It’s Thursday, and the contest ends tomorrow! It’s been great to see such a high level of participation, and we look forward to getting your thoughts after the contest on ways we can make the next one even better.
On to the update…
Question #5 was a tricky one, with lots of good guesses! To recap, the question was: “Where was Bono when he first came up with these lyrics? ‘I want to run, I want to hide, I want to tear down the walls that hold me inside.'”
The correct answer? Ethiopia.
The source was this interview done with Bono in Feb of 2009, and this exact passage:
“Do you want to know what my most humiliating U2 moment is?” [Bono] asks. “It’s Where The Streets Have No Name . Edge had come up with this amazing 120-beats-per-minute music for it. I had some ideas for the lyrics. I was sleeping in a tent in northern Ethiopia at the time  and I scratched down some thoughts and they were: ‘I want to run, I want to hide, I want to tear down the walls that hold me inside.’
“I thought they were fairly inane, but in the studio Eno and Lanois thought they were perfect. I told them they were only sketches and I could do much better. But Eno is all about capturing the moment, so those words stayed.”
Question #6: The producer of one of Blink 182’s biggest albums passed away at a young age due to a cerebral hemorrhage. Who was the producer, and what were the name of the Morrissey album he had just finished working on before he passed away?
Answer: Jerry Finn, producer of Blink 182’s album Enema of the State, passed away shortly after completing Morrissey’s album “Years of Refusal.”
Question #7: In a 90’s concert tour, U2 entered the stage by walking out of a giant mirror ball shaped like a fruit. What was the name and year of the tour, and what was the fruit?
Answer: The tour was PopMart in 1997, where U2 pulled a Spinal Tap by walking out of a giant mirrorball shaped like a lemon. (And like Spinal Tap, I read in at least one account they got slightly stuck on the way out of it, which would have been hilarious to see.)
Question #8 is coming later today, so be on the lookout for our our twitter and Facebook feeds to get in first! We have a couple people pulling ahead in the contest, but with 3 questions left, plenty can still change. Here’s the standings so far:
Ryan B – 43
Dan B – 28
Eduardo V – 20
Jennifer F – 18
Hoon P – 15
Ryan S – 10
Laurie S – 6
Janet M – 5
Liz L – 3
Angela V – 3
Rachel H – 2
Rush L – 2
Jennifer S – 2
Megan P – 1
Corinne S – 1