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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?

1. Where is the castle on the cover of The Unforgettable Fire?

See the Geography FAQ for the answer.

2. Where did the idea for The Unforgettable Fire come from?

"The Unforgettable Fire" is the name of a collection of drawings and pictures made by the survivors of the Hiroshima nuclear bomb blast at the end of World War II. Although simplistic in depiction, they are considered national treasures by the Japanese. U2 saw the exhibit on a tour stop in Chicago. Touched by the exhibit, it inspired the song and album title, as well as some of the paintings used as stage backdrops on the Fire tour. [JC]

The album title also refers to the "unforgettable fire" for equality and peace which burned inside people like Martin Luther King, Jr. The songs themselves speak to this, juxtaposing images of nuclear devastation and human triumph in and between the various tracks on the album. [JV]

3. Who is the Mrs. Christine Kerr listed in the liner notes?

It's Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders. She sang backing vocals on "Pride." At the time The Unforgettable Fire was recorded, she was married to Jim Kerr of Simple Minds. [MJS, NC]

4. Is it true U2 were unhappy with their performance at Live Aid?

See the Live / Concert FAQ for an answer.

5. How did U2 get involved with Amnesty International's "Conspiracy of Hope" tour in 1986?

See the Live / Concert FAQ for an answer.

6. What other charities has the band supported over the years?

A glance at some of the booklets accompanying U2's albums indicates that they support and hold a high regard for Amnesty International as well as Greenpeace. The Best Of 1980-1990 also supports War Child, which aims to assist children in their recovery from trauma resulting from war. In 2001, however, Bono and several others dropped their support of War Child when it was discovered that the co-founder had been stealing money from the organization.

A couple of others that U2 has shown support for in recent years include the Children of Chernobyl, championed by Bono's wife; Milarepa, an organization supporting a Free Tibet (U2 played the Tibetan Freedom Festival); and most recently, NetAid and Jubilee 2000 / Drop the Debt (at least Bono has). Bono has also joined with Bill Gates and others to create the DATA initiative. [AC, JP, M2]

History FAQ menu

A: The Early Years: Three to Under a Blood Red Sky
B: The Unforgettable Fire to Conspiracy of Hope
C: Rock's Hottest Ticket - The Joshua Tree and Rattle and Hum
D: Everything You Know Is Wrong - Achtung Baby to Passengers
E: Let's Go Shopping - Pop to The Best of 1980-1990
F: Where Two Roads Meet - The Million Dollar Hotel, All That You Can't Leave Behind, and The Best of 1990-2000
G: Love and Peace or Else: Africa, iPods, and Atomic Bombs