Thursday 22 March 2018

Blair out of tune with U2 politics

James Lyonsin London

U2 distanced themselves from Tony Blair last night after he came on stage to one of their hits at the Labour Party conference.

The prime minister entered to the strains of 'Beautiful Day' at the spring gathering in London.

But the band members, currently in Los Angeles for the Grammy Awards, were at pains to stress it was no indication of their own political leanings.

Lead singer Bono has appeared alongside Mr Blair and chancellor Gordon Brown to help their push for greater help to developing countries.

And in a speech to Labour's annual conference in September he hailed them as the Lennon and McCartney of the developmental campaign.

However, a spokeswoman for the band said: "We are flattered they like our tune but this is not an official endorsement of the Labour Party. Mind you, every piece of airplay helps."

Labour are not alone in appropriating the song for a political campaign. Democratic challenger John Kerry also employed it in his failed presidential bid.

The move came as U2 went straight into the British charts at number one last night with their new single, 'Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own'. The track, from their 'How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb' album, claimed the top spot ahead of Elvis Presley's re-released 'Wooden Heart'.

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