Out of Dublin: The Early Days of U2

Friday, March 15: 12 p.m.
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1979 U2 poster from music venue McGonagles in Dublin, on exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Inductees U2 – vocalist Bono (born Paul Hewson), guitarist the Edge (Dave Evans), bass player Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen Jr. – formed at Mount Temple School in Dublin in 1976. The four originally dubbed themselves Feedback, then later the Hype. On St. Patrick's Day in 1978, the Hype – now calling themselves U2 – traveled from Dublin to the city of Limerick in the midwest of Ireland to perform at a talent contest sponsored in part by CBS Records and Guinness. U2’s three-song performance won first prize, including a trophy that's part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's U2 Featured Collection, £500 and a demo recording session. That session led to the group's EP called U2-3

Watch the video below as Rock and Roll Hall of Fame curator Meredith Rutledge-Borger shares the stories behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's U2 collection, and a time when the group were playing in Irish clubs with £1 covers and writing their own press releases "full of lies."

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