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Rock Rewind: U2 “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”

It seems to me that there are very few rock bands in the past 25 years, whether major acts or indie, who cannot cite U2 as an influence. You can hear traces of The Edge’s effected guitars or Adam Clayton’s bass lines in the music of so many other bands, whether or not they ever admit it.

U2 has remained one of the world’s most noteworthy rock bands for the very reason that they are an influence. Like the Beatles in the 1960’s, this band’s distinct sound changed the course and evolution of rock & roll and has left a lasting mark.

“I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” was one of U2’s highest charting hits in the late 1980’s, appearing on The Joshua Tree (1987)—which I consider to be a pinnacle of the band’s long career, even though they have ridden several waves of success since.

Below, I’ve embedded a cool live version of the song, taken from U2’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with Bruce Springsteen guesting on the song. The only quality version of the official video I was able to find online was on U2’s website. It didn’t have an embed feature, so you can go there directly to view it.

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About the Author


Tim Ferrar's interest in pop and rock started as a child, listening to Top-40 radio for hours on end while playing air guitar in his bedroom. Eventually air guitar led to electric guitar, and Tim began playing in bands and writing his own songs. With an admitted weakness for "a great hook or a great guitar riff," Tim's musical tastes are broad and varied, ranging from Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga on the pop side to Bon Jovi and Foo Fighters on the rock side- making him the ideal guy to cover our Rock and Pop categories. By day, Tim is a mild-mannered accountant in Chicago. By night, he rocks out on electric guitar in a cover band in various clubs around town- much to the surprise of some of his clients.

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