File this one under “What took you so long, man???” According to The Associated Press, a British songwriter named Paul Rose has finally filed suit against U2 for allegedly stealing elements of his song titled “Nae Slapping” for their song, “The Fly”, which was featured on U2’s 1991 album, Achtung Baby. The song, which was the album’s lead single, stalled at Number 61 on the Billboard Hot 100, but topped the magazine’s Modern Rock Tracks chart.

The lawsuit filed on Monday (February 27th) in Manhattan, claims that the band heard the song after signing with Island Records in 1989, which coincided with Rose supplying the label with a demo tape of “Nae Slapping” to label execs. Rose is seeking $5 million in damages and lawyers fees.

  • Bono told us that he’s never been ashamed or embarrassed by U2’s  popularity and commercial success: [“In Europe, it was ‘against the law’ to be at Number One. To sell records, sell a lot of records, was to sell out or something; there was that attitude. And thankfully, certainly in the UK and, and in Ireland, that attitude’s over, because it led to a kind of miserablism.”]
  • U2 tour dates (subject to change):
    May 12 – Vancouver, BC – BC Place (with Mumford & Sons)
    May 14 – Seattle, WA – CenturyLink Field (with Mumford & Sons)
    May 17 – Santa Clara, CA – Levi’s Stadium (with Mumford & Sons)
    May 20 – Los Angeles, CA – Rose Bowl (with The Lumineers)
    May 21 – Los Angeles, CA – Rose Bowl (with The Lumineers)
    May 24 – Houston, TX – NRG Stadium (with The Lumineers)
    May 26 – Dallas, TX – AT&T Stadium (with The Lumineers)
    June 3, 4 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field (with The Lumineers)
    June 7 – Pittsburgh, PA – Heinz Field (with The Lumineers)
    June 9 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Festival
    June 11 – Miami, FL – Hard Rock Stadium (with OneRepublic)
    June 14 – Tampa, FL – Raymond James Stadium (with OneRepublic)
    June 18 – Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field (with The Lumineers)
    June 20 – Washington DC – FedExField (with The Lumineers)
    June 23 – Toronto, ON – Rogers Centre (with The Lumineers)
    June 25 – Boston, MA – Gillette Stadium (with The Lumineers)
    June 28, 29 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium (with The Lumineers)
    July 1 – Cleveland, OH – FirstEnergy Stadium (with OneRepublic)
    July 8 – London, England – Twickenham Stadium (with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds)
    July 9 – London, England – Twickenham Stadium (with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds)
    July 12 – Berlin, Germany – Olympic Stadium (with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds)
    July 15 – Rome, Italy – Olympic Stadium (with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds)
    July 16 – Rome, Italy – Olympic Stadium (with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds)
    July 18 – Barcelona, Spain – Olympic Stadium (with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds)
    July 22 – Dublin, Ireland – Croke Park Stadium (with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds)   
    July 25 – Paris, France – Stade de France (with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds)   
    July 26 – Paris, France – Stade de France (with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds)
    July 29 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Amsterdam Arena (with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds)    
    July 30 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Amsterdam Arena (with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds)  
    August 1 – Brussels, Belgium – King Baudouin Stadium (with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds)