"It is true . . . that I once danced -- or, to be precise, pogoed -- with Van Morrison in Bono's living room."
-- Salmon Rushdie, 2001
Bits & Bytes
A collection of the latest U2 news and announcements posted by our staff.
Bono and The Edge closed out a full Friday with their visit to Dublin's The Late Late Show, where they sat down for an interview with host Ryan Tubridy. The video below contains the full appearance (spoiler alert: the two perform an acoustic set including "The Miracle (Of Joy Ramone)" and "Every Breaking Wave.")
It's a busy Friday for U2 as the band performed six songs and sat for a brief interview for Germany's Radio NRW's Unplugged & Talk event. German comedian and long-time U2 friend Michael Mittermeier interviewed the band after they performed. "The Miracle" was performed twice because Bono said it was "schysse." According to our friends at U2Tour.de, it will broadcast on Oct. 27. The full song recap is posted on the @U2 Tours page.
Some Twitter photos from the event:
Earlier today, Dublin's TodayFM aired a teaser for the station's 1-hour pre-recorded interview, scheduled for Monday at 3 pm Dublin time. (Teaser starts at the 43 minute mark). In it, Larry shares why Errol Brown is thanked in the Songs Of Innocence liner notes - his chocolate brown labrador shares the same name as the lead singer of Hot Chocolate, famous for the song "Sexy Thing." Bono also shared his thoughts on karaoke.
In the new issue of Rolling Stone featuring U2 on the cover, music journalist Brian Hiatt speaks to the band in-depth about a variety of current topics. A few highlights include:
For the full preview, visit rollingstone.com. The magazine will be available on newsstands and via the iTunes app tomorrow, Oct. 24.
Songs Of Innocence has debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard album chart with first-week sales of about 28,000 copies. It's U2's 11th album to reach the Billboard Top 10.
Billboard magazine says 96 percent of sales were of the CD or vinyl version ... ergo, the other four percent was digital sales. Billboard says there were a little more than 1,000 copies of the vinyl album sold, making it the third highest selling vinyl of the week.
Of course, sales of SOI were obviously impacted by the fact that the album was available free for more than a month via iTunes. Apple has already announced that there were more than 26 million full album downloads in the first month since it became available. That number is on par with the all-time sales of The Joshua Tree, U2's best-selling album to date.
U2 are among the 12 acts shortlisted in the Favorite Group category for the 2015 People's Choice Awards. The top five acts will then move on to a second round of voting, which begins Nov. 4. Voting is now open. Visit the People's Choice Award website to cast your vote. Let's get U2 to the next round!
Musician and TV host Jools Holland had one of his wishes come true tonight when U2 made its first appearance and performance on his BBC 2 TV show, Later With... Jools Holland. The band opened the 30-minute live show with the first performance of "Volcano," and then closed the show with "Every Breaking Wave."
You can catch videos of both songs and full concert details on @U2 Tours.
On Friday, a recorded, 60-minute version of Later With... will air, and that should include an interview with U2 and possibly a third live song.
Next up for U2 is a performance/interview on Friday in Germany in front of a live audience, although at this point the venue and city have not even been announced.
UPDATE: Via @U2UKFanFeed, who were at the show tonight, U2's third song was the first live performance of "California (There Is No End To Love)."
UPDATE 2: Video of "California (There Is No End To Love)" is now available here:
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