Thu Nov 11, 8:32 PM ET Entertainment - Reuters
LONDON (Reuters) - Bono, lead singer of Irish rock band U2, was handed an award inducting him into the UK Music Hall of Fame. Minutes later the reluctant recipient joked that he was tempted to hand it back.
After an evening of glamour and gloss Thursday to launch the inaugural awards chosen by the British public, the frontman quipped: "I want to go and kill myself now.
"I really didn't want to come," he told Reuters Television.
"Only respect for the people who were running the show has me here. I hate the idea of being in the UK Hall of Fame to be honest with you ... We don't want to be in any Hall of Fame until we're retired or dead."
U2, which is launching a new album "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb," was one of five acts named as founding members of the new institution along with Madonna (news - web sites), Bob Marley, the Beatles and Elvis Presley.
British singer Cliff Richard (news) and The Shadows won the award for the 1950s, the Rolling Stones the 1960s, Queen the 1970s, Michael Jackson (news) the 1980s and Robbie Williams (news) the 1990s.
"It's not another award," Madonna told Reuters. "I think I'm in very good company. I'm honored to be part of that group."