The 2019 Fan Club Gift

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2019-07-10)

Each year at this time, we start to get a lot of questions about the fan club gift for the year and if we know anything about it. This year is no exception. It is July now, and it appears that the gift will once again be shipping out in the latter part of the year rather than in the early part of the year as they did for many years. And no, at this point, we don’t know when it will arrive. We are wondering that as well!

The gift has been announced. This year’s gift will be a double CD set, called Live Songs of iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE and will feature music from the 2015 and 2018 tours, as well as at least one track from the 2017 tour. The release is being mixed by Richard Rainey for the release. The CDs will be presented in a photographic book. The music will be in the form of live songs, from a mixture of concerts. As part of your subscription, if you have resubscribed for the 2019 year, you can already download six of the tracks from your profile page, including songs from Boston and Stockholm (2015), Rome (2017) and Uncasville, Copenhagen and Hamburg (2018). Please note that you will have to be logged in to see these downloads, and you will also have to have resubscribed for the 2019 year. If your 2018 subscription has not yet ended, you may not yet have resubscribed and may have to do so before they pop up, even though your 2018 subscription is still active.


IMAGE: Initial “Cover” Image from U2.Com

The initial announcement of the release listed that the release would focus on the 2015 and 2018 tours.

“Two albums. Two tours. Two years. A limited edition double CD & digital release capturing the i+e Tour and the e+i Tour is the 2019 special gift for U2.com Subscribers. It’s the ultimate live set on double CD, beautifully presented in a photographic book documenting the iNNOCENCE and eXPERIENCE tours of 2015 and 2018. This one-off special release, produced by the band especially for U2.com subscribers, will not be on sale online or in store. From ‘The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)’, ‘Every Breaking Wave’ and ‘Song for Someone’ to ‘The Blackout’, ‘Get Out Of Your Own Way’ and ’13 (There Is A Light)’, this is the ultimate live companion to Songs Of Innocence and Songs Of Experience, celebrating two extraordinary tours. The complete tracklisting will be published in early 2019 with shipping beginning in Spring 2019. From January until dispatch of the double CD set, we’ll be offering regular downloads of these new live tracks.”


IMAGE: New “Cover” Image from U2.Com

Plans seem to have shifted a bit since that initial announcement, including a shift away from just focusing on the 2015 and 2018 tours with the inclusion of the song “The Little Things That Give You Away,” only performed at the 2017 concerts. This was further indicated by the shift in title from Innocence + Experience Live, 2015 & 2018 to the newer Live Songs of iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE. While we have not seen a final track list at this point, all of the songs that have been mentioned in press releases, in poll questions and in the downloads have been taken from Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience. We haven’t been able to confirm that the songs from these two albums will be the only songs included in this release, but we suspect that may be the case. The proposed artwork for this release also seems to have shifted from the purplished hued photo used in early press for the release, and in the first set of downloads, to a newer orange and yellow cover being used in the more recent downloads.

The initial announcement mentioned that the full track listing would be published in early 2019, with shipping beginning in Spring 2019. Assuming they meant Spring in the Northern Hemisphere, both of these dates have now passed, and neither event has happened. Downloads from the album have been made available on February 26, April 26, and May 27. The article accompanying the downloads in April suggested that the final track listing for the double album is “nearly complete”, and that additional artwork, further downloads and dispatch information would follow next month. Again, this has not happened and as of July 10, the full track list has not been revealed, nor have any notifications been sent about shipping of the fan club gift. But delays of these sorts shouldn’t surprise any of us at this time. The U2.Com gifts are often delayed from initially announced dates.


IMAGE: Past Fan Club Gifts (More information available in the album discography)

The table above shows the different gifts that have been made available over the years, as well as the announcement date of the gift, and the first delivery date of the gift. Also included is a column that lists the number of months behind January that the gift started to be received. It now being July, the gift this year is later than most, with only two gifts being later in the year, the 2018 gift of “3-D Dance Mixes” and the 2017 gift of “The Joshua Tree Singles”, which started delivery in September and December respectively. One gift, the 2015 release of “Another Time, Another Place” started to appear at the end of July. It should be noted that we are discussing when the gift starts to ship, and this is not necessarily the date when all fan club member have gotten their gift. The releases in the past have taken 3-6 months to be fulfilled and fully shipped out, with one gift, “The Joshua Tree Singles” taking even longer to reach all subscribers due to production issues with the recording. In the past five years there has been no gift that has been received before June from the fan club, so we aren’t worried yet that this one is delayed. The last gifts received at the very start of the subscription year were North Side Story, the book sent out for 2014, and From the Ground Up, the CD and book sent out for 2013.

We don’t know when this new gift will ship, but we are hopeful to have some news of it soon. Perhaps we’ll get some additional downloads soon from the release with an announcement of the track listing? If we get any information about the release, we will pass it along here, and on our social media channels.

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A Sort of Homecoming: U2 Rework Older Demos for Release

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2019-07-09)

From 2007 – 2011, a number of U2 albums were reissued in deluxe formats with additional content, and a variety of formats. These collections were done under the watchful eye of Nick Stewart Associates. These sets included a number of tracks that had not previously been released, however a few of these unreleased tracks included additional new recording done in the same period of the release. U2 actually went back and worked on older tracks, sometimes decades old, for these releases. The tracks released were not the same tracks that existed back in the original recording sessions. These additions include new instrumentation and vocals on many of the songs.

The first of these new recordings released was “Wave of Sorrow (Birdland)” on the 20th anniversary edition of The Joshua Tree. The song as it existed in 1987 when the band abandoned it was a demo called “Birdland” and was little more than the instrumentation that you hear on the tracks. For the reissue of the album, U2 recorded additional material for the song, including newly-written lyrics for the song by Bono. The recording work was done with Carl Glanville.


AUDIO: U2’s “Wave Of Sorrow (Birdland)”

In an interview Bono described the origins of the song: “It is one of the songs from The Joshua Tree sessions that we never finished. It was a song which was trying to describe experiences that I had, myself and Ali, when we were working in Ethiopia during the famine. We saw these sights that you really shouldn’t have to see.” Some of the lyrics existed from 1987, but additional lyrics are added. “Well the band played on it, but they never actually heard the final, because I never got to sing it fully in 1987 – so 20 years later, it’s strange. Although I got a message from Edge last night, we posted it to him last night, he said I had a future in the music business.”

Glanville was also involved in the final track on the bonus disc, “Drunk Chicken / America.” Again the original had updates done to it. We don’t know what the original track was like, but Glanville is listed with additional recording and mixing of the track. It may be Glanville that mixed the previously existing reading of “America” with the U2 track from 1987.


AUDIO: Ginsberg’s reading of “America”

The Edge describes the track in the liner notes: “The track used for the Allen Ginsberg poem ‘America’ was one of the first recordings we made in Danesmote. It was given the working title ‘Drunk Chicken.’ It’s all Eno in truth, Brian started the improvisation and although we were all willing it never quite got past its Eno-esque origins. It’s clear from this track that we were still searching for clues, looking for the end of the thread.”

The recording of Ginsberg reading “America” comes from 1959, recorded at a reading in Chicago. So it was certainly available in 1987, but it does sound like it was married to the track “Drunk Chicken” later in life.


AUDIO: U2’s “Drunk Chicken / America”

The next batch of releases in the series included the albums Boy, October and War. While the bonus tracks from the first two are taken from the era of the albums, one song on the War release has been updated. The song is “Angels Too Tied to the Ground,” and the credits for the album list that additional recording on the song were done in May 2008.


AUDIO: U2’s “Angels Too Tied to the Ground”

In the case of “Angels Too Tied to the Ground” Bono’s vocals are new on the song, recorded in 2008. He scat sings over the original recording of the song. Like the vocals on “Wave of Sorrow” he is doing a whispered singing on the track, and it sounds quite unfinished still.

The 2009 release of The Unforgettable Fire also includes one of these newly finished songs. On this one the vocal is not 100% new, but new vocals have been recorded for the song, keyboards have been added by Declan Gaffney, as well as additional piano by The Edge. The song is a meld of music and some backing vocals from 1984 and newly recorded vocals and instrumentation done in 2009.


AUDIO: U2’s “Disappearing Act”

The Edge spoke about the song, and the new additions, recorded in France in early 2009: “Well, it was originally called “White City”, and it was a track we started with Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois back in 1983 when we were recording The Unforgettable Fire. And we discovered it about six months ago, and we dug it out and did some work on it in France a few weeks ago, and it’s now finished.” Bono confirmed that the drums, bass and guitar were from the original track, but the voices are new.

Edge expands on the track in the liner notes including on the new release: “‘Disappearing Act,’ formerly known as ‘White City,’ was recorded at the beginning of the Slane sessions before we had set up our multi-track recording equipment, hence it only existed as a stereo instrumental recording. We did multi-track tape recordings of a simplified version later on, but for whatever reason, it never inspired a compelling vocal melody idea; maybe because when we came to re-cut the track, we omitted the section before the chorus, which in ‘Disappearing Act’ turned out to be a crucial section. So after 25 years and a few weeks, while in France on a break between shows on the 360 tour, ‘White City’ was completed and became ‘Disappearing Act.‘”


AUDIO: U2’s “Blow Your House Down”

The final release in the Nick Stewart Associates lead releases was the 20th anniversary edition of Achtung Baby. A number of the bonus tracks are new from this recording, and are still in their original format. But a number of tracks have been updated and “finished” with the addition of new vocals and instrumentals.

The booklet lists additional production and recording on the tracks by Declan Gaffney so they are easy to spot. “Blow Your House Down” has new recorded pieces incorporated into the original tracks. The song even saw a limited promotional issue to radio to promote the release. Some of the vocal parts are new, but the music was mostly finished for this track in 1991. A variety of versions of the original can be heard on the bootlegs of U2’s stolen tapes from the Hansa Ton studio sessions, and the released version doesn’t sound too different from some of the original takes.

“Oh Berlin” is another song on which updates have been done. The music is from the development of the album, but the lyrics are newly added to the song. The vocals sound more like a modern Bono vocal, and some of Bono’s lines echo lines used in the documentary From the Sky Down, which was filmed in 2011, and released as part of the box set. And the lyrics certainly feel like a man looking back at Berlin, instead of a contemporary piece about the city.


AUDIO: U2’s “Oh Berlin”

Two other songs have had new work done on them. “Heaven and Hell”, and the baby version of “Tryin’ to Throw Your Arms Around the World” both have new recorded pieces added to the original tracks. On “Heaven and Hell” Gaffney is credited with backing vocals and keyboards on the track. Additionally Gaffney did some mixing work on the baby versions of “One” and “Love is Blindness” but neither list that new recording has been done for these tracks.


AUDIO: U2’s “Lucifer’s Hands”

The work done on these sets was done between 2007 and 2011, and during that time U2 would finish No Line on the Horizon and had begun work on Songs of Ascent which would later be shelved in favour of Songs of Innocence. At least one of these forays back to look at old tracks lead to a new song along the way. A cast off from The Unforgettable Fire called “The Return of the Stingray Guitar” was mentioned in recording notes for the album. When revisiting that album in early 2009, U2 found the song, dusted it off, and used an instrumental version of the song to open the 2010 shows of the U2360 tour. They would return to develop the song in studio, and it would eventually become “Lucifer’s Hands,” released as an extra song on 2014’s Songs of Innocence — that’s one long time between starting a song and releasing it.


AUDIO: U2’s “Red Hill Mining Town (2017 Lillywhite Mix)”

Nick Stewart’s group worked on projects through to 2011, and although they had started researching several of their next projects, it was decided that sales of CDs had declined to the point that further work on the back catalog would cease. The 2017 release of The Joshua Tree was put together under the direction of Gavin Friday, and although it featured no new songs, it did include some of the versions worked on in 2007 such a “Wave Of Sorrow (Birdland)” and “Drunk Chicken / America” and also featured a number of new remixes produced in 2017 by producers associated with the band including St Francis Hotel, Jacknife Lee, Daniel Lanois, Steve Lillywhite, Daniel Lanois and Flood. The remix of “Red Hill Mining Town” went back to the original recording stems for the track, and used that for the instrumentals on the new version, but Bono did go back in and re-record vocals on the verses. Lillywhite commented: “I actually had to match a 56-year-old Bono with a 26-year-old Bono and they mixed well. I was very happy. It’s quite powerful sounding.” The new mix of “Red Hill Mining Town” is the only recording with new vocals, but some of the other 2017 mixes featured additional instruments and vocals added by the remixing producers, as well as some alternate recordings from 1987 such as this 2017 remix of “Where the Streets Have No Name” remixed by Flood that we will leave you with.


AUDIO: U2’s “Where the Streets Have No Name (2017 Flood Mix)”

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Digital Refresh of U2’s Offerings in iTunes

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams with Josh Fuller (2019-07-04)

The offerings in digital music stores often get refreshed. Sometimes the changes are just better artwork, or other cosmetic touches, but sometimes there are actual changes to the music itself. In late April / early May the U2 catalog on iTunes went through a major refresh, with almost all the older digital versions of albums being removed and newer versions being put in their place. This is not just something happening in one country, it was done worldwide in most iTunes storefronts, and most of the newer versions now start with an Apple ID starting with 144.

What has been ‘refreshed’? It looks like almost all of the U2 albums have been done. This includes the albums which were released on May 28, 2017 as part of the “Mastered for iTunes” (MFiT) release, the newer releases such as Songs of Experience and even other album length releases such as “Live from Paris,” and the compilations The Best of 1980 – 1990, The Best of 1990 – 2000 and U218 Singles. The majority of the album refreshes were done between April 26 and May 2, 2019, and these compilations were done shortly after.
Several older singles were also done including “Summer of Love (Club Remixes),” “Get Out of Your Own Way (Afrojack Remix),” “You’re the Best Thing About Me (Acoustic Mix),” “I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight” (EP), “One,” “If God Will Send His Angels,” and many others. Strangely, they have also refreshed older versions of the albums, the versions that existed before the MFiT releases, and now you will see two different versions for sale of All That You Can’t Leave Behind, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb and others.

It’s not just U2 that have seen a refresh in the iTunes catalog. iTunes updated the albums of many other artists as well, including Madonna. This is unlikely something that has been initiated with the artists themselves and is more likely being done internally at Apple.

But are their changes in the files that are there now, beyond the Apple ID? Yes, there are. We haven’t gone through and done a thorough review of every new offering but we will over the next few weeks. But we can tell you about some of the changes that are now being seen in these newer versions.

On May 28, 2017, U2 issued several albums in new versions as part of their “Mastered for iTunes” program. These new releases in a digital format were meant to be a high-quality digital release (but still compressed), with an accompanying digital booklet and even some new audio mixes done for three of the albums, All That You Can’t Leave Behind, Pop, and Rattle and Hum done under guidance by The Edge. The reissues included all of U2’s albums to that date, as well as Wide Awake in America and U218.

The original MFiT releases through Apple had seen some sort of volume leveling done during the creation of the tracks. That means that on The Unforgettable Fire, all tracks are taken to the same loudness, including quieter songs which should not play as loud as some of the harder songs. Instead all of the tracks have a similar volume peak at roughly 0.0dB. The new 2019 version on iTunes fixes this issue, and a song like “MLK” which is meant to be quieter is quieter, coming in at around -4.0dB, while louder tracks come in around 0.0dB. This volume leveling wasn’t present on the 2009 remaster of The Unforgettable Fire on CD or at other digital storefronts. It appeared to have been an issue on iTunes itself.

Songs of Experience which was released after the original MFiT releases, also had issues. On that album, the CD and lossless digital versions of the album saw “Love is All We Have Left” around -3.0dB. On the iTunes version of the album (labeled at the time “Mastered for iTunes”), the song was much louder, nearing the peak at 0.0dB. Again, this has been resolved on these new 2019 versions of these files.

