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Joe Elliott Defends U2's iTunes Album Give Away (from October 2014)

Thursday, 5th February 2015

Bono 2014.
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Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott defended U2's iTunes album give away during an interview with Hot Press in October 2014.

The album 'Songs Of Innocence' was given away free by Apple at an event in California on 9th September 2014.

It was automatically added to 500 million user accounts and both the band and Apple faced a backlash.

Joe spoke to Hot Press about the incident and defended the band and briefly referenced the 2015 studio album.

Joe has played many tracks from the album on his radio show including 'Every Breaking Wave', California (There Is No End To Love) and Raised By Wolves. He referenced the give away on his 26th October show.

Joe wished Bono well in November following his bicycle accident in New York's Central Park on 16th November 2014 which caused the cancellation of a week long stint for U2 on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

The interview appears to have been the source for this article in December in The Irish Examiner.

Hot Press 2014 - Joe Elliott Interview Quotes

"I think there's a lot of hooh-ha and nonsense about this. U2 didn't give it away. Apple, who they sold it to, gave it away. It was a fantastic business decision."

"Me and the wife listened to it the other day and really liked it. The street names and the references to their childhood; it's a really gorgeous, personal record. Of course it's not The Joshua Tree, like the new Def Leppard album - all fully recorded and out next April hopefully - won't be Hysteria. You move on and address the next part of your life."