U2: Giveaway was 'punk rock'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 19 September 2014
U2's Bono

U2 frontman Bono

U2 insist their controversial album giveaway was "punk rock" because they like to "stir things up"

U2 insist their controversial album giveaway was "punk rock".

The group have been widely criticised for making their 'Songs of Innocence' LP available for free on iTunes - with millions of users automatically receiving the tracks - but frontman Bono thinks it is good to "stir things up" in the music industry.

He told BBC Radio 2 host Jo Whiley: "That's always been the way. It was the same on our first album. That was kind of why you got into a band, to stir things up and annoy people. That's the whole punk rock thing... the only thing that could have gone wrong would have been being ignored."

The 'One' rocker then pointed out over 38 million people have listened to the album in the last week, so he feels fulfilled by the decision.

He added: "If you're a songwriter, if you're in a band, that's all you can ask for. Whether they take them to their heart is something else."

And he brushed aside criticism over the release, and the fact many users have deleted the record without listening to it.

He said: "Oh for God's sakes... Really and truly - we get people who might want to delete it but nobody has deleted more U2 songs in the last five years than U2!"


The legendary Irish rock group – comprised of Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr – perform a number of shows as part of the eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour.

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