Bono

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  • Tono

    Tono

    "The Voice and range to match the man himself"

     

     

    Hailing from Birmingham area and now resides in nr. Milton Keynes. Tono joined U2-2 in 2014 after performing along side other cover bands. Tono has all pairs of Bono's shades from every tour U2 have done. He takes the light hearted approach to being a U2 front man.

     

    "Rock and Roll doggy"

     

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Edge

  • Luke

    Luke

    "The space man of the band"

     

     

    Original band member whom formed Actuntng Baby in 1992, Spending weeks/months getting the sounds right. Luke has spent over £20,000 on edges guitars alone then there are the effects racks.

     

    "He doesn't say much but when he does....."

     

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Adam

  • Steve

    Steve

    "The Jazz man who only listens to one band"

     

     

    Original band member from 1992.

    He loves Adam Clayton as much as his children. He has 4 of Adam bass guitars and a further collection on his walls. Steve carry's Adam's full back line and effects.

     

    "I think it's kind of B*ll Sh*t"

     

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Larry

Image of U2 drummer Andy looking like Larry Mullen Jnr. Yamaha drum kit used by U2
  • George

    George

    "The body guard of the band"

     

     

    Joined in 2007, bringing the power of Larry and beyond, carrying 2 of Larry's drum kits. Many snares and all the accessories to boot.

     

    "It's all about the drums"

     

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Biography

 

U2 2 are the world's longest running U2 show, with over 25 years in the business and are still considered by U2 fans as 'the' U2 tribute band to see live.

 

"We are flattered by what they're doing" ...BONO U2

 

"U2 2 are the world's longest running tribute to U2. With 25 years experience, they are the real-deal."

 

'Seen them a few times, they're the best, quite stunning' - Aaron Govern U2 staff member

 

'Amazeballs, you guy's rock. The best in the world' - Ciara Lawrence  The Edge's cousin

 

'The greatest U2 tribute in the world' - Suggs  Madness

 

'You only need Jo the soundman stood next to you' - Keith Duffy  Boyzone

 

'Amazing guys, that was incredible' - Winston Ellis  (Pirates of The Caribbean / Batman)

 

'You guy's saved me tonight, I said, look, there's U2!' - Brian Robertson  Thin Lizzy

 

'You look more like them than they do' - Carol Decker  T'Pau

 

'I toured with U2 on The Joshua Tree tour and played Live Aid, you guy's have it all' - Rupert Black  Pretenders

 

U2 2 are the only tribute to have performed alongside U2 at the same football stadiums.

 

U2 2 are now in their 25th year. They have performed over 1250 concerts, from theatre to festival and have travelled over three continents to do so.  Actually a 'look-a-like / sound-a-like' band in the same vein as The Bootleg Beatles. From Inverness to Monaco, from Chicago to Bahrain, the band have been thrilling U2 fans all around the world. In 1997 they performed alongside U2 at Feyenoord Stadium and during the last two decades, they have often been mistaken for the real thing. The real-deal with past clients such as, BBC1, ITV1, RTE, SKY, Blackberry, Pernod-Ricard, Mencap and the 2012 Olympics.

 

 

FOR YOUR ATTENTION BABY

 

From 1993 onwards, the band played to sell-out crowds across Britain, Ireland and Europe. Holding the award for successive sell-out shows at The Limelight in Crewe, the lads were also featured on both national TV and radio. U2 fan clubs often booked the band to perform at their conventions, with foreign tours seeing the lads travelling around in stretch limo's. Local shows included Sheffield Arena and Don Valley Stadium, the same venue U2 would perform at thirteen years later. Shows across in Ireland included a near riot in Sligo and a show alongside Aslan at Dublin's Point Depot. The lads also gigged alongside The Lightning Seeds

and Samantha Mumba.

 

U2 2 bump into U2 and Gavin Friday

In 1997, as guests of The Zooropean fanclub, the band performed at Feyenoord Stadium on the first day of U2's European POP tour. Spending two days watching U2's crew assemble the giant Pop Mart stage, they bumped into U2, Gavin Friday and were even mistaken for the real thing by Dutch security. After being led into U2's own backstage area, the lads resisted the temptation of breaking into U2's drinks rider. They also posed for pictures on the bonnet of the Trabant car used on the Achtung Baby sleeve. Follow up tours of Europe followed with one show being performed high in the hills of southern Portugal. The band totally blacked-out the village during

sound-check, but that night's show saw them performing to around 10,000 people. With Wayne Taylor on vocals, the band recorded new versions of Electric Co and Hold Me, Thrill Me. These tracks were released as a CD single. In 1998 the band were once again joined on vocals by Andy Bagnall who had previously been featured on ITV's Stars in their Eyes. The band go on to win the award of 'Best sound-a-like' act on BBC1's Battle of The Tributes.

 

Something U2 had done back in 1982

In 2008, the band play to more people at Rotherham's Blues Cafe than Doctor Feelgood, Nine Below Zero and Simon Kirk of Free. A show at enormous Magna Centre in their home town sees the lads play to over 3500 people and the band once again travel to Ireland. The Montenotte Hotel in Cork allows the band to take pictures on top of the roof, something U2 had done back in 1982. The following year in Sheffield saw U2's visit to Don Valley Stadium. U2 2 were booked to play over the road at Meadowhall which saw hundreds of shoppers lining up for pictures and autographs. Blackberry, sponsors of the 360 tour, hired the band as look-a-likes to promote their latest Curve mobile. Back home, the lads helped launch Doncaster radio station, Sine FM.

