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Official: U2's Songs Of Experience coming Dec. 1, supporting tour in 2018

@U2, November 01, 2017
By: Matt McGee


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U2 has confirmed one of the worst-kept secrets in recent memory: Songs Of Experience, the band's 14th studio album, will be released on December 1. That's not all: U2 has also released a second single from the album today, "Get Out Of Your Own Way." And they've revealed plans to be back on the road in 2018 with the Experience + Innocence tour, which begins May 2 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Songs Of Experience

The album announcement comes almost two months after the release of lead single, "You're The Best Thing About Me." Songs Of Experience is the follow-up to 2014's Songs Of Innocence, with the pair of albums borrowing their titles from the classic collection of poems by William Blake. The album features 13 songs, with the now-announced track list matching what we reported on Monday night:

1) Love Is All We Have Left
2) Lights Of Home
3) You're The Best Thing About Me
4) Get Out Of Your Own Way
5) American Soul
6) Summer Of Love
7) Red Flag Day
8) The Showman (Little More Better)
9) The Little Things That Give You Away
10) Landlady
11) The Blackout
12) Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way
13) 13 (There Is A Light)

The album will be released in several versions: CD, vinyl and digital download. It'll also be available on streaming services. The deluxe versions will feature these bonus tracks:

1) Ordinary Love (Extraordinary Mix)
2) Book Of Your Heart
3) Lights Of Home (St Peter's String Version)
4) You're The Best Thing About Me (U2 vs Kygo) - only available on the deluxe CD and digital, not on vinyl

The album can pre-ordered now on all relevant platforms. See the announcement for deadlines and details about how pre-ordering the album works with pre-sales. U2 and Live Nation are using the Verified Fan program in an attempt to limit bots and scalpers from getting tickets. Please see this article for full details on how it works, and what you need to do to be eligible for pre-sales.

Experience + Innocence Tour

U2 will go on the road in 2018 to support Songs Of Experience with the Experience + Innocence tour. Announced today are 15 shows in North America, beginning May 2 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (That'll be U2's first show in Tulsa since 1983.) The tour will see U2 return to playing indoor arenas, just as they did in 2015 on the Innocence + Experience tour. The full list of announced shows is as follows:

May 2: Tulsa, BOK Center
May 4: St. Louis, Scottrade Center
May 7: San Jose, SAP Center
May 11: Las Vegas, T-Mobile Arena
May 15: Los Angeles, The Forum
May 22: Chicago, United Center
May 26: Nashville, Bridgestone Arena
May 28: Atlanta, Infinite Energy Arena
June 5: Montreal, Bell Centre
June 9: Uniondale (NY), NYCB Live/Nassau Coliseum
June 13: Philadelphia, Wells Fargo Center
June 17: Washington DC, Capital One Arena
June 21: Boston, TD Garden
June 25: New York City, Madison Square Garden
June 29: Newark, Prudential Center

Note that there are a few pockets of space in that schedule to add more shows.

Public ticket sales will begin November 20. Pre-sales will begin November 14. Ticket prices will range from $41 to $325 in most cities, and slightly higher in New York City. We HIGHLY SUGGEST you visit the ticket sales page for your preferred show (at or whomever is the official ticket seller) to see all the different pre-sales and their requirements, not to mention ticket prices, stage design, etc. (Note: It looks like seating diagrams still need to be updated at many venues. We're hoping the SAP Center's diagram is most accurate.)

U2 will also play shows next year in Europe, but those shows aren't expected to be announced until after the new year. The album pre-order pre-sale offer is available to fans in the UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Italy and Holland -- that probably gives a preview of where the European tour will visit. No word yet on tour plans outside North America and Europe.

When the E+I tour begins next year, it'll be a little more than six months since the end of The Joshua Tree Tour 2017. That's the shortest turnaround between proper U2 tours since the end of the Boy tour and the start of the October tour, both in 1981. (We're not including promo tours and similar non-album tours.)


There's a lot of new stuff going on with the tour pre-sales, album pre-orders, etc. If you have questions, we suggest you read the official announcements and the Help page: news story announcement Tour page Help page (this include customer service contact details)

(NOTE: This article was updated to remove confusing language regarding the relationship between ticket pre-sales and album pre-orders.)

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