- Who is Gavin Friday?
- Who is Dave Fanning?
- Who is Wim Wenders?
- Who is Guggi?
- Who is Charles Bukowski?
- Who is William Gibson and what is Neuromancer?
- Who is Jim Sheridan?
- Who is Willie Williams?
- Who is Daniel Lanois?
- Who is Brian Eno?
- Who is "Hutch" that Bono keeps mentioning in live shows?
- Who are these people doing U2 Remixes?
- Who are Dallas Schoo, Sam Sullivan, Stuart Morgan?
- Who is Joe O'Herlihy?
1. Who is Gavin Friday?
Gavin Friday was born Fionan Hanvey, October 8, 1959, and grew up a few blocks down the road from Bono. They
met and became friends in their teens, and Bono describes Gavin as his "friend for life, drinking buddy on
weekdays, and some sort of musical diviner." Gavin formed the Virgin Prunes, while Bono began working with
U2. In 1986, the Virgin Prunes ended, and after a brief stint painting, Gavin embarked on a solo career,
signing to Island Records. His third solo album, Shag Tobacco, released in 1995, features an
appearance by the Edge and Bono on backing vocals.
On the Zoo TV and Zooropa tours, Friday's possible influence on U2 became more apparant to the media, NME
going so far as naming him Bono's "confidant and advisor". Many believe his presence was strongly felt in
Bono's new stage character, MacPhisto, but Friday claims he "only put the horns on him".
In 1993, Friday, his pianist Maurice Seezer and Bono collaborated
on the soundtrack for In the Name of the
Father, writing three songs and performing on two of those.
Bono admits it was Gavin who "did most of the
work." In 2000 the three teamed up again to perform "Children
of the Revolution" for the Moulin Rouge
Soundtrack. And in late 2003 they joined forces on a new release
of the "Peter and the Wolf" book to benefit the Irish Hospice
Gavin has also contributed backing vocals to U2's
cover of "Satellite
of Love" and
was a consultant on the PopMart, Elevation, and Vertigo tours.
For more information about Gavin Friday visit his official site
[CB, MJS, AS]
2. Who is Dave Fanning?
Dave Fanning has been a very popular radio DJ and TV presenter in Ireland for many years. In 1979, U2 took
their first three officially recorded tracks to Fanning's popular pirate radio program. Fanning aired all
three tracks each night for a week, and encouraged listeners to call in and vote for which song should be
the "A-side" of the band's first single. "Out of Control" was the winner, and that first release became the
U2:3 single. Since then, Fanning has become a very popular host on national radio network 2FM and continues
to be a supporter of the band. He has introduced U2 at many of their Dublin concerts, and is often given the
first "official" opportunity to debut new U2 songs and albums on commercial radio.
3. Who is Wim Wenders?
Wim Wenders is a German movie director. His first work with U2 was directing the video for "Night and Day", and
their meeting likely came about when U2 was working in Germany on the recording of Achtung Baby. His movies
since that time have often included a U2 track on the soundtrack, starting with "Until the End of the World" which
was featured in Wenders' movie called Until the End of the World. Other contributions include:
- "The Wanderer" and "Stay" for the movie Faraway So Close
- "Your Blue Room" and "Beach Sequence" for the movie Beyond the Clouds
- "I'm Not Your Baby" for the movie The End of the Violence
- "If God Will Send His Angels" for the English remake of Wenders' Wings of Desire which was called
City of Angels
Wenders also directed U2's video for "Stay" and directed The Million Dollar Hotel, a movie which Bono
co-wrote the screenplay for. For more information on Wim Wenders please visit
http://www.wim-wenders.com/ [SR, SL, MPZ, CG, AS]
4. Who is Guggi?
Guggi, whose real name is Derek Rowen, is the older brother
of Peter Rowen, the boy who is shown on the covers of Boy
and War. Guggi, like Bono and Gavin Friday, acquired his
nickname from Lypton Village in Dublin, and was also an original
member of the Virgin Prunes. Because Larry had a day job when
U2 were just beginning and couldn't make it to every rehearsal,
Guggi sometimes filled in. Guggi is frequently thanked in the
liner notes of U2 albums, and Bono's first son is partly named
after him (Elijah Patricius Bob Guggi Q). Today, Guggi is a well-known
painter who has had major exhibitions in New York and Dublin.
