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History FAQ

A: The Early Years: Three to Under a Blood Red Sky

  1. Who started U2 and when? How did they get those wacky nicknames?
  2. Where does the name U2 come from?
  3. Which band members were / are in U2?
  4. Who's the boy on the cover of Boy and War?
  5. Wait, I don't see a boy on the Boy cover!!
  6. Why did U2 get in trouble with Stephen Sondheim?
B: The Unforgettable Fire to Conspiracy of Hope
  1. Where is the castle on the cover of The Unforgettable Fire?
  2. Where did the idea for The Unforgettable Fire come from?
  3. Who is the Mrs. Christine Kerr listed in the liner notes?
  4. Is it true U2 were unhappy with their performance at Live Aid?
  5. How did U2 get involved with Amnesty International's "Conspiracy of Hope" tour in 1986?
  6. What other charities has the band supported over the years?
C: Rock's Hottest Ticket - The Joshua Tree and Rattle and Hum
  1. Is The Joshua Tree the biggest U2 album ever?
  2. How many other bands have been on the cover of TIME magazine?
  3. Where did U2 shoot all the photos for The Joshua Tree album?
  4. Is it true that both the actual "Joshua Tree" and the tree from "One Tree Hill" are dead?
  5. Who are the Dalton Brothers?
  6. Was The Joshua Tree originally a double album?
  7. What's the big deal with the "Dream It All Up Again" speech?
D: Everything You Know Is Wrong - Achtung Baby to Passengers
  1. What is Salomé?
  2. Where did they get the name Achtung Baby?
  3. Who were those characters Bono used in the live shows during the Zoo TV tour?
  4. What is "Automatic Baby"? Will there be an album?
  5. Tell me about the Negativland incident.
  6. I've seen pictures of U2 wearing radiation suits on a boat. What was that about?
  7. What are those letters you can barely read on the cover of Zooropa?
  8. I've seen a picture of Bono wearing a red leather Fly suit. When did he do that?
  9. Who are those big-headed U2 caricature-like people that emerged from the b-stage during some Zooropa Tour shows?
  10. Who or what is Passengers?
  11. Are those real movies and real people listed in the Passengers: OS1 liner notes?
E: Let's Go Shopping - Pop to The Best of 1980-1990
  1. Why'd they call the album Pop?
  2. Who is Bill Graham and why is the album dedicated to him?
  3. Who are those four guys on the "Please" single?
  4. My "Please " single doesn't have four guys on it!!??
  5. Is that supposed to be the McDonald's arch on stage during the PopMart tour?
  6. Who's that girl (guy?) dancing on the video screen during the "Lemon (Remix)"?
  7. Did the PopMart tour really play in Springfield? And what's the deal with Adam and spoons?
  8. I thought U2 said they'd never release a greatest hits / best of album.
  9. Who's the kid on the cover of the Best of 1980 - 1990 album?
  10. How come my Best of 1980 - 1990 only has one CD, but yours has two?
F: Where Two Roads Meet - The Million Dollar Hotel, and All That You Can't Leave Behind
  1. Doesn't Salman Rushdie have a book called The Ground Beneath Her Feet? Is it related to the U2 song?
  2. Is it true there's a link between The Million Dollar Hotel and the Elevation Tour?
  3. I heard Bono and Mel Gibson had a fight over The Million Dollar Hotel. Is that true?
  4. How come the track listing on my copy of All That You Can't Leave Behind is different from what was originally released as the track listing?
  5. Who are the people listed in "Peace On Earth"?
  6. I heard Mick Jagger helped sing backing vocals on All That You Can't Leave Behind. Which song?
  7. What's the "Alphaville" mentioned in "New York"?
  8. Who is Aung San Suu Kyi and why is "Walk On" dedicated to him/her?
  9. The liner notes for my copy of All That You Can't Leave Behind have lyrics for "The Ground Beneath Her Feet", but the song's not on my CD. Why?
  10. What font is used on the All That You Can't Leave Behind album cover and the other tour logos and merchandise?
  11. What was Bono saying before "Where the Streets Have No Name" during the Elevation Tour?
  12. Why did Edge wear numbered red shirts during the Elevation Tour? Did they mean anything?
  13. What's the name of the A-Ha song that has a section which sounds similar to "Beautiful Day"?
  14. What was Bono saying before "Where the Streets Have No Name" at the Super Bowl?
G: Love and Peace or Else - Africa, iPods, and Atomic Bombs
  1. Why is Bono so involved with humanitarian issues, and has it hurt the band?
  2. Why did U2 lose their recording studio in Dublin?
  3. Where was the "Electrical Storm" video shot?
  4. I have an MP3 of "Electrical Storm", but it doesn't sound like the versions on the CD. What do I have?
  5. I've seen a lot of postage stamps with U2 on them. Are they legitimate?
  6. What does U2 think about the war in Iraq? Is it true Bono went to Baghdad to protest?
  7. I thought Chris Thomas was producing How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb? Why is Steve Lillywhite listed on the CD as the producer?
  8. Did Bono really write a childrens' book?
  9. Where was the photo on the cover of How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb taken?
  10. What font is used on the How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb album cover and on other tour logos and merchandise?
  11. Why did they call the album How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb?
  12. Did U2 really lose the album before it was released?
  13. I thought U2 said they'd never let anyone use their music in a commercial. How come Apple got to use "Vertigo"?
  14. At the 2005 Grammy Awards, Larry said something about not knowing if U2 would be able to tour at all during the year, and he apologized for problems with the ticket sales. What was that about?
  15. I saw U2 at Live 8, but not at the big finale at the end of the show. Why did they miss that?

