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May 2nd, 2002

From atu2.com @ 05:55 pm

boomtownrat:
BBC Northern Ireland
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.

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From:x_zil_x
Date:May 2nd, 2002 03:03 pm (UTC)

You said it LarrysGirl!!

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We dont want another Sting on our hands, now do we? :P
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From:x_zil_x
Date:May 2nd, 2002 03:14 pm (UTC)

Re: You said it LarrysGirl!!

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yeah I know, I loved the song too untill the whole Jaguire commercial thing. But, I do think the funny thing about that was when some company, made a toaster that would make Stings face on pieces of toast mocking him selling out. Imagine if they had U2 toasters and you could wake up and eat a piece of toast with Bono or Larrys face on it? LOL! That would make my morning...
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From:wydok
Date:May 2nd, 2002 06:08 pm (UTC)

It's good for something, though . . .

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"Desert Rose" might have gotten sold to Jaguar, but he doesn't make it any less of a sexy song. That song and DMB's "Crash Into Me" are really sexy.
From:x_zil_x
Date:May 2nd, 2002 06:39 pm (UTC)

Re: It's good for something, though . . .

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Crash Into Me is DEFINATLY a sexxxy song. My sister is seeing DMB right now and is going to call tonight when they play my favorite song (Dancing Nancies) :D
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From:kjackson
Date:May 2nd, 2002 03:13 pm (UTC)

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That's quite nice to hear. It's one of their greatest hits, but, unlike some other artists, it still sustains 'til today... probably the best live song. EVER.

I know you were joking about Sting but I'll still interject that 1)he's a nice guy, 2) he did some pretty darn cool musical ventures, and 3) he can have sex for days and days on end.

ANYwho, it's especially good to hear U2's reason for not selling the song was because it was "too special." I mean, there are plenty of other responses they could've given, but I think "too special" covers it best.

Plus, if it were an American car company using the song, chances are it would be an SUV going off-road to WTSHNN. The song really IS too special for that.
From:xanthos
Date:May 2nd, 2002 03:55 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, those are some good points.

Things like that make me proud to be a U2 fan.
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From:stateless
Date:May 2nd, 2002 04:45 pm (UTC)

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i am so proud right now!!
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From:izzybeth
Date:May 2nd, 2002 07:01 pm (UTC)
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Thank god for this band, you know?

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