5. Who is Charles Bukowski?
The song "Dirty Day" on Zooropa was dedicated to Charles Bukowski. He was an internationally famous
contemporary poet and prose stylist. He was born in Andernach, Germany, and came to the U.S. at an early age.
He has published 45 volumes, both novels and poetry. Unfortunately, Mr. Bukowski passed away in 1994 at the
age of 74. He wrote with a very raw and honest style. A good sampling of Bukowski's work can be found in
Septuagenarian Stew: Stories and Poems or Love is a Dog From Hell, both published by Black Sparrow Press.
The movie Barfly with Mickey Rourke and Faye Dunaway is based on the writings of Bukowski. Like much
of his writing, Barfly was semi-autobiographical, and the movie depicts some of the occurances in Bukowski's
life. [RA, JC]
6. Who is William Gibson and what is Neuromancer?
William Gibson's writing was a big influence on the Zooropa album. Gibson is known as the "father of
cyberpunk" and has been credited with introducing the term "cyberspace". His book Neuromancer, and the
following books in the trilogy, Mona Lisa Overdrive and Count Zero dealt with cyberspace and virtual
environments. He was one of the earlier writers tackling such subjects in the fiction he was writing.
Gibson's 1996 novel, Idoru drew from Gibson's travels with U2 during the Zoo TV tour. One of the novel's
plot threads deals with the world's most popular band, Lo/Rez. Some of U2's experiences in the night clubs
of Tokyo during the Zoo TV tour are echoed in that novel.
One of Gibson's short stories was adapted for a feature length film, Johnny Mnemonic and Bono was initially
offered a starring role in the film. He wisely chose to turn the offer down, and instead U2 contributed a song
to the soundtrack. U2 also contributed music to the audio adaptation of Neuromancer.
In April 2005, Gibson followed U2 on tour for a short time to
write an article for Wired magazine. [IM,
JP, CC, M2, AS]
7. Who is Jim Sheridan?
An Oscar-nominated movie director, Jim Sheridan owned the Project
Arts Centre, the club U2 (and the Virgin Prunes) played in as
teenagers. Bono and Gavin Friday co-wrote three songs on the soundtrack
to his movie, In The Name Of The Father, and performed
on two of these songs. He also produced the film Bloody Sunday,
a documentary about the events that occured in Derry, Ireland
in 1972. U2's "Sunday Bloody Sunday" is the only song featured
in the film, and it is a live version which runs over the credits.
Sheridan is also the writer and director of the film In America,
to be released in 2003. Bono, Gavin Friday, and Maurice Seezer
have written the song "Time Enough for Tears" for the In America
soundtrack. The song will be performed by Andrea Corr. For more
information on Jim Sheridan, visit the Internet
Movie Database. [LDR, JP, CB]
8. Who is Willie Williams?
Willie Williams has worked with U2 since 1983 when he joined the band as
Lighting Director on the War tour. Since then, his role has expanded to
become the band's Tour Designer -- responsible for the creative, technical,
and developmental aspects of each of U2's tours. He works with the band when
tour ideas are first being discussed, chooses the technology, art work,
etc., to use to bring those ideas to life, and works with the various
staging and production companies involved to make each show happen around
the world. He's also responsible for the formation of Propaganda -- U2's
official fan club and magazine -- which has been the band's direct link to
its most ardent fans since 1986. His Tour Diaries, which began with the Zoo
TV Tour and continued through Elevation, have been published in Propaganda
and online at U2.com and have given U2 fans a unique glimpse behind the
scenes of life on the road with U2.