Discography FAQ

  1. Albums
  2. Singles
  3. Contribution to Anthologies, Tributes or Charity Albums
  4. Solo Contribution to Anthologies, Tributes or Charity Albums
  5. Other Solo Projects / Collaborations
  6. Songs Written for Others
  7. Soundtrack Contributions
  8. How has U2 done in the charts with singles?
  9. Why does my copy of Boy have extra music at the end?
  10. I think my copy of the Joshua Tree has a flaw - "One Tree Hill" and "Exit" seem mixed up a bit?
  11. What's that annoying sound at the end of my copy of Zooropa?
  12. What is Melon? Hasta La Vista Baby? U2.Communication?
  13. There's an extra track on my copy of The Best of 1980 - 1990?
  14. Where is the hidden extra track on my copy of The Best of 1990 - 2000?
  15. Why do some countries, like Japan, get extra tracks on their album releases? What extra tracks has U2 released in these countries?
  16. Was the Best of 1980 - 1990 & The B-Sides really a limited release? Have there been other limited releases of albums?

Videography FAQ

  1. Full Length Commercial Videos
  2. Commercially Released Video Singles
  3. Single Song Promotional Videos
  4. Solo Single Song Promotional Videos
  5. Other Videos
  6. Where was the "Mysterious Ways" music video shot?
  7. Who's in the picture on MacPhisto's dressing table in the Sydney Zoo TV video?
  8. Why was "Trying to Throw Your Arms Around the World" left out of the Sydney Zoo TV video?
  9. What's all the fuss about the "Lemon" video?
  10. Who's the female singer in the "Stay (Faraway So Close)" video?
  11. Who's that woman at the beginning of the "Sweetest Thing" music video?
  12. Who are all those extras in the "Sweetest Thing" music video?
  13. The Boston 2001 DVD claims on the packaging it is from June 6th, but they perform "Stay" on the DVD which they did not play on June the 6th? What's going on?
  14. Why is the Edge slamming his guitar to the ground at the end of "Gone" during the June 2001, Elevation Boston DVD?
  15. How do I access the easter eggs on the Boston Elevation DVD?
  16. Why were "Mysterious Ways", "One" and "Pride" left out of the Boston Elevation DVD?
  17. How do I access the easter eggs on the Best of 1990 - 2000 DVD?

