The Edge Rejects Greenie Criticism of U2 Tour

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 15, 2009 7:06 PM CDT
Stage is seen from a tribune during the show of the Irish pop band U2 on their Tour 360 in Zagreb, Croatia, Monday, Aug. 10, 2009.   (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
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(Newser) – U2 guitarist The Edge stood up to critics who say the band's massive world tour is bad news for the environment, the BBC reports. "I think anybody that's touring is going to have a carbon footprint," he said backstage last night at U2's Wembley Stadium concert. "We'd love to have some alternative to big trucks bringing the stuff around but there just isn't one."

Talking Heads leader David Byrne blasted the Irish rockers on his blog last month, calling their show "just a wee bit out of balance given all the starving people in Africa and all." But The Edge said U2 was paying to offset emissions from its $40 million stage and 200 trucks. "We're spending the money on our fans, I don't think there's a better thing you could spend it on."