U2 tour dates have kept the legendary rockers on the road for the better part of the past two years. Their 360° Tour is a phenomenon in and of itself. In April, 2011 the tour became the highest grossing concert tour of all time and U2 keeps adding shows to the outing that has already been seen by seven million fans. U2 concert dates are scheduled in support of their latest release "No Line on the Horizon, with more dates being added to satisfy fan demand.
U2 is comprised of Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen who have played together since 1976. They met as schoolboys in Dublin, Ireland and emerged on the British post-punk scene during the early 80s. Known for their philanthropy and their dedication to the human experience and social causes, the band and frontman Bono, are synonymous with humanitarianism. The band signed a recording contract with Island Records in 1980 and released their debut album Boy that year. The debut garnered them some attention but it wasn't until 1983's War which featured the single "Sunday Bloody Sunday", that they garnered international acclaim and commercial success. U2 tour dates were scheduled internationally on the "War Tour", which played to mid-sized European and US venues.
The band easily distinguished itself from eighties hair bands and electro-pop groups that were popular around the time. They reached superstar status with the release of The Joshua Tree, in 1987. The singles "With or Without You" and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" became US #1 hits and the album won two Grammy awards. U2 concert dates were scheduled at stadiums on the "Joshua Tree Tour" and Time Magazine featured the band on a cover which called them "rock's hottest ticket". The album has sold over 25 million copies since its release and is ranked as one the best albums of all time. The band followed up with the multi-platinum successes Rattle and Hum and Achtung Baby.
By the early '90s, the band had solidified itself as one of the greatest and most successful rock bands of all time. They began to experiment musically and incorporated electronica and pop music into their sound. The albums Zooropa and Pop were released during this time and were received with lukewarm adulation. In support of the albums, the band embarked on the worldwide "PopMart Tour" in 1997. U2 concert dates were scheduled at 93 shows and the they sold nearly four million tickets; it was the second most successful tour of 1997 and was hailed for the technical and visual complexity of the stage and props.
The band returned to their roots in 2000 with All That You Can't Leave Behind, which marked a conscientious turn back to the pure rock format that made them famous. The album was a huge success and has been certified four times platinum. They followed up with How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb in 2004, which proved to be equally successful. U2's legacy includes over 150 million albums sold, twenty-two Grammy Awards (the most of any band), and four sold-out world tours. U2 stands in a league of its own for social responsibility, their philanthropy has garnered them accolades and culminated with a Nobel Peace Prize nomination for Bono.
In their 35th year of being a band, they are celebrating by extending their 360° Tour. The band is currently on its seventh leg which is playing North America throughout July, 2011. U2 tour dates are still available, so if you missed out on an earlier legs, its not too late to catch them when they come to your area. Use Eventful as your source for U2 tour dates and concert schedule information.
Beck Hansen (born Bek David Campbell, July 8, 1970) is an American musician, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, known by his simple stage name of Beck.
Beck's music—with its pop-junk culture collage of musical styles, oblique, ironic lyrics, and post-modern arrangements incorporating samples, drum machines, live instrumentation and heady sound effects—was hailed by critics and the public as among the most idiosyncratic of 1990s alternative rock: critic Steve Huey describes him as "One of the most inventive and eclectic figures to emerge from the '90s alternative revolution." Although Beck's work defies easy categorization, his eclecticism and genre experiments sparked comparisons with Prince, though Beck was undoubtedly a less prolific artist and drew on an absurdist, free-flowing lyrical style that was totally original when first exposed to mainstream audiences. Indeed, some critics labeled him and his breakthrough single "Loser" as novelties.
Despite this individualism, Beck's music is very much a product of the 1990s and the media age in general, with hip hop, indie/underground rock, electronic music and genre-benders like the Beastie Boys as notable touchstones; in addition, some critics liken his head-spinning lyrical aesthetic to a post-modern Bob Dylan sensibility.