Saturday 16 December 2017

'U2 stole my song' - British musician's claims in €4.7m lawsuit against band

Bono and The Edge Photo: Reuters
Bono and The Edge Photo: Reuters
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

A British songwriter is suing U2 for €4.7m after alleging that the band stole one of his songs for their 1991 hit album 'Achtung Baby'.

New York-based plaintiff Paul Rose has filed a lawsuit in a Manhattan federal court against the band and Island Records.

The guitarist and lyricist claims the band lifted multiple elements of his song 'Nae Slappin' for their song 'The Fly'.

He is alleging the songs are "substantially similar" and that an infringement has occurred.

"An ordinary lay observer would reasonably find the songs are substantially similar and an infringement has occurred," Rose claimed in his lawsuit.

Mr Rose is saying the band heard his song after they joined Island Records in 1989. This was the same year he provided a demo tape of his songs to studio executives, who often listened to it in their offices.

He says the band were in search of a new sound at the time as 'The Fly's' "dance beats, distorted vocals and hard industrial edge sounded nothing like typical U2".

"Although perhaps the most popular rock band in the world in the 1980s, by that decade's end the band felt in need of reinvigoration," he said.

His lawyer Thomas Mullaney said the reason he is only coming forward 26 years later is he did not want to jeopardise his career. Mr Rose, who has 12 solo albums to his name, is also looking for a songwriting credit for 'The Fly'.

Representatives for U2 have declined to comment.

Irish Independent

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