And while the differences in volume can be annoying, we can hear some readers asking if this is really worth a new purchase of the albums?

It isn’t problematic on many of the albums, but you are hearing some songs louder than were originally intended during the initial recording and mastering of the album. But on a live album like Rattle and Hum it creates issues when you go from one live track to another. In those cases there is no silence, but rather continuous crowd noise. And the older 2017 MFiT recording released on iTunes had a big jump in volume which is very noticeable. It has been fixed in the 2019 version, and the transition between “Star Spangled Banner” and “Bullet the Blue Sky” no longer has the jump in volume that was present in the 2017 version. The new master of Rattle and Hum by The Edge, has only been released to date on Apple, so it is nice that some of these issues have been fixed.

War, Under a Blood Red Sky and How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb all remain unchanged from their earlier 2017 versions. Along with the examples above, many of the other albums are showing changes. The 2019 and 2017 versions of Achtung Baby are showing many volume differences. And it does NOT appear that the newer 2018 remaster done for the vinyl release was used in the creation of these files. However the file length remains constant, and the changes in volume appear to be the major changes in these tracks, so it does not appear that a new audio mix has been created, but rather some tweaking of the volume has happened here.

We also took a listen to The Best of 1990-2000. The original version from 2002 used an alternate lyric in “Mysterious Ways.” That alternate version was removed in the 2018 remaster. The version on iTunes remains the version that has been there all along, the 2002 version of the album with the alternate lyric. Although newly added and updated these new versions of the album are not using the newer masters, once again pointing towards this being something done on Apple’s end.

The booklets accompanying the releases are the same as the 2017 versions. Even the errors present in the 2017 copies, such as the one panel in white and three in grey on the Pop image remain in the 2019 version.

Our recommendation? If you have the music on CD, or from other digital stores, there’s no real reason to go out and grab these. The music hasn’t changed, this isn’t a new mix of the audio, just the volume seems to have changed here where there are changes. If you have your albums through iTunes alone, you may have an interest in these as they do fix some of the volume issues that were present in earlier versions available from iTunes. The one release that does interest us the most is the newer 2017 remaster of Rattle and Hum. That remaster has only been released through iTunes to date, and the original version had volume issues as mentioned above. This newer version fixes those issues. The remaster for this release or Rattle and Hum was directed by The Edge. It was originally rumoured to be released in the Fall of 2018 on vinyl, but that was release was delayed when the tour was moved from 2018 into 2019. To date, we are told that release has not been rescheduled.

Finally, thanks to Josh Fuller who brought these to our attention and worked with us on the article. The assist is very much appreciated. Josh previously took a look at the changes made in the 2017 MFiT releases and how the issues with “The Troubles” had been resolved.

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Tour Updates: June 25, 2019

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2019-06-25)

Update: June 27, 2019:

We have been told by multiple reliable sources that there will not be a second show for Melbourne. Live Nation Australia and New Zealand confirmed yesterday that this is the case, with a note on Facebook that stated, “With the schedule now complete for U2’s The Joshua Tree Tour in New Zealand and Australia Live Nation has announced that a number of production tickets have just been released for the U2 concert at Marvel Stadium…” Other acts, such as Taylor Swift and Metallica have struggled to sell second shows in Melbourne recently.

Original Story: June 25, 2019:

For those who were wondering about the logistics issues at the show in Melbourne that we mentioned, those have been resolved, and this has resulted in a large release of tickets for the first Melbourne show. This includes GA tickets which are available now. If you were looking for tickets for the first show, and were unable to get them until this point as we write this there are tickets available again. There are multiple configurations available for Marvel Stadium, and until now it was not decided whether this area would be made available as seats, or as General Admission, but the area has been released as standing tickets. With this drop of tickets for Melbourne, tickets are available for all cities in Australia and New Zealand, although in some cases this is limited to second shows in some of the cities. General admission standing tickets are available for Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Sydney 2, Auckland 2. The only city where general admission tickets are not currently available in New Zealand and Australia is in Brisbane, but seats are available in most categories.

Tickets are still available for the first show in Seoul as well, where 1127 tickets in the general admission area are available. Seoul has a split GA section, and these are all in the back general admission area. The front area has been sold.

A second show for Singapore came a surprise to many including us. Our sources had not been aware of a second show planned for there. At the time of the tour announcement, a second show for Singapore was not showing on the itinerary for the tour. The seat map shows that the stage in Singapore will be oriented on the long side of the field which lowers the overall capacity of the stadium. This change in configuration is similar to what was used in Brussels on the second leg of The Joshua Tree 2017 tour where the stage was also oriented to the side, rather than in one end of the stadium.

In Japan tickets are now finished in the Japanese presales at Ticket PIA and E-Plus, allowing Japan residents to apply for tickets in a lottery based presale. A second round of presales for non-Japanese based residents starts July 1 at noon Japan standard time, and will run until July 13 at 23:59. More information on these new presales will be available on U2japan2019.com. The general sale for Japan, if there are any tickets remaining after these presales, will start on Saturday July 20 at 10am.

Second shows were planned for Melbourne and for Seoul if ticket sales were good. The venues have been on hold in both locations for a second show, which would follow the night after the first. At this point we have confirmed that the venues were still on hold in both cases as of yesterday, but we are told that the longer these go without announcement, the less likely the shows will happen, and we are told that a second show for Melbourne will likely not happen. If we get any updates we will pass those along. At least one fan has started a petition to get a second show added for Melbourne if you are interested in adding your name to the petition.

Finally, Ryan Tedder, the front man for OneRepublic, teased on Instagram that he may be going to some of the upcoming Joshua Tree shows. As a post on Instagram Stories, Tedder posted a picture of U2 onstage during 2017, and included a note, “Joshua street stadium tour part 2 this fall. Mayyyyy be going.” Although Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds has been announced as an opening act for the shows in New Zealand and Australia, no opening act has been announced at this time for the shows in Asia. Could it be OneRepublic that open these shows? OneRepublic has previously opened for shows on the U2360 tour in Munich, Zurich and Vienna, and shows on The Joshua Tree 2017 Tour in Miami, Tampa, Louisville and Cleveland. Tedder has also worked extensively with U2 as a producer and musician on the last two albums.

Finally here are a few links from our site with additional coverage of the tour:

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U2 Mispressings

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2019-06-21)

With an act like U2 releasing millions of copies of items on various physical formats, it is inevitable that sometimes a mistake is made.

Misprints are when there is a mistake or an error in the packaging or labels on an item. The packaging is wrong in some way, but the music contained on the release is correct. Sometimes these issues are caught during production and corrected, and other times the error is not noticed and all copies of an item are affected. Titles get printed wrong, or in the wrong spot, or contain spelling errors – all are examples of misprints. U2’s career has had many misprints, but we aren’t looking at those today.

Rarer is the mispress, where the wrong music is pressed onto a disc that is then labeled as if it is something else. You go out and buy a U2 disc, and when you get it home you pop it into the player, only to find out it isn’t U2 at all on the disc. While we won’t attempt to look at all of the errors in U2’s entire catalog in this piece, we will look at a few mispressings from recent years.

Red Hill Mining Town Picture Disc

This U2 release for Record Store Day in 2017 was supposed to contain U2’s new mix of “Red Hill Mining Town” on both sides of a picture disc. The album was pressed in the Czech Republic at GZ Vinyl, and somewhere along the way a small number of these discs were pressed incorrectly.

The discs with the error have U2’s version of “Red Hill Mining Town” on one side, as they should. They look like all of the correct discs as well. But on the mispress, side A is incorrect. Side A contains the first side of the 1988 album by Leslie Cheung, “Hot Summer.” Cheung is a Hong Kong singer and actor,

How did a 1988 album by a Cantopop performer end up on the U2 release? The album “Hot Summer” was being reissued in Hong Kong as a picture disc, with a release date of April 6, 2017. The U2 release came out a few days later for Record Store Day. Both were being produced in the same factory in the Czech Republic, and at some point during that process, the wrong stamping plate was used in the process. There haven’t been many copies of this release seen, so it is unlikely that thte mistake lasted long, and it was likely corrected, or copies with the error were destroyed.

The Cheung side of the album contains five different tracks, “Hot Summer” (3:57), 貼身 “Close Proximity” (3:13), 無需要太多 (“Don’t Need Too Much”) (4:27), 可否多一吻 (“How About One More Kiss”) (5:07) and Hey! 不要玩 (“Hey! Don’t Play”) (3:34). The matrix of this side of the album is “8860544-A” and you can visually see that the mispress has five tracks through a visual inspection.

The nice thing about this one? You still get all the U2 content on the release, it has the picture disc, it has the new mix of “Red Hill Mining Town”, yet it still has a unique twist with the Cheung tracks on the alternate side.

Boy: The Kiosk Collection

In 2015, U2 began issuing one album each week in Spain in conjunction with El Pais. These were part of the box set, The Kiosk Collection. The first six weeks went smoothly, but the album “Boy” was due on the seventh week, on November 15, 2015. Reports started quickly that the album was unavailable. A small number did make it onto auction sites, and it was quickly identified why these had been held back. The initial pressing of Boy didn’t contain any U2 music at all, but in fact included a tribute album to a Slovakian artist, Jarove Persnicky, “Pocta Jarovi Filipovi: Jarove Pesnicky”

The CD was quickly recalled, and sellers were asked to return all copies immediately. However a few did not get sent back and ended up for sale instead. The error had been well contained, and the value on these mispressed copies of the CD were quite high.

In 2016, the Kiosk Collection was also released in Portugal. Like the Spanish set, these were issued through the Correio de Manha newspaper. And for the most part these were the same CDs that had been pressed and sold in the Spanish box set. And that’s where it got interesting. Although the CDs had been identified and recalled in the Spanish promotion, the exact same error was actually sold in the Portugal promotion. Even those the discs had been recalled a year prior, on December 22, 2016 the copy of Boy sold in Portugal was the mispress.

In the case of the Portuguese issue, the disc was not recalled. Instead, those who had bought the disc with the error were told to keep the case for the CD, and to return the wrongly pressed CD for replacement. People who bought the CD after the error was once again noted were sent a copy of the original packaged CD with the error, as well as a replacement disc at the same time. The replacement CD was a new pressing of Boy and was not the same CD issued in Spain to replace the CD there.

As a further note, the Spanish Kiosk collection had an error on the back of the sleeve for All That You Can’t Leave Behind labeling the song “Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of” as “Stuck in a Moment Which You Can’t Get Out Of” which was an error. This was corrected for the Portuguese release. A different pressing of Zooropa with a different sleeve was also used further differentiating the set from the Spanish collection. The Spanish set also had a gold coloured title for War which was later repeated for the Portuguese release.

Songs of Innocence Record Store Day

This error got a fair amount of press when it happened, and its likely one of the more known mispressings over the years in the U2 catalog. But it also affected so few copies of the release that it surprises us that it got the press that it did. One story even added a headline “Record Store Day Mix Up Leaves Thousands of Fans Fuming,” which was definitely an exaggeration.

April 18, 2015 the Record Store edition of Songs of Innocence went on sale for Record Store Day. The limited black vinyl edition of the vinyl was numbered, and was packaged in a white die cut sleeve, so that you could see the label through the stretch wrap. Dianne Delahunty contacted us that morning to tell us her copy, bought from Banquet Records, in Kingston Upon Thames in the UK had come with a surprise. The label that could be seen inside her record had a white label with black text like the U2 release, but she had never heard of the songs, “Sweat,” “Hush,” and “Part of Me”. The label itself listed that the record had been produced by the Zomba Recording Corporation and Printed in the USA.

A second shopper at the same store, confirmed to us that he too received the record, and he opened the album and had listened. U2 is not played when you play the vinyl. The vinyl is correctly labelled, it is an EP by the band Tool titled Opiate, originally released in 1992. The EP had not even been part of Record Store Day offerings, but the plant was likely running a repressing for other reasons.

Tool themselves addressed the mispressing on their website writing, “Some very lucky people who purchased U2’s Songs Of Innocence during a recent record store release found instead a copy of Tool’s 1992 Opiate EP inside. Kind of makes you believe in mysterious higher powers, doesn’t it?”

Diffuser.FM reported that a UK label manager spoke about the issue and said that “a good chunk” were “sleeved at the wrong pressing plant.” It was a response to questions about the Tool mishap, but probably was in relation to the other packaging issue with this pressing. The limited edition vinyl Songs of Innocence contains an insert with album credits inside the vinyl. This insert if packaged correctly was on the interior, between the vinyl where it would not be seen, and it would leave the vinyl labels visible through the die cut sleeve. Instead, on a number of copies, you can see a photograph of the band, which is the front of this credit insert. Instead of being packaged inside between the two vinyls, it is packaged so that it is on the outside of one of the vinyl. Thus instead of seeing the white label as intended you instead see a picture of the band. This problem is widespread in these packages, and approximately 10% of the copies have this issue. The insert that you can see is included in all copies of the vinyl; if you have opened your copy you have already seen this insert.

In the end the label did offer to replace any copies that had been purchased with the wrong vinyl inside.

Only three copies of this error are known. It is possible that there were a few additional copies, but it seems to be limited to the copies right around #0711. Copies of #708 and #0718 on either side of the error are both packaged with the proper vinyl.

Lionel Richie on War

You get home. You pop your new copy of War in the CD player. You press play. You expect to hear Larry Mullen’s opening drumming for “Sunday Bloody Sunday”…instead you hear the opening to Lionel Richie’s “Dancing on the Ceiling”.

“Woah! What a feeling, when we’re dancing on the ceiling…”

That would send you back to the case quickly! Where you would find that the booklet, the back insert, even the text on the CD itself show that you have a German pressed copy of U2’s War. This one lists the catalog number CID 112 and 90067-2, and was made in Germany. The matrix code doesn’t match any U2 pressing though, the “ZD 72412 / B-5502 A” matrix is from copies of Lionel Richie’s Dancing on the Ceiling album. It’s the only external way of knowing that the disc you are about to play doesn’t contain U2.

The Lionel Richie album wasn’t released until 1986, but War was released in 1983, so how did this one happen? Compact discs were a new technology emerging in the early 1980s, and many of the titles in U2’s catalog were not pressed on the format right away. It is likely that the German copy of War, being pressed in 1986 was being pressed at the same factory as the new Lionel Richie disc, and there was an error made. Or for that matter it could have happened even later in life as the discs were repressed.

Nick Carter on “Electrical Storm”

Errors aren’t just limited to audio discs. Some buyers of the “Electrical Storm” DVD in Canada got a surprise when turning on their TVs. Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys had just released his album Now or Never and in some markets a bonus DVD was included with the album. The DVD featured a couple of interviews with Nick, a section of weblinks, and a video featuring some music. This is the DVD that accidentally ended up in U2 packaging, and painted to look like the U2 disc. There was no external way of knowing that you weren’t buying the U2 DVD. The error only became evident when you started to watch the disc. Not many copies of this were reported to us, so we expect it affects a very small number.

Mispressings are fun part of collecting and often are produced by accident in small quantities so can become very desirable to those who might want to collect something different. Do you have anything in your collection that looks like a U2 release but really isn’t? What sort of mispressings do you have in your collection? We’d love to hear from you in the comments on Facebook, in reply on Twitter or even over in our forum.

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Tour Updates: June 17, 2019

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2019-06-17)

General onsales started today in Auckland and in Sydney for the second shows on the tour. These are the first two shows announced for a second show in these countries. Tickets are still available for both shows, although some ticket categories are now limited or sold out at this point.

Red Hill presales have started for Singapore and people are reporting ease in buying tickets. There have been some issues with selecting a delivery method, although those seem to be fixed at this point. The general onsale for Singapore is Thursday June 20. Fans had a surprise when the U2.Com presale appeared to start early, and many reported being able to buy tickets early on Sunday morning (Singapore Time). But this was definitely an error, and those who bought tickets have seen their tickets cancelled and a refund processed.

