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Sorry Mick Jagger... U2 named longest running band, by your magazine namesake

U2 have been named the longest running band on planet by the rock bible Rolling Stone.

The Irish supergroup won the accolade of the longest active band in the world with no breaks or line-up changes.

The four Dubliners, which formed their band in school in 1978, have been together for 36 years - seven years longer than their nearest rival Radiohead who have been together for 27 years.

The prestigious music magazine hailed the Irish band as one of "rock & roll's greatest success stories" for their artistry and their marathon endurance.

"Friendship, health and serendipity have kept founding members Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr together since 1978.

"(U2) lead an elite group of bands who have fought off death, drugs, dysfunction and ugly extended hiatuses to keep their original line-ups intact."

They said the Irish band trumped all the other bands in the world as they have never had any breaks, line-up changes or hiatuses.

The Rolling Stones formed in 1962 but they didn't make the list as the original line-up has altered over the decades.

Larry Mullen founded U2 when he famously put a notice up at his Mount Temple School in Dublin in 1976.

The group of teenagers who originally called themselves Feedback included the foursome along with Dik Evans, The Edge's older brother. But the famous four piece emerged in 1978 having re-named themselves U2.

The prolific Irish rock stars also lead the way in terms of productivity, with 13 albums compared to Radiohead's eight.

The group are also in the Guinness Book of Records for their haul of 22 Grammy awards which is the most for any group in history. They also have an impressive haul of eight Brit Awards, a Golden Globe as well as many others.

The band, who are on the cover of this month's Rolling Stone, have vowed to keep rocking into their seventies.

"I don't know - if we're writing songs as good as these ones," said Bono on being around until their 70s like the Rolling Stones.

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