Bibliography FAQ

  1. Books about U2
  2. Official Fan Club Magazines
  3. Tour Books
  4. Other Books
  5. I've heard that U2 were unhappy with Eamon Dunphy's biography, Unforgettable Fire - The Definitive Biography of U2. What didn't the band like?

Songs / Lyrics FAQ

  1. What is the meaning behind the title "An Cat Dubh"?
  2. What does "In Te Domine" mean in the song "Gloria"?
  3. Why did they call the song "40"?
  4. What's being said in the middle of the song "Seconds" when the band stops playing?
  5. Why does Bono sing 'Early morning, April Four' in "Pride", when MLK was shot in the early evening?
  6. What's the deal with the song "Elvis Presley & America"?
  7. When and where were the live versions of "Bad" and "A Sort of Homecoming" on Wide Awake in America recorded?
  8. What are the "seven towers" in "Running to Stand Still"?
  9. Why haven't I seen the video for "Red Hill Mining Town"?
  10. Who are Greg Carroll and Jara in "One Tree Hill"? Is there an actual place called "One Tree Hill"?
  11. Who are the "Mothers of the Disappeared"?
  12. What does "Hawkmoon 269" mean?
  13. In "Angel of Harlem," what is "BLS"?
  14. What does Bono sing in "Love Rescue Me" at the 3:55 mark, right after the "sha-la-la"s?
  15. Who is Goldman in "God Part II"?
  16. Who dies at the end of the "All I Want Is You" video?
  17. What does "Vorsprung durch Technik" mean in "Zooropa"?
  18. What's the English translation of Pavarotti's lines in "Miss Sarajevo"?
  19. What's the story with the "stuck together with God's glue" lyric in "Staring at the Sun"?
  20. What's Bono singing/mumbling at the beginning of "Last Night On Earth"?
  21. I heard Mick Jagger helped sing backing vocals on All That You Can't Leave Behind. Which song?
  22. Who is Aung San Suu Kyi and why is "Walk On" dedicated to him/her?
  23. Who are the people listed in "Peace On Earth"?
  24. What's the "Alphaville" mentioned in "New York"?
  25. Do Adam and Larry ever sing on any U2 songs?
  26. Has U2 ever allowed any of their songs to be used in TV commercials?
  27. Who sings the opera-like backing vocal on "The Hands That Built America"?
  28. What's the name of the Gaelic song Bono sings in the film The Gangs of New York?

Live / Concert FAQ

  1. U2 tours by the numbers
  2. Has anyone in U2 ever missed a show?
  3. Has U2 ever performed ________ live?
  4. Is it true that Larry almost had to quit the band because of a hand injury?
  5. Is it true U2 was unhappy with their performance at Live Aid?
  6. How did U2 get involved in Amnesty International's "Conspiracy of Hope" tour in 1986?
  7. How did Bono get that scar on his chin during The Joshua Tree Tour?
  8. How did Bono break his arm during The Joshua Tree Tour?
  9. What's the big deal with the "Dream It All Up Again" speech?
  10. I've seen a picture of Bono wearing a red leather Fly suit. When did he do that?
  11. Who are those big-headed U2 caricature-like people that emerged from the b-stage during some Zooropa Tour shows?
  12. Who were those characters Bono used in the live shows during the Zoo TV Tour?
  13. Who's in the picture on MacPhisto's dressing table in the Sydney video?
  14. Is that supposed to be the McDonalds arch on-stage during the PopMart Tour?
  15. What happened to the giant lemon used during PopMart?
  16. Who's that girl (guy?) dancing on the video screen during the "Lemon" remix?
  17. In the Mexico City PopMart video, Bono tells the crowd at one point, "We almost lost a brother last night." What's the story behind that?
  18. What was Bono saying before "Where the Streets Have No Name" during the Elevation Tour?
  19. Why did Edge wear numbered red shirts during the Elevation Tour? Did they mean anything?
  20. What was Bono saying before "Where the Streets Have No Name" at the Super Bowl?
  21. What are those lists of numbers and letters in the Elevation Tour Programme?
  22. What was that music used before "Bullet the Blue Sky" on the first leg of the Elevation tour?
  23. Why is the Edge slamming his guitar to the ground at the end of "Gone" during the June 2001, Elevation Boston DVD?
  24. Who is on the pin that Bono wore on his green guitar he uses during "Walk On"?
  25. During the October 10, 2001 concert which was webcast from Notre Dame, Bono says "If you were born 10 months after this came out, this is for you", at the start of "With or Without You". Was he dedicating the song to someone specific?
  26. Who designed Bono's black leather jacket with the red star from the Elevation Tour? Can I buy a similar jacket?
  27. What are those extra lyrics Bono sings at the end of "With or Without You" in concert? Are they his own lyrics?
  28. What was the largest attendance at a U2 live show?
  29. Will U2 ever do an "Unplugged" show on MTV?
  30. What is a bootleg?
  31. How does U2 feel about bootlegs?
  32. Where can I find bootlegs?
  33. Will U2 be playing any concerts in _______ year?

