Thursday, March 24, 2011

U2’s Bono can’t give away new R.E.M. album

Here’s a crazy, funny story from the New York Post.

Page Six reports U2’s Bono helped his wife, Ali Hewson, celebrate her 50th birthday at Michael White's Osteria Morini on Saturday night (March 19) with 20 guests, including R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, fellow U2-man The Edge, and Helena Christensen.

After dining on the rustic Italian fare, Bono emerged on the street to see if he could give away some copies of R.E.M.’s new album, “Collapse Into Now.”

A spy reports, "He was asking people loitering outside if they wanted a CD. Bono was largely ignored, with some looking at him like he was a crazy person, until one girl recognized him and snapped up the disc."

Released March 8, “Collapse Into Now” debuted at #5 on Billboard, so even if Bono couldn’t find many takers, a lot of fans did snag a copy of the disc in its first week in stores.

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See also:

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