1985, a momentous year for the band, starts with a tour of Northern Europe from January 23rd to February 10th. They play dates in Norway, Sweden, Germany, Italy (their first dates), Switzerland and France.
On February 27th, the band begin a 40 date North American tour, which ends in Florida on May 4th. The March 14th edition of Rolling Stone carries the band on the front cover and hails them as “The Band Of The 80s. They add that “for a growing number of rock-and-roll fans, U2 have become the band that matters most, maybe even the only band that matters”.
April 22nd sees the release of a second single and title track from “The Unforgettable Fire”. It reaches number 6 in the U.K. singles chart.
U2 – The Unforgettable Fire Single
Recorded at Slane Castle in County Meath, and Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin
Producers: Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno
Label – Island
Side 1 – The Unforgettable Fire (10)
Side 2 – A Sort Of Homecoming (Live) (7)
On June 10th a four track E.P. is released worldwide. Titled “Wide Awake In America”, it contains a mix of live songs and extras from “The Unforgettable Fire” sessions. It reaches number 11 and 37 in the U.K. and U.S. album charts.
U2 – Wide Awake In America E.P.
Produced by U2, Tony Visconti, Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois
Label – Island
On June 29th the band plays their first headlining stadium show at Croke Park, Dublin.
On July 13th U2 play Live Aid for Ethiopian famine relief at Wembley Stadium. The band’s performance, which included a 14-minute version of “Bad”, is a pivotal point in their career.
In September, Bono and wife Ali, volunteer as relief workers for World Vision in Ethiopia.
15th October sees the birth of The Edge and wife Aislinn’s second child, Arran.