New On the Charts

Billboard Magazine (1981-03-21)

New on the Charts: U2 “Boy”

U2 was formed at an experimental school in Dublin, Ireland in 1976. Drummer Larry Mullin, who wanted to get a band together, pinned a message to a bulletin board at Mount Temple School there, hoping to interest some of his schoolmates in the idea.

He eventually did, teaming up with bassist Adam Clayton -the only member of U2 with any previous experience in a rock band vocalist Bono and guitarist the Edge, to form U2.

The four, who are now all 19 and 20 years of age, began performing their accessible, melodic pop tunes in Eire. building up a loyal local following. U2 released a three-track record, “U-2-3,” late in 1979 that charted in Ireland. Shortly afterwards, in the beginning of 1980, the band won in five categories in a readers poll taken by Irish rock magazine, The Hot Press. The group then journeyed to London, where it recorded two singles. “11 O’Clock Tick Tock” and “A Day Without Me” and then it debut album “Boy” (Island Records).

U2 is managed by Paul McGinnis. 65 Waterloo Rd.. Dublin, Ireland at (01) 686-5533. It is booked by Premier Talent, 3 E. 54th St., New York, N.Y. 10022 at (212) 758-4900.

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