Veteran U2 singer Bono insists manufactured pop bands aren't to blame for the suffering state of the music industry - unimaginative rock bands are the real culprits.

The ONE star believes the current crop of rockers are failing to show a cutting edge - but he does see some potential signs of recovery.

Bono says, "I'm not cross with the pop stars or boy bands or girl bands or teen bands. I'll tell you what I'm cross with - I'm cross with rock bands, because they're not imaginative enough, they're not dealing with the 21st century very well."

"Hip-hop is more innovative, though there is the sense that that might about to change with the White Stripes, The Thrills, with BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB coming along."

06/10/2003 21:44