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Popular actor and vocalist Russell Nype is starring in a Dorothy Hild Revue at the Edgewater Beach Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, USA, along with Griff Williams.
Paul Hewson is born in Dublin, Eire. He will become singer and songwriter Bono Vox of U2.
Tony Orlando releases a new single, At The Edge Of Tears, on Epic Records in the USA.
Sonny Bono of Sonny And Cher writes in his diary, "Cher gets scared unless she understands my thinking completely. I know she was constantly disappointed most of her youth, and it's hard for her to understand that I'm not the way she's been brought up all her life. We have the fame and the greatness now. I must build a foundation so what we have will be strong."
Yes release their fifth album Close To The Edge on Atlantic Records in the UK.
Sonny Bono, of Sonny And Cher, writes in his diary that his singing partner "is a changed person. Her wants and reasons have changed. I don't understand them. I don't know if she does either. I thought I was teaching. She thought I was intimidating."
U2 are signed to a recording contract by Island Records, allegedly in the ladies' toilet at The Lyceum Ballroom, London.
The Midsummer Open Air Concert at Loreley, West Germany, features Dave Edmunds, U2, The Stray Cats, Joe Cocker and Steve Miller. At the climax of the show, during the song Abracadabra, Steve Miller takes part in a disappearing trick with a tiger. Unfortunately, in a classic Spinal Tap moment, Miller becomes trapped in a secret compartment beneath the tiger cage and has to be rescued by the stage crew.
U2 get their first US platinum album when the R.I.A.A. certifies Unforgettable Fire as a platinum disc.
The single Sun City by Artists United Against Apartheid is released in the USA. Largely the brainchild of Little Steven Van Zandt, the artists involved include U2, Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, Peter Gabriel, Jimmy Cliff, Lou Reed, Simple Minds, Keith Richards and Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones, Herbie Hancock and Gil Scott-Heron.
U2 play the first of four nights at Sport Palais Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
U2 play the third of four(non-consecutive) nights at Sport Palais Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Europe.
In the Waldorf-Astoria hotel, New York City, USA, songwriting team Carole King and Gerry Goffin are inducted into the Rock’n’Roll Hall Of Fame. Graham Nash inducts The Kinks. Phil Spector inducts The Platters. A brief live performance by The Who is included in the ceremony, and they are inducted into the Hall of Fame by Adam Clayton of U2.
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Mickey Hart, drummer of The Grateful Dead, releases a new LP, At The Edge on Rykosdic in the USA.
Achtung Baby by U2 is certified as a double platinum album by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Avant-garde composer John Cage, whose works influenced many pop and rock artists, dies aged 79.
Achtung Baby by U2 is certified as a four-times platinum album in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
U2 play in Wembley Stadium, London, UK, supported by PJ Harvey and Big Audio Dynamite II.
Iron Maiden release their first single in three years, Man On The Edge, on EMI Records in the UK. The single is their first with new vocalist Blaze Bayley.
Just before the encore of U2's show at Vallehovin, Oslo, Norway, Europe, the band's four members find themselves trapped, Spinal Tap-style, inside a 40ft-high metallic lemon-shaped 'pod' high above the stage. The device was supposed to open and let them emerge but on this night, the mechanism failed.
Bono of U2 has an audience with Pope John Paul II in his summer house near Rome, Italy, Europe.
Junior's Place, a celebrated juke joint in Chulahoma, Mississippi, USA, burns to the ground. Jumior's had been opened (and run for many years) by blues guitarist, songwriter and singer Junior Kimborough. It attracted blues fans and musicians from all over the world, including members of U2, The Rolling Stones and The Black Keys.
Lawyers acting on behalf of U2 guitarist The Edge serve an injunction for invasion of privacy on Ireland’s Sunday World newspaper, which had reported that one of Edge’s relatives was ill.
Bono of U2 announces the launch of his new ‘ethical’ clothing range, Edun, at Saks Fifth Avenue, in New York City, USA. All clothes in the range are made in Lima, Peru, South America, and Monastir, Tunisia, from cotton and denim, and will retail at prices from $45 to $300.
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On their Vertigo tour, U2 play the second of two nights at The Honda Center, Anaheim, Los Angeles, California, USA.
U2 play at Croke Park, Dublin, Eire, Europe, supported by Paddy Casey And Snow Patrol.
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by Paul McCartney with U2 is the highest new entry in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the USA, entering at No48. Mariah Carey remains at No1 with We Belong Together.
