Stamp of approval: U2's four decades as musical icons marked by An Post

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A stamp set marking U2’s 44 years in music was yesterday unveiled by An Post and band member Adam Clayton.

The four stamps, which are entitled U2 – A Celebration, represent distinct eras in the famous quartet’s long musical journey since the band formed in 1976.

Some of the group’s most memorable albums are celebrated, including The Joshua Tree (1987), Achtung Baby (1991), All That You Can’t Leave Behind (2000), and Songs of Experience (2017).

Clayton welcomed the stamps, saying: “In a year with so many restrictions, it’s fun to think that we can travel from our homes in Ireland to anywhere in the world, courtesy of An Post.”

Garrett Bridgeman, managing director of An Post mails and parcels, also celebrated their unveiling.

“For fellow lifelong U2 fans and admirers of Irish design, it’s a great pleasure to announce these very special stamps celebrating the remarkable global impact of U2 since their formation in 1976,” he said.

“This stamp-issue also acknowledges the band members’ massive impact on global culture and society, from their work on climate change to social justice and more recently here in Ireland with their response to the nation’s fight against Covid-19.”

An Post received input from band members when it came to the stamps’ design, along with U2’s creative director Gavin Friday and graphic designer Shaughn McGrath.

“The stamps feel like a culmination of my work for U2,” Mr McGrath said. “Each album has an icon that has come to represent its ideas and concepts.

“In addition, each stamp has its own individual shape and together these act as a collective silhouette and a unique visual signature.”

A booklet of the four stamps costs €5.40.

In addition, for those diehard fans of U2 and Irish design, there are a range of specially created stamp collectibles.

For example, a first-day cover envelope is available, featuring an early photo of the young Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen and Adam Clayton performing at Dublin’s legendary Dandelion Market.

There is also a souvenir sheet featuring a special-edition ‘panorama’ stamp, which features a wider image of the eye-catching stage from the band’s U2 360° tour.

Irish Independent

Source: Irish News