A shoulder bag that U2 singer Bono reported missing this week contained
lyrics and other work in progress for the superstar rock band's next album,
according to the band's manager.
"It's really important that we get it back," manager Paul McGuinness said
in a statement Thursday (Dec. 9). "To anyone else it's just a personal
computer, and a few pieces of paper. To Bono, obviously, it's much more
U2's management company, Principle Management Ltd., is offering a substantial
reward for the bag's return, McGuinness said. Reuters reported Wednesday
that Bono was offering about 2,000 Irish pounds ($2,600).
The black shoulder bag, which had a red luggage tag bearing the management
company's address and phone number, was discovered missing Monday night
at Clarence Hotel in Dublin, Ireland, according to a statement released
Wednesday through U2's UK publicity firm, RMP.
A bag matching that description was reported stolen from the hotel Tuesday,
according to Irish police spokesperson Noreen Harrison.
Bono (born Paul Hewson) and U2 guitarist the Edge (born Dave Evans) are
investors in the hotel.
Brendan Walsh, another Irish police spokesperson, said on Thursday that
he expected the bag to be returned.
"There's a reward for it it's worth their while to do it," he said.
"It's been widely publicized here."
U2's album is scheduled for release in 2000. Bono said in an online chat
in June that the disc would return the band to a more organic sound than
their most recent work.
"It's the sound of four people playing in a room, four people who've known
each other all their lives," the 39-year-old singer said of the album,
which the band is recording with producers Brian Eno and Lanois
the team behind such previous hit albums as The Joshua Tree (1987).
The band's most recent studio album was Pop (1997).
[This story was updated with additional reporting at 2:30 p.m. EST
Thursday, Dec. 9.]