Switchfoot is a United States rock and alternative rock band that rose to mainstream prominence in the mid-2000s. According to Jon Foreman, the name "Switchfoot" is a surfing term. "We all love to surf and have been surfing all our lives so to us, the name made sense. To switch your feet means to take a new stance facing the opposite direction. It's about change and movement, a different way of approaching life and music."
A number of Switchfoot's songs were included in the 2002 movie A Walk to Remember. Singer and actor Mandy Moore, who starred in the movie, sang Switchfoot's song "Only Hope" during a scene in the movie.
Their latest album, The Beautiful Letdown, has been their most successful to date. The hit single "Meant to Live" enjoyed widespread airplay on rock radio stations and transitioned into the top 40. A re-recorded version of "Dare You to Move" has been high on the charts as well. The song "Gone" has also received airplay on Christian radio stations but wasn't released as an actual single. In 2005, Switchfoot received five Dove Award nominations, including Artist of the Year.
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In 2005, Switchfoot received five Dove Award nominations, including Artist of the Year. Some human rights causes helped by U2 include:. The song "Gone" has also received airplay on Christian radio stations but wasn't released as an actual single. In 2003, Bono was named on the short list of nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize. A re-recorded version of "Dare You to Move" has been high on the charts as well. Bono is perhaps the best-known advocate for finding a cure for AIDS and helping the impoverished in Africa. The hit single "Meant to Live" enjoyed widespread airplay on rock radio stations and transitioned into the top 40. U2 is almost as well known for its humanitarian nature as it is for its music.
Their latest album, The Beautiful Letdown, has been their most successful to date.  (http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/artist_database/236/236.html). Singer and actor Mandy Moore, who starred in the movie, sang Switchfoot's song "Only Hope" during a scene in the movie. U2 also had a big influence on artists of various kinds like the Austrian painter Kave Atefie (http://www.kave.at) who dedicated successfully two art-series ('Like a promise in the year of election' and 'Outside it's America') to the work of the Irish band. A number of Switchfoot's songs were included in the 2002 movie A Walk to Remember. Also many other musicians were influenced by the work of U2 - there are several cover versions of U2 songs by bands like Pet Shop Boys and The Chimes and musicians like Mica Paris and Johnny Cash. It's about change and movement, a different way of approaching life and music.". His poem 'A thanksgiving prayer' was used as video-footage during the bands Zoo-TV-Tour in the early 1990's.
To switch your feet means to take a new stance facing the opposite direction. Burroughs who had a guest appearance in their video of Last Night on Earth shortly before he died. "We all love to surf and have been surfing all our lives so to us, the name made sense. author William S. According to Jon Foreman, the name "Switchfoot" is a surfing term. U2 also worked together with other artists, like the U.S. Switchfoot is a United States rock and alternative rock band that rose to mainstream prominence in the mid-2000s. Two of the tracks, Miss Sarajevo and Your Blue Room, even made it to their best of album for 1990-2000.
+Stars+ Switchfoot fansite (http://www.shrimpdesign.com/sf/). The work is a compilation of film music for nonexistent movies, and a bit of a step back from the usual style of the band. Switchfoot lyrics (http://www.christianrocklyrics.com/switchfoot.php). While working under the pseudonym "Passengers," U2 gave producer Brian Eno quite a bit more creative control and cranked out the album Original Sountracks 1. Columbia Records (http://www.columbiarecords.com/). Beside their band-project, U2 and its members also worked with other musicians, such as the Irish band Clannad with which Bono recorded the song "In A Lifetime." Together with The Edge, Bono wrote the song "GoldenEye" for the James Bond movie of the same name, which was performed by Tina Turner. They also wrote the song "She's A Mystery To Me" for Roy Orbison, which was released on his album Mystery Girl, while Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Junior did a remix of the title track of the movie Mission: Impossible in 1996. Switchfoot (http://www.switchfoot.com/). Kings of Leon will be supporting U2 for the American leg of this tour.
The Beautiful Letdown, Top Internet albums, #16. In Vancouver, Canada, the band had scheduled one show but tickets sold out in 5 minutes, so a second show was added. The Beautiful Letdown, Top Christian albums, #1. In Belgium and in Austria the tickets were sold within 60 minutes. The Beautiful Letdown, Billboard 200, #16. U2 have smashed Irish box office records with ticket sales for their Dublin concerts, after more than 150,000 were sold within 50 minutes. The Beautiful Letdown, Top Contemporary Christian, #2. The DVD carries a video of an exclusive live performance of "Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own" from the band's Dublin studio, and a Trent Reznor remix of "Vertigo.".
