THE WORLD'S GREATEST U2 TRIBUTE
Based in Los Angeles, Hollywood U2 is the World’s Greatest U2 Tribute Band. The lead singer Joe Hier (aka Hollywood Bono) is the only Bono impersonator to have sung with Bono & U2. This took place at The Forum in Los Angeles on May 26th, 2015 and made International news and headlines and has been covered by Rolling Stone, LA Times, The Daily News, NY Times, Chicago Tribune, etc.
They are the only U2 Tribute to be endorsed by Mark Cuban as seen on the AXS.TV show “The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands” (hosted by Katie Daryl) Becoming the only band to-date of the TV shows 5 seasons to be officially selected to perform twice. They performed a 90min Live TV Broadcast on Season 1 (2013) and were invited back by popular demand to perform another 90min Live TV Broadcast for Season 5 (2015). Cementing their place as The World’s Greatest U2 Tribute.
Hollywood U2 were nominated as “Best Tribute Band” at the 2014 LA Music Awards, and recorded with Platinum record producer Michael Vail Blum.
From the sunglasses and costumes to the compelling vocals of the world renowned Hollywood Bono (Joe Hier), Hollywood U2 are consummate musicians who bring the look and sound of U2 & true heart of U2 to every performance with the precision and excitement, of a U2 concert. This show is as close as you can get, aside from hiring U2 themselves. While they can bring any era of U2 to fans they specialize in bringing the iconic Zoo TV & Vertigo tours to U2 fans with the addition, of costume changes, props and video. Their vast experience has taken them around the world, captivating crowds of 10,000 plus. They have countless great references from Corporations, to Fans & Celebrities and are truly Bono approved!
Hollywood Bono (Joe Hier)
LEAD VOCALS / GUITAR / HARMONICA / PERCUSSION
Is a multi instrumentalist, and performed as a guitarist in various bands on the East Coast. Never initially intending to take the stage as a front man, he was invited to get up to sing a U2 song on stage with friends, the audience was floored with his look and sound being naturally so close to Bono. As a huge fan of U2’s music and admiration for Bono as a performer, Joe was at first reluctant to step into Bono’s Creepers. With friends persistently encouraging him to do so, as he was such a natural, Joe embraced the idea and founded Hollywood U2 in 2003..
In 2013 Hollywood Bono got the call from Ryan Seacrest & Mark Cuban’s TV show “The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands” and was selected out of all other U2 tributes to perform live on the AXS TV Broadcast to millions of homes throughout America. Hollywood U2 was the only band of Season 1 to be asked to play an extended set for the show. After the show Joe received a text from Bono’s cousin congratulating him on his great performance saying “Cousin Bono would be proud!”
Since then the band have also been nominated as “Tribute Band of the Year” by Los Angeles Music Awards. Recently they recorded 3 U2 Tracks with multi-platinum record producer Michael Vail Blum for “The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands” Compilation Album Vol. 3.
Joe continues to tour the world with Hollywood U2 and astounds crowds with his live performance, unmatched look, sound and persona of Bono. Joe prides himself on bringing U2 fans the multiple iconic looks and personas of Bono, bringing fans all the U2 hits that span U2’s successful career, including the recently released U2 single “Invisible”. Joe fell in love with this latest U2 hit and within 2 weeks of the release had recorded “Invisible” with Hollywood U2 and performed it live for fans. Though he never expected to fit into Bono’s Creepers he has since bought 20 pairs, a golden suit, several fly shades, aviator’s, Armani and Bulgari shades and numerous embellished leather jackets….
Hollywood Edge (Stevie Adams)
GUITARS & BACKING VOCALS
Is a Los Angeles-based Pop/Rock guitarist with a unique style and powerful sound.
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Stevie is a well-respected live performer and studio session player who has recorded and shared the stage with a wide variety of artists including; Mick Fleetwood, Steve Lukather, Michael Hossack (Doobie Brothers), Myron Dove (Santana), Lindsey Buckingham, Peter Bardens (Camel / Van Morrison / Rod Stewart), and countless others.
Stevie also composes music for Film, Television, Advertising, and Interactive Media. His work has been featured on Fox, ABC, NBC, the Los Angeles Emmy Award Shows, and the Ani-FX Animation Festival, amongst many others. As a long-time lover of U2’s music - and a guitarist who has an insatiable appetite for experimentation with guitar tones and textures - Stevie has found Hollywood U2 to be the perfect place to apply his talents.
In his own words: “I have to say that I'm absolutely loving this band! I'm finding it to be a very rewarding and challenging experience each and every time I take the stage to perform these great songs and emulate the sound and look of one of my favorite guitarists.”
Roy Murray (as Larry Mullen jr.)
DRUMS, PERCUSSION & BACKING VOCALS
Roy was born in Dublin, Ireland, just 12 miles south of Larry Mullen Jr's birthplace.
After his family immigrated to Southern California, his Irish heritage remained strong as he grew up watching his musician father perform Irish music all across the southland.
Like his older brother before him, Roy began playing the drums at a very young age and would often play along to his collection of U2 tapes. Once he was old enough, Roy joined his father's Irish band and his professional music career began.
Over the years, he has performed and recorded with a number of bands ranging from Irish to Alternative Rock, and everything in between. His playing style is almost identical to Larry Mullen Jr's, which makes him a perfect fit for Hollywood U2.
In 2012, he had the opportunity to play a few shows with the band, and officially joined Hollywood U2 in early 2013. Since then, Roy has amassed a collection of drums and cymbals that are identical to those used by Larry Mullen Jr while touring with U2.
Harley Duggan (as Adam Clayton)
Harley is a passionate and inspired bass player. Originally from Garden Grove California, he grew up wanting to play the drums. But It wasn't until he turned 28 years old that he found his one true love the bass guitar. Since then he has turned his passion into a full time career.
His performance credits include every major stage in Los Angeles California and Sunset Strip Hollywood, countless casinos around the United States, national venues, clubs, music festivals, fairs, corporate events, private parties, and a performance at the Staples Center downtown Los Angeles. He has also done studio session work at the world famous Sunset Sound Recording Studios and 17 Hertz Recording Studios in North Hollywood California.
Harley's bass playing is influenced by artists such as James Jamerson, John Paul Jones, Michael Balzary (a.k.a. Flea), George Porter Jr, Aston Barrett, Paul McCartney, Sting, Pino Palladino, and many more. So when asked to perform as Adam Clayton, he was excited and eager to add Adam's signature bass playing to his own repertoire and style.
In his own words: "It's an absolute honor and privilege to take on the role of Adam Clayton. Because in order to be the best, you have to learn from the best".