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R.E.M. - 48% match to U2

Genres: Pop / Rock
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

Bruce Springsteen - 40% match to U2

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Documentaries Holiday & Seasonal Music & Radio Music Theme Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
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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Coldplay - 37% match to U2

Genres: Music Theme Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
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

The Police - 35% match to U2

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts 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

Simple Minds - 34% match to U2

Genres: 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

INXS - 30% match to U2

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts 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

Pearl Jam - 28% match to U2

Genres: Documentaries Pop / Rock Soundtracks
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

Sting - 26% match to U2

Genres: Classical Folk Holiday & Seasonal Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
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

Peter Gabriel - 24% match to U2

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Soundtracks
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

Duran Duran - 22% match to U2

Genres: Dance Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Borrowing their name from a character in the cult 60s science fiction movie Barbarella, this UK pop band achieved global fame in the early 80s thanks to a series of catchy synthpop tunes, a strong visual image, and expensively produced promotional videos which enjoyed endless rotation on the nascent MTV music channel.The band’s classic line-up featu Read more

Queen - 21% match to U2

Genres: Documentaries Music & Radio Music Theme Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Soundtracks World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Arguably Britain’s most consistently successful band from the mid-70s onwards, Queen began life as a glam rock unit in 1970. Astronomy student Brian May (19 July 1947, Hampton, Middlesex, England; guitar) and aspiring dentist Roger Taylor (b. Roger Meddows-Taylor, 26 July 1949, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England; drums) had been playing in Johnny Quale And The Reactions, Beat Read more

Robbie Williams - 20% match to U2

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Robert Peter Williams, 13 February 1974, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England. Williams was the cheeky chappie in hugely successful UK boy band Take That, and at the time appeared to be the only one who could be badly behaved (or normal). When Take That broke up the predictions were that Mark Owen (the nice one) and Gary Barlow (the voice and marketability) would Read more

Tears for Fears - 20% match to U2

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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School friends Roland Orzabal (Roland Orzabal de la Quintana, 22 August 1961, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England) and Curt Smith (b. 24 June 1961, Bath, Somerset, England) formed Tears For Fears after they had spent their teenage years in bands together, including a ska revivalist combo called Graduate who issued records on the Precision label. After Graduate split in 1981, the Read more

The Rolling Stones - 20% match to U2

Genres: Blues Documentaries Music Theme Music Videos & Concerts 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

A-Ha - 19% match to U2

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in early 1983 this Norwegian rock trio comprises Morten Harket (14 September 1959, Kongsberg, Norway; vocals), Magne Furuholmen (b. 1 November 1962, Manglerud, Oslo, Norway; keyboards) and Pål Waaktaar (b. Pål Garnst, 6 September 1961, Manglerud, Oslo, Norway; guitar). After several years spent playing in various Scandinavian bands, including Spider Empire Read more


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