Why U2 #36 – The Keys to U2’s Staying Power

whyu2 (3)U2’s longevity is one of the most praiseworthy aspects of the band. Over 38 years ago now, (longer than I’ve been alive) Feedback held their first meeting in Larry’s parents’ kitchen, and they haven’t looked back since. This is particularly noteworthy when one factors in the success that U2 has had – whether we’re talking about rock bands or marriages, success leads to egos, which leads to break-ups. Somehow, though, U2 has managed to stay intact with the same gents who formed the band (minus Edge’s brother Dik, who left not long after they got together).

That same success is another part of what makes U2’s longevity so amazing. Although accusations of “selling-out” have been levied against the band every so often, that same willingness to change their images and to try new things is one of the biggest keys to the band’s almost 40 years of triumph. The next time you start to get down because of some nay-sayer, remember that U2’s career has already outlasted many of their early critics, and they’re not showing any signs of stopping any time soon.

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Ever since I realized as a kid, while poring over the liner notes of the Bob Marley - Songs of Freedom boxed set, that writing about music was a viable career choice, one of my greatest desires has been to write about U2. The band has been a major part of my life for as long as I can remember, and I'm thrilled to have this opportunity to contribute a little something to the fantastic online community that's been built around the band.

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