Phil & Mel In The Afternoon

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Adam Clayton, Bono, Larry Mullen Jr, The Edge of U2 perform at Optus Stadium on November 27, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

In the fall of 1976, 14-year-old drummer Larry Mullen Jr. posted a flyer on a bulletin board at Mount Temple Comprehensive School in Dublin, Ireland. He was looking for musicians. He found them. Within four years, Larry’s young band had a record deal and released their first album. U2 was taking off.

What are the odds that Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. would have all been students at the same school at the same time? It must have been part of a divine plan to give the world decades of great music. And they were good from the beginning.

“I Will Follow,” is the only song U2 has performed on every tour since releasing their 1980 debut album Boy. It was also the first video they ever made. “Pride (In The Name Of Love)” came in 1984. That video was filmed in their native Ireland, but the song proved that U2 was poised for global superstardom. The band’s first multinational #1 hit, “With Or Without You,” came less than three years later.

  • I Will Follow (1980)

  • Pride (In The Name Of Love) (1984)

  • With Or Without You (1987)