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Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about U2, Cher and more.

U2 REDUX?

Hi Keith,

I have a question about U2's CDs. As far as I can tell, none of the band's older titles have ever been remastered. Some of the earlier CDs have fairly poor sound quality, at least in my opinion. Have I just missed it, or have they never been re-released? If not, do you know if there are any plans to do so? I'm thinking about titles like "War," "October," "Wide Awake In America" and "The Joshua Tree."

Thanks for your help.

Dave Matevia
Kettering, Ohio

Hi Dave,

It does seem strange that U2's catalog has yet to be reissued and remastered in the U.S. Especially considering many of their early albums could benefit from the added attention.

In 1990, U2's then-catalog was released on CD in the United States -– those titles were "Boy," "Rattle & Hum," "Under a Blood Red Sky," "Wide Awake in America," "The Unforgettable Fire," "October," "The Joshua Tree" and "War." They have not been upgraded in since then.

While some ideas have been talked about regarding re-issuing the band's catalog, there are no plans at this time.



FABBO FAREWELL

Hi Keith,

I have a quick one for you. I got an e-mail from a friend/die-hard Cher fanatic who claims that Cher has had the most successful tour of all time. I tried Googling the topic of "most successful concerts of all time" and all other combinations of those terms but have not found anything. I hope you can answer me on this one.

Thanks, and more power!

Best Regards,

RJ Jensen

Hi RJ,

While Billboard only maintains records of concert earnings and data going back to 1990, it's safe to say that Cher's most recent tour was the biggest and highest-grossing of any by a female artist.

Cher's three-year Living Proof Farewell Tour played 280 shows in North America, grossing $195 million and selling 2.88 million tickets. If you include Australia and Europe, the tour did 325 dates and well over $200 million in box office receipts.

Cher wrapped up the Living Proof tour April 29-30 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, selling out both nights and grossing $2.8 million.



I WANT SOME (DISCO) ACTION

Hi Keith,

When did Billboard establish the Disco Action chart? Was it in 1974 or in 1975? Which record went to No. 1 the first week?

Claudio Todesco

Hi Claudio,

Billboard's first dance chart was called Disco Action, and it began in the Oct. 26, 1974, issue. The first No. 1 was Gloria Gaynor's "Never Can Say Goodbye." The chart was compiled by legendary remixer Tom Moulton and subtitled "Hot at the Discos" in New York City. Essentially it was a rundown of what was hot at the time in Gotham clubs. Moulton also wrote Billboard's first dance column, "Disco Mix," which premiered in the same issue.

Disco Action eventually morphed into the 50-position Hot Dance Club Play chart published today. It surveys club DJs from around the United States about which records they are playing the most.