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U2 lyrics returned after 23 years
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Bono welcomed the return of the briefcase during a visit to Oregon
A briefcase full of lyrics and notes has been returned to rock band U2 - 23 years after it was stolen.

It was taken at a US concert in Oregon in 1981 and contained lyrics that were intended for their album October. Bono had to rewrite some songs as a result.

At the World Affairs Council of Oregon on Wednesday, Bono said the return of the notes was "an act of grace".

The briefcase was returned by Cindy Harris, 44, who said she found it in the attic of a rented house in 1981.

Audience plea

Ms Harris said she did not know how to get in touch with the band and did not realise the briefcase had been stolen from a Portland nightclub until years later.

Her friend, Danielle Rheaume, spent the last year trying to contact the band's managers to return it.

October included songs like Gloria, Fire and Tomorrow. After Bono rewrote the lyrics in the recording studio, band members said it was their worst recording experience.

Bono appealed for information about the briefcase when the band returned to Portland a few years after the theft, and repeated the question when they played there again in 2001.


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