Learning to Breathe, Top Contemporary Christian, #23. The single will be available on 2 CD formats and a DVD single. Learning to Breathe, Heatseekers, #34. The performance is a Jacknife Lee remix of "Ave Maria" sung by Bono with Luciano Pavarotti.The B-Side of the single also includes a remix of the hit "Vertigo" and a Jacknife Lee remix of "Fast Cars." Fast Cars is an album track available only on the UK and Japan versions and American deluxe editions of Atomic Bomb. New Way to Be Human, Top Contemporary Christian, #21. In Europe, the next single released from the album - "Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own" - will feature once again a Bono/Pavarotti performance on the B-side. New Way to Be Human, Heatseekers, #31. On March 14, 2005, U2 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility.
"Dare You to Move," Top 40 mainstream, peaked at #29 (as of writing). In April 2004, Rolling Stone magazine placed U2 in its fifty "greatest rock & roll artists of all time". The band was now considered firmly part of the group it had been lambasted for trying to enter during the late 1980s. "Dare You to Move," Modern rock tracks, peaked at #9 (as of writing). They then played a free concert at a Brooklyn park, attracting over 3,000 fans who had learned of the show on various U2 fan websites. "Meant To Live," Top 40 tracks, peaked at #9. The band made a video for the second North American single, "All Because Of You," while riding on a flatbed truck through the streets of Manhattan on November 22. "Meant To Live," Top 40 mainstream, peaked at #6. Purchasers of the special edition iPod also were eligible for a $50 discount on the purchase of the complete band catalog from iTunes.
"Meant To Live," Hot 100, peaked at #18. In a further partnership with Apple Computer, the band licensed a special version of the iPod music player with a U2 design (black faceplate with red click wheel, echoing the color scheme for the new album) and facsimilies of the bandmembers' signatures etched on the back plate. "Meant To Live," Modern rock tracks, peaked at #5. In another first, the band allowed the single "Vertigo" to be used in a widely-aired iTunes television commercial; though the band did not receive any royalties for the use of the song, due to the commercial the song was well known even before the release of the album. "Meant To Live," Mainstream rock tracks, peaked at #36. They made appearances on TV shows like CD:UK and The Jonathan Ross Show in Britain and Saturday Night Live in America. "Meant To Live," Adult Top 40, peaked at #5. U2 promoted How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb heavily.
Don't Be There. This was a record for the band, nearly doubling the first-week sales of All That You Can't Leave Behind in the USA. Ode to Chin. It sold 840,000 units in the United States in its first week. You. The album debuted at #1 in 32 countries, including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and the band's native Ireland. Life and Love and Why. The album, titled How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, was released on November 22 in much of the world and November 23 in the United States.
Concrete Girl. The song received extensive airplay in the first week after its release and debuted at #18 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart at #46 on the Billboard Hot 100, at #1 on the UK Singles Chart, and #5 on the Australian ARIAnet singles chart. Might Have Ben Hur. No such pre-release of the album occurred, however, and the first single from the album, titled "Vertigo", was released for airplay on September 24, 2004. Home. Shortly thereafter, Bono stated that, should the album appear on P2P networks, it would be released immediately via iTunes and be in stores within a month. The Edge of My Seat. A rough-cut of the band's follow-up album was stolen in Nice, France, in July 2004  (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/music/3897987.stm).
Underwater. I especially like the bassline." The track went to the top of the UK singles charts in February 2004 and also went top 5 in Ireland and top ten in Australia. Chem 6a. Adam Clayton said of the track: "It's a good beat and you can dance to it. Bomb. All four members of U2 had to clear the track, which was released under the title of LMC vs U2. Legend of Chin (1997)
Under the Floor. Bono continued his campaigns for debt and HIV/AIDS relief throughout the summer of 2002. In late 2002, U2 released part two of its greatest hits collection, The Best of 1990-2000. I Turn Everything Over. A few months later, All That You Can't Leave Behind picked up four more Grammy Awards. Amy's Song. That image would appear on numerous magazine covers and newspapers. Only Hope. At the end of the performance, Bono opened his jacket to reveal an American flag printed on the lining.
Something More. The undisputed highlight of the show was an emotional performance of "Where the Streets Have No Name" in which the names of the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks, projected onto a pair of backdrops, floated up towards the sky behind the band. Let That Be Enough. After the Elevation tour ended in late 2001, the culmination of U2's resurrection came when the band performed a spectacular three-song set in New Orleans, Louisiana during halftime of Super Bowl XXXVI. Company Car. Following such an accomplished album, and a hugely successful tour, many fans felt that U2 had been successful in "re-applying for the job of the biggest band in the world", an application Bono had made a year earlier. Sooner or Later. The tour was the top concert draw in North America, where the band's 80 shows (out of 113 worldwide) grossed $110 million, the second-highest total behind The Rolling Stones' "Voodoo Lounge Tour" in 1994.
