On this day in 1976, the band that would eventually become U2 formed in one of the most quaint and simple ways imaginable. In fact, many other bands in rock history formed in similarly simple ways. Here’s a look back at four incredible band origin stories.
Drummer Larry Mullen, Jr., who was only 14 at the time, posted a note on a bulletin board at his high school saying he was looking for musicians to start a band. Six people responded to the note, and among them were Paul Hewson (Bono), David Evans (The Edge) and Adam Clayton. Who would have thought that a simple note would evolve into one of the biggest bands in history?
Sixx and Tommy Lee formed Motley Crue in 1981. Shortly thereafter, the two came across Mick Mars’ infamous “Loud, rude and aggressive guitar player available” ad. The weird kismet moment, of course, was that Sixx and Mars met before in a liquor store where Sixx worked as a cashier. It’s all in The Dirt. If you haven’t read it yet, shame on you!
Nine Inch Nails
NIN really came to be because Trent Reznor was a janitor at a recording studio whose owner let him record for free during open studio time. The lesson? Even if your job isn’t exactly in your desired field, you never know what might come from it.
Obviously, this story starts with brothers Eddie and Alex, but those two came across David Lee Roth, because they would often rent his PA system. Roth at that time was in a band called the Red Ball Jets. The brothers Van Halen, in an effort to save money, asked Roth to join the band and bring his PA with him. The rest is history.
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.