The general onsale for Japan is some time away yet, and is being held on July 20, 2019. Currently Japan is in the midst of a lottery based presale, which started on June 14, and runs until June 23. This presale allows you to buy tickets in advance through Ticket PIA or e-Plus if you are a member of those ticket agencies. Currently applications are in Japanese only, and are limited to Japan residents. An English language presale will be available at a later date once the Japan presales end. Those English language presales have not been announced yet but will happen before the general onsale on July 20.

Second shows have been mentioned for Seoul and Melbourne to us. Information about both have been shared by those who shared rumours about the tour initially. Singapore, Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide are not expected to get a second show.

At this point we are still being told that Melbourne should get a second show, and that the promoters are working out a logistical issue for the first show there, which should be sorted this week. The tickets that were initially placed on sale for the first show in Melbourne have sold well, and there is only a very small amount still available at any price range. Expect to see a second show announced soon if it going to be announced. It is likely that the sales for the second shows in Sydney will be taken into consideration when making the final decision on a second show for Melbourne as well.

In Seoul, there are still many tickets available to the first show available in the GA areas. Although seats sold well, and fast, the General Admission field has not sold as well. The bulk of tickets that remain available are in the back half of the GA field (Both the show in Japan and the show in South Korea will have a front and a back GA area, and these were ticketed separately.) Currently as I write this, 14 floor tickets are available in the front part of the field, and 1574 floor tickets are available in the back part of the field.

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The Joshua Tree Tour 2019 Questions and Answers

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2019-06-14)

LAST UPDATED: JUNE 14, 2019, 11:15pm Auckland Time

Recently added: Notes on Singapore, second shows for Sydney and Auckland.

On May 31 U2 announced a new tour, which will visit New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, South Korea and Japan. Dates were announced for one show in each city in New Zealand, Australia and South Korea. Two dates were announced for Japan. No dates were announced for Singapore but the show was announced. On June 11, a second show was announced for Auckland and Sydney. On June 13, the date for the show in Singapore was announced.

The tour is branded “The Joshua Tree Tour 2019” and the logo is the same as the 2017 tour, with a red shadow instead of a grey. The band took to Twitter to announce the tour, in their first live use of that platform, responding to fans who have been asking about a tour of these areas for years. Below are some links for the announcement of the tour.

The tour will use the same stage and layout as the 2017 tour of a similar name, but this is U2, always expect there will be some new surprises and upgrades. A Live Nation press release has stated that The Joshua Tree album will be played in sequence again like it was in 2017. “The Joshua Tree Tour is a celebration of the original album and tour of the same name undertaken by U2 in 1987 and features the complete album played in sequence along with a selection of highlights from U2’s extensive catalogue of songs.” Below you will find a series of answers to questions we know you will have about the tour in the days ahead.

WHERE DO I GO TO GET INFORMATION?

It’s an odd question to start with, but we do recommend you look at a number of other sites first. These are the places set up to help you out. While we can provide some answers and discussions the team over at U2.Com are the ones who can help you out the most if you do experience an issue.

  • U2.Com should be your first source for official information (U2.com help page). The team there will update tour FAQS and dates are now listed there as well, and they will be your gateway to presales.
  • U2.Com list the tour dates on a page here: http://www.u2.com/tour
  • If you have difficulties finding your presales when announced you should use. http://www.u2.com/tour which will have all of the links. If you try to go through TM or other sites you may struggle. Best to find the proper link at u2.com.

WHERE ARE U2 PLAYING?

For the full list of announced dates you can view our The Joshua Tree Tour 2019 graphic below. The tour will visit nine cities, including cities in New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Japan and South Korea. It is the first time the band will have ever performed in Singapore or South Korea. The date for Singapore has now been announced, and second shows are announced for Saitama, Auckland and Sydney. The graphic below is up to date as of June 14.


IMAGE: Announced Cities and Dates for The Joshua Tree Tour 2019 (Click to enlarge)

WILL MORE SHOWS BE ADDED?

  • Only one show per city was initially announced, except in Japan where two were announced due to the way tickets will be sold.
  • Some cities will get additional dates, a second show for Sydney and Auckland were both announced already. Both have been announced as the second and final show in those cities.
  • See our rumour information about which cities are expected to possibly get more than one show.
  • All of the expected cities that this tour will visit have been announced, it is not expected they will add on additional shows in other cities.
  • The tour is expected to visit New Zealand, Australia and Asia only. It is not expected that this tour will continue into 2020, or that it will visit any other region. We do not have any information about a continuation of the tour after these dates, and we have been told the band will start work on a new album after this tour.
  • Our sources have confirmed that there is no intention for this tour to add any more cities. The cities announced are the same cities that have been listed since the itinerary was finalized in March.

WHAT VENUES ARE THE BAND PLAYING

In the below table you will find information about the 9 different venues that The Joshua Tree Tour 2019 will visit. This includes the capacity of each venue, the name of the ticketing agency, and even the closest rail station to the venue if you want to start looking at what might get you closest to the venue. The smallest venue is the 32,000 capacity venue in Seoul, and the largest is the 60,000 venue in Perth. Click on the name of each venue to bring up the seating map for that venue (we will be replacing these with maps specific to the U2 tour when they are available.)

City Venue Name Capacity Ticketing Closest Rail Station
Auckland, New Zealand Mt Smart Stadium 47,000 Ticketmaster Penrose Train Station
Brisbane, Australia Suncorp Stadium 52,500 Ticketek Milton Road
Melbourne, Australia Marvel Stadium 56,347 Ticketmaster Southern Cross Station
Adelaide, Australia Adelaide Oval 53,583 Ticketek Adelaide Railway Station
Sydney, Australia Sydney Cricket Ground 48,000 Ticketek Central Station
Perth, Australia Optus Stadium 60,000 Ticketmaster Perth Stadium Station
Singapore, Singapore National Stadium 50,000 Sports Hub Tickets Stadium MRT Station
Saitama (Tokyo), Japan Saitama Super Arena 36,500 PIA/ePlus Saitama-Shintoshin
Seoul, South Korea Gocheok Sky Dome 32,000 Yes24.com Guil Station

Planning for the Seoul venue has allowed an increase in the amount of tickets to be sold from the expected capacity of 25,000 to about 32,000. In Singapore the stage will be oriented on the longest side of the venue which will reduce the capacity of that venue. This was done in Brussels as well for the second leg of the tour in 2017.

  • The seat map for Japan including pricing can be seen below:


    IMAGE: Japan Seating Map from u2japan2019.com
  • The VIP seat map for Australia and New Zealand including package information can be seen below:


    IMAGE: VIP Packages and Seating from Live Nation

WHAT WILL MY VIEW BE LIKE?

The band is expected to use a stage similar to the 2017 Joshua Tree stage, and seat maps show that this appears to be the case. We have some 360 photos from the GA pitch in various locations on the 2017 tour which may help you to figure out where you might want to see the tour from.

  • Dublin 2017 (Photo from between the tree stage and the main stage)
  • Amsterdam 2017 (Photo from the right of the stage, near the front)
  • Paris 2017 (Photo from the left of the stage, behind Red Zone area)
  • Paris 2017 (Photo from mid-field, to the right of the stage)

WHEN DO TICKETS GO ON SALE?

NOTE: General onsale will happen at local times (When we say local time of 1pm in Auckland, that means when it is 1pm in Auckland, not when it is 1pm in your own time unless you live in those time zones.)

  • The general sale started on June 11, 2019 for shows in Australia and New Zealand. The general sale for the show in Seoul, South Korea started on June 12, 2019.
  • The general sale for Singapore starts on June 20, 2019. The presales for Singapore start on June 17, 2019.
  • The general sale for Saitama, Japan starts on July 20, 2019. Presales have already started for these shows.
  • The general sale for second shows in Auckland and Sydney start on Monday, June 17. Presales have started for these shows.
  • There will be ticket limits enforced during the sales, please ensure you pay attention to these limits and do not exceed them. The ticket limit for general onsales will be different than those for presales listed below.
  • There will be other sales in advance of the general sale. Look for offers for local residents, through credit card companies, and through U2.Com. These will also have ticket limits. A Live Nation presale for Australia and New Zealand has been available.

WHAT IS THE U2.COM PRESALE?

  • There are two groups for the presale through U2.Com. It allows registered subscribers a chance to buy tickets early ahead of the general sale.
  • The Red Hill Group is for subscribers who have been subscribed for a longer time to U2.Com and they will start in presales first for each city.
  • The Wires Group is for newer subscribers who haven’t been subscribed as long to U2.Com and they will start presales later on the first day of presales, or the following day.
  • Start times for the presales do vary for different cities, so please check U2.Com for the most recent updates before your presale. We list the presale times in our Presale Time Zone Conversion page, but if these differ, the date and time at U2.Com is the one that should be used.
  • The subscription date cut off to be considered a long time member of U2.com for this tour’s presales was May 31, 2019 at 8am NZST. If you subscribed or renewed an expired subscription after that date, you will be in the Wires group. (If you subscribed before the tour announcement you will be in the first group.)
  • There is a four ticket limit when using your U2.Com presale code. Using it for more than four tickets can result in cancellation of your tickets.
  • U2.Com lists the following at U2.com/help in regards to splitting tickets across multiple shows: “As a paid-up U2.com Subscriber you are eligible to purchase up to FOUR (4) tickets for any show or combination of shows (for example you can purchase 2 tickets for a show in Brisbane and 2 tickets for a show in Adelaide, or 1 ticket for Brisbane, 1 ticket for Adelaide, 1 ticket for Melbourne and 1 ticket for Sydney.) All ticketing presale code use is audited, and anyone found to be abusing presale privileges risks cancellation of ticket purchases and U2.com subscription.” This answer is specific to Australia and New Zealand. It is not known if the same answer will apply to the Asian countries, where ticket sales are handled differently.
  • There have been presales for second shows that have been announced, and U2.Com presale codes have been able to be used in these sales.

WHEN WILL THE U2.COM PRESALES HAPPEN?

  • Presales started on June 4, 2019 for all cities except for Seoul, where the presale started on June 10.

Presales are currently listed as follows on U2.Com – although please check at the link to see if there have been any updates:

  • Tue 4 Jun, 10am – Thu 6 Jun, 5pm NZSTAUCKLAND – Mt Smart Stadium
  • Tue 4 Jun, 9am – Thu 6 Jun, 5pm AESTMELBOURNE – Marvel Stadium
  • Tue 4 Jun, 9am – Thu 6 Jun, 5pm ACSTADELAIDE – Adelaide Oval
  • Tue 4 Jun, 10am – Thu 6 Jun, 5pm AESTBRISBANE – Suncorp Stadium
  • Tue 4 Jun, 11am – Thu 6 Jun, 5pm AESTSYDNEY – Sydney Cricket Ground
  • Tue 4 Jun, 10am – Thu 6 Jun, 5pm AWSTPERTH – Optus Stadium
  • Mon 10 Jun, 12pm – Tues 11 Jun, 6pm KSTSEOUL – Gocheok Sky Dome
  • Tue 4 Jun, 12pm – Thu 6 Jun, 5pm JSTTOYKO – Saitama Super Arena

Presales for later added shows are as follows:

  • Thu June 13, 12pm NZSTAUCKLAND – Mt Smart Stadium
  • Thu June 13, 11am AESTSYDNEY – Sydney Cricket Ground
  • Mon June 17, 10am SGTSINGAPORE – National Stadium

If you are trying to figure out when these presales start, in your own time zone, we do have a page which allows you to look at all of these in your own time. But we do ask that you double check these. If there is any discrepancy between that page and U2.Com/help, the time and date on U2.Com are the correct ones.

CAN I USE MY PRESALE CODE FOR OTHER SHOWS?

  • If you stay below your overall limit of four tickets it is known that you can participate in more than one sale in Australia and New Zealand. If you go over four tickets for one code, you risk the cancellation of all tickets purchased with that code.

HOW DO I FIND MY U2.COM PRESALE CODE

  • Traditionally you go to the http://www.u2.com/tour page. Right before the dates start, you will see a “YOUR UNIQUE PRESALE ACCESS CODE IS:” followed by a string of numbers and letters.
  • Codes are now appearing on the site for most registered subscribers.
  • You can also often find your code on the http://www.u2.com/profile page. It also usually lists on that page what group you belong to. “Red Hill” or “Wires”.
  • An email was sent out to many subscribers the night before presales were due to start. The information in the email was reflected on U2.Com/tour.

ARE ALL THE TICKETS GONE WHEN A PRESALE IS OVER?

  • A presale is an opportunity to buy a ticket before the general onsale.
  • Not all tickets are available in a presale, limited quantities are made available in advance of the main sale. There will still be tickets available for the main sale.
  • Japan does operate differently, and in that case, if a presale through retailers ePlus and PIA proves to be popular, tickets may be sold out before the general sale.

WHAT OTHER PRESALES WILL HAPPEN?

  • There will also be Live Nation, Local resident and Stadium Presales. These will start after the U2.Com presales.
  • For Perth, Melbourne and Auckland, there is a Live Nation presale happening on June 6. Check the event pages at Ticketmaster for information on the individual times, or at Live Nation Australia directly.
  • For Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney, there will also be a Live Nation presale happening on June 6. These are not listed at Ticketek. See Live Nation Australia for information.
  • For Brisbane general sale is June 11 at 2pm. Tickets will be sold through Ticketek.
  • For Adelaide general sale is on June 11 at 12 noon. Tickets will be sold through Ticketek.
  • For Sydney general sale is on June 11 at 3pm. Tickets will be sold through Ticketek.

The local resident presale for Brisbane happens on June 6. This is for locals who are inconvenienced by traffic around the venue. Those able to take part have already been notified.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO RESERVE TICKETS FOR JAPAN?

  • Japan operates on a different ticketing model than most. In Japan you apply for a ticket, the system takes the requests, and fills as many as possible and lets you know at a later date if you have been successful. (Usually a couple of days)
  • The presale through U2Com is not using the system mentioned above, but the vendor presales, and the regular onsale will.
  • The U2Com presale is functioning like other presales sales, and gives immediate confirmation that you have been successful buying tickets.
  • The reservations for Japan presale for U2.com subscriber tickets beings on Tuesday June 4, for both shows in that country.
  • The pre-orders for PIA and ePLUS members begin Friday 14 June, after the U2.com subscribers tickets are sorted, with final tickets for both performances on sale Saturday 20 July.
  • To sign up for a PIA or ePLUS presale you must be a resident of Japan, and you must be able to receive a text message at a Japanese phone number.
  • Japan has a microsite set up for the U2 tour, which can be viewed here for more information.
  • The seat map diagram for Japan can be seen below, which includes pricing.



IMAGE: Japan Seating Map from u2japan2019.com

HOW DOES THE SOUTH KOREA PRESALE WORK?

  • For the South Korea presale you must preregister on the site Yes24.
  • Preregistration of your U2.Com presale code will have to be done before 10am on the morning the presale opens.
  • From U2.com/help: “If you do not complete the registration process first on YES24, you will be UNABLE to participate in the presale.”
  • You can start to register for the presale starting on June 7, 2019 at 10am KST. Registration is open until June 10, 2019 at 9:59am KST.
  • The presale for South Korea starts June 10 at 12 noon, KST for Red Hill subscribers, and 8pm KST for Wires subscribers.

HOW DOES THE SINGAPORE SALE WORK?

