A rejection letter U2 frontman Bono received from a record label in 1979 has surfaced online. The letter, addressed to Bono’s real name Paul Hewson, was sent from RSO Records (UK) Limited and is dated May 10, 1979.
It reads, “Thank you for submitting your tape of ‘U2’ to RSO, we have listened with careful consideration, but feel it is not suitable for u at present.”
It continues, “We wish you luck with your future career.”
Little did RSO know at the time, but U2’s luck had changed as it was just four months later that the band was discovered and released Three, an Ireland-only EP on the CBS Ireland label. Less than a year after the letter, they signed with Island Records and released their first full length album, Boy, internationally in October 1980. Their first European and United States tour was launched shortly thereafter.
“We wish you luck with your future career.”
However, it wasn’t until their third LP, War, in 1983 when U2 started to become well-known and more understood. 1987’s The Joshua Tree made the rockers international superstars with hits such as “Where The Streets Have No Name,” “With Or Without You” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” Ever since, the band has been on top of the world releasing 12 studio albums and breaking touring records worldwide.
U2 has been in the studio the last several years working diligently with producer Modest Mouse on the follow up to their 2009 album, No Line On The Horizon. A recent report by Billboard indicates the band has scheduled additional sessions with Adele producers Ryan Tedder of One Republic and Paul Epworth as producers, keeping Mouse as the central producer, but pushing the album and scheduled fall tour back to 2015. The band and their label, Interscope Records, have denied the report and indicate everything is on track for a 2014 release.
I bet Alexander Sinclair is kicking himself now!
Author: Buddy Iahn
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