Barcelona Fines U2

U2 receive the award for Best Live Act during the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards held at the O2 Arena, Berlin, Germany, November 5, 2009 U2 receive the award for Best Live Act during the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards held at the O2 Arena, Berlin, Germany, November 5, 2009

Barcelona city hall says rock band U2 has paid a fine of euro18,000 ($22,000) for playing too long and too loudly during rehearsals in the Spanish city last year.

A spokeswoman said the Irish group was penalized for rehearsing until midnight— two hours over the scheduled time— and at sound levels above those set by authorities prior to a concert in Barcelona in June 2009.

The fine followed a complaint by residents near Barcelona soccer club’s Camp Nou stadium, where the concert was staged.

The spokeswoman said the city was now studying fining Colombian singer Shakira for recording a video in the city without a permit, dancing in a fountain and riding a motorbike without a helmet.

The official was speaking on condition of anonymity in keeping with city hall policy.

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