29th April, 2002
U2 Refuse $23M!
U2 have turned down a $23 million deal, according to the Sunday World. An American car firm offered the money to use the band's 1987 song, "Where The Streets Have No Name" in an advertisement campaign. After a period of consultation, the band decided that the song
was "too special" to be sold off for profit and repeated commercial play. Bono did conclude that the money was tempting. "You could do an awful lot with that," he mused.
During their visit to Belfast last Thursday for the Hot Press Awards, the band made repeated suggestions that they were thinking of playing at the Odyssey, and that they were also set to support the Imagine Belfast bid for European City Of Culture.
© BBC, 2002.