Band FAQ

  1. Is everyone in the band married?
  2. How many kids do they each have?
  3. When are their birthdays?
  4. Do they have any pets?
  5. How tall is Bono?
  6. Are U2 Christians?
  7. Didn't Adam get arrested for doing drugs?
  8. Is it true that Larry almost had to quit the band because of a hand injury?
  9. What about the story about Larry taking injections of bulls' blood - is that true?
  10. Is it true that Bono has had his chest shaved?
  11. Was Bono really a great chess player as a kid?
  12. Did Bono really take off his clothes in the middle of a crowded restaurant?
  13. Do any of the band members have any known tattoos?
  14. Where does Bono get his shades?
  15. Why does Bono always wear shades?
  16. Some singer claims that Bono has had a hair transplant. Is that true?

Awards FAQ

  1. Grammys
  2. Brit Awards
  3. MTV Awards
  4. Rolling Stone magazine
  5. Hot Press magazine
  6. Irish Music Awards
  7. Other
  8. How is it possible that songs from All That You Can't Leave Behind were nominated for Grammy Awards in three consecutive years -- 2001, 2002, and 2003?
  9. Is U2 in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

Geography FAQ

  1. Where is the castle on the cover of The Unforgettable Fire?
  2. Where did U2 shoot all the photos for The Joshua Tree album?
  3. Is it true that both the actual "Joshua Tree" and the tree from "One Tree Hill" are dead?
  4. Where did U2 shoot the video for "Where the Streets Have No Name"?
  5. Where does Bono live? Edge? Adam? Larry?

Friends FAQ

  1. Who is Gavin Friday?
  2. Who is Dave Fanning?
  3. Who is Wim Wenders?
  4. Who is Guggi?
  5. Who is Charles Bukowski?
  6. Who is William Gibson and what is Neuromancer?
  7. Who is Jim Sheridan?
  8. Who is Willie Williams?
  9. Who is Daniel Lanois?
  10. Who is Brian Eno?
  11. Who is "Hutch" that Bono keeps mentioning in live shows?
  12. Who are these people doing U2 Remixes?
  13. Who are Dallas Schoo, Sam Sullivan, Stuart Morgan?
  14. Who is Joe O'Herlihy?

U2 on the 'Net FAQ

  1. How can I send email to U2?
  2. Where can I find U2's official web site?
  3. Where can I find U2 web sites created by fans?
  4. Are there any U2-related mailing lists?
  5. Are there any U2-related newsgroups?
  6. What about commercial online services?

Fans FAQ

  1. What is Propaganda?
  2. What is Melon? Hasta La Vista Baby?
  3. Are there any other U2 fanclubs?
  4. What is a "Wire tag" and how do I get one?
  5. What was the "Wire banner" and where is it now?
  6. What's the answer to that U2-related question supposedly on a Microsoft job application?
  7. How can I get a job working for U2?

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