  • The Singapore presale for U2.Com members will start on June 17, 2019 at a variety of “Channels”.
  • The channels listed as available for the presale are online, by phone, at SingPost Outlets and at the Scotts Square Concierge Desk. We recommend using the links found at U2.com/tour on the day of the sale to quickly access the presale. It is not known how well these other avenues will work but they are currently listed as available on the ticketing site.
  • Starting at noon, another channel opens at the Scotts Square Concierge Desk. This is two hours after the U2.Com presale starts, and is listed in information provided about the presale.
  • On June 20 only tickets will be available at the Sports Hub Tix Box Office at Kallang Wave Mall This is the first day of the general sale.
  • On June 21 onwards, tickets will also be available at the Singapore Indoor Stadium Box Office if any are available. This is the second day of the general sale onwards.
  • U2.Com presales are limited to four tickets in total across the tour. In the general sale, tickets are limited to 8 tickets per transaction.

WILL TICKETS BE ISSUED?

Australia and New Zealand:

  • All General Admission tickets for Australia and New Zealand will be mobile ticket only.
  • A mobile ticket is a ticket on your mobile device which is scanned when entering the venue.
  • (RED) Zone tickets are picked up a the venue on the day of the concert. VIP Party Experiences are the same.
  • Tickets will be printed for seats, but Ticketmaster is listing that these will not be issued until the day of the General Onsale
  • Collectors tickets will be dispatched a month prior to the event. (Collectors tickets are not available for General Admission tickets)
  • Print at home tickets, and Mobile tickets will not be distributed until 72 hours prior to the event.

Japan:

  • Tickets will be issued through 7-Eleven stores in Japan for those participating in the foreign presales.
  • You print your order confirmation and take it into a store in Japan, where the cashier will give you your ticket.
  • For those who don’t speak Japanese, and wonder about the note in that language on your confirmation? It’s instructions for the cashier at the store to help the foreigner pick up their ticket, and gives them instruction to process the request.
  • Tickets cannot be picked up at the venue and must be picked up at the 7-Eleven stores.
  • Tickets will be available starting on November 20, at 10:00am. Your purchase confirmation will be required.

Korea:

  • All presale tickets bought on the English booking page should be picked up at ticket booth on the show day.

WHAT ARE TICKET PRICES?

Prices below are listed in local currency. These are from early communications from Live Nation, and in the event of a discrepancy, whatever is printed on the ticket site at the time of the sale is the correct price. These prices may have additional transaction fees.

Tickets for Auckland appear to be 63.28 – 370.18:

  • GA for this show is listed at $125.38
  • Collectors tickets will add about $10.00 to the ticket price, but do not have to be purchased.
  • The two middle prices are $195.76 and $267.37
  • Red Zones are listed at $512.38

Tickets for Brisbane appear to be 66.20 – 372.05 with five price ranges:

  • GA for this show is listed at $130.35, there will also be seats at this price
  • Collectors tickets will add about $11.00 to the ticket price, but do not have to be purchased.
  • The two middle prices are $198.20 and $269.60
  • Red Zones are listed at $513.75

Tickets for Sydney appear to be 61.20 – 367.05 with five price ranges:

  • GA for this show is listed at $126.35, there should also be seats at this price
  • Collectors tickets will add about $11.00 to the ticket price, but do not have to be purchased.
  • The two middle prices are $193.80 and $264.60
  • Red Zones are listed at $508.75

Tickets for Adelaide appear to be 64.75 – 370.60 with five price ranges:

  • GA for this show is listed at $128.80, there will also be seats at this price
  • Collectors tickets will add about $11.00 to the ticket price, but do not have to be purchased.
  • The two middle prices are $196.80 and $268.15
  • Red Zones are listed at $510.55

Tickets for Melbourne appear to be 60.96 – 366.88 with five price ranges:

  • GA for this show is listed at $131.53, there will also be seats at this price
  • Collectors tickets will add about $11.00 to the ticket price, but do not have to be purchased.
  • The two middle prices are $192.98 and $264.34
  • Red Zones are listed at $508.51

Tickets for Perth appear to be 66.07 – 371.88:

  • GA for this show is listed at $131.64.
  • Collectors tickets will add about $11.00 to the ticket price, but do not have to be purchased.
  • The two middle prices are $198.06 and $269.43
  • Red Zones are listed at $513.59

For Japan pricing ranges from Y16800 – 38800:

  • GA for this show is split into two with prices of Y19800 and Y15800
  • Red Zone is listed at Y60000
  • The priciest seats at Y38800 say they come with a gift.

Tickets in Seoul range from 99,000KRW – 242,000KRW:

  • GA for this show is listed at 143,000KRW and 154,000KRW with a front and rear section expected.
  • Red Zone is listed at 454,000KRW
  • Pricing for seats is listed at 99,000KRW, 121,000KRW, 176,000KRW, and 242,000KRW.

Tickets for Singapore range from S$98 – S$368 (Singapore Dollars)

  • GA for the show is listed as S$188
  • Red Zone for the show is listed at $588
  • Pricing for seats is listed at S$98, S$138, S$188, S$238, S$288, S$368.
  • VIP packages range from S$588 – S$1228
  • Booking fees are not included in the prices listed above in Singapore.

VIP Party packages are also available, and pricing of those will be higher than those prices listed above. Seat maps showing the location of most of these seats were NOT available during the presales.

WHAT WILL THE TOUR LOOK LIKE?

  • The tour will be configured similar to the 2017 Joshua Tree tour.
  • The floor of each venue will be set up as general admission.
  • In Japan and South Korea, two types of GA tickets are being sold, one near the stage and one further back, so the floor is split at these venues, with different pricing by area.

WHAT ARE THE VIP PACKAGES?

  • Ticketmaster listed shows have four VIP listings.
  • (RED) Zone: Barricaded area immediately adjacent to the stage, limited capacity. VIP Entrance to the venue. Collectors souvenir ticket. Access to pre-show refreshments, and an opportunity to be selected for a pre-show backstage tour. A portion of the proceeds will support the (RED) campaign.
  • VIP Party Experience: One premium price category 1 seat, access to a 90 minute pre-show VIP cocktail party, A chance to win a backstage tour, a U2 VIP tour gift, laminate and lanyard. Dedicated VIP merch stand, and priority entry into the venue.
  • VIP Hot Seat Gold: One premium category 1 seat in a prime location. A U2 VIP tour gift, laminate and lanyard.
  • VIP Hot Seat Silver: One premium category 2 seat. A U2 VIP tour gift, laminate and lanyard.
  • The VIP Packages that come with a VIP tour gift, all come with the same gift.
  • The VIP seat map for Australia and New Zealand including package information can be seen below:


    IMAGE: VIP Packages and Seating from Live Nation

WHAT IS A FAN CLUB BUNDLE?

  • It appears that as in past years, Ticketmaster will allow you to purchase a fan club membership on the second day of the presale and immediately enter into the presale.
  • This is being listed as a Fan Club Bundle as you buy your fan club membership (yearly subscription to u2.com) and your tickets all at one time.

WHAT IS A COLLECTOR TICKET?

  • A collector ticket is something that has been introduced over the past few tours. They appear to be available only in Australia and New Zealand.
  • This is an add on when you buy your ticket. For an additional fee you can add on a special “Collector Ticket” which will allow you access through the barcode on the ticket.
  • The information on the 2019 collector ticket says it is a 3D Card.
  • Collector tickets are not available for the general admission floor.
  • The collector ticket as pictured today on the Ticketmaster site is shown below:

WHO ARE THE OPENING ACTS?

  • In Australia and New Zealand the opening act for all current listed shows is Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.
  • The opening act(s) for the Asian shows have not been announced.

WHAT IF I HAVE PHYSICAL DEMANDS THAT MAY LIMIT ACCESS?

  • Most venues do have some area set aside for these sorts of things, but often the area is not the best in the house.
  • You should check with each venue individually about any restrictions or concerns. Most venues have this information published on their websites, and most are happy to take questions by email or phone.
  • Ticketmaster in Australia has an accessible seating line at 1 300 446 925 (This number is reserved for patrons with accessibility requirements and cannot be used to answer general questions.)
  • Ticketek in Australia has an Accessible seating booking line at 1 300 665 915 (This number is reserved for patrons with accessibility requirements and cannot be used to answer general questions.)
  • Ticketmaster in New Zealand has an accessible seating line at 09 970 9711 (This number is reserved for patrons with accessibility requirements and cannot be used to answer general questions.)

CAN EVERYONE BE ON THE GA FLOOR / AT THE SHOW?

  • GA access and show access is restricted by age at some venues.
  • Children under the age of six are not allowed entry in Japan.
  • The age is listed at 13+ for the show in South Korea.
  • Children under the age of 12 are not allowed into the standing areas in Singapore. Children below 6 years old will not be admitted.
  • In Australia / NZ promoters are recommending that any child under the age of 12 be accompanied by an adult.

WHEN WILL SECOND SHOWS BE ANNOUNCED?

  • When a show sells well, U2 will often add a second show. These shows are already planned as venues have to be booked, staff prepared etc., and are ready to be announced if sales are good.
  • We were previously able to share with you that second shows were being planned if sales were good for Auckland, Melbourne, Sydney, Saitama and Seoul. Second shows for Saitama, Sydney and Auckland have already been announced.
  • Second shows will be announced only after the first shows are put on sale (general sale not the presales) and generally not until a show is announced as being sold out.

CAN I SHARE MY PRESALE CODE? CAN I USE SOMEONE ELSE’S CODE?

  • The email sent with the presale codes clearly stated that no you cannot transfer codes.
  • If found misusing codes, one can find their U2.Com subscription cancelled, and any tickets bought with the code also cancelled.
  • The email stated: “Take care of this email and don’t let anyone access this code who might use it against your wishes. It is for your personal use only and cannot be transferred/used by anyone else. All ticketing code use is audited and anyone found to be abusing presale privileges risks cancellation of ticket purchases and U2.com subscription.”

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Tour Update: Joshua Tree 2019

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2019-06-11)

Today was the start of the general sales for Australia and New Zealand shows for the upcoming The Joshua Tree Tour 2019. All six shows announced for these countries were put on sale, after a series of prior presales through U2.Com and through Live Nation.

Auckland was announced as a sellout early on, and a second show was announced via U2.Com. Sydney was also quick to be labeled as a sellout and a second show has been announced for there as well. Both shows are listed as “second and final” shows for the respective cities, and an email has since gone out from U2.Com confirming these dates.

At this time, none of the other shows have been labeled as sell outs, and tickets remain available for many. Melbourne, which has been rumoured to be getting a second show for some time is showing less than 300 seats available for sale at this time, and most of those seats are single seats by themselves. It remains to be seen at this time if a second show will be announced. Adelaide and Perth, still have a wide range of tickets available, including GA tickets for both shows. According to our sources prior to the announcement of the tour, neither city is expected to get a second show.

Tomorrow, the general sale for Seoul begins, and should that go well, we do expect that a second show for Seoul will be announced. Two shows have been rumoured for Seoul. We are also told that the Singapore date should be announced this week.

We’ve done a few updates around the site to match the new information:

We’re also working on an update to our Questions and Answers article reflecting these new presales. That should be available later today.

Upcoming presales include presales for Ticket PIA and E-Plus for Japan residents registered with those companies which happen from June 14 until June 23. If there are any tickets left after those presales, the general sale for Japan happens on July 20. Due to long lead time in Japan sales, both shows in Japan were announced as part of the initial announcement of the tour.

Please note that Live Nation in Australia have published a fact sheet for the concert which states, “Tickets purchased via on seller sites such as Viagogo, The Ticket Merchant, Ticketblaster, Queen of Tickets, E-Bay or Gumtree will not gain entry into the event and we do not encourage anyone to purchase via these 3rd party agencies.”

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Two New Vinyl Reissues on Coloured Vinyl

Original Story by Aaron Sams (2019-06-07)

Updated: June 7, 2019:

Although some online stores were able to fulfill orders today for the red vinyl version of How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb and the wine vinyl version of The Unforgettable Fire, most stores are reporting that stock has not been received worldwide, and that there are delays filling even some of the online orders for this item.

In Canada, Sunrise Records is the exclusive distributor of this album, and they have announced that the vinyl will not be in stores until June 21. In the USA these will be available through The Sound of Vinyl, and these listings are also listing a June 21, 2019 release date. (The Unforgettable Fire and How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb can both be ordered now though.)

In the UK, where the HMV chain has the exclusive rights to sell the vinyl, stores are reporting that they will not be available until June 15 in store (HMV will have 500 copies of How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb and 1000 copies of The Unforgettable Fire for the UK). Universal in Greece expects them in store on June 14, and Universal in Italy is saying June 14 as well.

Updated: May 25, 2019:

The two vinyl releases mentioned in our below story are now available to pre-order on U2.Com – The Unforgettable Fire is being released on wine coloured vinyl for the album’s 35th anniversary, and How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb is being released on red coloured vinyl for the album’s 15th anniversary.

Both albums are being released on June 7, 2019. In some countries they will be released to independent record stores. In other countries they will be exclusive to one retailer, like the gold version of The Joshua Tree and the blue version of Zooropa. For instance in the UK and Northern Ireland they will be exclusive to HMV, in France, Switzerland and Portugal they will be exclusive to FNAC, and in Canada they will be exclusive to Sunrise Records. The expected exclusive retailer in Ireland is Tower Records. In Germany and The Netherlands it is expected they will be available at a variety of shops.

The red pressing of How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb carries the catalog number 0602577660153. The Unforgettable Fire on wine coloured vinyl carries the catalog number 0602577660351.

Links above lead to U2.com pre-orders, the following stores are also taking online orders now:

(We will update links as more stores add these for purchase, so if you spot a location selling these you would like to share, please let us know!)

Original Story: May 16, 2019:

A heads up for vinyl collectors!

On June 7, 2019, a special pressing of The Unforgettable Fire and How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb are being released in red vinyl. Both titled will be available at Indie record shops worldwide on that day. It is not known if they will also be available in larger chains at that time. We will have more information about the availability of these shortly. Both will be single disc pressings, and we are told that they will use the most recent masters for vinyl pressings. In the case of The Unforgettable Fire that should be the 2009 remaster. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb was reissued in 2017, but it was not remastered at that time and we do not expect that it will be here either.

The albums will be in 180gsm vinyl, and we are told they will be packaged with a download card.

This follows on the heels of the reissue of a number of other titles on vinyl over the last few years starting with the reissue of How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb:

  • March 31, 2017: Black vinyl release of How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb and War [Link]
  • April 13: 2018: Black vinyl release of All That You Can’t Leave Behind, Wide Awake in America and Pop [Link]
  • July 27, 2018: Black vinyl release of The Best of 1980 – 1990, Zooropa and Achtung Baby [Link]
  • September 28, 2018: Black vinyl reissue of The Best of 1990 – 2000 [Link]
  • October 12, 2018: Blue vinyl release of Zoroopa [Link]
  • November 23, 2018: Gold vinyl release of The Joshua Tree [Link]
  • February 22, 2019: Black and clear vinyl release of No Line on the Horizon [Link]

Although there’s been a new pressing of Rattle and Hum recently, it has not been part of this program of reissues and is not a newer remaster of the album.

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The Joshua Tree 2019 is Here! Announcement Wrap Up!

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2019-05-31)

Yesterday was a bit of a blur! But we are so happy that the fans in New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Japan and South Korea finally are going to see the tour that previously took U2 through Europe and North and South America. Will it be the same? It’s U2. There’s always surprises, upgrades, and unexpected bonuses. But we’re excited to see what is next.

The tour was announced at 8am in the morning, Auckland NZ time. The announcement took place on Twitter. A fan in New Zealand had asked about where the announcement was, at 8am, U2 replied, and officially announced they were coming to New Zealand:

The next four hours saw members of U2 replying to fans on Twitter from areas where the tour would visit. Bono spoke about falling in love with Japan when they first toured there in 1983. Adam joked about breaking out the Tim Tams to a user in Australia, and joked that it would be a holiday but they get to call it a job. The Edge commented on being able to feel the hum from New Zealand all the way from Dublin. All told U2 sent out 16 replies, and Bono also posted a goodnight before they signed off, and someone quoted Noel Gallagher’s “Black Star Dancing” with a hashtag “It’s Gonna Be A Ripper”.

