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U2 performing on 17 May 2005. From left to right: The Edge, Bono, Larry Mullen Jr., and Adam Clayton.
U2, Vertigo Tour, 2005.

U2 are a rock band from Dublin, Ireland. The band consists of Bono (vocals and guitar), The Edge (guitar, keyboards, and backing vocals), Adam Clayton (bass guitar), and Larry Mullen Jr. (drums and percussion). U2 have been one of the most popular acts in the world since the mid-1980s. The band has sold upwards of 170 million albums worldwide, and they have won 22 Grammy Awards, more than any other rock band.

U2 formed in 1976 when the members were teenagers with limited musical proficiency. By the mid-1980s, however, the band had become a top international act, noted for its anthemic sound, Bono's impassioned vocals, and The Edge's textural guitar playing. Their success as a live act was greater than as a record-selling act until their 1987 album, The Joshua Tree, brought them mega-stardom. Their alternative rock/dance-infused 1991 album Achtung Baby and the accompanying Zoo TV Tour were part of a significant reinvention for the band; it was a response to their own sense of musical stagnation, the dance and alternative music revolutions, and criticism of their image. This experimentation continued for the rest of the 1990s.

In the early years of the 21st century, U2 have pursued a more traditional sound while maintaining influences from their previous musical explorations. They continue to enjoy the highest level of commercial and critical success. The band is active in human rights, international development, and social justice causes, such as Amnesty International, Make Poverty History, the ONE Campaign, Live Aid, Live 8, Bono's DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade in Africa) campaign, and Music Rising.

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U2's concert in Sarajevo was held at Koševo Stadium in Bosnia and Herzegovina on 23 September 1997 as part of the group's PopMart Tour. U2 were the first major artist to hold a concert in Sarajevo since the end of the Bosnian War.

U2 first became involved with Sarajevo in 1993 on their Zoo TV Tour. Approached by aid worker Bill Carter about bringing attention to the Siege of Sarajevo, the band conducted nightly satellite transmissions with Bosnians during their shows. These link-ups were the subject of criticism from journalists for mixing entertainment with human tragedy. Although the war made it impractical for U2 to visit Sarajevo at the time, they vowed to eventually play a concert in the city. After the conflict ended in November 1995, they made arrangements to visit Sarajevo, and with help from United Nations ambassadors and peace-keeping troops, they scheduled and played the concert in 1997.

The band offered to hold a benefit concert or small show in Sarajevo, but it was requested that they stage a full PopMart concert; the performance consequently featured the tour's extravagant stage, and the band played a set list typical of the tour. The show brought together people of different ethnicities who had previously clashed during the war, and train service was temporarily resumed to allow concertgoers to attend. Among the songs played was "Miss Sarajevo", written by U2 and Brian Eno about a beauty pageant held during the war. Although the band were displeased with their performance and lead vocalist Bono had vocal difficulties, the concert was well received and was credited with improving morale among Bosnians. The members of U2 consider the show to be among their proudest moments.

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Larry Mullen, Jr. playing percussion on stage in a stadium
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U2's Larry Mullen Jr in Vienna on 30 August 2010.
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Did you know...

  • ... that Bono used to be known as "Steinvic von Huyseman", "Huyseman", "Houseman", "Bon Murray", "Bono Vox of O'Connell Street", and "Bono Vox"?
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Morleigh Steinberg is an American choreographer and dancer with the production company Arcane Collective. She is the wife of the musician The Edge from the rock group U2.

Raised in Los Angeles and schooled in modern dance, Steinberg became a formative member of the dancer-illusionist company MOMIX in 1983. They became known for their visual humour and contorted positions. In 1986, she co-founded the ISO dance company, which embodied an approach they called "serious fun" and sometimes collaborated with a singing group, and gave performances around the country and abroad. In both companies she did choreography as well as dancing. She staged her own experimental dance solo production and did choreographic work for films and music videos. Starting in the mid-1990s, she branched out into lighting design and film directing as well, with dance usually being the subject matter. She has continued with various projects into the 2010s, often collaborating with the Japanese choreographer and dancer Oguri. Together they are co-founders of the production company Arcane Collective.

Steinberg became involved with U2 when she appeared in the 1987 music video for "With Or Without You", then was hired as a choreographer, and subsequently belly dancer for "Mysterious Ways", during their 1992–1993 Zoo TV Tour. By the end of the tour she was in a relationship with The Edge. The couple have two children together, married in 2002, and live at residences in Ireland, France, and the United States.

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  • "I can't believe the news today / I can't close my eyes and make it go away. / How long, how long must we sing this song? / How long, how long? / 'Cos tonight, / We can be as one, tonight." —"Sunday Bloody Sunday" (U2), War (1983)
  • "Give me one more chance, and you'll be satisfied. / Give me two more chances, you won't be denied. / Well my heart is where it's always been / My head is somewhere in between / Give me one more chance, let me be your lover tonight." —"Even Better Than the Real Thing" (Bono), Achtung Baby (1991)
  • "Zoo TV wasn't a set piece, it was a state of mind. It was constantly evolving and changing and taking on new ideas as it went... We changed it consciously for each new area of the world." —The Edge, on Zoo TV Tour (1992–1993), in U2 by U2 by U2 with Neil McCormick (2006)
  • "Wow. Well on a personal level this century has been going so well for us, we finished our album, I had a little baby boy a little while ago, the whole Jubilee 2000 work has been incredible, just everything has been going great. There's also been some great breakthroughs in science, the disposible mobile phone, 3 blade razor and the female orgasmatron which is great — anyway now this ... thanks everybody our record company has been great, our management have been great and our producer's amazing." —The Edge, Acceptance speech at the 2001 Grammy Awards
  • "Then Bono arrived, and he meant to play the guitar, but he couldn't play very well, so he started to sing. He couldn't do that either. But he was such a charismatic character that he was in the band anyway, as soon as he arrived. I was in charge for the first five minutes, but as soon as Bono got there, I was out of a job." —Larry Mullen, Jr., Bono: Rock Star Activist by Martha P. Trachtenberg (2008)
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