Dec 14, 2014
KROQ Almost Acoustic Xmas - Night 2 (U2, Imagine Dragons, Alt-J, Modest Mouse, Interpol, Smashing Pumpkins)
L.A. Forum - Inglewood, CA
U2 Concert News
U2 Offers Up New Album "Songs of Innocence" for Free on iTunes
In one of the music industry’s better-kept secrets, news of the planned “surprise” appearance by U2 at Apple’s groundbreaking Sept. 9 event leaked just hours beforehand and even then, details were scant. As expected, Bono and Co. took the stage to perform following product presentations, and afterward, in an unexpected twist, announced that not only had the band finished its latest album, but that it would be available immediately for free in the iTunes store. The long-awaited release, titled “Songs of Innocence,” holds true U2’s goal of releasing its first new album in five years in 2014.
The unveiling came just over seven months following the release of what was then thought to be the lead single off U2’s new album. “Invisible” notably debuted during the Super Bowl and also was initially available for free download on iTunes, though ultimately was left off “Songs of Innocence,” a move that perhaps backs claims that U2 had decided to go back to the drawing board, which likely contributed to the later-than-expected album release. In an exclusive interview with Rolling Stone, Bono said of the album: “We wanted to make a very personal album. Let’s try to figure out why we wanted to be in a band, the relationships around the band, our friendships, our lovers, our family.” While no U2 tour news was included during the event, it’s expected that the group will make a grand return to the road at some point in 2015. Sign up for Vivid Seats email alerts to be the first to know the moment U2 tickets and more become available.
2014 Primed to Be a Big Year for U2
While fans had surely hoped to get a new U2 album in 2013, as early rumors had indicated was a possibility, bassist Adam Clayton revealed in a radio interview in October that the band is gunning for a release date sometime in 2014. As later reported by Billboard, it appears the new album will drop in April, and will likely be preceded by a Super Bowl commercial officially announcing the release. In the aforementioned interview with Clayton, he also went on to divulge that the new album will likely feature 12 songs and be “a bit of a return to U2 of old, but with the maturity, if you like, of the U2 of the last 10 years,” according to Clayton. His description coincides with previously leaked rumors that the band has been working with highly sought-after producer, Danger Mouse, for the first time.
In the meantime, the group did have some new music to offer fans this year in the form of the song, “Ordinary Love,” which was written and recorded for the Nelson Mandela biopic, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.” While the track marked U2’s first original song in three years, the forthcoming studio album will be the band’s first since 2009’s “Line on the Horizon.” That year also marked the beginning of the last U2 tour, which ultimately lasted two years, totaling seven legs and more than 100 shows in all.
New U2 Album Potentially Slated for Fall 2013
It’s been more than four years since U2 released a new album, but hopefully fans won’t have to wait much longer for new tracks from the beloved group. Over the past year, band members and close industry insiders have been leaking details about the ongoing project. Tentatively titled “10 Reasons to Exist,” the full-length studio release will be produced by Danger Mouse, who has previously worked with GRAMMY Award winners like Beck, The Black Keys, and Norah Jones. This will mark U2’s first collaboration with the American producer, and the Dublin natives have repeatedly expressed their desire to continue experimenting with their sound on the upcoming album. U2 members have also expressed hopes to release the album in late 2013, but no official date has been set. Fans are understandably excited about the news, as it undoubtedly means a new U2 tour will again bring the group’s exemplary live performance to cities around the globe.
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A band every bit deserving of its legendary status and 2005 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, U2 has long been defined by its passion, a signature characteristic that has been evident in each release since the group's debut in 1980. The world has certainly taken note along the way, as virtually every U2 album has gone multi-Platinum in countries all across the globe, while critics and colleagues have shown similar appreciation for Bono and Co. From GRAMMYs to Billboard Music Awards, the list of accolades continues to grow each time new material is released, not to mention the numerous touring honors received for a band well-versed in the art of putting on an extraordinary live show. Don't miss your chance to experience a live performance with U2 tickets from the Vivid Seats marketplace.
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