9.8.02 - Newcastle Journal
U2 have had to re-think promotion plans for their new single after Bono handed a copy over as a wedding gift.
The singer gave a demo version of Electrical Storm to BBC Radio 1 DJ Sarah HB when she got married and the song ended up on Internet sites after she played it on her programme weeks before its official release. So record bosses brought forward their plans by a fortnight after the play started a frenzy among the band's fans.
The U2 star was in France when he bumped into his old pal and gave her a rough copy.
He even decorated the single, inspired by the aftermath of September 11, with a cartoon of the happy couple.
A friend of the DJ said: "She was unaware of the frenzy she would set off as copies of the single were bounced around the Internet."
The track will be released on October 21.
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