Incomplete. The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 nearly led U2 to cancel the tour, but they decided to continue, starting the second American leg of the tour at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, home of the "Fighting Irish". New Way to Be Human. The Elevation tour saw the band performing in a scaled down setting, on a heart shaped stage. New Way to Be Human (1999)
Erosion 3.23 min. It debuted at No. Economy of Mercy 3.56 min. All That You Can't Leave Behind, released in late October, was received widely as U2's return to grace, and was considered by many to be U2's "third masterpiece" (after Achtung Baby and The Joshua Tree, (Rolling Stone)). The Loser 3.39 min. That song, and others, eventually appeared on the soundtrack to The Million Dollar Hotel, a movie based on a story written by Bono. Playing for Keeps 3.44 min. During these sessions, the band collaborated with author Salman Rushdie, who wrote the lyrics to a song called "The Ground Beneath Her Feet", based on his book of the same name.
Innocence Again 3.28 min. After the overwhelming extravagance of the "PopMart" tour, critics and music industry insiders felt that U2 was trying to return to the days of The Joshua Tree in order to keep its audience of loyal fans. Poparazzi 3.20 min. U2 went back into the studio in early 1999, yet again with Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois producing. Love Is the Movement 5.10 min. In late 1998, U2 released its first greatest hits compilation, The Best of 1980-1990. You Already Take Me There 2.43 min. Also that year, U2 performed on an Irish TV fundraiser for victims of the Omagh, Northern Ireland bombing which killed 28 and injured hundreds more earlier in the year.
Learning to Breathe 4.35 min. The band played a brief concert in Belfast in May of 1998, three days before the public voted in favour of the Northern Ireland Peace Accord. I Dare You to Move 4.08 min. The "Popmart tour" was the second-highest grossing tour of 1997 with revenues of just under $80 million, but it cost more than $100 million to produce. Learning To Breathe (2000)
Adding to the Noise 2.50 min. The album debuted at #1 in 28 countries, and earned U2 mixed critical praise. On Fire 4.39 min. Pop was released in March of 1997. Gone 3.43 min. In early 1996, U2 began work on their next record. The Beautiful Letdown 5.21 min. The album, including a collaboration with Luciano Pavarotti, "Miss Sarajevo", was not largely noticed in the industry, and received little attention from the critics and public alike.
Redemption 3.07 min. After some time off, and a few side projects (the Batman Forever and Mission: Impossible soundtracks), the band returned under the radar in 1995 with Brian Eno under the moniker "Passengers", and released an experimental album called Original Soundtracks 1. Dare You to Move 4.11 min. The album was intended as an additional EP to Achtung Baby, but soon Zooropa expanded into a full-fledged LP and released in July of 1993. Zooropa was an even greater departure from the style of their earlier recordings, incorporating techno style and other electronic effects. Ammunition 3.45 min. Following the same theme, U2 went back into the studio to record their next release during a break in the "Zoo TV" tour. More Than Fine 4.15 min. Some missed the point of the tour and thought that U2 had "lost it", and that Bono had become an egomaniac.
This Is Your Life 4.18 min. The tour was U2's attempt at mocking the excesses of rock and roll, by appearing to embrace greed and decadence - even at times, away from the stage. Meant to Live 3.25 min. The multimedia event known as the "Zoo TV" tour confused audiences with hundreds of video screens, flying cars, and characters like "The Fly". The Beautiful Letdown (2003)
Jerome Fontamillas: guitar, keyboard. In November of 1991, U2 released the heavily experimental and distorted Achtung Baby. Chad Butler: drums. The original sessions did not go well, but the band eventually emerged from the studio with a new album under its belt. Tim Foreman: bass. After taking some time off, the band met in Berlin in late 1990 to begin work on their next studio album, again with Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois producing. Jon Foreman: vocals, guitar. Despite a positive reception from fans, Rattle and Hum was widely lambasted by critics for being pretentious and for attempting to place U2 in with the musical greats.
King, sang about blues great Billie Holiday, and covered The Beatles. That album became a tribute to American music, when the band recorded at the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis, performed with Bob Dylan and B.B. The band began to film and record various shows from the tour for the documentary and album Rattle and Hum in 1988 and released on video in 1989. The Joshua Tree tour sold out stadiums around the world.
