Tracing U2’s journey from boys to men

Tony Clayton-Lea’s musical awakening coincided with U2’s beginnings and, as they prepare to re-release their album All That You Can’t Leave Behind on its 20th anniversary, he looks back at some of the band’s most interesting creative moments

23rd October, 2020
Tracing U2’s journey from boys to men
U2 have been around for more than four decades and have always had the courage of their beliefs. Photo: Anton Corbijn

You can say what you like about U2 (and we know you will), but they haven’t backed down from a fight since I first saw them as a support act in 1978. From squaring up to the Stranglers’ spitting fans at Dún Laoghaire’s Top Hat to doing the best they could as guests of the Greedy Bastards, a Thin Lizzy/Sex Pistols mashup, at Artane’s Stardust nightclub, U2 have always had the courage of their beliefs....

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