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July 13th, 2004

Possible different title? @ 12:58 pm

I'm currently feelin: awake
I'm currently hearin: "40"--live at Point Depot, Dublin, 12/26/89

[@U2 note: there are more than a half-dozen active links in the online
version of this story. Those of you interested in following the links
should probably just read the story here:
http://www.atu2.com/news/article.src?ID=3444 ]

Did U2 Plan to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb?

Another set of domain registrations means more speculation about the
name of the next U2 album

@U2, July 12, 2004
by Matt McGee

Domain name registrations are once again offering a possible clue about
the name of U2's next studio album.

Following up on our recent report about three domains -- U2vertigo.com,
.net, and .org -- that were registered by James Cooke of Dublin web
firm Digital:CC, @U2 has discovered three additional domains that were
registered back in February by the same James Cooke:


Only the .org domain specifically lists Cooke's name; the others have
fake address information (Times Square, NY, 00000), but use the same
dvibe.com domain in the contact information and are sourced from
Joker.com, the same registration source on the U2vertigo domains.

This discovery fits in nicely with a recent report on U2log.com that
British artist Damian Hirst offered "Vertigo" and "How to Deconstruct
an Atomic Bomb" as possible song titles after hearing some of U2's new

Adding further intrigue is word from an @U2 reader that Christian
singer Michael W. Smith told a concert crowd last month about a recent
conversation he had with Bono, during which Bono shared a possible
album title: How to Dismantle the Atomic Bomb. As Smith tells the
story, Bono asked if he (Smith) knew how to dismantle an atomic bomb.
Smith said "no", and Bono answered his own question: "Love. With love."
Bono and Smith are friends who recently appeared together for the
launch of The One Campaign in Philadelphia.

It may also be worth nothing that the three "atomic bomb" domains were
registered on February 6th of this year, just days before Billboard
reported that Steve Lillywhite had been asked to take over album
production duties. The three "U2vertigo" domains were registered June
22nd, as U2 was in the final two weeks of recording. It's easy to
speculate that "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" was one of the early
names being considered, and that "Vertigo" may have replaced it as the
recording sessions came to an end. But until the album name is
announced, that remains nothing more than speculation.

(Thx to U2log.com and B.M. for assistance.)

© @U2/McGee, 2004.
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Date:July 13th, 2004 10:09 am (UTC)
I wish that'd be the tittle! I like it much better than Vertigo :P
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Date:July 13th, 2004 10:14 am (UTC)
I agree. I like "How to.." a lot better than Vertigo. Just think of all the variations we'd have in the online world..like HTDAAB..
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Date:July 13th, 2004 11:33 am (UTC)
I much prefer Vertigo... the snappy titles are the best! Though HTDAAB is quite cool in a quirky sort of way - more interesting than ATYCLB, anyway.
Date:July 13th, 2004 10:13 am (UTC)
Mmmm...the Point Depot shows.

I think I've listened to those bootlegs more than any of the original 1980's U2 albums.
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Date:July 13th, 2004 10:28 am (UTC)
I love those shows. And I think the 12/26 one is pretty damned close to perfection.
Date:July 13th, 2004 10:32 am (UTC)
I don't know if anything can top the 12/31 "Streets" though. That's just amazing.

And having a U2 version of "She's A Mystery To Me" is pretty sweet too.

I made a compilation from those four shows to listen to in my car. I should send it to the band, they could release it and make a fortune. :)
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Date:July 13th, 2004 10:38 am (UTC)
You're right about that one.

Yes, "She's a Mystery" is so lovely. When I saw them at the Buffalo Elevation show, a fan requested that song, and Bono sang the first verse or so, before segueing into "One" and it was so perfect.

That's great! :)

I wish I had the 12/26 on CD...do you have it on CD? I only have it on tape...

P.S. Love Cusack!
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Date:July 13th, 2004 10:58 am (UTC)
u2bloodredsky.com is your friend for CD shows. Just add dc++ client. In fact, I just burned the 12/26/89 show this morning. :)

Or stick to torrents, though they aren't that frequent: shakingthegroove.org
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Date:July 13th, 2004 10:43 am (UTC)
Could it be that that is the title of the first single and not the whole album? It could be set up for the advanced single that will be out before the full album is on the shelves.
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Date:July 13th, 2004 10:59 am (UTC)
thanks for the news, it lightened my day. I like vertigo, good title.
Date:July 13th, 2004 06:38 pm (UTC)
how to dismantle an atomic bomb...I like it! I hope that's the album title and Vertigo is just a single or something.

Who am I kidding? I just want the album NOW dammit!
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Date:July 13th, 2004 10:16 pm (UTC)
The title is too long. It doesn't roll off the tongue nicely. Much too cumbersome to say. I much prefer Vertigo.
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Date:July 14th, 2004 01:35 pm (UTC)

"With love"

I'm sorry but that made me laugh so hard, hahaha.

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