#U240 Contest: #favU2item

by Harry Kantas (2016-08-25)

U2songs deals with many aspects of U2’s career: the Discography, the Videography, the countless Awards, Rarities, Collectibles, Lyrics, Collaborations, you name it.

What about our readers, though?
What is your favorite U2 item?

It could be the most expensive item in your collection, or it could be the cheapest one.
It might be the oldest, or the newest.
The funniest, or the most serious one.

As #U240 celebrations are well under way all over the world, we would like to see your #favU2item.
It might be your worn out copy of The Joshua Tree, riding the bus,
your Live In Paris light bulb, lighting up your room,
your old walkman, still loaded with your War cassette,
or your Achtung Baby trabant, hanging from your ceiling!

Whatever it is, take a picture or short video of it, and show us.
We will select the best ones, and send a present or two your way. (Details to be announced next week.)
You can enter our contest by tweeting us (make sure you mention @u2songs) a picture of your favorite U2 item, including the hashtags #U240 and #favU2item.
Feel free to add a short story about it as well, if the character count limit permits.

Here’s an example:
#favU2item contest entry

Winners will be announced on September 25th!
Not on Twitter yet? While that is unimaginable, we will have other contests soon, so watch this space!


Prizes will be announced weekly between now and the draw on #U240. Winners will be notified in order of drawing to choose one of the following items for their prizes.

Prize A: 12-Inch Zoo Station Picture Disc: Includes “Zoo Station” and 2 mixes of “Lady With the Spinning Head”, this promotional disc was pressed in 1992 for promotion of the Zoo TV tour, and includes the dates of Zoo TV in North America in Spring 1992. (Record Player Not Included!)

Prize B: The VIP gift book from U2’s recent #U2ieTour. The only way to get this book was to purchase one of the pricey VIP tickets, but we have one here to give away as a prize in our contest. The book comes with write ups about each tour, three guitar picks, a patch kit from Larry’s drum kit, a souvenir ticket, and replica posters and tickets from all kinds of tours. Also included is a piece of the decking used on the #U2ieTour stage (that’s the grey and black piece to the side). [Book given may not be the exact number that is in the photos]

Prize C: This “For Your Consideration” promotional DVD was issued by HBO to promote the U2 Live in Paris special as it originally aired on HBO to Emmy voters. The nomination didn’t go to U2 for this special, but this is a unique one-off. The DVD is the exact performance that was aired, and not the final version that was edited together for a commercial release, so this features alternate audio and video. Originally this was part of a box of promo discs issued by HBO. Only the U2 disc is included as a prize.

Prize D: This set of CD singles were released to promote Achtung Baby around the world. “The Fly” is from Japan and featured “The Lounge Fly Mix” and “Alex Descends into Hell for a Bottle of Milk”. “Mysterious Ways” is from Canada, and features five mixes of the title track. “One” is from the USA, and features “Lady with the Spinning Head”, “Satellite of Love” and “Night and Day (Steel String Remix)”. “Even Better than the Real Thing” is from Canada and features “Salome”, “Where did it all Go Wrong?” and “Lady with the Spinning Head (Extended Dance Mix)”. “Even Better than the Real Thing (Remixes)” is from the USA and features five remixes of the title track. “Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses” is from Canada and features “Paint it Black”, “Fortunate Son”, and two mixes of the title track. And finally the digipack version of “Wild Horses” is from the UK, and features “Paint it Black”, “Salome (Zooromance Remix)”, “Can’t Help Falling in Love (Triple Peaks Remix)”. This is a chance to own most of the Achtung Baby singles as one set.

Prize E, F, G: This photo includes three prizes. Prize 1 is a copy of “Artificial Horizon” on CD. This fan club CD was released in 2010, and is still sealed. Prize 2 is a somewhat rare 3-inch CD single for the single “Vertigo”. The third prize is three singles in cardboard sleeves, “Sometimes You Can’t Make it on Your Own”, “City of Blinding Lights” and “Staring at the Sun”. All of the prizes in this category will be sent with some additional paper goods such as a promotional sticker for the recent #U2ieTour DVD release.

Prize H: Set of 4 U2.com Serigraph Prints, courtesy of the good folks keeping Zootopia safe. Thank You!

The contest will be open for an additional 24 hours. Prizes will be drawn for in Dublin at the #U240 party on September 25, 2016. Winners will be contacted to choose their prizes. One of the prizes above will be awarded for originality and catching the eye of the judges with your entry. The remaining prizes will be given by random draw.

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