U2 is hosting a scavenger hunt, and it’s a far cry from the kind you played as a sticky-fingered child. Bono and his merry Irish men are hosting a lyric hunt that will feature a grand prize of an all-expense-paid trip to see U2’s Vertigo tour, featuring openers Pearl Jam, at the Aloha Stadium in Honolulu — and it will be held online via websites around the world, including exclusively Dose.ca in Canada.
Banners featuring lyric excerpts from tracks on the band’s forthcoming U218 Singles, a best-of compilation, will be posted on various international websites, which fans must locate after reading clues posted on U2.com. Each excerpt will have one highlighted letter, and once fans collect all the letters, they can use them to answer a question posted on U2.com. Those who answer correctly will be eligible to enter to win the grand prize.
The great hunt begins on Monday and will run until Nov. 6.
U218 Singles will be released Nov. 21 and features songs spanning the band’s massive career, from Boy (1980) to How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (2004). The disc will also include two new tracks recorded at legendary Abbey Road Studios in London: “The Saints Are Coming,” featuring political punks Green Day, and a yet-to-be-titled track.