In The Name Of Love
In the two decades since the release of their first album,
Boy, U2 has established itself as one of the most adventurous and groundbreaking bands in the history of rock and roll.
During that time, U2 has evolved from a virtually unknown, punk-influenced group of young Dubliners into a band that sells
millions of albums and fills sports stadiums around the world. They have achieved the rare feat of being both critically acclaimed
and commercially successful. They have always followed their own muse, never bowing to trends or popular tastes. Their membership
has remained consistent from the start. Their legions of fans are passionate, and so is their music.
In the Name of Love: Two Decades of U2 will examine U2s journey to the top, beginning with the groups formation
at a Dublin high school in the late Seventies. The opening section of the exhibit will include such rare artifacts as the
first U2 T-shirt (made in a school art class), a bio of the Hype (one of the bands early names), rejection letters from two
record companies, a trophy from a 1978 battle of the bands, lead singer Bonos first guitar, and numerous posters and flyers
from early club shows in and around Dublin.
While U2 was revered by critics virtually from the start, it wasnt until their third album, 1983s War, that they
began to make commercial inroads. That album went to Number One in Britain and earned a gold record in America. War
and U2s next studio recording, The Unforgettable Fire, also cemented U2s reputation as a politically conscious band,
with such songs as Sunday Bloody Sunday, about the strife in Northern Ireland, and Pride (In the Name of Love), about Martin
Luther King, Jr. Among the artifacts related to this period are various tour itineraries and tour programs, Larry Mullens
drum set, and Bonos War T-shirt.
With 1987s The Joshua Tree, U2 entered the pop stratosphere. Two songs from the album, With or Without You and I
Still Havent Found What Im Looking For, reached Number One. The group won Grammys for Album of the Year and Best Rock Performance.
The groups followup album, Achtung Baby, was another commercial success; it reached Number One and included the hits
One, Mysterious Ways, Even Better than the Real Thing and Whos Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses. With their 1992 Zoo TV Tour, U2
unleashed an extravagant stage show, during which Bono adopted a series of personas the leather-clad Fly, the demonic MacPhisto.
In the Name of Love: Two Decades of U2 includes costumes from the Zoo TV Tour, as well as from subsequent tours, like
1997s PopMart Tour. In total, the exhibit will include nearly 20 full outfits, plus jackets, shirts, hats and other bit of
clothing. Other artifacts will include schematics and drawings of various stage sets and an architectural model of the Pop
Mart set. In addition to these materials, In the Name of Love: Two Decades of U2 will include production notes from
Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, producers who have worked with U2 for more than a decade; original lyrics from Bono; a draft
of The Ground Beneath Her Feet, written by author Salman Rushdie; animation cels from the Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill
Me video; numerous promotional items from throughout U2s career; and other pieces of correspondence, notes, etc.