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Famous as :

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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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.

U2 Denies Teaming Up With Apple to Release New Album on iPhone 6

September 05, 2014 08:25:05 GMT

Recently, was rumored to have partnered with Apple to release their new album on the iPhone 6. According to some reports, the highly-anticipated LP would be pre-loaded onto the new phone and the -fronted band would perform a new single during a launching event in Cupertino on Tuesday, September 9.

U2 Confirms New Album Will Be Released in 2014

August 20, 2014 08:28:23 GMT

's new album is still scheduled to be released later this year. Denying previous reports saying that the LP's release date had been pushed back to next year to give them more time to work with producers like Paul Epworth, a representative for the group told Rolling Stone, "We've always said an album is expected this year."

Rep Denies Claim U2 Delays Album and Tour

March 11, 2014 08:51:47 GMT

's highly-anticipated new album and tour are not pushed back to next year. A representative for the Irish band has confirmed to The Guardian that Bono and Co. will still put out what would be their thirteenth LP sometime this year.

U2's New Album and Tour Pushed Back to 2015

March 08, 2014 03:31:02 GMT

Despite the success of their recent songs like "Ordinary Love" and "Invisible", has apparently decided to wait a little longer until they can release a new album. The Irish band has reportedly delayed the arrival of what will be their 13th studio effort.

U2 Tapped to Perform 'Ordinary Love' at Oscars

February 13, 2014 07:07:07 GMT

has been confirmed to perform at the upcoming Academy Awards. Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced on Wednesday, February 12 that the Irish band would take the stage at the event to sing their "Ordinary Love".

U2 Raises More Than $3M for (RED) With 'Invisible' Free Download

February 05, 2014 02:14:48 GMT

debuted a new song called "Invisible" in an ad for Bank of America and (RED) that aired during the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 2. On Tuesday morning, February 4, the band announced that the song had been downloaded more than 3 million times in only 36 hours since it became available for free download on iTunes.

U2 Debuts New Song 'Invisible' During Super Bowl

February 03, 2014 07:19:21 GMT

has debuted their new song entitled "Invisible" in an ad for Bank of America and 's (RED) which aired during the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 2. Directed by Mark Romanek, the 60-second black-and-white ad shows the Irish band performing the tune during a concert.

U2 to Premiere New Track 'Invisible' During Super Bowl

January 24, 2014 02:26:19 GMT

is set to premiere their new song during the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 2. The Irish band made the announcement on their website on Thursday, January 23, saying that the track entitled "Invisible" would be featured in a commercial for (RED) and Bank of America.

U2 Plays Surprise Performance at Haiti Benefit Concert

January 13, 2014 02:17:02 GMT

recently made a surprise appearance at the stage of 's third annual "Help Haiti" benefit in Beverly Hills' Montage Hotel. It marked the Irish band's first time to perform together on a stage in four years.

Golden Globes 2014: Jennifer Lawrence Is Best Supporting Actress, 'Ordinary Love' Wins Original Song

January 13, 2014 02:10:45 GMT

First winners have been announced at the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards. brought home Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture trophy for her work in "". She beat other actresses such as with her movie "", with her historical flick "", for "" and with "".

U2 Returns to Island Record for New Album

December 30, 2013 08:12:58 GMT

Irish band are rejoining Island Records, the record label that discovered them in the late 1970s. and his bandmates are now preparing a new album which reportedly will be released in spring 2014.

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