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Q interviews Bono, Edge on Songs Of Experience, 2018 tour

@U2, October 22, 2017
By: Matt McGee



The December 2017 issue of Q magazine, just available now, has more details about Songs Of Experience as well plans for the Experience + Innocence tour next year.

The article tries to tackle the topic of Bono's recent "brush with mortality," but both he and Edge again declined to discuss what happened in any detail. There is mention, however, that it's addressed in the first line of new song "The Lights Of Home," with this lyric: "I shouldn't be here cuz I should be dead / I believe my best days are ahead." Bono and Edge talk about how the album is a series of letters to Bono's loved ones, inspired by this unknown health scare.

The article mentions a new song title we haven't heard yet: "There Is A Light." It's described as the last song on the album, something we've previously understood to be "The Little Things That Give You Away." The latter title isn't mentioned in the article, so there's a chance it's the same song, just renamed. The opening song is confirmed (again) to be "Love Is All We Have Left." Other songs mentioned/confirmed in the article: "You're The Best Thing About Me" and "Landlady," both described as letters to Ali. "Get Out Of Your Own Way" is a letter to Bono's daughters, while "There Is A Light" is to his sons. Also mentioned are "Red Flag Day," "Summer Of Love" and "The Lights Of Home." The latter includes guest vocals from Haim, in part because it samples their song "My Song 5." Kendrick Lamar appears, too, as part of a segue in between songs, Q says.

Also mentioned are a handful of producers: Steve Lillywhite, Jacknife Lee and Ryan Tedder -- all of whom have worked with U2 before -- plus Jolyon Thomas and Andy Barlow, both of whom haven't. Barlow recently appeared on BBC Radio's Electric Ladyland show and vaguely discussed how he came to work with U2; you can hear it at about the 1:07:00 mark. The article says recording was done at "a mansion in Killiney," Electric Lady Studios in NYC and inside Bob Dylan's old tourbus at Shangri-La Studios in Malibu.

Q says the album will be out on December 1st, and that the tour to support it will begin in late spring/early summer of 2018.

We're expecting an official announcement, at least related to the album release, to happen in the next few days.

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