(active 1978 - present) Ireland
U2 formed in Dublin in the fall of 1976 after 14-year-old Larry Mullen, Jr. posted a note on the bulletin board at his high school seeking musicians for a new band. From the group of hopefuls that showed up at Mullen's home that first day, a 5-piece known originally as "Feedback" formed with Mullen on drums, Adam Clayton on bass, Paul Hewson on vocals, and Dave Evans on guitar. Dave's brother Dick also played guitar for a while, but left Feedback very early on to join another Dublin band.
Feedback quickly changed their name to "The Hype," and began rehearsing on weekends and after school as often as possible, forming genuine friendships and developing an undeniable chemistry in the process. After nearly 18 months of rehearsing, the band's big break came at a talent show in Limerick, Ireland, in March, 1978. With CBS Records' Jackie Hayden judging, U2 (they had just changed their name again) won the contest, earning a £500 prize and impressing Hayden enough to be given studio time to record their first demo.
U2 has in past supported gay rights, most notably when the band contributed a previously unreleased remix of "Night and Day" to the "Out Loud" compilation CD, which benefited the International Lesbian and Gay Human Rights Commission.
Larry Mullen, Jr.
(October 31, 1961)
Alias: Duke Dalton, Babyface Mullens
(March 13, 1960)
|Paul "Bono" Hewson
(May 10, 1960 - living) Dublin
Paul was originally nicknamed "Bono Vox" by his friend, Guggi, a high school cohort who stole it from a hearing aid store on O'Connell Street in Dublin. Fittingly enough, the original moniker meant "good voice" in cockeyed Latin. Paul later shortened it to Bono, which remains his name to this day.
|David "The Edge" Howell Evans
(August 8, 1961) Barking, Essex, East London
Guitars, piano, keyboards, vocals
and background vocals
Dave 'The Edge' Evans was born to parents of Welsh descent, Gwenda and Garvin Evans. When he was one year old, the family moved to Dublin, where he has lived ever since. There, he grew up as a quiet kid, a loner and very intelligent. He did well in school, and up until before he met who would be his future bandmates, he wanted to go to the university and become a doctor.