The Sunday Times website offers real audio samples of today’s culture supplement CD release, excerpts from the articles and has a competition to win tickets to see the band in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Slane.

Salman Rushdie writes: When the Zooropa tour arrived at Wembley Stadium, Bono called to ask if I’d like to come out on stage. U2 wanted to make a gesture of solidarity, and this was the biggest one they could think of. When I told my then 14-year-old son about the plan, he said: “Just don’t sing, dad. If you sing, I’ll have to kill myself.”