 

The Bootleg Beatles use U2 2's drum kit

In 2010, the band performed alongside The Bootleg Beatles in Coventry's Ricoh Stadium, with The Bootleg's using U2 2's drum kit. U2 2 also headlined a few festivals that

year and in 2012 they were asked to play twice during the Olympics. All of the Irish team's fanbase in London came to watch the shows. During a sell-out Madness show at Doncaster Race course, Suggs tells the crowd that the world's greatest U2 tribute will be there the following week. The band are joined on vocals by Tono Higginson, complete with a new look and new sounds.

 

  U2 2 meet and perform with 'The Edges' cousin

With continued success, the band meet and perform 'The Edge's cousin' and plan annual charity shows in aid of Mencap. The first event is held at London's Borderline and is watched by Anna Kennedy OBE, Olley Edwards, U2 staff member Aron Govern and Hollywood actor, Winston Ellis. The band play successful shows around the country and next year, will be their 25th anniversary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U2 2 PAYING TRIBUTE (written by Luke Pepper - founding band member)

 

Back in 1992, the term 'tribute band' wasn't widely known. The world had seen it's fair share of Elvis and Marilyn Monroe impersonators, but bands paying tribute to famous acts wasn't in the public's psyche. I'd been an original signed artist and writing my own material since being at school. I'd also been in quite a few cover bands to earn money whilst gigging. I put together yet another of those bands and a friend suggested we add more U2 songs to the set. I didn't argue with that, as U2 were riding high in the charts after releasing their Achtung Baby album. So, numbers by The Jam and The Police gave way to songs such as One and Mysterious Ways.

After a short amount of time, half of the set comprised of U2 numbers and with total serendipity, it was suggested we try to emulate U2's look. By pure chance, or genes, I looked like The Edge and our drummer, blonde, resembled Larry Mullen Jnr.  We put ads out in newspapers to find an Adam Clayton and within a short period of time, we found Stephen Kean, an ardent U2 fan. He quickly suggested his brother as lead vocalist and with that, we became Achtung Baby.

 

Back in 1993 there was no internet to speak of, so we drew our references from photographs of U2 in books and whatever we could find on VHS tapes. The set was comprised of Achtung Baby songs with older classics added, such as Sunday Bloody Sunday and Gloria. We did the best we could with limited equipment and little knowledge of what The Edge was playing through. I guess having been an all-round guitarist gave me help in deciding how to emulate Edge's guitar sounds, something I tried to achieve on a shoe-string budget. Our first shows were in South Yorkshire and we were warmly received. Over the next few months, with much dedication, our band grew into a national prospect. We finally heard another U2 tribute had been doing the rounds but there was plenty of room for both acts to attain national exposure.

 

During the rest of that decade, Achtung Baby went on to much grander things. We played every week, sometimes travelling from Penzance to Inverness on back-to-back gigs and we were featured on both national t.v. and radio. We sold out many venues and with other bands such as Jene Genie and Limehouse Lizzy, the whole genre kicked off into something we all never imagined. European tours followed and after gigging across Ireland for the last few years, we got the chance to play Dublin's Point Depot with Aslan. It was a packed house, playing to thousands

of people. I also remember being in Portugal where we played to around 10,000 people, after having blacked out a whole village during the sound check. Crazy times, definitely filled with sex, drugs and rock 'n roll.

 

I left the scene briefly in 2000 to go back to being an original artist. In that time, the term 'tribute' had become a dirty word or at best, a source of amusement. Maybe I was one of those people casting aspersions. It seemed that every week, some new tribute band was raising it's head. Sometimes, an original artist had only been famous for six months, before a tribute

artist was out. Most of the bands had one member who was a look-a-like and lots featured amatuer musicians who struggled to play. The whole genre had become a victim of it's own success. I did have reservations with regards to reforming the band. The world had moved on and there was a lot of competition out there, however bad. Venues had come to rely upon tribute bands to fill their rooms. It was, after all, a good way for them to raise cash, so they could feature original bands during the week. I'd been working in a music venue, so I knew how things went.

 

We christened ourselves U2 2 and with much more technology at our feet, we now played U2 songs as they were meant to be. To have life-long U2 fans comment on the smallest details is really thrilling. If it's worth doing, it's worth doing right and to have both Bono's and U2 staff members praise, is heart-warming. We've also been able to raise a little for charity and working with The Edge's cousin, Ciara is always a happy and humbling experience.

 

Now we have to promulgate our original concept; to pay the ultimate tribute to a band who's music has always thrilled and entertained. It's been a long road, with many turns, but looking back on the last 25 years, we've been blessed. Over the last few years, we've played massive corporate events, headlined many festivals and worked with clients such as The BBC, ITV, SKY, RTE, Blackberry, Pernod-Ricard and the 2012 Olympics.

 

On behalf of Andy, Tono & Stephen, our lifelong thanks.
 
To meet fellow U2 fans who share our passion, well that's why we do it. We are paying tribute.

 

 

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