'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 (U2 - The Edge's cousin)
'The greatest U2 tribute in the world'
'You only need Jo the sound man stood next to you'
Keith Duffy (Boyzone)
'Amazing guys, that was incredible'
(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 (The Pretenders)
Jimmy Destri - Blondie
"U2 2 are the world's longest running tribute to U2 ....they are the real-deal."
U2 2 are now in their 29th year and have performed over 2000 concerts, from theatre to festival and have travelled three continents in doing 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 many times. With past clients including; 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.
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 the 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 the Meadowhall Entainment dome which saw thousands watch and 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 phone. Back home, and the lads helped to 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 fan base 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.
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 Aaron Govern and Hollywood actor, Winston Ellis. The band play successful shows around the country and next year, will be their 25th anniversary.
U2 2 and Achtung Baby Past members
We would like to acknowledge all past members who have been at part of the U2-2 (Achtung Baby) journey:
In no particular order: Luke Pepper (Founding Member), Tono Higgs, Steve Kean, Dean Bush, Gary Kean, Wayne Taylor, Guy Shalom, Andy Bagnell (Stars in their eyes), Frank Bride, Brian Oglanby, Frank Farcas, Tony Jonson, Pete Akin, did we forget someone?.... "for the love of Bono"
Lock down 2020-2021 had a profound impact for all U2 2 members life began to change seeing members enter married life, incomes vanish and a growing sense that it was coming to an end. So members fell out with an anger aimed towards the over reaction of the government. Bonoless, Edgeless, and Adamless, Our Larry (George) answered a call from a Bono wannabe 'Mike' asking what was going on with the band and saying, "I WANT THE JOB!" I know an Adam with all Clayton's bass guitars (and he's good) and our new Edge, Jules was busy rewriting sequences and fine tuning the sounds he had built working with another U2 tribute through the early 90's & 00's. The band did a hand full of festivals and gigs with very little practice to an astounding response and the band are back.
We would like to thank our small but trusty crew of volunteers with who this would not be possible: Dev Chamberlin, Pete Wright, Joe Dudziak (RiP)
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