Byrne v Bono: the gloves are off

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Front Page -

David Byrne has crit­i­cised the amount of money U2 are spending on their cur­rent tour.

“Those sta­dium shows may pos­si­bly be the most ex­trav­a­gant and ex­pen­sive (pro­duc­tion-wise) ever: $40 mil­lion to build the stage and, hav­ing done the math, we es­ti­mate 200 semi-trucks criss­cross­ing Europe for the du­ra­tion,” the Talk­ing Heads man wrote re­cently on his blog. “It could be pro­fes­sional envy speak­ing here, but it sure looks like, well, overkill, and just a wee bit out of bal­ance given all the starv­ing peo­ple in Africa and all. Or maybe it’s the fact that we were booted off our Let­ter­man spot so U2 could keep their exclusive week­long run that’s mak­ing me less than char­i­ta­ble?”

The quar­tet’s home­com­ing gigs at Croke Park were deemed a suc­cess, but the protest by lo­cal res­i­dents against the dis­rup­tion caused by the con­voy of trucks in the area load­ing out their set gained in­ter­na­tional at­ten­tion, though the is­sue was re­solved. U2 de­clined to com­ment.

Above: Bono’s talk­ing head

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