Even better then the Real Thing? Well why don't you
pop along to the Hog and Hosper, Pontypool on Saturday March 2nd and
find out for yourself
Few tribute bands can boast direct praise from the
band they are emulating. U2-2 is one such band:
U2-2 were formed by current members in 1993 under
the name 'Achtung Baby'. During the 90's, the the band quickly became the
Greatest tribute to U2 in the World.
A Truly 'look-a-like sound-a-like', the band played
every major town in Britain & Ireland and complete successful tours of
Europe, The Channel islands and the Middle East, many of the gigs were beamed
on numerous TV show and live radio sessions, some world wide. The Band played
regular sell out shows in Dudley's, 'Robin' 'JB's' & London, 'Venue' 'Forum'
success with sell out shows in Coleraine, Belfast, Sligo & Cork. Their
Largest show in Ireland was performed at the 'Point Depot' in Dublin to over
7,000 people in 1997 with Wayne Taylor on Vocals. The band toured Portugal for
two tours and played to massive crowds of up to 10,000 people per show.
Back in Holland, as Guests of the Zarpen
Fanzine, the Band got to play alongside U2 at the massive 'Feyenoored Stadium'
in Rotterdam. Travelling in Style in their own 'Popmart' tour bus, the band
were accidentally led into U2's Changing rooms by mistake. Later that evening,
the band watched a private rendition of the song 'One' which was being beamed
live to Britain, for that nights Top of the Pops. The Band also posed for
photos on the Trabant cars which were used for the album 'Achtung Baby' album
cover. Free tickets are issed to the band for U2's First Gig in Europe during
98 to 99. The Band Play highly successful shows across Britain and travel to
the Middle East to Play 'Diplomats' Hotel, more Irish dates follow, from
Belfast to Cork and the band become regulars at the Dublins 'Olympia Theatre'
The Band receive direct praise from Bono and are generally still regarded as
the Official U2 tribute. By Christmas 99' all the Original members to pursue
careers as Original artists.
In Late 2008 Luke Pepper reforms the 'Original
Achtung Baby' and their first shows are a sell out. Still finding their feet
after eight years away the from the tribute scene, Luke and Steve are joined on
vocals by Frank, with Andy taking up the role of Larry Mullen Jnr. The band
decide to change to the name 'U2-2', as nobody likes the name 'Original Achtung
Baby' including U2 themselves. Gigs in 2009 are a great success & the band
are chosen by Blackberry to do promotional work for the U2 360 tour. The band
consolidate gigs in Ireland and once again becomes Eire's favourite U2 tribute
show. On August the 20th, as the part of the pre Don Valley Experience, U2-2
play in Meadowhall and are interviewed by BBC1 & ITV1. Lots of people think
it really is U2 playing and the band pose for countless photos with U2 fans who
are on their way to the stadium.
Bono (U2) - "We're aware of the band &
we're flattered by what they're doing".
Suggs (Madness) - "The greatest U2 tribute in the world"
Keith Duffy (Boyzone) - "Jes, ya only need Jo the sound man stood next to
Brian Robertson (Thin Lizzy) - "You guys saved me tonight, I said to those
fans, I'm a tribute to Robbo..look, there's U2!"
U2-2 "We do this because we love playing live,
not for the money and certainly not for any kind of fame"
£6 adv £8 Door
Hog and Hosper, Crumlin Street, Pontypool, NP4 6AE