The announcement and interaction on Twitter was U2’s first time using the social media platform for a live Twitter interaction, but based on the reaction from fans we hope it won’t be their last!

The announcement was updated across many sites while fans were watching the interaction on Twitter. Local ticketing agencies launched sites. The photo of the four members of the band walking in the desert with their instruments was uploaded to many of these sites, a photo taken by Ross Andrew Stewart in California last May. Some very important pages at U2.Com appeared:

Over on YouTube, the band have uploaded a promotional video for the tour. That video can be viewed below. The video features gorgeous footage of songs and photos of “Where the Streets Have No Name” performed during the Joshua Tree 2017 tour.

Over on Instagram, U2 used the stories feature to share a number of short videos which saw images of The Joshua Tree materializing in various locations that the tour will visit. We see it in Japan, and we see it in Singapore and we see it in other locations. Each video is accompanied by a short clip of music from The Joshua Tree, and feature hashtags written in Bono’s handwriting.

Over at U2.Com they also added a new shirt to their merchandise offerings. A red shirt with the band silhouetted in black on the front with the tour logo along the bottom. A similar shirt was sold at limited shows on the first leg of the tour in 2017, but was never made widely available. The shirt can be ordered now.

For those specifically interested in Japan, a special micro site has been set up with information in both Japanese and English, including seat maps and other information at u2japan2019.com. It was one of the first sites to update with seating maps, pricing and other information, but other sites around the world have been updating throughout the day of the announcement.

And promotion is not just limited to the Internet, posters are also going up in the cities, and we’re happy to share this look at one of those thanks to Sallie:

It’s been a long road to this date. The band had initially looked at taking the tour to Australia at the end of 2017, but promotional commitments became a concern when they decided it was time to launch Songs of Experience. The tour was again rumoured to happen at the end of 2018 following the end of the Experience and Innocence tour, but the band decided to take a break from work to recharge. Fans in Australia, New Zealand and Asia were vocal all along in their requests to the band to return to those areas. A petition started in 2017 was delivered to Live Nation to urge the band to come back to those areas. Social media campaigns asked for the band to return. And the band were often asked in person, and often gave reassurances that they did intend to take The Joshua Tree tour to Australia.

Rumours that the tour would actually happen started last November in Dublin, when the crew mentioned they had been asked to hold open time for 2019 as a tour was planned. Just before Christmas we were able to confirm the band was looking at stadiums, and were looking at new locations in Asia that they had never played before. On February 7 of this year we were able to confirm that the tour scheduling had started and we were able to share the first dates for the tour, in Auckland NZ, and throughout the last few months we’ve kept an ongoing list of rumours about the tour. An announcement of the tour was initially planned for April 5 but was cancelled some time in advance. The announcement was later scheduled for May 20, 2019, which was also cancelled, just days before it was due to happen. The announcement was finally made on Twitter on May 31, 2019 at 8am in New Zealand, and was made simultaneously around different platforms.

We’ve been doing some updating in preparation for the tour as well. We’re happy to direct you to our Questions and Answers document, which gives information on ticketing, presales, seat configuration, VIP packages, pricing and more. If you have a question we’d be happy to try to answer it, but be warned, we will ask if you’ve looked at the reference materials provided at U2.Com first! We’ve also added a countdown clock on our front page, you can go in at any time to view how many days, hours, minutes and seconds before the tour starts in Auckland. We are also providing updates on Facebook and Twitter as we update things at the site, and we will have some content at Instagram as well in the near future. And we invite you to take a look at the stage from 2017 as it looked in Dublin in 360 we are told it might look a little like that again.

We’re excited that U2 is going back out on the road. We’re excited to see fans getting a chance to see these shows after a long time away from playing these areas.

Finally, a big thank you must be extended to our readers, and especially to the sources who have been providing information to us about this tour for months. We appreciate all of the feedback we’ve been given, and love to hear from you, and just wanted to stop and say thank you one more time. Looking forward to hearing the streams on opening night! New Zealand you’re up first!!

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Updated Rumours: NZ, Australia, Asia U2 Tour in 2019

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2019-05-30)

On May 16, 2019 information was made public on the Australian Ticketmaster site announcing the tour as The Joshua Tree 2019 tour. We have started our usual Questions and Answers piece on the new U2 Joshua Tree 2019 tour here, and expect to be posting little in the way of information at this page going forward.

Updated: May 30, 2019:

Expected dates for the tour are as follows:

  • Auckland, NZ – November 8 (From previous rumours)
  • Brisbane, AU – November 12 (From resident pre-sale offers)
  • Adelaide, AU – November 19 (Confirmed by posted sign in Adelaide)
  • Sydney, AU – November 22 (Revealed in Australian Press)
  • Dates are also expected to be announced today for Perth, Saitama, and Seoul. A concert is also planned for Singapore.

Other updated Information:

  • One radio station has run ads for The Joshua Tree 2019 which says tickets will be available through Live Nation. This is a leak as the announcement isn’t due until morning.
  • News.com.au has a story up and ready to run which includes a promotional video for the tour, but the video is not yet loading. The headline? “U2 will finally bring their Joshua Tree tour to Australia in November”
  • Triple M in Adelaide says a big tour announcement will happen in the morning at 7:30am.
  • Gold 104 in Melbourne says a big tour announcement will happen at 6:00am.
  • Triple M in Brisbane say a big announcement will happen at 6:15am.
  • Radio stations in Melbourne and Brisbane have also mentioned a big tour announcement tomorrow.
  • There are reports that posters for the tour have been spotted in Australia late this evening. See a photo of one of these in the tweet embedded below.
  • The date on one of the posters confirms a concert in Adelaide on November 19, 2019.
  • The posters confirm that Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds are an opening act for the tour.
  • Tour graphics have been shared with Australian media, and they have been asked not to post them until tomorrow am.
  • Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane have sent out a ticket offer to local residents to the stadium. This includes the date of the concert, November 12, and they will have access to a presale starting on June 6.
  • Public onsales will start on June 7.
  • U2.Com presales, while not yet confirmed, are likely to be in advance of any other pre-sale offers.

Many thanks to everyone sharing information with us.

Updated: May 29, 2019:

A number of little signs are showing up around the internet that something related to U2 is due to be announced soon.

  • Live Nation in Australia, Asia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea have all updated their sites to show the new tour picture by Anton Corbijn that leaked on Ticketmaster a few weeks back. (It’s likely one master change, across all of the sites.)
  • Last night there were modifications made to some of the settings on U2’s Facebook page.
  • Ticketek has sent out an email to subscribers informing them of an option to sign up for U2 waitlist.

The announcement of the tour has not yet been made. We anticipate the announcement will be made in the next 24 hours. (Barring any further delays)

Updated: May 28, 2019:

We are receiving multiple reports that ABC Radio in Sydney, Australia spoke about the U2 tour, revealed Australian dates, and more on the program Breakfast with Wendy Harmer and Robbie Buck this morning (05-29 in Australia). The tour has not yet been revealed on U2.Com or announced by Live Nation, and when questioned about the information, the radio programmer confirmed that he was just talking about rumours from U2 fan sites. He started the segment by saying, ““Speaking of fans, of musicians etc, if you’re a fan of this group (plays “Sweetest Thing”) might be a bit of good news for you. This has not been confirmed, but it’s up on the fan sites…” and then he proceeded to give out further information. The tour announcement is rumoured to be at the end of this week.

Updated: May 27, 2019:

The twice-delayed announcement of “The Joshua Tree 2019 Tour,” which will visit New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Japan and South Korea, has been scheduled again. We are told the announcement will be late this week, and ticket sales will start in the days that follow. All of the dates for concerts and cities still match with what has previously been shared with us, so there appears to be no changes in dates from what was planned for announcement earlier this month.

Please note, that we do understand there is a large number of you who believe that U2 will not tour, and that there will not be an announcement of a tour for 2019. We encourage readers to be skeptical, and indeed we ask that people not book anything until an announcement has been made because things have been known to change right up to the announcement or even after. We do, however, believe a tour announcement is imminent — we know our sources, and they’ve been reliable in the past, and we also know how they are tied to the information that is being shared with us. If it becomes evident a tour is not happening, we would pass that information along, but at this point we still believe that a tour announcement will happen this week, barring any further delays.

All of our previous updates are listed below.

Updated: May 22, 2019:

The tour announcement which was expected on Monday, did not happen, and has been delayed. This is the second time the announcement has been pushed back, having first been expected on April 5, 2019, and then moved to May 20, 2019. Apparently not everything was quite ready to announce, and a few things still need to be finished. We are told that the tour will still be announced, and this should be a short delay. We are told that although they would like to announce it next week, the new announcement date has not yet been picked, and that the parties involved will not reschedule the date until such time that everything is ready to go. All of the concert dates are set and have been for some time, and we have not been told of any changes to those are coming with this delay. We do not expect rescheduling the date of the announcement -this time will take as long as it did the last time. When we have any news on when a rescheduled announcement may happen, we will let you know. In the meantime here are a few additional updates:

  • Some radio stations in Australia and New Zealand have mentioned that an announcement of a major tour was delayed on Monday, and will be rescheduled for next week. The Mix in NZ confirmed a big tour announcement by a big band was delayed a week. A radio station called The Coast in NZ mentioned a big concert being held on November 8 would be announced soon, but not today, and a couple of stations in Australia have mentioned that a big announcement of a tour was delayed. (Thanks to U2fanz for some of this information!)
  • A reliable site in South Korea has mentioned that U2 will be playing there on December 8. Thanks to U2Start for that news. Although it mentions hearing from the performers and management about the date itself it appears they are sourcing their information on the tour name from online rumours about the tour.
  • One radio station in Australia didn’t get the memo that the announcement was delayed on Monday. The crew on the radio on the Kate, Tim and Marty program announced, “You know that U2 have announced their tour for the end of the year. Yes, in Australia! You know how Shawn Mendes did November here, Bono’s doing this November. This November. It’s 2019. It’s the Joshua Tree tour, this will be huge, this will to be massive! Because Bono and Noel Gallagher are mates, there’s rumour mill and scuttle butt that Noel is supporting U2 with his High Flying Birds”. The whole thing can be heard on the podcast at 56:55. Thanks Nicole for the link to share.
  • U2’s tour was leaked on Ticketmaster in Australia as well on May 16, 2019. More details on what was contained in that leak can be found in our Questions and Answers piece. Ticketmaster will be handling ticketing for three concerts on the upcoming tour. The tour artwork can still be seen on Ticketmaster here.

Updated: May 17, 2019:

Still some information trickling out about the as yet, unannounced, but already leaked The Joshua Tree 2019 tour. We can tell you that the cities planned are Auckland, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Perth, Singapore, Tokyo and Seoul. No further cities are expected to be announced with the tour announcement. And the tour is expected only to visit this region of the world, and is not expected to continue into 2020. Second shows are expected for Auckland, Melbourne, Sydney, Tokyo and Seoul. The other cities are expected to get only one show. This is a change from earlier rumours which suggested Perth would get a second show. The announcement is expected early next week.

This tour is being branded The Joshua Tree 2019. A leak of graphics and other materials from Ticketmaster yesterday showed that they will be selling tickets for three of the cities. The remaining Australian dates will be handled through Ticketek. Please visit our Questions and Answers for The Joshua Tree 2019 Tour for more information about this soon to be announced tour. A compilation of our earlier rumours can be seen below.

With this tour leaving the realm of rumours and growing closer to being announced, we’d like to thank those who have shared information about this tour these last seven months, and all of our readers for their support and encouragement. For those attending have a great tour.

Updated: May 15, 2019:

Evidence continues to pour in that the announcement will be next week for the U2 tour of New Zealand, Australia and Asia. We are told by multiple sources that the announcement is likely to be Monday morning. One source has shared that the announcement will be early in the morning Australia time.

The tour is expected to visit the following cities: Auckland, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Perth, Singapore, Tokyo and Seoul. Both Singapore and Seoul, if announced, are new cities that U2 has not previously visited. The tour will take place in larger outdoor stadiums, and a small number of large indoor venues. The opening act is expected to be Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds for these shows. Although multiple shows are rumoured for Auckland, Melbourne, Sydney, and Tokyo, only the first show in each city will be announced with the formal announcement, with the second shows only being announced if sales meet expectations. The tour is expected to run from November 8 into early December.

Although we’ve been told for a number of months that the band would not call this tour “The Joshua Tree Tour,” more recent information has again brought up the possibility that the tour may be branded “The Joshua Tree Tour” in some way. All along we have been told that The Joshua Tree would be a focus again, and that those songs would likely be reintroduced for this tour, and some components of the 2017 staging would be used. It is unclear however, if the band would intend to do the full album from the information we have received. We should know the exact name of the tour, and whether or not it is branded “The Joshua Tree Tour”, as well as the full details of concert dates next week. Until that time, we urge you to not book any travel plans until the rumours are confirmed, as we have seen in the past anything can change right up to the final announcement.

Update 2: May 15, 2019:

A few additional tidbits have been heard on radio in Australia, Cliff Reeve on Triple M radio in Australia mentioned that he’s expecting a big announcement from U2 on Monday. And over in New Zealand, Tracey Donaldson has mentioned on Mix 94.5 that there will be a big tour announcement on Monday but hasn’t mentioned any information about the artist.

Updated: May 14, 2019:

Noel Gallagher, who is rumoured to open dates on the rumoured November / December U2 tour, confirmed today on Talk Sport Radio that he will be playing dates in Australia at that time of the year. He was being asked about his touring plans, and he replied with details about his current stops in Japan, his trip to the US this summer and finished with “We’re busy now up to the end of November, we finish up in Australia.” Many thanks to those who shared the link with us to the interview. (The answer happens just after the 8:50 mark in the link above.) No dates for Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds have been announced for Australia at this time. U2’s manager, Guy Oseary, has also mentioned being in New Zealand this fall in a recent GoFundMe post.

Updated: May 13, 2019:

We have heard from a couple of additional sources suggesting that the tour announcement may be as early as next week. This included a source close to the band, and a source tied to Live Nation. We are told that the announcement would happen early in the week, with ticket sales starting the same week. The announcement was initially scheduled for early April, but was held back at that time, and has just recently been rescheduled and communicated to Live Nation in Australia. Further we have had evidence shared with us this week that some components of the staging have been worked on and are being finalized. In the past, information has leaked including show posters and tour posters the week prior to an announcement, to date we have not seen any of those shared online, although there have been some well crafted “guesses” that have made it onto social media.

Below you will find a wrap up of some of the rumours to date. More detail can be found in the older updates below this one. As always, until such time that the dates are announced, we have seen in the past that anything can change, so this information should not be used to book travel or non-refundable accommodations.

