"The last one had a kind of poet's head on him. This guy looks more like a bouncer."
-- Bono, on the birth of his second son, 2001
Bits & Bytes
A collection of the latest U2 news and announcements posted by our staff.
A 30-second video has surfaced on social media allegedly claiming to be from U2.com to promote "Sirens," however it is nothing more than a hoax according to U2's camp. A Facebook page created for this promotion also surfaced yesterday, but that too does not appear to be official. As always, when there is official word on anything, we'll let you know.
U2's new album will be called Sirens and will be ready in September. So says a tweet posted late Wednesday by Universal Music Colombia.
The tweet has since been deleted, but we took a screenshot of it with the English translation included:
There's some speculation on U2Valencia.com that this is actually the name of a single, not the album, and that it might be "Siren" instead of "Sirens." In any case, it has to be considered a good sign when a Universal Music office starts tweeting about new U2 music. Stay tuned...
UPDATE: Our story above has been edited to reflect that Universal Colombia has deleted its tweet.
UPDATE #2: U2 Valencia also tells us that the Universal Music Venezuela Twitter account posted the same thing last night, and has also removed that tweet.
UPDATE #3: A spokesperson from Interscope Records tells @U2 via email that the tweet was incorrect: "That tweet is not true and has been taken down."
It probably doesn't get much more posh than this, does it? Bono took to the stage Wednesday night to sing "Stand By Me" with Julian Lennon. It happened at the inaugural Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Gala on a vineyard near St. Tropez, France.
The event (and Leo's foundation) raised money to protect oceans, forests, wildlands and endangered species.
No word if Bono sang any other songs, but there are two short Instagram clips from the performance that we'll embed below.
According to the Irish Examiner, using The Sun tabloid as its source, U2 are planning to release the new album later this year, possibly in November. This would be their 13th studio album.
The Sun also reported that the band could perform at London's Roundhouse in September as part of the iTunes Festival.
A source told The Sun, "The U2 comeback is very much on for this year. This album has been a real struggle for them to make. It's taken a long time and Bono didn't find it easy. But they're confident now and are convinced the wait has been worth it."
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