When he's not on the road with U2, Willie has also worked on tours by The
Rolling Stones, R.E.M., David Bowie, Oasis, The Corrs, and many others. He's
also designed permanent art installations for the Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame, the Experience Music Project, and the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
9. Who is Daniel Lanois?
Daniel Lanois is a Canadian musician and producer. He's worked extensively with U2 since 1984. He has
co-produced The Unforgettable Fire, The Joshua Tree, Achtung Baby, and All That You
Can't Leave Behind. He has often contributed additional instrumentation and backing vocals to these
projects. He also worked with U2 on The Million Dollar Hotel Soundtrack. He also worked with Larry Mullen
on Emmylou Harris' Wrecking Ball album. Both Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen contributed to Lanois'
first solo album Acadie For more information on Daniel Lanois please visit
10. Who is Brian Eno?
Brian Eno was a founding member of Roxy Music, before moving on to his own solo career, and began producing
other artists. He has co-produced The Unforgettable Fire, The Joshua Tree, Achtung Baby,
Zooropa, and All That You Can't Leave Behind. He is also credited as the fifth member of the
Passengers project, which saw Eno join U2 in a more active contributing role. [AS]
11. Who is "Hutch" that Bono keeps mentioning in live shows?
Hutch is Michael Hutchence, former lead singer of the band INXS. Michael and Bono were close friends,
and reportedly Bono and Ali were considered for the role of godparents for Michael's daughter, Tiger Lily.
The song, "Elegantly Wasted" by INXS is said to have been written after Michael and Bono were out for a
"night on the town."
Hutchence passed away in 1997. In some PopMart concerts, Bono makes reference to "Hutch" in concert. Bono
also wrote the song "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of" about Hutchence. Often during the Elevation tour
Bono would make mention of Hutchence before this song, or "Gone".
Bono has also contributed vocals to a Michael Hutchence solo album, on the track "Slide Away". The album
was incomplete at the time of Hutchence's death, and Bono was approached to finish the song by composing
additional lyrics and contributing vocals. [AS]
12. Who are these people doing U2 Remixes?
U2 has brought in several well known artists and producers to work on their singles producing various
remixes of the tracks. We won't try to name each remixer, but we will list some of those you may have heard
of through other projects.
- Paul Oakenfold - Known for his Perfecto record label. Has produced many remixes for New
Order, as well as scoring the movie Swordfish and working on the soundtrack to Planet of the Apes. He
also toured as an opening act during U2's Zoo TV Tour.
- William Orbit - Probably best known for co-writing and producing Madonna's Ray of Light, he has
also worked remixing Sarah McLachlan, Limp Bizcuit, Depeche Mode, and many others.
- Jimmy Cauty - Well known for his late 80's / early 90's work in the groups The KLF and The Orb.
- Butch Vig - This drummer for the group Garbage, also has an extensive production career, including producing
albums for Nirvana, the Smashing Pumpkins and Sonic Youth.
- David Morales - Has remixed hundreds of artists including Bjork, INXS, Janet Jackson, and Madonna.
13. Who are Dallas Schoo, Sam Sullivan, Stuart Morgan, Fraser McAlister?
These four gentlemen are known to many of the fans who see U2 live. They are the guys on stage tuning the
equipment and setting things up before each U2 show. Dallas Schoo is the guitar tech for the Edge on tour,
as well as in the studio occasionally, such as on the Zooropa album. Sam
Sullivan is the drum tech, and also acts as a studio manager for U2 in non-touring time, as he did for the
All That You Can't Leave Behind album. Stuart Morgan is the bass guitar tech for the band on the road,
and in the studio. Fraser McAlister is Bono's guitar technician.
14. Who is Joe O'Herlihy?
Joe O'Herlihy has been a member of the U2 organization since the start. In the credits for the album Boy
he is credited as part of the tour crew as "Amigo O'Herlihy". Joe has acted as sound engineer for U2 tours
since the start. He recently was awarded a TEC (Technical Excellence & Creativity) Award for his work as Front
of the House Engineer for U2's Elevation tour.
O'Herlihy has also worked on the studio recording process with U2. He can be found in the liner notes of many
of U2's studio albums listed for "Monitoring". In his time away from U2, O'Herlihy has been known to work with
other acts such as the Cranberries and R.E.M.