I get why people keep sharing this image because it has an air of truthiness to it. But the fact is that U2’s manager in 2008 is not who their manager is in 2014. That’s the pure and simple reason why this happened now and wouldn’t have happened in 2008.
John Oliver nails it.
“The thing I respect about U2 beyond this song is how they’re giving a shout-out to Joey as their inspiration,” he said. “They’re not on a bandwagon of ‘now we’ll be into the Ramones because they’re dead.’ He [Joey] got to feel the love and respect from them and this song is coming from truly the right place and I totally back it after seeing how they were with him.”