"It's a record about looking for some kind of transcendence as well as trash."
-- Bono, on Pop
Bits & Bytes
A collection of the latest U2 news and announcements posted by our staff.
U2 played its first show on US soil in more than a year on Friday night, closing out the first night of the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas. Though there were rumors and reports that U2 might introduce a new song tonight, that wasn't the case; the band played an 8-song set that lasted a a little more than 40 minutes.
If you watched Bono's recent interview with Charlie Rose, he promised that U2 would find a way to address Donald Trump's presidential candidacy, which he told Rose could be "potentially the worst idea that ever happened to America." The band followed through on that promise by starting the show with a scorching version of "Desire" that featured a video clip of Trump saying "the American dream is dead!" while Bono told the crowd, "What have you got to lose? Everything!"
For the full setlist, see our concert detail page here.
Before the band took the stage, Bono spoke briefly with iHeartRadio and said U2's new album will be released in 2017.
Bono, in a very un-Bono move, was mostly non-committal about U2's album and tour plans in his interview with PBS host Charlie Rose this week. The conversation took place Monday in New York City and aired Tuesday night on PBS stations around the country. While much of the conversation was not music-related, there were a couple different segments where Rose asked about the band's music plans:
Rose: Take Songs Of Experience. How many songs have you written?
Rose: A couple points of business -- when is the album coming out? Songs Of Experience.
Bono also told Rose that he's "written some very, very personal songs. To people -- my kids, or our kids, to friends, to Ali, to our audience." He said he's also written some songs to himself, though he didn't realize at first that he was the subject of his lyrics. Bono also talked briefly about a new song called "The Little Things That Give You Away" (a song he first mentioned about a year ago in Q magazine) and said that's a new title for the song that was previously called "The Morning After Innocence."
You can watch the full, hour-long conversation on CharlieRose.com.
Fresh off his appearance in Montreal over the weekend with the ONE Campaign, Bono is making the rounds early this week in New York City. On Monday, he took part in a panel discussion on global development and security at the annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) meeting. You can see a photo set from that event on Zimbio, and we'll embed video of the session below.
Also on Monday, Bono sat down for an interview with CBS/PBS host Charlie Rose -- a portion of that discussion aired today (Tuesday) on CBS This Morning, and the full interview will air tonight on Rose's PBS show. Check your local listings for time and channel. If you're not able to watch the full interview, CBS.com has an article and short video clip recapping their talk.
Monday night, yer man was honored at the Bloomberg Hopkins 100 Awards event, which marked the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Johns Hopkins Bloomber School of Public Health. There's a short writeup and some photos from that event on the Johns Hopkins University website.
As far as we know, that's the extent of Bono's public appearances Monday in New York City. He'll be headed out west shortly to get ready for U2 duties this weekend, as the band is set to perform at the iHeartRadio Music Festival on Friday night.
Back to the CGI event yesterday -- video is below, and the session with Bono begins at about the 57:30 mark.