6 oracle items tagged as U2
March 31, 2015 / submitted by Erin M, United States of America
Q.  Hi Oracle!

I have a question about U2s new album cover for Songs of Innocence. When it was first released, it was a picture of a record wrapped in paper. Now, it's two men. Do you know the story behind this?


The first cover was purely for the digital release and was meant to evoke the white label mood of the promotion of it.
The cover for the physical release is not just "two men"; it's Larry Mullen Jr. (the drummer of U2 for those who don't know him) and his son.

December 8, 2014 / submitted by Teddy, Lebanon
Q.  Hello Oracle!
Is it true that Chris will be substituting Bono in his band U2?!

No. Chris fronted U2 at the World AIDS Day (RED) performance last Monday (1 December) night in Times Square. Bono was recovering from an accident but U2 didn't want to cancel their appearance so asked Chris (& Bruce Springsteen) to fill in for the night.

April 2, 2012 / submitted by Ignacio, Argentina
Q.  I'm a huge fan of U2 but Coldplay comes in the next place, for sure. Both bands' live performances can't be compared to anything.

Anyhow, I have a question about Chris. What's with his fanatism for U2 and what's his relationship like with Bono? He's always saying U2 is the biggest band in the world and that his music can't be compared to theirs. Why's that?


U2 have been going since 1976 and released 13 albums and are one of the best-selling acts of all time. They have sold more than 150 million records worldwide & won 22 Grammys. It's little wonder that Chris is a fan, or anyone else for that matter (I believe Jonny's first album was Rattle & Hum on cassette).
Chris is being humble to say that Coldplay's music can't compare and he often says that of bands he holds in great esteem.
Bono was an early supporter of Coldplay and the two bands have genuine affection for one another regardless of any jokey comments that may have been made - of course I don't doubt there's more than a whiff of competitiveness in the air.
Chris made a comment in 2005 about being Drago to U2's Rocky.

June 29, 2011 / submitted by Oliver, Hungary
Q.  Dear Oracle!

Why Bono "hates" the Coldplay?

I don't know where you heard that but Bono doesn't hate Coldplay at all; quite the opposite in fact.
On Friday night after their Glastonbury headlining gig, Jo Whiley interviewed U2 and they talked about Coldplay fondly. Bono said how they really liked the boys and complimented them in fact.

October 29, 2009 / submitted by Alison, Australia
Q.  Hi Oracle
I was lucky enough to be at the U2 show in Las Vegas recently, and to my great delight,at the end of Beautiful Day, Bono broke into a bit of "Lights will gu-u-u-u-uide you home...." , which was the highlight of the show for me :-)
It didn't occur to me on the night, but I was wondering if Chris was at that show?

Actually Alison, Chris was at that show yes.

December 19, 2008 / submitted by Anita, Canada
Q.  Is the cover version of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On?" sung by Bono and Chris, Chris and U2, Bono and Coldplay, or with both bands? And when did they produce the cover version?
Thank You

Bono was the brainchild behind this charity record that featured an array of artists. The aim was for the proceeds to benefit The United Way's September 11th Fund and Artists Against Aids Worldwide. Chris featured on the London Version along with Bono (and The Edge) so it was neither a U2 nor a Coldplay venture. This was back in 2001 after the aforementioned September 11th atrocities.