Friday, July 23, 2004

BLAIR UNABLE TO TAKE BONO'S INSTRUMENT: Aw, bless, Bono tried to give Tony Blair a guitar, but Tony turned it down on the grounds that it was foolish and frivolous, displaying a pathetic attempt to igratiate himself with the Prime Minister while acceptance would be demeaning, making Blair look like an aging man desperately trying to cling on to some last vestige of youth. No? Would you believe that Tony laughed and said "Look, Bono, I live in 10 Downing Street, not the Hard Rock Cafe?" Nope? Okay, he had to turn it down because apparently it was worth more than GBP140 and would be outside what he's allowed under the rules of MP conduct. (We believe Erskine May also has an extra section about taking gifts from middle-aged pop stars).

Meanwhile, with Bono announcing that any appearance of their stolen album online would lead to an immediate legal online release onto iTunes, we're starting to wonder if all this is actually a rather clever publicity ploy. Bono also insists that they could have proper CDs in the shops before the end of the month - in other words, burned, pressed and distributed in large numbers, which suggests that - despite Paul McGuinesses' claim that the album stolen was "unfinished" - the band are poised and ready to run with it. So, by August 1st, we should know: are U2 or No Rock the more cynical?


Gary said...

You're not the only one who's cynical. Either the whole thing's a stunt, or they're taking a very smart approach to the threat of piracy. Either way, you've got to admire them :-)

JG said...

I thought it was a publicity stunt the minute I read about it. This news only convinces me of it even further.

Anonymous said...

who cares about i-tunes? Lets just hear the album Bono! T.R. Hull

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