  • U2 will tour New Zealand, Australia and Asia in November and December 2019
  • The tour will start on November 8, 2019 in New Zealand, and will end a month later in Asia.
  • The tour will see U2 playing bigger venues, outdoors stadiums in most cities.
  • An opening act is planned. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds are said to be the opening act.
  • The venue in Auckland will be Mt Smart Stadium. Two shows are rumoured for that city.
  • The first show in Australia will be in Brisbane, and should be on November 12, 2019.
  • The remainder of the Australia tour will include two shows in Melbourne, one show in Adelaide, two shows in Sydney, and will end with two shows in Perth. The shows will move in that order. The show in Melbourne is rumoured to be at Marvel Stadium.
  • The tour will then move to Asia, where Singapore will get the first show, expected for the last week of November. The show in Singapore will be at the National Stadium.
  • The tour will then move to Tokyo where the band will play the Saitama Super Arena, for two shows.
  • Where two shows are expected in one city, only one show will be initially announced, with the additional show only being announced if sales are good.
  • There is a city planned for after the Japan shows. It will be in Eastern Asia.
  • The band is not expected to move into Mt. Smart Stadium until the week of the first show there. Additional rehearsals will take place at another location prior to that time.
  • This tour will not be in support of a new album.
  • The tour will not include playing the entire Joshua Tree album as the 2017 tour did, but we are told that album will be a focus on the tour.
  • Some elements from the 2017 tour stage are in storage in Australia, and are expected to be used in the staging for this new tour.
  • Rehearsals for the tour will start in mid-October and initially will not be held at the same location that the tour will start.
  • The tour will start in November 2019, and will continue into the early part of December, at which time we are told the band will take a break to work on a new album before continuing touring at a yet undefined period in the future. At this point we know of no plans to continue into 2020, and have heard no rumours that this 2019 tour will be taken elsewhere.
  • The band has not yet started rehearsal, and have not started developing a set list, other than making a decision to return to some of the material from The Joshua Tree. These discussions will happen when the band return to one location to rehearse and start building ideas for the tour.

We are aware that the band said they would take a break in 2019, but these comments were made while the band was still rumoured to be planning a visit to Australia at the end of 2018. Further when asked in February about when the band would need to tour again, Adam Clayton responded, “I don’t know. It’ll be when we make a record. When you’re excited about the songs. We get fed up being around each other for a year or so whenever we make a record. And when we feel like we’ve got some songs to go back out on the road with. You know, when you feel you want it. Sometimes you don’t want to go out there when people feel you’ve only just gone away.” Despite these comments, we are still getting information from many sources that have been reliable in the past that continue to point towards a tour being planned, and an announcement getting closer. See our entry on April 16 below for more about rumours, and how we choose what we share.

Updated: May 5, 2019:

We are told that Live Nation communicated the U2 tour to some local employees in Australia, New Zealand and Asia early last week. This is in advance of the expected tour announcement, which we are told is 100% ready to go at this point. The announcement will be made just after the general election in Australia. While we don’t know the exact date of the announcement, it will happen during the work week, and will be made early in the morning in the Sydney time zone so it will be picked up by morning radio and television in the region. The election in Australia is being held on Saturday, May 18, so expect the announcement after that date. An announcement COULD happen as early as the Monday following the election. We have been told that the tickets for this tour will go on sale days after the announcement. If we can confirm the date of any announcement we will let you know in a further update. Live Nation employees were asked not to share information about the tour until it has been announced. The announcement will be made the same day for the shows in New Zealand, Australia and Asia. See the notes in the entry below for more information about the expected tour.

Updated: April 29, 2019:

We’re still waiting on an official announcement of U2’s 2019 tour, the announcement, we are told, should happen in May. We don’t have an exact date yet for an announcement, but hopefully in the next couple of weeks we will finally get a full announcement of this tour.

In the meantime we can share a few additional details. Please remember that until such things are fully announced, details can and have changed so please do not use this information to book travel plans that cannot be changed. While we are confident on our sources, things have been known to shift and change right up to the announcement.

First up, as we told you back on March 11, and opening act is planned for these shows. Of late, U2 have gone without an opening act on arena shows, but have had one for stadium shows. It looks like this pattern will continue. At the time we were told the band were working to book a specific act to join them for all shows on that tour. We can now tell you that our sources have been saying that Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds is the act that will be opening these shows for U2. The band, fronted by Noel Gallagher, opened 21 shows on The Joshua Tree 2017 tour, including all of the shows on the second leg in Europe and all of the shows on the fourth leg in Mexico and South America. Gallagher also opened two PopMart shows as part of his previous band, Oasis.

The song “It’s A Beautiful World” by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds was also used as opening music on the Experience and Innocence tour. Starting with the second show in Las Vegas, “It’s a Beautiful World” was the song played just before the opening each night. On the set lists it was listed as “It’s a Zootiful World” a reference to some voices from Zoo TV saying “What do you want?” being incorporated into the mix.

Currently we expect the tour to look as follows:

  • This will be a stadium show, in larger venues in most cities.
  • Two shows are expected for Auckland NZ on November 8 and 9.
  • The first show in Australia is expected for November 12, and will be a single show in Brisbane.
  • The remainder of the Australia tour will include two shows in Melbourne, one show in Adelaide, two shows in Sydney, and will end with two shows in Perth. The shows will move in that order.
  • The tour will then move to Asia, where Singapore will get the first show, expected for the last week of November.
  • The tour will visit Singapore, Tokyo, and will finish before the middle of December at a third Asian city / country. Tokyo will get multiple shows, it has not been shared with us how many shows Singapore will get, nor what the final city should expect.
  • Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will be the opening act.
  • Ticket sales will happen within a week of the formal announcement, but only the first show in each city will be announced to begin with second shows being announced only after ticket sales have commenced.
  • The band is not expected to move into Mt. Smart Stadium until the week of the first show there. Additional rehearsals will take place at another location prior to that time.

All of our previous information is listed below.

Updated: April 23, 2019:

We are told by two sources that the tour announcement will be held in early May. We cannot confirm an exact date. The announcement should include dates for New Zealand, Australia, and three countries / cities in Asia. Further information that we have shared previously is below.

Updated: April 16, 2019:

We have seen some questions and some concerns about the tour rumours and the lack of an announcement. We don’t want to ignore that. As a site, U2Songs.com makes no money from traffic. We have no advertising. We do not accept donations, and we don’t sell anything, and we haven’t in the 24 years we have been doing this. To make up a rumour and share it to “get extra traffic for the site” does not make any sense, as there will be disappointment if the tour never materializes. There is nothing for us to gain from disappointing our readers, so if we are posting something we do believe it to be something that is happening. But until officially announced we will mark such things as rumours, as we do know things can and have changed in the past prior to an announcement.

We don’t post everything sent our way. We get a lot of stuff sent our way that doesn’t make sense, or sounds fictional. We wait for confirmation from multiple sources before posting, and give more weight to previously reliable sources. We do our best to understand who is sharing the information, and how they are connected with that information, even if that is something we can’t share directly with you. The rumours on the upcoming tour have come via a number of sources including crew, the label, the touring company, logistics providers, venue staff and local media. I do believe that a tour is being planned, and an announcement will be made soon about ticket sales.

I do believe our record on getting things right in the past when it comes to rumours has been pretty good. That being said we are capable of admitting when we don’t get it right. Originally we shared that the tour tickets would go on sale the week of April 12. That is the information provided to us by two different sources at the start of March. Obviously that didn’t happen last week, and possibly that was bad information, or its possible that date was changed for some reason. Maybe things weren’t ready, or maybe the announcement would have been later all along. We are told that the announcement will not be this week, but that the announcement should happen soon. Once it is announced, if indeed it is, you’ll know if we were full of shit or not — another reason not to make any stories up.

We hope that answers some of the questions you may have. That being said we do have a little additional information. Two shows are being scheduled for Japan, both at the same venue. The first will be announced by itself as is usual, and the second added after sales for the first have started. These will follow behind the stop in Singapore, and Tokyo will not be the final stop on the tour.

Currently we expect the tour to look like the following:

  • Two shows in Auckland NZ
  • One show in Brisbane, two in Melbourne, one in Adelaide, two in Sydney, and two shows in Perth.
  • The tour will make a stop in Singapore, then there will be two shows in the Tokyo area. Tokyo will not be the end of the tour. (We do not know how many shows Singapore will get.)

Expect that only the first show to be announced in each city initially. The additional dates will be added if sales are good. The tour will start on November 8, and will finish before the middle of December. Expect that tickets will go on sale quickly after a tour announcement, so now is the time to be putting some money aside for tickets. The venues will be outdoor stadiums in most cities.

As reliable as we believe these sources to be, the tour has yet to be officially announced, and we’d like to remind you one additional time, that this information, including dates and cities, is still subject to change, and the band has made changes right up until the week before an announcement in the past. You should not use this information to book travel or accommodations. All of our previous updates are below.

Updated: April 7, 2019:

The announcement being held tomorrow in Australia is for a tour of Australia by Queen. The announcement for U2 will not be tomorrow. With a busy week for Live Nation in Australia with the second shows by Metallica going on sale, and the tour by Queen being announced, we do not expect a tour announcement at this time. We asked our source at Live Nation and they informed us that “U2 fans will have to wait a little while yet.”

The tour is still being spoken about, and this week we received information from another reliable source, confirming the two shows in Melbourne.

Currently we’re expecting the tour of New Zealand and Australia to consist of the following:

  • Two shows in Auckland, NZ
  • One show in Brisbane
  • Two shows in Melbourne
  • One show in Adelaide
  • Two shows in Sydney
  • Two shows in Perth

Only the first show will be initially announced for each city, and a second show will be added at a later date if demand is good. From there the tour will move to Asia, where U2 will play at least three cities, and possibly four. This will include Singapore and Tokyo. The tour will finish before the middle of December. All of this information is in the below updates, you can continue reading for more information.

Expect an announcement later in the month.

Updated: April 5, 2019:

Today on the Today Show (Channel 9) in Australia, Richard Wilkins mentioned that he will be announcing tour news about one of the hottest bands on the planet on Monday. Will it be the long awaited U2 announcement? We don’t know for sure, but we’ll be tuning in to see. [Note: atu2 have reached out to an unnamed U2 spokesperson and say “A band spokesperson says there is no U2 tour announcement coming next week. (Whatever Australian media is teasing, it’s not about U2.)”]

Updated: April 1, 2019:

Just a few things on the tour front:

  • There is a lot of false information going around about the pending tour dates, including some carefully crafted “posters” – what we have seen to date is unofficial, and not part of the official press package that will come from Live Nation. It is possible we haven’t seen everything that’s going around though!
  • The poster saying this is the 10th Anniversary of the U2360 tour, was created by a fan and uploaded – and identified as a fan-made poster when it was posted on the U2Start forums. It has since circulated without that information.
  • The poster claiming the band will be in Thailand in mid-November is also incorrect, as the band will still be in Australia at that time of the listed Thailand date. (And no, we DON’T know from information shared with us that Thailand is on the list.)
  • Today is also April Fool’s Day, a day when many will post fake information, and claim it to be real until late in the day. Use caution with anything that is announced today.

And a few bits and pieces about the tour:

  • We’re told that Brisbane and Adelaide will get only one show. Auckland, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth will all get two shows. Only one show will be announced for each city initially and the second will be dependent on good ticket sales. That makes 10 shows for Australia and New Zealand in total if all of them are announced, plus an expected four cities in Asia, some which should get multiple shows.
  • We’ve seen a lot of people talking about a tour announcement for this week, our information has always been that tickets may start to go on sale next week (April 12) and we’ve suspected the announcement won’t be until next week as well. We are not sure where the information that an announcement will be coming this week comes from, and cannot confirm that information.
  • Although we appreciate all the questions we have been getting, we don’t have additional information, and will post information when we get more. At this point we don’t expect additional information until Friday.

Updated: March 19, 2019:

After reports of some radio banter on Triple M yesterday, suggesting the radio DJ’s know about an upcoming U2 tour, we’re able to bring a bit of additional information about the tour. As always, until such time that an official announcement is made this should be considered rumour, and should not be used to book non-refundable travel or accommodation.

We are told that tickets for the shows will start to go on sale the week of April 12. This is likely referring to be the general on-sale, and pre-sales through the venue, fan club and other outlets will come before that. As always, long term members of U2.Com should have the first pre-sale, with the others to follow. (Information about fan club pre-sales will only happen after an official announcement is made.) An announcement of the tour with full dates will happen shortly before the sales begin. The tour is set to begin with two shows in Auckland (rumoured dates November 8 and 9) and then will move to a single show in Brisbane (rumoured date November 12 or 13). From Brisbane the tour is rumoured to go next to Melbourne, then to Adelaide, then onto Sydney, and will finish in Perth before the end of November. We believe the band will then move the tour into Asia for an additional four cities, which we are told will include Singapore and Tokyo. The tour will end in mid-December.

The tour is being tightly planned to maximize the number of concerts possible in this time. There will be little time off between shows, meaning additional appearances other than the planned concerts are not expected. The band are expected to stay in Sydney for the duration of the tour in Australia, traveling to the shows.

Again, the news above has not been officially confirmed, and until such time that it is can be subject to change right up until the final announcement.

Updated: March 15, 2019:

Please see below for full rumours about the impending U2 tour that have been shared with us.

The Sydney Morning Herald published a story today about Elton John’s upcoming visit to Australia, and suggested that the star is having trouble finding accommodations because “John’s stay will coincide with an extended visit by the Irish supergroup U2. The four band members and their respective families are set to stay in Sydney during their Australian tour. And that means a mansion each.” Thank you to Julie for pointing out the news to us, the full link is above if you want to read the original.

Elton John’s tour takes him to Australia starting on November 30, 2019, with a show in Perth. He plays a handful of dates before breaking for Christmas on December 5, 2019. (Note: He has since announced additional dates) Based on information previously shared with us, these dates would happen after U2 has finished their tour in Australia. So the overlap is likely in the weeks leading up to Elton John’s tour, or perhaps U2 plans on using Sydney as a base while touring Asia as well.

Updated: March 11, 2019:

For those who haven’t been paying attention, U2 are rumoured to be near to announcing a new tour, this time of Asia, Australia and New Zealand, and the tour will kick off in November 2019. We have previously shared rumours here and those are also included below as well as a look at the build up to these current rumours. There are some new rumours and further information that has been shared with us about this tour that we can now share with you:

  • All of this information is unofficial at this point, and has not been confirmed by U2. You should not book non-refundable travel or accommodation, as dates and cities have been known to change right up to the week before an announcement is made.
  • For those asking when this will be announced, it will be a few weeks yet before an official announcement will be made. Be patient, its coming.
  • The tour will not be “The Joshua Tree Tour 2019”, nor will it be a continuation of the “Experience and Innocence Tour” — we are told the tour will be branded with a unique name.
  • This tour will not be in support of a new album.
  • The tour will not include playing the entire Joshua Tree album as the 2017 tour did, but we are told that album will be a focus on the tour.
  • The tour will visit stadiums, and the tour should run for about five weeks in total.
  • Some elements from the 2017 tour stage are in storage in Australia, and are expected to be used in the staging for this new tour.
  • We are aware that the band said they would take a break in 2019, but these comments were made while the band was still rumoured to be planning a visit to Australia at the end of 2018.
  • Rehearsals for the tour will start in mid-October and initially will not be held at the same location that the tour will start.
  • The tour will start in November 2019, and will continue into the early part of December, at which time we are told the band will take a break to work on a new album before continuing touring at a yet undefined period in the future. At this point we know of no plans to continue into 2020, and have heard no rumours that this 2019 tour will be taken elsewhere.
  • The announcement and advertisement for the tour is apparently ready and in the final approval stages.
  • A decision on an opening act has not been made, but we are told that there likely will be one.
  • The band has not yet started rehearsal, and have not started developing a set list, other than making a decision to return to some of the material from The Joshua Tree. These discussions will happen when the band return to one location to rehearse and start building ideas for the tour.

As mentioned above, the U2 announcement should be a few weeks away still.

Some city specific information:

  • The tour will start in New Zealand, and will then continue to Australia and the on to Asia.
  • The tour will visit Auckland, New Zealand and this is likely to be the starting city of the tour. This will likely be the only stop in New Zealand.
  • Five cities are expected to be played in Australia in total, starting in Brisbane and visiting two other cities before Sydney, as well as one city after.
  • The five cities being played in Australia are Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney (and not in that order.)
  • Many of these cities in Australia and New Zealand (but not all) will be getting two dates.
  • Singapore is one of the cities in Asia that is being scheduled. U2 have not played Singapore in the past. Singapore is not the only city in Asia being planned.
  • We are aware that there are cities being planned which we do not yet have information on.

