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Adam Clayton is a Grammy Award-winning bass guitarist for the politically active rock and roll band U2.
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Musician Adam Clayton was born on March 13, 1960, in Chinnor, England. It was in high school that the bass player first met future U2 bandmates Paul Hewson, Dave Evans and Larry Mullen, Jr. After hiring manager Paul McGuinness, the rock group put out several albums. Though their early records were popular, it wasn’t until 1987’s The Joshua Tree, which many call a masterpiece, that U2 tasted superstardom.
Musician Charles Adam Clayton was born on March 13, 1960 in Chinnor, Oxford, England. After bristling under the confines of private boarding school, Clayton transferred to Ireland's ecumenical Mount Temple High School, where the bass player met future U2 bandmates Paul Hewson, Dave Evans and Larry Mullen Jr. After hiring manager Paul McGuinness, the rock group put out several albums. The third, 1983's War, was a huge success. Though its early records were popular, it wasn't until 1987's The Joshua Tree, which many call a masterpiece, that U2 tasted superstardom.
Thanks to a sweeping sound and nonstop tour schedule, U2 went on to become one of the most popular rock and roll bands of the 1980s. Their songs often had an unabashed political, revolutionary agenda, which only added to their appeal. The band was particularly outspoken on human-right issues, plaing a major role in the Live Aid concert for African famine relief in 1985 and the Live 8 concert in 2005. That same year, U2 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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