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Martin Ditcham is born in Ilford, Essex, UK. He will find international acclaim as a drummer working with - to name a few - The Rolling Stones, Sade, Elton John, Tina Turner, Everything But The Girl, U2, Mary Black, Diana Ross, Brian May and Chris Rea.
Paul McGuinness, the son of a Royal Air Force officer, is born in Rintein, West Germany, Europe. He will find international fame as the manager of U2.
Needles And Pins by Liverpool band The Searchers enters the Billboard Top 40 singles chart in the USA, where it will peak at No8. The song is written by Jack Nitzsche and Sonny Bono.
Sonny And Cher record 500 Miles, Why Don't They Let Us Fall In Love, Then He Kissed Me and Unchained Melody at Gold Star Recording Studios, 6252 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, California, USA. Sonny Bono acts as producer, and the band includes guitarists Barney Kessel, Don Peake, Howard Roberts, Monte Dunn and Steve Mann, with bassists Cliff Hils and Lyle Ritz, drummers Earl Palmer, Frank Capp and Hal Blaine, harpsichordist Mike Rubini and pianists Don Randi and Harold Battiste.
Adam Clayton of struggling Irish band The Hype places a fake advertisement in a local newspaper, which reads, "Manager seeks the whereabouts of The Hype after amazing Howth gig. Please ring Brian '450822.' The Hype will, in due course, become U2.
The Ramones play at The State Cinema, Dublin, Ireland, Europe. All four members of future megaband U2 go to see them. In 2014, after the death of Joey Ramone, Bono of U2 will be inspired to acknowledge the influence of The Ramones in the single The Miracle Of Joey Ramone.
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U2 play at The Blue Moon, Sligo, Ireland, Europe.
U2 play at the New Regent, Brighton, England, UK, Europe, supported by Fashion.
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U2 play at The Half Moon, London, England, UK, Europe, supported by Fashion.
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U2 play at the Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
U2 release a new single, New Year's Day, in the UK.
New Year's Day by U2 enters the UK singles chart, where it will give the group their first Top 10 hit, peaking at No10.
The Midsummer Open Air Concert at Loreley, West Germany, Europe, 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 play the first of five nights at the Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia, Oceania.
U2 enter the UK singles chart at No8 with Pride (In The Name Of Love).
U2 play the third of five nights at The Sports and Entertainment Centre, Melbourne, Australia, Oceania.
U2's Unforgettable Fire tour plays at the Stadthalle, Offenbach, Germany, Europe.
U2 play at The University Of Illinois Pavillion, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Damned hold a tea party in a tent in Finsbury Park, London, England, UK, Europe, to celebrate their tenth anniversary as a band.
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On the third leg of their Joshua Tree tour, U2 play at Rosemont Horizon, Chicago, Illinois, USA, supported by The BoDeans.
U2 play the first of four nights at Sport Palais Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
The musical A Clockwork Orange 2004 debuts - to generally poor reviews - at The Barbican Theatre, London, UK, with music composed by Bono and The Edge of U2.
Zack De La Rocha, vocalist with Rage Against the Machine, quits the band. On the same day, U2 play an unannounced 'secret' gig at the Manray in Paris, France, Europe, for 150 fans who believed they were simply attending a playback of the band's new album.
U2's Elevation tour comes to an end at the American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida, USA.
The NME/Carling Awards are held in London, with results as below:
  • Band Of The Year - The Strokes
  • Album Of The Year - The Strokes - Is This It
  • Single Of The Year - Ash - Burn Baby Burn
  • Best Solo Artist - Ian Brown
  • Best New Act - The Strokes
  • Best Music Video - Radiohead - Pyramid Song
  • Best Live Act - U2
  • Best Live Venue - Brixton Academy, London
  • Musical Event Of The Year - Carling Weekend
  • Best Radio Show - Evening Session
  • Best hip-hop act - Missy Elliott
  • Best R&B - Aaliyah
  • Best Dance Act - Basement Jaxx
  • Best Metal Group - Lost Prophets
  • Best Pop Act - Kylie Minogue
  • Philip Hall On Award - The Coral
  • Godlike Genius - Nick Kent / Pennie Smith
  • Outstanding Contribution To NME - The Charlatans.
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 The Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado, USA.
The second 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'.
To promote the imminent release of their new LP No Line On The Horizon, U2 play an unannounced twenty minute-long gig on the roof of BBC Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London.
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 first of two nights at Wembley Stadium, London, supported by Elbow and The Hours.
It is announced that Gorillaz are to replace U2 as headliners of this year's Glastonbury Festival. U2 pulled out because frontman Bono has injured his back.
Glastonbury Festival 2010 gets into full swing on its third day at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, UK. Acts appearing today include Rolf Harris, Gorillaz, Vampire Weekend, The Flaming Lips, Groove Armada and Brian Kennedy. Mick Jones (The Clash/Gorillaz) celebrates his birthday at a backstage party, with guests including Kate Moss.
On their 360 Degree tour U2 play in The Commerzbank Arena, Frankfurt, Germany, Europe, supported by Kasabian.
On their 360 Degree tour U2 play the second of two nights in Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland, Europe, supported by Razorlight.
Spider-Man : Turn Off the Dark, a Broadway musical with songs by U2's Bono and The Edge, faces harsh criticism on its first night of previews at The Foxwoods Theatre, New York City, USA. With production costs estimated at $65m (£42m) it is said to be the most expensive Broadway production in history.
On their 360 Degree tour U2 play the first of two nights in Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia, Oceania, supported by Jay-Z.
On the fifth leg of their 360 Degree Tour, U2 play at FNB Stadium, [aka Soccer City], Johannesburg, South Africa, supported by The Springbok Nude Girls and Amadou And Mariam.
On the seventh leg of their 360 Degree Tour, U2 play at INVESCO Field At Mile High, Denver, Colorado, USA, supported by The Fray.
On the seventh leg of their 360 Degree Tour, >U2 play at Qwest Field, Seattle, Washington, USA, supported by Lenny Kravitz.
Guitarist The Edge and frontman Bono of U2 appear on The Late Show With David Letterman in New York City, USA.
On the seventh leg of their 360 Degree Tour, U2 play at New Meadowlands Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA, supported by Interpol.
It is reported that U2's Broadway musical, Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark, broke all box office and attendance records during the last week of 2011 by earning $2,941,790 over nine performances during the seven days.
Bono and The Edge of U2 attend the 1000th performance of the theatre show Spiderman - Turn Off The Dark" at The Foxwoods Theater, Broadway, New York City, USA.
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.
Dennis Sheehan, U2's tour manager since 1982, dies aged 68 in Los Angeles, California, USA, while on tour with the band.
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On their 51-date The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, U2 play at The AT+T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, USA, supported by The Lumineers.
On their 51-date The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, U2 play the first of two nights at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA, supported by The Lumineers.
On their 51-date The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, U2 play the second of two nights at Estadio Nacional de Chile, South America, supported by Noel Gallagher's High FLying Birds.