The New York Times is reporting that Bono is in a fight with eighties rocker Billy Squier, and other residents of his co-op building near Central Park, about smoke from their fireplaces.
Here's link to the article:
Bono bought the co-op apartment from Apple Computer founder and chief exec Steven Jobs. The apartment was already notorious-- Jobs had spent millions on it over a number of years, but never moved into it, before he sold it to Bono.
The problem is with fireplaces that are in 40 of the 135 units in the San Remo building, which was built in 1930, and is home to a number of luminaries like Steve Spielberg, Mitch Miller, Steve Martin, etc. Apparently, Bono spoke out to the board about smoke pouring in to his apartment, and was understandably concerned for the health of his 4 children. For the time-being, residents are not allowed to use their fireplaces.
Who will win this one? And more importantly, how should they settle this one? A battle of the bands? That hardly seems fair-- Billy Squire, as the article points out, hasn't had a hit since 1984. Of course, Bono's band, U2, hasn't had an album I liked since 1991, so that might work out.
But since they're in Manahattan, and the two of them have pretty much gotten on my last nerve, I suggest they work it out like Snake Plissken and his opponent did in Escape From New York: in a boxing ring, with garbage can lids and baseball bats with 12 inch steel spikes.
Bono in the third round.