Irish rockers U2 have denied reports they are to follow in Prince's footsteps and play a London residency next year (08). The Beautiful Day stars were alleged to be playing a string of live dates at the British capital's O2 Arena in June, and the 14 gigs have already been listed on a U.K. ticket website. But the band are urging fans not to purchase tickets for the concerts - because they have not scheduled any gigs for 2008. A statement from the group reads, "There are no plans for live dates next year - so please don't buy tickets for any U2 shows you see advertised." Earlier this year (07), soul superstar Prince played a 21-date residency at The O2.