"Achtung Baby 30 Live" - U2

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This single CD will contain live versions of U2’s songs from Achtung Baby taken from a span of 30 years.

Background Information

On January 13, 2022, U2 announced their newest fan club subscription gift, Achtung Baby 30 Live. The gift will be a limited edition CD set in a “special presentation package” featuring live tracks from Achtung Baby recorded over the last thirty years. Downloads of select tracks will be made available in advance of the physical release, and a full download will be available after the CD is sent to subscribers.

You can subscribe to receive the gift now at U2.Com/subscribe. According to the Help Page at U2.Com, production on the gift is already underway and they will email subscribers when a release date is known. A deluxe version of the subscription gift includes this year’s Achtung Baby 30 Live gift as well as last year’s Live at the Apollo For One Night Only release. If you are renewing a subscription, the cost is $40 (US), and if you are subscribing new, the cost will be $50 (US). In recent years, the gifts have shipped in May – June, so these may not start shipping right away and some patience is advised.

Initially the subscribe page at U2.Com listed this item would be a “Limited edition double CD set” with double CD set emphasized in bold. A couple of hours after being posted, this was edited to read “Limited edition CD set” instead with CD set emphasized. This was the only change made to the text. The help pages at U2.Com still referred to this item as a “double-CD” for a couple of days after those changes but was eventually changed to state that this item is a single CD as well. The customer support team is also confirming that this subscription gift will be a single CD. At this point it is not clear why the gift was initially announced as a double CD, but it appears it will indeed be a single CD.

The set promises to include Achtung Baby tracks recorded at different tours over the last 30 years. In recent years, U2 have included tracks from Zooropa in both the 20th and 30th anniversary editions of Achtung Baby so we wouldn’t be surprised to see some of those as well.

All of the tracks from Achtung Baby have been performed live in concert, with a number of them being dusted off most recently in 2018 for the end of the “Experience + Innocence” tour. Of the songs played, “So Cruel” has been played the least, with only 3 appearances in the set list back in 1992, only twice in full. (Foxboro MA, Pontiac MI, and Tinley Park IL)

A full list of past gifts from the fan club is available here.

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