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.
Adam Charles 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. The band came together after Mullen posted an ad on the school bulletin board asking if anyone would be interested in starting a band.
After hiring manager Paul McGuinness, the rock group put out several albums. U2's first two albums, Boy (1980) and October (1981), were raw in their sound and got some positive early attention for the band, while allowing the group to hit the live stage, where they thrived. The third album, 1983's War, was a huge success, and the tracks found added power in Clayton's driving bass lines. It was the first U2 record where the band's eventual political bent would be evident, and the next album, The Unforgettable Fire (1984), would continue that trend.
The Joshua Tree and Beyond
Though U2's early records were popular and critically recognized, it wasn't until 1987's The Joshua Tree, which many call a masterpiece, that U2 tasted superstardom. The album became an instant bestseller and prompted a massive worldwide tour, which essentially turned the entire world into fans of the band
Thanks to a sweeping sound and that 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, playing 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.
Adam Clayton was the only member of the band to enjoy bachelorhood for the majority of his adult years, but that changed in 2013 when he married Mariana de Carvalho, a Brazilian model.
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