Dublin is about to get a major new tourist attraction with the news that U2 will apply for planning permission for a U2 museum.
The site will be at the recording studio in Dublin’s Docklands area where the band recorded so many of their worldwide hits.
Despite the fact that next to Guinness, U2 is probably Ireland's most famous export, there is no physical trace of the band or its achievements in Ireland.
U2 has released 13 studio albums and is one of the world's best-selling music acts in history, having sold more than 170 million records worldwide.
They have won 22 Grammy Awards, more than any other band, and in 2005 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. Rolling Stone magazine ranked U2 at number 22 on its list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time."
Throughout their career the band, and especially lead singer Bono, has campaigned for human rights and philanthropic causes, most famously to combat starvation in Africa and fighting AIDS worldwide.
The Irish Times revealed that the plan is for a four-story museum that will recreate the band's greatest hits, highlight their significant social impact, and exhibit artifacts celebrating their 40-year history. The museum will be in a cantilevered building which will overhang the River Liffey.
The band formed in September 1976 at Mount Temple high school in Dublin when Larry Mullen Jr., then a 14-year-old student, posted a note on the school's notice board in search of musicians for a new band—six people responded.
Originally the band was known as “Feedback” and later “The Hype” before settling on U2.
Currently, the band is on a world tour reprising their most successful album "The Joshua Tree."
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