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Did U2 Plan to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb?

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

howtodismantleanatomicbomb.com howtodismantleanatomicbomb.net howtodismantleanatomicbomb.org

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 Damien Hirst offered "Vertigo" and "How to Deconstruct an Atomic Bomb" as possible song titles after hearing some of U2's new material.

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 noting 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.)

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