Update: Universal has issued a statement:
“The video is going really well but unfortunately it just wasn’t finished in time for the premiere today. Alex Courtes is an amazing director and we can assure you that it will be well worth the wait.” Mark Crossingham, Managing Director Universal Music Ireland
The Get On Your Boots video premiere has been delayed for reasons as yet unknown. The Independent.ie, where the video was supposed to start streaming at 4.55pm, writes:
Delivery of the video for U2’s new single, ‘Get on Your Boots’, has been delayed.
We are waiting for a new premiere date from the band and their record company.
More details will follow.
In the meantime, an unfinished copy of the video was leaked and can now be found on various video sharing sites, forums and p2p networks. Still images are doing the round as well. In some of these stills, the Getty Images watermark is still visible. It’s possible not all images had been cleared with the copyright owners yet, causing the delay.
U2log.com has removed two posts linking to a blog which made mention of an alleged second version of the video. Stills from this version were also circulating, but are now taken down from most sites hosting them.
There’s no such thing as bad publicity.