strategy in a string of Twitter posts he sent out over the weekend.

Apple Reportedly Spent More Than $100M on U2's Free Album 'Songs of Innocence'

September 13, 2014 06:05:20 GMT

There ain't no such thing as a free lunch. While 500 million iTunes users didn't have to pay at all to download 's "", Apple did and the free album actually cost the iPhone maker a lot of money.

U2's New Album 'Songs of Innocence' Available for Free, Not Eligible for Next Year's Grammys

September 10, 2014 02:01:51 GMT

did partner with Apple for the release of their album. Days after denying rumors claiming they'd team up with the computer giant for the new project, the band appeared at the Apple iPhone 6 launch event in Cupertino, California on Tuesday, September 9 and surprised the world by announcing that their highly-anticipated full length was already available on iTunes for free.

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