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10 Things You Never Knew About U2

MGK celebrates the return of U2 to Philadelphia (6/13 Wells Fargo Center) all weekend long.  As you get ready to purchase tickets on Monday, take a look at 10 facts about the band that you might not know.

 

  1. The band’s 2004 album, “How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb”, was named by Bono as an attempt to deal with his father’s death in 2001. The bomb was meant to symbolize his late father.
  2. U2 guitarist and backing vocalist, The Edge, got his name due to the crooked shape of his nose.
  3. Prior to naming the band, U2, the members once called their group “Feedback” and “The Hype”.
  4. There are only two instances where The Edge has performed without a hat. Once while performing “Miss Sarajevo” at the 1995 Pavarotti and Friends Concert and the music video for “Discotheque”.
  5. Larry Mullen Jr was the founding member of U2. Mullen posted an ad on a bulletin board at his Dublin high school looking for musicians to start a band. Bono replied first with Adam short behind him. Lastly, The Edge and his brother showed up at Mullen’s home one evening and completed the band.
  6. The 1987 track, “With or Without You” is the seventh most requested song at U funerals.
  7. On March 27, 1992, Bono reportedly stripped in a local London restaurant to get a response out of a notorious boring journalist who was set up to interview him that evening.
  8. Bono in Latin, Bono Vox, translates to “good voice”. This is how Paul David Hewson came to be known as Bono.
  9. U2’s album “The Joshua Tree” was first labeled “the two Americas”. This working title was in reference to, what the band considered the mythical America and the real America.
  10. In 1987, U2 opened up for themselves posed as a fake country group called the Dalton Brothers. Only the audience members in the first rows were able to see past the wigs and cowboy attire to see that it was actually U2.