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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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"Stay (Faraway, So Close!)" is a song by the rock band U2. It is the fifth track on their 1993 album, Zooropa and was released as the album's third single on 22 November 1993, the song was a top ten hit in Ireland, Australia, the United Kingdom, and several other countries. The music video was shot in Berlin, Germany, the earliest incarnation of the song developed during sessions for the group's 1991 album Achtung Baby. It was written for and inspired by Frank Sinatra and bore his surname as the original working title. An alternate recording was used in the Wim Wenders film Faraway, So Close!.

"Stay (Faraway, So Close!)" was well received by critics and nominated at the 51st Golden Globe Awards for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song. The song made its live debut on the Zoo TV Tour but has only been performed intermittently in an acoustic version over subsequent tours. Members of U2 consider it to be one of their favourite songs; guitarist The Edge named it the best track on the album, while lead singer Bono stated that it was one of their best creations.

In 2005, Bono said "Stay (Faraway, So Close!)" was "perhaps the greatest U2 song".

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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"?
  • ... that the U2 song "Magnificent" was originally titled "French Disco"?
  • ... that the U2 song "Unknown Caller" was written from the perspective of a suicidal drug addict whose phone begins receiving cryptic text messages?
  • ... that Brian Eno described Kaddish, an album that reflects on the Holocaust, as "the most frightening record I have ever heard"?
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Bono at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
Paul David Hewson KBE (born 10 May 1960), known by his stage name Bono (/ˈbɒn/, is an Irish singer, musician, venture capitalist, businessman and activist. He is best recognized as the frontman, primary vocalist and lyricist of the Dublin-based rock band U2. Bono was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, and attended Mount Temple Comprehensive School where he met his future wife, Alison Stewart, and the future members of U2. Bono writes almost all U2 lyrics, frequently using religious and social, and occasional political themes, during their early years, Bono's lyrics contributed to U2's rebellious and spiritual tone. As the band matured, his lyrics became inspired more by personal experiences shared with members of U2.

Outside the band, he has collaborated and recorded with numerous artists, is managing director and a managing partner of Elevation Partners, and has refurbished and owns The Clarence Hotel in Dublin with The Edge. Bono is also widely known for his activism concerning Africa, for which he co-founded DATA, EDUN, the ONE Campaign and Product Red. He has organised and played in several benefit concerts and has met with influential politicians. Bono has been praised and criticised for his activism and involvement with U2.

He has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, was granted an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, and, with Bill and Melinda Gates, was named Time Person of the Year in 2005, among other awards and nominations. On 17 July 2013, the BBC announced that Bono had been made a Commandeur of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters).

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  • "I don't know, I don't know which side I'm on. / I don't know my right from left or my right from wrong. / They say I'm a fool, they say I'm nothing / But if I'm a fool for you oh, that's something." —"Two Hearts Beat as One" (U2), War (1983)
  • "You bury your treasure where it can't be found / But your love is a secret that's been passed around. / There is a silence that comes to a house / Where no-one can sleep. / I guess it's the price of love; I know it's not cheap." —"Ultraviolet (Light My Way)" (Bono), Achtung Baby (1991)
  • "At the instant we were recording it, I got a very strong sense of its power. We were all playing together in the big recording room, a huge, eerie ballroom full of ghosts of the war, and everything fell into place, it was a reassuring moment, when everyone finally went, “oh great, this album has started.” It's the reason you're in a band—when the spirit descends upon you and you create something truly affecting. “One” is an incredibly moving piece. It hits straight into the heart." —The Edge, on the recording of "One", in U2 by U2 by U2 with Neil McCormick (2006)
  • "What ever you do, do not get into a car with Bono. He's not great at the old driving." —The Edge (2001)
  • "The music that really turns me on is either running toward God or away from God. Both recognize the pivot, that God is at the center of the jaunt." —Bono, Rolling Stone's interview (3 November 2005)
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