In 1991, U2 released their seventh studio album “ACHTUNG BABY”, which became one of the band’s most successful records. Staged in support of their new sound, the “ZOO TV” tour visited arenas and stadiums around the world during 1992 and 1993. Draped in his new alter-ego “The Fly”, Bono captured the public’s attention with his amazing, one-of-a-kind “fly” sunglasses. Since that time, many sunglass manufacturers have reintroduced larger “fly” sunglass models, but none have ever matched the mystique of the “Viking” 1973 style. Bono made these sunglasses the most iconic fashion item in U2’s career.
Below these lines, is the model we produced for U2 in 2011, in one-piece with ‘THE FLY’ logo (Bono’s trademark) on the left arm. The “Viking 1973” sunglass in black colour has become popular since, and has received names such as ‘THE FLY’ sunglasses, “ÜBER” fly shades or ‘ACHTUNG BABY’ fly sunglasses. Visit U2.com for more details.
These were made for collectors only and included in the ``über`` deluxe box set, for the 20th anniversary of U2's ``Achtung Baby``.
The ``Über`` sunglasses were produced in one-piece, in very dark black colour and not for daily use.
``Über`` is a German language word. U2's organization used this term, in order to refer our ``Viking1973`` model simply because of the deluxe box version.
Our ``Viking1973`` sunglass style is the exact same model as the ``Über``, just that ``Vikings`` are foldable, for daily use.
In 2011, when U2 filmed their documentary ``From the sky down``, Bono requested us two pairs of the Viking 1973 model, for himself.
As it was a celebration, limited quantities for the Über version of our Viking 1973 fly sunglass were made only for U2. Not for sale.