Friday, April 01, 2011

BULLETIN: Bono leaving U2 and won't appear in Moncton this summer

Fans who've been snatching up tickets to U2 in Moncton like they were hotcakes may want to consider getting refunds. Bono made it official on CNN last night that he's leaving the iconic Irish group -- the biggest touring band in the world right now.

Replacing Bono as lead singer of U2 for the Moncton concert will be 1980s pop star Rick Astley, who had a worldwide hit with "Never Gonna Give You Up" in 1987. In fact, the song hit #1 in 24 countries around the world.

"Rick Astley and I have been friends for 25 years," Bono told CNN. "We're huge fans of each other and he knows all our songs by heart. He's the perfect replacement and has a simply mad voice. Fans will be pleasantly surprised."

Moncton is the last date of U2's current tour. Bono told CNN he is retiring just before the show and is passing along lead singer duties to Astley only for the Moncton gig.

"I'm asking fans in Moncton to give Rick a chance and not ask for refunds. I think they'll love him," Bono said. For more on the CNN report, click here.