And that’s where It All Began

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36 years ago, on September 25th 1976, all four U2 members gathered together for the first time – some of them even met at that time. In order to celebrate what is certainly the most important day in the band history, let’s have Larry tell us how it all started.

Adam, Larry, Bono et The Edge in the late 70s.

Posted by Florian (Thank you for the transcript)

authors : U2 and Neil McCormick

«So I put the now legendary notice up. I think the wording went something like: “drummer seeks musicians to form band.” I just thought of it as a bit of fun, it was never anything else. No big ideas, no expectations, really.

After the notice went up, people asked if I knew “Yer man Paul Hewson, he plays guitar.”, I said I didn’t but it tourned out everybody knew who he was and what he did and who he was going out with, so it didn”t take long for me to discover who I was going to have to deal with.

Edge and Dick (TN : The Edge’s brother) were basically like one person, they were into inventing things and they played a yellow guitar that they had made together, so it took a while to work out which of them would be in the band.

I knew of Adam, he used to wear a long sheepskin Afghan coat, he had tinted glasses and he smoked. Some people were saying to me : “You know that weirdo in the Afghan coat? He has a bass.” It didn’t matter if he could play it. Adam was in.

So on Saturday 25 September 1976, this odd group of people convened in my kitchen in Artane. And that’s where it started.»

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These lines are taken from the book “U2 by U2” (page 27). In order to read the rest of the story, go to your local book store!