U2 was the fourth rock band to be featured on the cover of Time Magazine (The previous three had been The Beatles, The Band, and The Who), declaring that U2 was "Rock's Hottest Ticket". The singles "With or Without You" and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" quickly went to #1 in the U.S. The album debuted at #1 in the U.K., and quickly reached #1 in the U.S. In 1987, U2 released The Joshua Tree.
performed to sold-out arenas and stadiums, and helped Amnesty International triple its membership in the process. This 6-show tour across the U.S. U2 went on to a headlining spot on 1986's "Conspiracy of Hope" tour for Amnesty International. Although U2 was not originally expected to be one of the main draws for the event, the band stole the show with a relentless 13-minute version of "Bad" in which Bono left the stage and walked down into the Wembley Stadium crowd to dance with a fan.
The Live Aid concert for Ethiopian famine relief in July 1985 was seen by more than a billion people worldwide. Rolling Stone magazine called U2 the "Band of the 80s", saying that "for a growing number of rock-and-roll fans, U2 has become the band that matters most, maybe even the only band that matters.". A tour to support the new album followed. However, the material, although less overt, was no less political, with "MLK" also honoring the civil rights leader, "Indian Summer Sky" a social commentary on the prison-like atmosphere of city living in a world of natural forces, and the album title itself inspired by the title of a photo exhibit featuring images of the aftermath of the bombing of Hiroshima and NagasakiTop on display at the Chicago Peace Museum in the mid-80's (Bono would later contribute a poem entitled "Dreams in Box" to the museum's archives).
The album represented a turning point in the band's career, as the Bono's lyrics became more complex, subtle and experimental, Edge's guitar explored new sonic landscapes, and the rhythm section got looser and funkier. Top 5 and the U.S Top 50. "Pride" became the first single from the album, cracking the U.K. The album featured the tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr., "Pride (In the Name of Love)".
The experimental The Unforgettable Fire (named after a series of paintings made by survivors of the atomic bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki) followed in 1984. The band began their fourth studio album with Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois producing. The band recorded the Under a Blood Red Sky EP on this tour and a live video was also released. For the first time, the band began performing to sold-out concerts in mainland Europe and the U.S.
MTV put the "New Year's Day" video into heavy rotation, which helped introduce U2 to the American audience. charts. charts and nearly cracking the Top 50 on the U.S. The album's first single, "New Year's Day", was U2's first international hit single, reaching the #10 position on the U.K.
The album included the song "Sunday Bloody Sunday", which dealt with the situation in Northern Ireland with a focus on the notorious Bloody Sunday massacre of 1972. In 1983, U2 returned with apparently a newfound sense of direction and the release of their third album, War. After nearly throwing in the towel on U2, they decided it was possible to reconcile the two by continuing to make music without compromising their personal beliefs. The three band members joined a religious group in Dublin called "Shalom", which led all three to question the relationship between the Christian faith and the rock and roll lifestyle.
Bono, the Edge and Larry were committed Christians and made little effort to hide that fact. Fans and music critics quickly made note of the band's spiritual lyrics. The band's second album, October, was released in 1981. That album's release was followed by U2's first tour outside the U.K.
U2 released Boy the following October. Island Records signed the band in March of 1980. In December of that year, U2 travelled to London for its first shows outside of Ireland, but failed to get much attention from the foreign audiences and critics. It topped the Irish charts.
Now a four-piece with a local fan-base in place, U2 released their first single in September of 1979, U2-3. In May, Paul McGuinness became U2's manager. Dik walked offstage halfway through the set and later joined the Virgin Prunes, a fellow Dublin band. Dik Evans announced his departure in March 1978. The Hype performed a farewell show for him at the Community Centre in Howth.
They believe that the audience is part of their music and the concert and that "you too" (U2) are participating in the music. Some suggest the meaning of the name "U2" is based on their philosophy. The Dublin punk rock guru Steve Averill (better known as Steve Rapid of the Radiators from Space) recommended that "The Hype stinks, at least as a name." Someone offered "What about U2? It's the name of a spyplane and a submarine, and it's got an endearing inclusivity about it."1 (http://www.u2.com). Hayden was impressed enough with the band that he gave them studio time to record their first demo.
One of the judges for the show happened to be CBS Records' Jackie Hayden; they won the contest, earning a £500 prize. The band performed with their new name at a talent show in Limerick, Ireland on 17 March 1978. After 18 months of rehearsals, Feedback changed their name to The Hype. Bono was named after Bonavox (meaning 'beautiful voice'), a store that sold hearing aids, and The Edge got his name from Bono who thought it was an accurate description of his head.
