In autumn 1976, drummer Larry Mullen pinned an ad on the notice board at Mount Temple Comprehensive School in Dublin, looking for people to join a band. He'd just acquired his first drum kit at the time and wanted someone to practise with. Paul Hewson (Bono), Dave Evans (The Edge), Dik Evans, Ivan McCormick and Adam Clayton joined up.
Their reputation for electrifying live performances meant that U2 soon built up a dedicated fan base throughout Ireland. Bill Graham, a journalist with 'Hot Press' magazine, was an early champion of the band and introduced them to their manager, Paul McGuinness. U2 have always treated Paul as a 5th member and all their contracts split their income into 5 equal shares.
After the moderate success of their first 2 albums, U2 hit the big time with the 'War' LP, which was released in March 1983. Boosted by the success of the 'New Year's Day' single, the record entered the UK charts at Number 1 (knocking Michael Jackson's Thriller off the top spot in the process) and established the band as a mainstream act.
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