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A collection of the latest U2 news and announcements posted by our staff.
The Songs Of Innocence promo tour continued Thursday as U2 participated in a recording of this week's The Graham Norton Show on BBC One. During the taping, the band did two full, electric versions of "The Miracle" and then did an acoustic version of "Song For Someone" from the couch when Norton asked the band to do one more song.
Here's the recap on @U2 Tours.
The show will air Friday evening on BBC One. And, for our US readers, BBC America will air the program on October 25 at 10:00 pm.
UPDATE: While it lasts, here's video of U2's two songs.
Bono and Edge joined Lauren Laverne on BBC Radio 6 today to discuss Songs Of Innocence. While singing a bit of "I Remember You" a capella and waxing nostalgic about punk influences, Bono spoke a bit more about Songs Of Experience.
It's more about the present tense. The singer - the protagonist in it - is much closer to where we're at in our life and the younger character from Songs Of Innocence, they sometimes meet and one has a take on the other that is often a little aggressive. I often think about that - what would the younger me think of me now. Not much. In one song, there's another song called "The Morning After Innocence" where the older me goes and asks the younger me for help. It's a very tough one that goes:
Is that your fountain pen, navy with a nib of gold? You never could write so well or do anything you were told on 10 Cedarwood Road. I'm your older self, the song of experience, I've come to ask for some help from your song of innocence. Lead me in the way I should go. I'm running out of chances to blow, that's what you told me and you should know. Lead me in the way I should be. Unravel the mystery of the heart and its defense, the morning after innocence.
Bono went on to describe the upcoming tour in more detail where there's a conversation between innocence and experience, describing it like The Who's Quadrophenia.
Bono also mentioned, rather tongue-in-cheek, being the opening act for Bill Murray's band, The Venetian Blinds, and being promptly fired afterward while at a friend's "big Irish and Arab" wedding a few weeks ago.
You can listen back via the BBC website, but it will only be available for four weeks.
Two new tracks from Songs Of Innocence had their live premieres Wednesday night as U2 spent almost the full two hours on Jo Whiley's show on BBC Radio 2.
The band performed "Cedarwood Road" and "Song For Someone" for the first time, with both songs getting some help from an in-studio string quintet. Five songs were performed overall -- the others being acoustic versions of "The Miracle" and "Every Breaking Wave," along with "Stuck In A Moment" with Edge playing piano.
There wasn't much news to come from the interview segments, but near the end of the show, The Edge had this to say about U2's tour plans for 2015: "We are definitely going out on the road with this album next year. We don't know exact dates yet. Indoors. Definitely starting smaller. This is about the songs -- this album and this tour."
(Thx to U2.com for use of the photo.)
iHeartRadio will air a live interview/feature with U2 this Friday evening from Miami.
The show is called iHeartRadio Icons Live: U2 The Making of Songs Of Innocence. Rod Ryan of radio station 94.5 FM The Buzz is hosting the program and doing the interview, which will start at 7:00 pm ET / 4:00 pm PT.
There's a little but of mixed messaging going on. The station's announcement says that Ryan will interview U2, but a tweet this morning said Ryan will "interview Bono." So who knows which band members will actually be involved.
In any case, you should be able to listen live online as it happens.
Thanks to reader Guillaume Millette for letting us know that the music video for "The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)" is streaming on iTunes right now. It's a performance video that mirrors the look and feel of the Apple "Echoes" commercial that debuted in September when Songs Of Innocence was announced.
As best we can tell, the only way to see the video is to go to the iTunes Music Store home page and click the special U2/Songs Of Innocence banner that shows at the top of the screen in the carousel. The video isn't listed in the regular U2 section of iTunes, nor is it one of the music videos that can be purchased. (It's also not on U2.com nor on U2's official YouTube channel.)
UPDATE: Here's a direct link to the video, and below is someone's YouTube embed.
In what was pretty much a carbon copy of their Italian TV appearance two days ago, Bono and The Edge talked and performed two songs Tuesday night on the French TV show, Le Grand Journal. The appearance overall was shorter than Sunday night, but they sat down for some Q&A, then performed an acoustic version of "The Miracle." That was followed by a short interview segment, and then "Every Breaking Wave" with Edge playing piano.
We'll be adding video links and more to our @U2 Tours concert detail page as they become available.
Things should be a bit different for the next promo tour appearance. The band (or perhaps just Bono and Edge?) is due to perform on Jo Whiley's BBC Radio show tomorrow, and the early word is that they'll perform three new songs and one from U2's previous releases.
Bono was interviewed via phone today by David Dye on National Public Radio's World Cafe.
He talked about "Iris," "The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)" and "Raised By Wolves," and Dye played each song.
As we've heard in other interviews, Bono said U2 are "going to tour next year, that’s the plan. Actually, we're very, very, very excited to play these songs."
Anyone who's lactose-intolerant will appreciate his comment about the iTunes free release: "What happened was I think a really generous idea on behalf of Apple and U2. We wanted to deliver a pint of milk to people’s front porches, but in a few cases it ended up in their fridge, on their cereal. People were like, 'I’m dairy-free.'”
The worldwide release of Songs Of Innocence is pretty much complete now with the album hitting stores in North America on Tuesday. (Japan's release date appears to be October 22.) With so many already getting the album for free via the September 9 iTunes giveaway, there have been a lot of questions surrounding how the Deluxe Edition would be made available, and we can start to answer that question this morning.
On iTunes, the full Deluxe Edition is being sold separately from the standard (already released) album, with a $16.99 price and a release date of November 18th. For those of us who already have the standard album and just want CD 2 from the Deluxe Edition, that's being sold separately, too, under the title Songs Of Innocence +. It has a $6.99 price and the same November 18th release date, but five of the 10 tracks can be purchased now.
The November 18 date on those two items is likely a favor to Amazon.com and brick-and-mortar retailers (Walmart, Best Buy, Target, etc.), which are unlikely to see heavy sales due to the free iTunes giveaway. A couple quick searches on those stores' websites shows the album is available in both standard and deluxe at each place, with the exception of BestBuy.com, where I don't see it listed at all. It's worth mentioning that Amazon.com is offering the full album for free to Amazon Prime members. It's already in your Amazon music library, but you have to get the songs separately from the standard album page and the deluxe version page.
And lastly, if you're a Spotify user, the deluxe version is available for listening.
UPDATE: As many readers have pointed out via email and Twitter, the album is now listed on Best Buy, as well as on Rhapsody and Rdio.
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