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R.E.M. - 54% match to U2

Genres: Pop / Rock Pop / Rock Spoken Word
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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R.E.M. played their first concert in Athens, Georgia, USA, on 19 April 1980. Their line-up consisted of four drop-outs from the University of Georgia; Michael Stipe (4 January 1960, Decatur, Georgia, USA; vocals), Peter Buck (b. 6 December 1956, Berkeley, California, USA; guitar), Mike Mills (b. 17 December 1958, Orange County, California, USA; bass) and Bill Berry (b. 31 Ju Read more

The Police - 54% match to U2

Genres: Music Theme Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The reggae-influenced minimalist pop sound of this highly talented UK trio was one of the musical high points of the late 70s and early 80s. Their individual talent and egos ultimately overcame them and they fragmented, although each of the strong-willed former members never ruled out the possibility of a rematch.The Police’s line-up featured Stewar Read more

INXS - 50% match to U2

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in 1977 as the Farriss Brothers in Sydney, Australia, INXS originally comprised the three Farriss brothers Tim (16 August 1957, Australia; guitar), Jon (b. 18 August 1961, Australia; drums) and Andrew (b. 27 March 1959, Australia; keyboards), Michael Hutchence (b. Michael Kelland John Hutchence, 22 January 1960, Lain Cove, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, d. 22 Nov Read more

Bruce Springsteen - 47% match to U2

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Documentaries Folk Holiday & Seasonal Music Theme Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Pop / Rock Spoken Word
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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23 September 1949, Long Branch, New Jersey, USA. As the world’s greatest living rock ‘n’ roll star, Bruce Springsteen has unconsciously proved former Rolling Stone critic Jon Landau totally correct. Landau appeared smug and brave when he made the arrogant statement in 1974, ‘I saw rock ‘n’ roll future, and its name is Bruce Springsteen’.

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Simple Minds - 46% match to U2

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Timeless and epochal, Simple Minds was formed in January 1978 by Jim Kerr (9 July 1959, Glasgow, Scotland; vocals), Charlie Burchill (b. 27 November 1959, Glasgow, Scotland; guitar), Tony Donald (bass) and Brian McGee (drums). They rose out of the ashes of Glasgow punk outfit Johnny And The Self-Abusers who, in true anarchic fashion, deliberately folded on the day their debu Read more

Sting - 44% match to U2

Genres: Classical Folk Funk Holiday & Seasonal Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Pop / Rock Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, 2 October 1951, Wallsend, Northumberland, England. Sting’s solo career began in 1982, two years before the break-up of the Police, for whom he was lead singer and bass player. In that year he starred in the film Brimstone And Treacle and from it released a version of the 30s ballad, ‘Spread A Little Happiness’, composed by Vivian Read more

Coldplay - 38% match to U2

Genres: Documentaries Music Theme Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Pop / Rock Spoken Word
Decades Active: 2000s
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This UK band shot to prominence on the back of excitable comparisons to Jeff Buckley and Radiohead, for many commentators the twin figureheads of tortured white rock music in the late 90s. In reality, Coldplay’s inoffensive and slightly bland acoustic rock songs bear stronger comparison to the hugely successful Travis.The band was formed in January Read more

Pearl Jam - 38% match to U2

Genres: Documentaries Pop / Rock Pop / Rock Soundtracks Spoken Word
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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This revisionist (or, depending on your viewpoint, visionary) rock quintet was formed in Seattle, USA, by Jeff Ament (10 March 1963, Big Sandy, Montana, USA; bass) and Stone Gossard (b. 20 July 1965, Seattle, Washington, USA; rhythm guitar). Gossard had played with Steve Turner in the Ducky Boys, the latter going on to perform with Ament in Green River. Gossard became a memb Read more

Bryan Adams - 34% match to U2

Genres: Pop / Rock Pop / Rock Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Bryan Guy Adams, 5 November 1959, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. The unpretentious Adams developed into one of the most popular Canadian artists of the late 80s and 90s, and remains well known for his romantic ballads and classic rock songs.Born in Canada of English parents, the young Adams grew up in a variety of countries as the son of a diplomat, mostl Read more

Peter Gabriel - 31% match to U2

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Pop / Rock Soundtracks World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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13 February 1950, Cobham, Surrey, England. After seven years fronting Genesis, Gabriel tired of the extensive touring and band format and went solo in 1975. Until the release of 1983’s Plays Live, his solo albums for Charisma Records were all called Peter Gabriel. His 1977 debut included the track ‘Solsbury Hill’, a metaphorical account of his split from Genes Read more

Oasis - 30% match to U2

Genres: Documentaries Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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The Cranberries - 30% match to U2

Genres: Pop / Rock Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Emanating from Limerick City, Eire, the Cranberries enjoyed major US success during the mid-90s. Their sound was distinguished by the honeyed voice of frontperson Dolores O’Riordan (Dolores Mary Eileen O’Riordan, 6 September 1971, Ballybricken, Limerick, Eire). From a conservative, rural Catholic background, she had sung since the age of four in schools and churche Read more

The Cult - 30% match to U2

Genres: Heavy Metal Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Originally known as first Southern Death Cult, then Death Cult, this UK rock band was formed by lead singer Ian Astbury (14 May 1962, Heswall, Cheshire, England) in 1981. After a youth spent in Merseyside, Scotland and Canada (where he gained early exposure to the culture of native Indians on the Six Nations Reservation, informing the early stages of the band’s career), Read more

The Rolling Stones - 30% match to U2

Genres: Blues Documentaries Music Theme Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Pop / Rock Pop-Culture World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Originally billed as the Rollin’ Stones, the first line-up of this immemorial English 60s unit was a nucleus of Mick Jagger (Michael Philip Jagger, 26 July 1943, Dartford, Kent, England; vocals), Keith Richards (b. 18 December 1943, Dartford, Kent, England; guitar), Brian Jones (b. Lewis Brian Hopkin-Jones, 28 February 1942, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, d. 3 Ju Read more

The Who - 30% match to U2

Genres: Documentaries Music Theme Pop / Rock Pop / Rock Pop-Culture Spoken Word World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Shepherd’s Bush, London, England in 1964, the Who evolved out of local youth club band the Detours. Pete Townshend (Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend, 19 May 1945, Chiswick, London, England; guitar/vocals), Roger Daltrey (b. Roger Harry Daltrey, 1 March 1944, Hammersmith, London, England; vocals) and John Entwistle (b. John Alec Entwistle, 9 October 1944, Chisw Read more


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