In the autumn of 1976 in Dulin, Ireland, musicians Paul David Hewson (Bono), David Howell Evans (The Edge), Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen, Jr formed a band called “Feedback”. The 14-year old then Mullen posted an advertisement at his secondary school’s bulletin board announcing the need for musicians to form a band. The announcement resulted to the formation a four-man band first called as “Feedback.” Shortly after, the band changed its name to “The Hype.” Eighteen months later, the band changed its name again to “U2.”
In March of 1978, U2 performed in a talent show held in Limerick, Ireland. One of the judges of the contest was Jackie Hayden of CBS Records. U2 won the talent contest with a £500 prize. Hayden was so impressed with the band that he gave U2 studio time for them to record their demo tape.
In September 1979, U2 released their first single titled U2:3, which made it to the top list of Irish charts. During the moth of December of the same year, the band went to London and preformed their first out of the country show. However, the concert failed to get attention from critics and foreign audience.
In October of 1980, the band released their first album titled “Boy.” This was followed by their second album “October” in 1981. It was during this time that critics and fans started to notice the bands spiritual lyrics. Three of the band members – Bono, Larry, and The Edge are committed Christians and are members of Dublin-based religious group known as “Shalom.”
In 1983, U2 released their third album titled “War” which included the single “New Year’s Day,” their first international hit single. Several years later, U2 continues to gain worldwide recognition. At present, U2 is one of the best bands considered in the music industry and they continue to give pride to Irish flag.