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LISTEN: @U2 Podcast #75 — We'll See You at the Rave: A Discussion of Songs Of Experience

Posted: December 15, 2017
By: Tassoula E. Kokkoris


Conspiracy theories, lyric dissections, and a whole lot more are what you'll find on the latest episode of our podcast. Sherry and Ian join Chris to continue the team evaluation of Songs Of Experience in what can only be described as a deep-dive into all aspects of the new album.

If you've subscribed to the podcast via iTunes or your favorite RSS reader, you'll get the download automatically. You can also listen on the web:

@U2 Podcast #75: We'll See You at the Rave—A Discussion of Songs of Experience

We have a couple hashtags you can use to contribute to the podcast going forward:

  • #askatu2 — if you have a response to something you hear on the podcast, or just want to ask a question or suggest future topics
  • #atu2podcast — send a photo of yourself listening to the podcast and/or yourself listening to Songs Of Experience for the first time!

Thanks for listening! You can watch a recorded version of the live video stream below.


EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW: Bono Interview with Dave Fanning

Posted: December 15, 2017
By: Tassoula E. Kokkoris

Dave Fanning recently interviewed Bono and The Edge at Bono's home in Ireland. The full broadcast will air tomorrow on The Dave Fanning Show (RTE2fm) from 9 – 11 local time.

Click here for a sneak peek of Bono discussing Kendrick Lamar's influence on their Songs Of Experience track "American Soul."


U2 releases two songs under 'Spotify Singles' feature

Posted: December 12, 2017
By: Matt McGee


U2 has joined a long list of major artists in releasing never-before-heard versions of songs under the "Spotify Singles" feature on the Spotify streaming service. The pair of songs just went online at midnight ET (Wednesday morning) in North America, and should be available on all other international Spotify platforms, too. Since it began last year, Spotify Singles has invited artists big and small to re-record one original song and one cover song just for Spotify. U2's songs are:

  • "The Little Things That Give You Away" (recorded at Neptune Valley, LA)
  • "What's Going On" (recorded at Neptune Valley, LA)

(The recording location is included with these tracks because many/most artists record their Spotify Singles at Spotify's New York City studios.)

The new version of "The Little Things..." runs 12 seconds longer than the album version (5:07 versus 4:55) and -- after a quick listen -- sounds more like the piano-heavy version that U2 played during the Joshua Tree 2017 Tour. (There may be other differences I haven't sussed out yet.)

"What's Going On" is a cover of the popular Marvin Gaye hit and the first time U2 has released a full-band version of the song. In 2001, Bono led an all-star group that called itself Artists Against AIDS Worldwide and recorded the song just days before the September 11 attacks as a fund raiser in the fight against AIDS. That plan changed and proceeds from the single were earmarked both for AIDS victims and victims of the 9/11 attacks. U2 also performed the song live throughout the third leg of the Elevation tour with No Doubt's Gwen Stefani trading vocals with Bono.


Site news: @U2 Forum is open again

Posted: December 02, 2017
By: Matt McGee

After a short break, we are pleased to inform you that the @U2 Forum has reopened for conversation and community!

The mod team has made a few minor changes, but existing forum members should find things largely as they were before the break. All member data has been preserved. New members are always welcome, too, of course.

We look forward to seeing everyone again to discuss Songs Of Experience and the forthcoming tour dates.

Visit the @U2 Forum! (Please be sure to read the "welcome back" message from the mods.)


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