U2 fined for rehearsing too darn much. And can't they keep it down?

U2-ConcertImage Credit: Mark Allan/WireImage.comSeminal Irish rock band U2 — you may have heard of them — were fined by the city of Barcelona, Spain, this week for playing “too long and too loudly” during rehearsals for their 360º Tour last year, according to the AP. The band, which set up camp in a local soccer stadium, apparently went two hours over their scheduled rehearsal time, and offended the ears of the Spaniards living nearby — Spaniards being, of course, a notoriously quiet, restful, and curfew-abiding people — by going above the permitted sound level. For this, they have paid a fine of $22,000, and, I’m sure, have promised never, ever to let the noise generated by their giant space station that is 16 stories tall and takes 120 trucks to transport disrupt the residents of that peaceful hamlet again.

Fun fact I recall from watching the awesome U2 3D a couple years back: When the band staged a mock concert in Buenos Aires to get closeups for that concert film, there were people camping outside the stadium gates who actually wanted to hear the sound coming over the walls. Guess we know where Bono and the boys will be rehearsing in the future.

Even better nugget from the AP story, which I’ll quote directly because I can’t do it justice: Barcelona is apparently “now studying fining Colombian singer Shakira for recording a video in the city without a permit, dancing in a fountain and riding a motorbike without a helmet.”

What do you think, Mixers? Is this ridiculous, or justice being served? Between this and Erykah Badu’s fine/probation for public video nudity, the city officials vs. rock stars war seems to be heating up — whose side are you on? And if Shakira can’t dance in a fountain, who can?

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  • lalala

    Seriously Whitney? You’re saying they should allow U2 to break the rules just because they’re U2? I guess you don’t see a problem with what U2 is doing, since you’re not one of the residents there, so it doesn’t affect you. I’m a U2 fan, but rules are rules.

    • ECM

      The fines are most likely owing to the fact that the city is bankrupt (like the rest of the world) and needs more cash. Wherever they can find a fine…

  • jpratm

    good. give back the millions they charge for awful music

    • Jack

      jpratm…go take a long walk off a short pier,numnuts

  • Myma

    yeah, barcelona, known as a quiet place of rest, not. Maybe the problem is that they were rehearsing too early in the morning, because I know first hand there isn’t such a thing in Barcelona as too late at night.

  • andi

    People have way too much frakking time on their hands.. so sick of people complaining about everything.. suck it up Buttercup.. it was a couple of hours of really fantastic FREE music.. people suck. U2 Rocks.

    • Barry

      Fantastic?? LMAO

  • Person Who Talks

    What?! Rock n’ Roll music being loud?!!! God forbid!!!!
    Suck it up Barcelona…as for Bono, Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr.: keep on rocking!!!

  • Stevex

    U2 should put the Barcelona city officials on a plane and send them over to Burning Man. A U2 show will seem like a lazy day by the river after that hot mess.

  • wemedge

    22 grand? For a group as staggeringly rich as U2, that amount is nothing. And for amount of publicity they are getting from it, it’s a downright bargain. Imagine paying 22 grand to have it reported all over the world your rowdy rock band is too loud. I love U2’s music, so I will ignore my inner cynic and not think this is just some PR scam for their tour.

    • Glenn

      Apparently it’s not a PR stunt…the city of Barcelona is also supposedly thinking of fining the Columbian singer Shakira for dancing in a public fountain while someone was shooting a video of her.

      • Diego

        Barcelona sucks, Shakira is a godess, they shouldn’t have fined her.

  • Aidy

    £25,000 for two hours!! My local rehersal space in Cambridge costs around a tenner an hour, if you’re reading this Bono, drop me a line and I’ll dig out the details for you!

  • Wim

    Barcelona, the new Amsterdam?

  • Dana Gamble

    …WHIT ,,, u have WIT And HUMMOR … u funny …

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