This will be the first time that U2 have returned to play Australia and New Zealand since the U2360° tour visited between November 25, 2010, and December 19, 2010 with stops in Auckland, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, and Perth. A total of ten shows were played during that tour, and the band did not play any shows in Asia. The band last played Asia in 2006 at the end of the Vertigo tour. The dates were originally planned for early in 2006, but were postponed to November and December. That tour included stops in Australia and New Zealand, as well as three shows in Tokyo, and a final stop in Honolulu to end the tour. 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the LoveTown tour, which was a tour organized for Australia, New Zealand and Asia, as the original Joshua Tree tour in 1987 did not make it to that part of the world. Although the LoveTown tour would also visit Europe, 70% of the tour appearances were in New Zealand, Australia and Japan.

The current tour rumours have been slowly leaking out over the last few months, but go back before that. Initial rumours during the eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour included rumours that the band would visit Australia and New Zealand, as well as other areas at the end of 2018. Those rumours came to an end in July 2018, as it was communicated the band was no longer looking at those options for 2018. But in November 2018, U2Start.Com reported that the crew had been asked to be available at the end of 2019 for some very special shows. We had also heard from previously reliable sources that the band was contemplating a 2019 tour at that time.

The rumour that the crew was on hold for a late 2019 was confirmed again for us before Christmas. At that time we were told that the band was planning a tour of stadiums, and possibly some arenas. And that they would be touring Australia, New Zealand and Asia. We were told that they were looking at new locations in Asia that the band had never played before, and we were told they were investigating countries like China, Hong Kong and Vietnam as possible locations. We were told that the band would not play all of these cities, but they were investigating some new options including those cities. At this point the tour was not finalized, nor had individual cities been booked. A stage was being designed, and both Perth and Sydney were mentioned as possible cities in Australia. Our report on these rumours from early December is available here.

On February 7 we were able to share some additional information include a possible first date for the tour. We were told that the first date the band would perform in Australia would be on or around November 13, and that this would not be a show in Sydney, and would not be the opening date for the tour, that the tour would open sooner than this. At the time we were also told that the tour would run into December. On February 9, we were able to confirm additional details thanks to reliable sources, including a date of November 8, 2019 would likely be happening in New Zealand, and at that time four cities in Australia were also being looked at, with a number of cities getting second shows. We also confirmed at that time that Singapore is was on the final list being worked on and was not expected to be the only Asian stop. At the time we were unaware if Asia was before or after Australia. We were also told at that time the tour would likely not continue beyond December 2019, and that it would be branded with its own name, and would not be the continuation of a previous tour. Follow the links above to see the initial reports on those days.

Finally, on March 1, 2019, we were able to update the rumours further based on additional information we had received from reliable sources. This included the following information:

  • We have been told again that this tour is not being branded as “The Joshua Tree Tour” and it will carry its own name. Nor will it be branded as a continuation of the Experience + Innocence tour, and it should carry its own unique name.
  • It appears there’s been some work on the dates and may have added a fifth city to the list for Australia. There five cities do not include New Zealand and there will be at least one show in one city in New Zealand as well. Not all of the cities will get a second show, but a number will.
  • Dates are still expected for Asia. See the previous rumours we shared earlier below.
  • We are told that the tour routing is finalized, and the tour is being prepped for announcement.
  • We are told that Sydney will not be the first city in Australia.
  • The tour announcement could happen soon, once final contracts are signed.

Also on March 1, a friend spoke with Paul McGuinness, and mentioned he was heading to Australia at the end of the year. Rather than deny the tour was happening, the response from Paul McGuinness was “Oh, have they announced it yet?” (Thanks Brat!) The same week, Adam posted a random selfie to U2’s social media channels wearing a coat that appeared to have a design on the lower front that suggested the outline of several parts of Oceania including Australia. Another hint? Or just a random design?

That leads us up to today and the rumours we’ve added at the start of this article. For those who have asked why we sometimes go for weeks with little update on the rumours, we do not approach our sources for regular updates, preferring to let them share with us when they are ready. We do pass information along as we are getting it, and welcome you to check in for updates regularly, as at this point we expect the announcement to be a little ways off yet. The rumours above do not come from one single source. Here at U2Songs we do prefer multiple sources before publishing information, and the rumours we’ve shared above come from a combination of sources, many of whom have been able to share reliable information with our site in the past. We prefer to be correct than to be the first to report on things. But as reliable as we believe these sources to be, the tour has yet to be officially announced, and we’d like to remind you one additional time, that this information, including dates and cities, is still subject to change, and the band has made changes right up until the week before an announcement in the past. You should not use this information to book travel or accommodations.

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A New(er) Pressing of U218 Singles

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2019-05-28)

One new release snuck by us. In late 2017 there was another release of U218 Singles with some differences from earlier pressings – but the album contains the same audio mix and the same catalog numbers. Lets take a look back at the other two known versions on vinyl first, before looking at the newer release.

In 2006 the album was first released, and there was only one pressing released, made in Europe. That album came with the following characteristics:

  • Sticker on the front cover was attached to the cover itself.
  • Album had a matte sleeve
  • The vinyl did not contain a download card
  • The vinyl had small logos for Island and Mercury Records on the back of the album
  • UPC had larger font for numbers
  • Catalog number on the spine is grey.

The matrices for my copy of this release are as follows:

  • Side A: 1713550-A-1
  • Side B: 1713550-B-1
  • Side C: 1713550-C-2
  • Side D: 1713550-D-1


IMAGE: 2006 Initial Pressing of U218 Singles on Vinyl

Sometime after that initial run sold out, Universal began to reprint the album, and when doing so the sleeve was changed slightly, the big visible change was the logos on the back of the album, the Island and Mercury logos were now much larger. A full run down of the characteristics of the album included:

  • Sticker on the front cover was attached to the cover itself.
  • Album has a matte sleeve (lighter in colour than before)
  • The vinyl did not contain a download card.
  • The vinyl had large logos for Island and Mercury Records on the back of the album
  • UPC had larger font for numbers.
  • Catalog number on the spine is grey.

The matrices for my copy of this pressing are as follows:

  • Side A: 1713550-A-3 BG
  • Side B: 1713550-B-1
  • Side C: 1713550-C-2
  • Side D: 1713550-D-1


IMAGE: 2011-2017 Pressings of U218 Singles on Vinyl

Although we don’t know the exact year that this second pressing was initially done, we know that collectors were able to buy it in 2011, and 2014 as well as 2016. In fact until recently copies were still being seen on store shelves. It is likely that there may have been multiple pressings, all using the new back cover with the larger logos for Island and Mercury. The album was being kept in print, and some stores are still stocking copies of this pressing of the album, which may be why its taken a while before a new pressing was noticed.

Just recently however, a new version was released. We believe it was issued in late 2017, and while we can confirm that it was definitely released that year we do not have an exact release date. This time the matte cover is gone, replaced by a shiny black cover. The logos on the back have gone back to their original size that the were on the first pressing, and the UPC has been changed, the number is the same but the font is now smaller. But the album is also now packaged with a download card, to download an digital version of the album.

  • No sticker is present on the front cover
  • Album has a shiny sleeve
  • The vinyl now contains a download card
  • The vinyl had the smaller logos for Island and Mercury Records on the back of the album
  • UPC has a smaller font for the numbers.
  • Catalog number on the spine is white.

The matrices for my copy of this pressing are as follows:

  • Side A: 1713550-A 156821E1/A3 CB/SS 1713550-A
  • Side B: 1713550-B 156821E2/A2 CB/SS 1713550-B
  • Side C: 1713550-C 156821E3/A2 CB/SS 1713550-C
  • Side D: 1713550-D 156821E4/A1 CB/SS 1713550-D


IMAGE: 2011-2017 Pressings of U218 Singles on Vinyl

There is another difference with this release. Instead of the vinyl coming packaged inside the interior sleeves as it did in both of the earlier copies, the vinyl in this new pressing comes packaged in generic black paper inner sleeves, and the two picture inner sleeves are packaged in the center of the gatefold insead. If you are trying to find a copy of this newest pressing, it is most recognizable by the different font for the numbers in the UPC, and the fact that there is no hype sticker attached to the front of the vinyl.

As well the vinyl included in the set appears to be a bit heavier than that of the earlier pressings. We are still confirming if this is indeed the case, as all three should be 180g vinyl. But it does appear to be slightly heavier in this newer set. We’ll check out the actual weights as we can, but the newer set feels slightly thicker and thus heavier.

The digital files that come with the download code are through redeem.thesoundofvinyl.com – the same location all of the releases since 2017’s release of How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb have been distributed. Those files were created in November 2017, likely before this new pressing on vinyl was issued. In fact looking at the other releases in this series, it was likely that this vinyl was first distributed to stores the week of Black Friday, so likely November 24, 2017. We spoke to our sources at Universal-Island and we confirmed that there was indeed a refreshed copy of the vinyl issued, but it uses the same audio mix as the previous pressings, and was not remastered. Indeed, the booklet makes no mention of any update to the release.

Earlier in 2017, the band had reissued How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb and War on vinyl. The 30th anniversary issue of The Joshua Tree had been released in the summer. But it had appeared to us at the time that there had not been a release later in the year. It appears that there actually was. In 2018 there were releases in April, July, September and November. In 2019 so far there have been releases in February and one set for June.

With this release, as well as the earlier releases the vinyl reissues and reissues in full have been:

  • March 31, 2017: Black vinyl release of How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb and War [Link]
  • June 2, 2017: Black vinyl release of The Joshua Tree (30th Anniversary Edition) on black vinyl. [Link]
  • November 24, 2017: Black vinyl release of U218 Singles on black vinyl.
  • April 13: 2018: Black vinyl release of All That You Can’t Leave Behind, Wide Awake in America and Pop [Link]
  • July 27, 2018: Black vinyl release of The Best of 1980 – 1990, Zooropa and Achtung Baby [Link]
  • September 28, 2018: Black vinyl reissue of The Best of 1990 – 2000 [Link]
  • October 12, 2018: Blue vinyl release of Zoroopa [Link]
  • November 23, 2018: Gold vinyl release of The Joshua Tree [Link]
  • February 22, 2019: Black and clear vinyl release of No Line on the Horizon [Link]
  • June 7, 2019: Wine-coloured release of The Unforgettable Fire and red vinyl release of How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb [Link]

Copies of The Unforgettable Fire, Boy, and October, on black vinyl have been kept in print since their last releases. In early 2019 another version of Rattle and Hum appeared with a download card as well, but it appears to be the same physically as the 2002 release. A remaster of Rattle and Hum was done for iTunes in 2017, and there were plans to release that on vinyl last October, but that release was pushed back in favour of the colour vinyl and to date has not been rescheduled.

We would like to take a moment to thank Leo de Cort and Agustin at U2Argentina for their assistance with this article. We are working on scans of all three versions of the vinyl and should have them in the discography by the end of the week.

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Unreleased Pavarotti and Bono Duet Available Today!

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2019-05-22)

Bono and Pavarotti performed together in 2003 at a concert in Italy in aid of Iraqi refugees, the SOS Iraq Benefit. They performed “Miserere,” joined by Zucchero, and Bono also performed on “Ave Maria” with Pavarotti, and later sang “One.” Sixteen years later the performance of Bono and Pavarotti on “Ave Maria” is now being released as part of the soundtrack to the new Ron Howard directed documentary, Pavarotti. The song has never been commercially released before in its original form. The song is now available on streaming services and can be downloaded instantly when purchasing the album as a pre-order on many services. The soundtrack will also contain the previously released live version of “Miss Sarajevo” featuring Bono, The Edge, and Brian Eno, recorded at the 1995 Pavarotti and Friends concert. The album will also feature a performance of “Miserere” with Andrea Bocelli and Zucchero, a song that was co-written by Bono.

In 2005, a remixed version of “Ave Maria” featuring Pavarotti and Bono was released as a B-Side to the single, “Sometimes You Can’t Make it On Your Own“. This is not that remix by Jacknife Lee. This newly released track is the original recording of the song as it was performed in concert. It is a live recording of that performance.

The song can be heard now on Spotify and Apple now. The track runs 04:02 in length. We will update our discography shortly with these new tracks.

The full track listing on the soundtrack includes the following tracks:

  • Turandot: “Nessun dorma!” (Live) – Luciano Pavarotti, The John Alldis Choir, Wandsworth School Boys Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra & Zubin Mehta
  • Voce ‘e notte – Luciano Pavarotti, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna & Giancarlo Chiaramello
  • La fille du régiment: “Pour mon âme quel destin” – Luciano Pavarotti, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden & Richard Bonynge
  • L’elisir d’amore: “Una furtiva lagrima” – Luciano Pavarotti, English Chamber Orchestra & Richard Bonynge
  • Aida: “Celeste Aida” – Luciano Pavarotti, Wiener Volksopernorchester & Leone Magiera
  • Me voglio fa’ ‘na casa (Arr. Chiaramello) – Luciano Pavarotti, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna & Anton Guadagno
  • Rigoletto: “Questa o quella” – Luciano Pavarotti, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden & Sir Edward Downes
  • Rigoletto: “La donna è mobile” – Luciano Pavarotti, London Symphony Orchestra & Richard Bonynge
  • La Bohème: “O soave fanciulla” – Luciano Pavarotti, Mirella Freni, Berlin Philharmonic & Herbert von Karajan
  • Tosca: “E lucevan le stelle” – Luciano Pavarotti, The National Philharmonic Orchestra & Nicola Rescigno
  • Pagliacci: “Vesti la giubba” (Live) – Luciano Pavarotti, The Philadelphia Orchestra & Riccardo Muti
  • Silenzio cantatore – Luciano Pavarotti, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna & Giancarlo Chiaramello
  • ‘A vucchella (Live) – Luciano Pavarotti & John Wustman
  • La traviata: “Libiamo ne’ lieti calici” (Brindisi) – Luciano Pavarotti, Dame Joan Sutherland, The London Opera Chorus, The National Philharmonic Orchestra & Richard Bonynge
  • ‘O sole mio (Live) – José Carreras, Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Orchestra of the Rome Opera House, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino & Zubin Mehta
  • Manon Lescaut: “Donna non vidi mai” (Live) – Luciano Pavarotti, Philharmonia Orchestra & Leone Magiera
  • Miss Sarajevo (Live) – Brian Eno, Bono, The Edge, Luciano Pavarotti, Orchestra Filarmonica Di Torino & Michael Kamen
  • Pietà, Signore (Live) – Luciano Pavarotti & John Wustman
  • Turandot: “Nessun dorma!” (Live) – Luciano Pavarotti, Orchestra of the Rome Opera House, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino & Zubin Mehta
  • Ave Maria, dolce Maria (Arr. Chiaramello) [Live] – Luciano Pavarotti, Andreas Vollenweider, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna & Leone Magiera
  • Miserere (Live) – Andrea Bocelli & Zucchero
  • Ave Maria, D. 839 (Live) – Luciano Pavarotti, Bono & Leone Magiera

The full album is being released on Decca Music on June 7, 2019. It will be released in digital formats for purchases online and streaming, as well as in CD format. A vinyl format is not expected. The film itself, Pavarotti, directed by Ron Howard will be released on the same day, and from trailers we know that Bono will make an appearance in the film as well.

A second release from Pavarotti that same day is titled Pavarotti’s Greatest Hits and features the studio version of “Miss Sarajevo” done under the band name Passengers, with U2 and Brian Eno. This is the radio edit version of the song at 4:32 in length. That compilation will also feature the Bono co-written track as performed by Zucchero and Pavarotti, a live version of the song at 04:16 in length.