The response that followed that note resulted in a 5-piece band, known at the time as Feedback, with Mullen on drums, Adam Clayton on bass guitar, Paul Hewson (Bono) on vocals, Dave Evans and his brother Dik on guitar. 14-year-old Larry Mullen, Jr. posted a note on his secondary school bulletin board seeking musicians for a new band. The band was formed in Dublin in October 1976. The band is also very politically active in human rights causes.
U2 has been one of the most popular rock bands in the world since the 1980s. on drums. U2 is an Irish rock band featuring Bono (Paul David Hewson) on vocals and guitar, The Edge (David Howell Evans) on guitar and pianos, vocals, and bass, Adam Clayton on bass and guitar, and Larry Mullen, Jr. Download sample of a live performance of Bob Marley's "Redemption Song".
Chernobyl Children's Project. DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade in Africa). Support for Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi. African Well Fund.
Greenpeace. Amnesty International. 2005 "All Because of You". 2005 "Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own" #1 UK.
2004 "Vertigo" #1 UK; #31 US. 2002 "Electrical Storm" #5 UK; #77 US. 2002 "The Hands That Built America". 2001 "Walk On" #5 UK.
2001 "Elevation" #3 UK. 2001 "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of" #2 UK; #52 US. 2000 "Beautiful Day" #1 UK; #21 US. 1998 "The Sweetest Thing" #3 UK; #63 US.
1997 "If God Will Send His Angels" #12 UK. 1997 "Mofo". 1997 "Please" #7 UK. 1997 "Last Night on Earth" #10 UK; #57 US.
1997 "Staring at the Sun" #3 UK; #26 US. 1997 "Discothèque" #1 UK; #10 US. 1995 "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" #2 UK; #16 US. 1993 "Stay (Faraway, So Close!)" #4 UK; US #61.
1993 "Lemon" (Australia and Japan only). 1993 "Numb" (video only). 1992 "Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses?" #14 UK; #35 US. 1992 "Even Better Than the Real Thing" (remix) #8 UK.
1992 "Even Better Than the Real Thing" #12 UK; #32 US. 1992 "One" #7 UK; US #10. 1991 "Mysterious Ways" #13 UK; #9 US. 1991 "The Fly" #1 UK; #61 US.
1989 "All I Want Is You" #4 UK; #83 US. King) #6 UK; #68 US. 1989 "When Love Comes to Town" (with B.B. 1988 "Angel of Harlem" #9 UK; #14 US.
1988 "Desire" #1 UK; #3 US. 1987 "In God's Country" #48 UK (import); #44 US. 1987 "One Tree Hill" (New Zealand and Australia only). 1987 "Where the Streets Have No Name" #4 UK; #13 US.
1987 "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" #6 UK; #1 US. 1987 "With or Without You" #4 UK; #1 US. 1985 "The Unforgettable Fire" #6 UK. 1984 "Pride (In the Name of Love)" #3 UK; #33 US.
1984 "I Will Follow" #81 US. 1983 "Two Hearts Beat as One" #18 UK. 1983 "New Years Day" #10 UK; #53 US. 1982 "A Celebration" #47 UK.
1981 "Gloria" #55 UK. 1981 "Fire" #35 UK. 1980 "I Will Follow". 1980 "A Day Without Me".
1980 "11 O'clock Tick Tock". 1980 "Another Day". 1979 "U2-3". The Best Of 1990-2000 - 2002 videos.
U2 Go Home: Live From Slane Castle - 1994 live. Elevation 2001: U2 Live From Boston - 2001 live. The Best Of 1980-1990 - 1999 videos. Popmart Live From Mexico City - 1997 live.
Zoo TV Live From Sydney - 1994 live. Achtung Baby - 1992 promotional videos, media clips, documentary footages. Rattle and Hum - 1988 live documentary from Joshua Tree tour. The Unforgettable Fire Collection - 1985 collection of promotional videos and documentary.
Under a Blood Red Sky - 1983 live album. The Complete U2 - 2004, collection of every single B-side, single, live performances, and album U2 has commercially released + many unreleased tracks, for example from HTDAAB-sessions. The Best of 1990-2000 - 2002, compilation. Million Dollar Hotel - 2000, soundtrack album.
The Best of 1980-1990 - 1998, compilation. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb - 2004. All That You Can't Leave Behind - 2000. Pop - 1997.
Zooropa - 1993. Achtung Baby - 1991. Rattle And Hum - 1988. The Joshua Tree - 1987.
The Unforgettable Fire - 1984. War - 1983. October - 1981. Boy - 1980.