January 1984 saw the renegotiation of the band’s contract with Island records.
In March, bass player Adam Clayton was arrested for drunk and dangerous driving.
April saw the release of the band’s first concert video cassette. “Live From Red Rocks”, which was filmed at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado on 5th June 1983.
On May 7th the band begin work on their fourth album at Slane Castle, Ireland. They hire Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois as producers and continue work until June 5th.
On June 6th, they return to Windmill Studios Dublin to complete “The Unforgettable Fire”. Recording and editing is completed on August 7th.
On July 4th The Edge’s wife Aislinn gives birth to their first child, Hollie.
Bono interviews Bob Dylan on July 8th for Hot Press magazine and joins him onstage at his Slane Castle live show.
On August 1st the band launch their own record label, Mother Records.
On August 29th, U2 play their first live shows of the year. They tour New Zealand, Australia and Japan, playing 19 dates. The first leg of the tour is completed on September 24th.
On September 1st the band meet Greg Carroll, a personal assistant and roadie for the New Zealand leg of the tour, and offer him a permanent job. Following his tragic death in 1986, the band would write a song in memory of him (“One Tree Hill”).
September 3rd sees the lead off single for the forthcoming 4th studio album. “Pride (In The Name Of Love)”, a homage to Martin Luther King Jr, goes on to reach number 1 in Australia, number 3 in the U.K., and number 33 in the U.S.
U2 – Pride (In The Name Of Love) Single
Recorded at Slane Castle in County Meath, and Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin
Producers: Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno
Label – Island
Side 1 – Pride (In The Name Of Love) (9)
Side 2 – Boomerang II (6)
October 1st sees the release of “The Unforgettable Fire”. It receives a positive reaction from the press, and achieves chart status of number 1 in the U.K. and number 12 in the U.S. album charts.
U2 – The Unforgettable Fire Album (8/10)
Produced by Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno
Label – Island
Here’s The Hackskeptic’s review of “The Unforgettable Fire”
On October 18th the band embark on a 21 date second leg of the “Unforgettable Fire Tour”, visiting France, The Netherlands, Belgium and the U.K. The tour ends in Dortmund, Germany at Westfalenhalle on November 21st.
On November 25th, Bono and Adam Clayton participate in the recording of a charity single which would reach the top of the singles chart and lay the foundation for Live Aid, “Do They Know It’s Christmas”.