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by Paul McCartney with U2 is the highest new entry in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the USA, entering at No48. Mariah Carey remains at No1 with We Belong Together.
The first day of a three day long Bruce Springsteen Symposium takes place at Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey, USA. The event includes over 150 academic papers including 'A Marxist Perspective On Darkness On The Edge Of Town' and 'The Boss And The Bible'.
U2 play a 'secret' gig at the Somerville Theatre, Somerville, Massachusetts, as part of the promotion for their new album, No Line On The Horizon.
Tinchy Stryder reaches No1 in the UK pop singles chart with Never Leave You, a collaboration with Amelle Berrabah. On the same day, U2's 360 tour plays the second of two nights at Stadium Makimir, Zagreb, Croatia, supported by Snow Patrol.
U2's 360 tour plays the second of two nights at Wembley Stadium, London, UK, supported by Glasvegas and The Hours. An after-show party is held at Home House Private Members Club, attended by Brian Eno, Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol, Lars Ulrich of Metallica and a somewhat drunken Noel Gallagher of Oasis.
The Edge of U2 and Mary J. Blige are among the celebrities attending the 'A Night of Humanity' event in aid of Hope Help And Relief Haiti at Urban Zen in New York City, USA.
U2 announce that lead singer Bono is now recovering from his recent back surgery and, as a result, they can now re-schedule the tour dates they had previously cancelled. [Bono had injured his back during rehearsals in Germany].
On their 360 Degree tour U2 play in the Stadio Olimpico di Torino, Turin, Italy, Europe, supported by Kasabian.
On their 360 Degree tour U2 play in the Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria, Europe, supported by One Republic.
On the sixth leg of their 360 Degree Tour, U2 play at Estadio Ciudad de La Plata, La Plata, Argentina, South America, supported by Muse.
On their Closer To The Edge tour, 30 Seconds To Mars play at The Sunset Cove Amphitheater, Boca Raton, Florida, USA.
On the seventh leg of their 360 Degree Tour, U2 play at INVESCO Field At Mile High, Denver, Colorado, USA, supported by The Fray.
Bono of U2 and Alicia Keys are among the guests attending President Barack Obama's speech at a World AIDS day event hosted by the ONE Campaign and (RED) at George Washington University in Washington, DC, USA.
On their Closer To The Edge tour, 30 Seconds To Mars play the second of two nights at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, New York City, USA.
It is reported that Bono of U2's stake in Facebook could make him the world's richest rock star when the company floats on the stock exchange. Bono owns 1.5% of Facebook's shares so, at current valuations, when the company floats on the stock exchange later this year, Bono's shares should be worth just under $1bn [£630 million], making him considerably wealthier than Paul McCartney.
It is reported that Bono of U2's stake in Facebook could make him the world's richest rock star when the company floats on the stock exchange. Bono owns 1.5% Facebook's shares so, at current valuations, when the company floats on the stock exchange later this year, Bono's shares should be worth just under $1bn [£630 million], making him considerably wealthier than Paul McCartney.
In Los Angeles, California, USA, the producers of U2's Broadway show, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark settle their legal disputes over the firing of the show's former director, Julie Taymor. Under the agreement, Taymor will receive full royalty fees for her services as a director, plus fees towards her work as a collaborator.
Yes play at The Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, California, USA. The show is part of the first leg of an international trek in which they are playing three complete albums each night for the first time - The Yes Album, Close to the Edge and Going for the One.
The Carrivick Sisters release their fifth album, Over The Edge, in the UK.
While Bono of U2 is flying from Dublin, Ireland, Europe, to Berlin, Germany, a rear door (tailgate) on his private Learjet 60 D-CGEO falls off at 8,000ft over the German coast. Luggage belonging to Bono and his companions also fell out. One hour Bono later, meets with Germany's development minister Gerd Mueller at his ministry in Berlin to discuss overseas aid projects.
U2's Innocence And Experience tour dates sell out as soon asoon as they go on sale in the USA - a total of 44 shows with 660,000 tickets sold.
Playback.fm publishes a list of the world's richest living musicians, showing Andrew Lloyd Webber at No1 ($1.2bn), Paul McCartney at No2 ($1.2bn) and Herb Alpert at No3 ($850m). Others on the list are Madonna, Dr. Dre, P. Diddy, Celine Dion, Bono of U2, Jay-Z and Mariah Carey.
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