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1 Dec, 2014

Names Songs of Innocence best album of 2014

Rolling Stone names U2’s Songs of Innocence it’s choice for the best album of 2014.

There was no bigger album of 2014 — in terms of surprise, generosity and controversy. Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. put their lives on the line: giving away 11 songs of guitar rapture and frank, emotional tales of how they became a band out of the rough streets and spiritual ferment of Seventies Dublin.

17 Nov, 2014

Hurt in cycling accident

Bono injures his arm while cycling in Central park. U2 cancels it’s scheduled appearances on NBC’s The Tonight Show. U2’s statement:

It looks like we will have to do our Tonight Show residency another time – we’re one man down. Bono has injured his arm in a cycling spill in Central Park and requires some surgery to repair it. We’re sure he’ll make a full recovery soon, so we’ll be back! Much thanks to Jimmy Fallon and everyone at the show for their understanding.

23 Oct, 2014

Rolling Stone cover

Magazine Cover

U2U2 appears on the cover of Rolling Stone. Bono discusses the group’s latest album, Songs of Innocence, being automatically downloaded to iPhone users music lists.

It’s like we put a bottle of milk in people’s fridge that they weren’t asking for. It is a gross invasion! But it was kind of an accident. The milk was supposed to be in the cloud. It was supposed to be on the front doorstep.

15 Oct, 2014

The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)

U2 debuts new video for song The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone) for their upcoming album Songs of Innocence, directed by Bono. The song has received much controversy due to it automatically being uploaded to user iTunes accounts without prior consent. Bono has issued a public apology
regarding the issue:

Oops. I’m sorry about that. I had this beautiful idea and we got carried away with ourselves. Artists are prone to that kind of thing. Drop of megalomania, touch of generosity, dash of self-promotion, and deep fear that these songs that we poured our life into over the last few years mightn’t be heard. There’s a lot of noise out there. I guess we got a little noisy ourselves to get through it.

Criticizes U2

Carney criticizes U2’s decision to have their new album “Songs of Innocence” downloaded automatically onto all iPhone users music lists in an interview with The Seattle Times. Carney says the move “devalues their music”.

[It] sends a huge mixed message to bands … that are just struggling to get by. I think that they were thinking it’s super generous of them to do something like that.

26 Sep, 2014

Album cover release

2U2 releases their album cover art for Songs Of Innocence. The cover portrays drummer Larry Mullen Jr. holding his 18-year-old so. Bono:

We’ve always been about community in U2, about family and friends. Songs Of Innocence is the most intimate album we’ve ever made. With this record we were looking for the raw, naked and personal, to strip everything back.

16 Sep, 2014

U2 Twitter rant

Osbourne lashes out at U2 on her Twitter account regarding their new album Songs of Innocence automatically being downloaded onto iPhone user’s phones. Osbourne tweets:

U2 you are business moguls not musicians anymore. No wonder you have to give your mediocre music away for free cause no one wants to buy it … Guys nothing is for free, how much you making? PS, btw you are just a bunch of middle age political groupies…Whose political a– are we going to pull you out of today? Or are you front row at another tragic fashion show? … Jimmy Iovine, iTunes, U2, you’re a bunch of megalomaniacs. F— YOU!”

15 Jan, 2009

Album cover release

25U2 releases the album cover art for No Line On The Horizon. The artwork is an image of the sea meeting the sky by Japanese artist and photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto.

8 Feb, 2006

Wins Grammy


U2 wins the Grammy for Best Rock Album and Album of the Year for How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, Song of the Year and Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for  Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own, and Best Rock Song for City Of Blinding Lights. 

I don’t know what else to say. Tonight is a big, big night for our band.


14 Mar, 2005

Inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

The group is inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame during the 20th induction ceremony. Adam Clayton:

In the end, the people who really got me here tonight and who I must thank for everything I have, are Ali, Ann, Morleigh, Suzie, Larry, Edge and Bono. And I’d really like to thank Bruce for what he said, and I fortunately can remember the names of everybody in the band as well.

U2 Accepts Awarda at 2005 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions

13 Feb, 2005

Wins Grammy


U2 wins the Grammy for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal, Best Rock Song, and Best Short Form Music Video for Vertigo.

It feels really, really good.

U2 After Grammys 2005

27 Feb, 2002

Wins Grammy


imagesU2 wins the Grammy for Record of the Year for Walk On, Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of, Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for Elevation, and  Best Rock Album for All That You Can’t Leave Behind.

21 Feb, 2001

Wins Grammy


U2 wins the Grammy for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for Beautiful Day.

I really didn’t expect to win this award.

1 Mar, 1995

Wins Grammy


U2 wins the Grammy for Best Music Video, Long Form for Zoo TV – Live From Sydney.

24 Feb, 1993

Wins Grammy


U2 wins the Grammy for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for Achtung Baby.

22 Feb, 1989

Wins Grammy


U2 wins the Grammy for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for Desire, and  Best Performance Music Video for Where The Streets Have No Name.

2 Mar, 1988

Wins Grammy


U2 wins the Grammy for Album Of The Year and Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for The Joshua Tree.

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