At the time, U2 was just one of thousands of bands looking for their big break and they went to RSO Records in hopes of landing a deal. But RSO Records decided to pass on what would become on of the largest bands in world history. About four years later, RSO was out of business.
The tweet below from UberFacts shows the letter to Paul Hewson (aka Bono) that told him he would have to find another label.
A rejection letter Bono received from a record label in 1979. pic.twitter.com/iUL7Nah9t9— UberFacts (@UberFacts) March 4, 2014
The letter reads:
Dear Mr. Hewson,
Thank you for submitting your tape of "U2" to RSO, we have listened with careful consideration, but feel it is not suitable for us at present.
We wish you luck with your future career.