The full press release for the album is as follows:

On June 7, in conjunction with the theatrical release of the highly anticipated Ron Howard-directed documentary “Pavarotti,” Decca Records will release the original soundtrack, Pavarotti: Music From The Motion Picture, as well as a new 3-CD best of collection titled Pavarotti: The Greatest Hits from Decca/UMe. Pre-order Pavarotti: Music From The Motion Picture HERE and Pavarotti: The Greatest Hits HERE.

The complementary releases both feature previously unreleased music and superstar duets with the likes of Bono, Elton John, James Brown, Lou Reed, and more.

Pavarotti: Music from the Motion Picture draws from Pavarotti’s rich recorded catalog and follows the arc of the film. It features selections from operas such as “Turandot,” “La bohème,” “Aida,” “Tosca” and more as well as Italian songs and collaborations with friends such as Plácido Domingo, José Carreras (”‘O sole mio,” “Nessun dorma”), U2, Brian Eno, Passengers (“Miss Sarajevo”), and others. Touchingly, the complete recording of Puccini’s “Donna non vidi mai,” which Pavarotti dedicated to Princess Diana, is included. In addition to a special unreleased song with Andrea Bocelli, the soundtrack also features Pavarotti’s duet of “Ave Maria” with Bono, available for the first time commercially. The song, recorded live during the 2003 “Pavarotti & Friends for SOS Iraq” benefit concert in Modena, Italy, is available now for streaming and as an instant grat download with digital pre-order.

Pavarotti’s incredible repertoire can be explored in further depth with the new three-disc/digital best of collection, Pavarotti: The Greatest Hits, which serves as a companion to the soundtrack and film. The anthology features 67 of the world-renowned tenor’s most well-known recordings and collaborations and includes the best of his “Opera Arias,” “Italian Songs & Sacred Arias” and “Great Duets.” Fittingly opening with his iconic performance of “Nessun dorma,” the “Opera Arias” disc spans the opera legend’s entire career and includes beloved performances from “La bohéme,” “Rigoletto,” “Pagliacci,” “Tosca,” “Carmen” and “Madama Butterfly.” More than 20 of Pavarotti’s most powerful works including “O Sole Mio,” “Caruso,” “Volare,” “O Holy Night,” “Mama” and “Funiculì, funiculà” are collected together on “Italian Songs & Sacred Arias.”

The set is rounded out with a series of “Great Duets” that showcases The People’s Tenor performing captivating duets with a who’s who of musical superstars, including Andrea Bocelli, Céline Dion, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Mariah Carey, Stevie Wonder and more. Exclusive to the album are five previously unreleased duets with some of the biggest names in music: Barry White, James Brown, Lou Reed, Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor, and Sting. Having recently been unearthed and remastered, these tracks, recorded live at the “Pavarotti & Friends” concerts, the series of star-studded benefit performances hosted by Pavarotti in his home town of Modena, Italy between 1992 and 2003, provide a poignant reminder of Pavarotti’s compassion, humanity and enduring relationships with so many comparable stars from the world of popular entertainment. Never before, or since, has an operatic superstar made such an impact. That was the special genius of Pavarotti.

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The Joshua Tree 2017: Live from Mexico City Film

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2019-05-18)

One of the most common questions we are getting these days is what has happened to the home video releases from the last two tours. We are still being told that both will be released. There are still plans to get these out. And we are told that The Joshua Tree 2017: Live from Mexico City will likely be the first one to be released. While we haven’t had any new information for a while, other than it should be announced soon, we wanted to take a look back at what is expected, what we have heard so far, and maybe add a few interesting tidbits about other things.

In September 2017, we were able to reveal that Anton Corbijn had been selected to film The Joshua Tree 2017 tour and would film shows on the upcoming leg of the tour. It was Anton who had photographed U2 in locations just outside Death Valley and at Zabriskie Point in 1986 for use on the cover of the original album, The Joshua Tree. And it was Anton who the band turned to and asked to create the backing video for the 2017 anniversary tour celebrating The Joshua Tree. Anton is not just a photographer, although he’s worked extensively in that capacity with U2. He has also worked in music videos, feature films, and even in concert films, having been the director on Depeche Mode’s Devotional film in 1993 and Live in Berlin in 2014.


IMAGE: Still from Anton Corbijn’s backing films for The Joshua Tree 2017 Tour (Click to enlarge)

Pre-production work for the film may have started as early as the second leg in Europe. The first night in Amsterdam a promotional video was filmed by an unknown director, for “You’re the Best Thing About Me”, which has never been released. The venue had ballast added to block out light from above and to provide a darker atmosphere for filming. Corbijn was present that night and was seen taking notes as the concert progressed. The second night was also filmed in Amsterdam, and we were told it was preliminary footage to see how the screen could be captured for film. Corbijn was present but did not seem to be working that evening.

Corbijn was seen on September 19 at a show in Glendale, Arizona, working at the B-Stage of the stage. He was working with a small camera rig, and only worked at the B-Stage itself. He was later seen watching the show from the mix desk and again taking notes as the show progressed. He was also working the B-Stage at the show later in San Diego. Again his focus was at the B-Stage, although it appeared that some additional cameras had been installed at the main stage among the lighting for the stage as well.

Bono would tell fans outside the stadium in Mexico that the two shows there were being filmed for a home video release. The Edge also confirmed that the shows were being filmed for the home video market, telling the newspaper Reforma “We decided to film the DVD (Joshua Tree Tour 2017) here and also the video of our new single because it is important to let the world know that the energy of this country is inexhaustible and fabulous”. Corbijn was present in Mexico and both of the shows were filmed in full.


IMAGE: Flying Camera used during Mexico Shows. Photo by AJS. (Click to enlarge)

In Mexico there were additional cameras visible throughout the venue. This included a camera that ‘flew’ over the crowd suspended from three cranes (two on either side of the stage and one at the rear). There were cameras elevated on either side of the audience nearly parallel to the tree stage, and another two sets just back from the corner of the stage on either side, and other cameras were noticed throughout the two nights including some hand held cameras in the crowd.

There were filming notices throughout all of the shows in South America, and we can confirm that band filmed two shows in Buenos Aires and the show in Bogota, as well as shows in Sao Paulo. One of the camera men was asked about the video in Brazil and he claimed that the home video release would include shots from most of the South American shows including the four in Brazil, suggesting all of the shows this leg have been filmed.


IMAGE: Camera crew near the front of the Stage on Adam’s side. Photo by AJS. (Click to enlarge)

These shows were filmed in October, and the promotion for the release of Songs of Experience was underway at that time. The first single had been released, and the band were gearing up for the release of the album. The video release was never planned to happen before the album promotion was finished, and indeed, was planned to wait until after the tour had finished. Anton initially worked on the film for a Fall 2018 release date. Steve Lillywhite was brought in to work on the soundtrack for the film, mixing and producing the live music in the late summer last year. We have been told that the film will be based around footage from Mexico and San Diego. The footage from Mexico will be used for the wide shots, and for the main stage footage. while the footage from the B-Stage will mostly be from footage filmed in San Diego. Originally the plans for 2018 included a tour of Australia after the completion of the Experience and Innocence tour, and we were told at the time that the film would be tied into that tour.

We received confirmation that the tour plans for 2018 would end with the European shows, and the stadium tour rumoured for Australia would be put on hold. Shortly after that news we also received confirmation that the release of the video would not happen in late 2018. Which brings us to today. We expect that tour of Australia is finally being announced on Monday, and we are still hopeful that the film will be released and will be used for some promotional tie-ins to the tour.


IMAGE: Crane supporting ‘flying’ camera on Adam’s Side in Mexico. Photo by AJS. (Click to enlarge)

Isn’t it odd to release a video while a tour is still underway? Not always. U2 has done it on a few occasions. The 2010 release of “360 Live from the Rosebowl” happened before the 2010 leg in Europe, and the 2011 leg in North America had started. And it was released before the Australian leg of the tour was even announced and sold. The video filmed in Chicago for the Vertigo tour was also released prior to U2’s visit to Australia. Even the video filmed in Boston for the Elevation tour was released before the Elevation tour was finished. So it has happened before.

At an event in December 2018, Corbijn mentioned that the film was almost complete and would be released in 2019. U2Tour.de reported that Anton said, “U2 – yeah, that’s sort of in the finishing stages. And that should be released in 2019. It’s a concert film with bits at the front and bits at the back that are different.” He also confirmed that it would be a concert film, not a documentary. Corbijn would later also confirm that the plan was to show the film in limited theatres, on the big screen, prior to a home video release.


IMAGE: Selfie after a day of work in California (Source: Anton Corbijn, Instagram) (Click to enlarge)

We know that additional material was worked on throughout 2018 for this release. Anton filmed the band in California in May 2018. From this photo shoot, the new promotional shot of the band walking in the desert originated. Anton had published a selfie with the band at the shoot, and the clothing is the same as what was used in this new promotional shot. No word confirming that the band actually revisited the original tree, but its a fun thought to wonder about for now. The photo was taken not by Corbijn, but by Ross Andrew Stewart, who was with them that day. (The band were between Innocence and Experience shows in California and Nebraska when the selfie was published on Instagram.) They were joined at that shoot by Hoyte Van Hoytema, a cinematographer.


IMAGE: Leaked image from The Joshua Tree 2019 Promotion (Leaked on Ticketmaster Australia) (Click to enlarge)

How might the theatre release work? Depeche Mode did something similar with their Live in Berlin concert video, which was also directed by Corbijn. That film was launched with theatre screenings in select cities around the world. That included over 40 cinemas in Germany where the concert had been filmed. The film previews were held in the weeks before the home video was released, with showings starting on October 28 in Germany, and as late as the week prior to release in Los Angeles. The release of the home video was November 17. The version that aired in cinema was missing some of the content that would be in the home video release. So even if the film version is going into theatres, it may follow quickly after with a home video release.

We can’t say for sure when the video is coming. But we have spoken to some of our sources and they expect that it will be announced soon, and do not expect that the announcement of a new leg of The Joshua Tree Tour to hold up releasing this video, which they have told is complete and approved. In fact one source commented to us that it would be the perfect way to draw attention to a new leg of the tour.

Many thanks to Joe and Benji for some of the inspiration this week to put this together. We realise it doesn’t answer the question of when it will be released, but we hope it does provide some insight into the project and where it may currently sit.


IMAGE: Still from Anton Corbijn’s backing films for The Joshua Tree 2017 Tour (Click to enlarge)

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Adam Clayton interviewed on The Tommy Tiernan Show

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2019-05-12)

Last night on RTÉ One television in Ireland, Adam Clayton appeared with Tommy Tiernan for a half hour interview. Tiernan hosts The Tommy Tiernan Show on RTÉ which is currently in its third season. The chat show is based around the premise that the host and the audience have no idea who the guests will be on the show before the guest actually walks out on the stage. The interviews are done on the spot and done without any prepared interview questions. The show is filmed Studio 4 at the RTÉ Television Centre in Donnybrook, Ireland. The show is pre-taped, so we do not know exactly when the show was filmed, but it was definitely held after the U2 appearance at the 3 Arena in November. The show was advertising for audience members in late January 2019 for season three, so it is likely that the filming took place in February or early March as the show tapes a season over several weeks, and usually begins taping shortly after the call for an audience. Below we are able to present a short transcription of the start of the interview. This is not the entire interview, but that should be available through the RTÉ site shortly.

The most obvious question to ask a bass player is what do you do?

Adam: I’m a little nervous tonight but at least I know who I am.

You are just off the road?

Adam: Since November. In fact I think we were in the 3 Arena and we were hoping you might come along so…

There was a lot of traffic in from Galway that night, so I wasn’t able to make it. When do you need to tour again? Or do you ever need to tour?

Adam: You mean like that kind of itch that needs to be scratched? I don’t know. It’ll be when we make a record. When you’re excited about the songs. We get fed up being around each other for a year or so whenever we make a record. And when we feel like we’ve got some songs to go back out on the road with. You know, when you feel you want it. Sometimes you don’t want to go out there when people feel you’ve only just gone away.

Is there a lot of pressure in being in U2 in terms of being popular

Adam: Not anymore. Now for me its amazing that we’ve had—I mean don’t tell anyone—40 years of being in this band that grew up in Dublin. We had dreams of making records, touring the world, and that was for one album. And now it’s 14 or 15 albums and we’re still doing it. Lots of gratitude. I feel like I have friends all over the world. There’s nothing quite like being able to bump into someone, absolute strangers who you don’t know and they tell you the most intimate things about themselves, in a way where they want to share with you, they feel they know you. And you go, thank you. This is the only job, I think, where that happens. It happens to you, I’m sure you meet people and they go ‘I just have to tell you this thing’ and you hear these amazing things, sometimes it is what your songs, your work have done for people. It’s just stuff they tell you. I wouldn’t want to give that up.

As a massive fan of the band there’s a lot of things I’m curious about. I’m sure everyone in Ireland has an opinion on U2 and stuff like that. Can you tell me how the money has changed you? Is it a tension in your life?

Adam: I think it’s always a question when you experience success on that level, financial success and career success, an adjustment has to take place. I’m not sure if we’ve always dealt with it as well as we can. It’s allowed us to live amazing lives. It’s allowed us to experience amazing things. We’ve been very lucky because we’ve been able to do great things with it. One of the things we’re most proud of as a band is the Music Generation initiative that the Irish government and ourselves have been able to achieve in Ireland. There are those things where just occasionally where you can make a difference.

Tell me about those? About that?

We met this amazing woman called Rosemary Malloy, and she told us there was very little funding or money for people in school. We had to start small because it was based on how much money you could put into it it. Gradually we got two or three counties, and it’s been rolled out for kids across the country. It’s stuff like that where you see children from all around the country that didn’t have access to music tuition, expressing themselves through music, having access to music. In some ways more than anything else that’s the proudest achievement for the band.

Really?

Adam: Absolutely.

In terms of creation of new work. To what lengths do you have to go to as artists to find the place where original new music comes from? For example, The Unforgettable Fire is such an important album, at that time U2 were taking chances, there was something very strange going on with that album that seemed to work, it was incoherently coherent or something. It spoke of spirit. I’m so curious about how you access that creativity. What you have to do? And are you prepared to pay the price each time to do it?

Adam: I think so. I think it’s not worth it if you don’t do that. In some ways for me, each record is a progress report, of how far you’ve come in your life, how you are doing. Music is a mystical thing. You can’t dial it in. You have to connect with it. Sometimes a song like “One” — if you were a musicologist and examined why that worked — you’d say it didn’t have the right structure, but it had something, it had that thing that you mentioned. The songs of The Unforgettable Fire, one of my favorite records, they have something, there’s an inarticulateness to it that allows the spirit to soar. We are part intellect, part spirit, part physical. And music seems to water the spiritual part of us.

Is there a sense that you put yourselves under an awful lot of pressure to be successful. To be relevant. And that sometimes, that desire for commercial success can put too much pressure on the adventure. Trying to be successful is a very different venture than trying to explore.

Adam: Yeah, we’re not part of a knitting circle. You’re trying to work in an area where being successful is one aspect of it. You want people to be interested. You want to be relevant. You want to have some kind of a cultural connection. Now U2, we’ve been through various different cycles. I don’t know what the next cycle will be. Maybe being successful or commercial in that sense is going to be less important to us. Art and commerce, there’s always a little bit of a rub, and I think we’ve come through it pretty well actually. When we put out songs like “With or Without You” they were, at the time, not obvious songs the radio was going to play. We try to walk that line of connecting, but also things that are fresh to your ear. And that is part of the challenge. It’s the difference between fine art and commercial art I guess.

It’s wonderful to hear you speak that’s not often…

Adam: It’s great to be here on my own.

I’m getting a very strong sense of Leonard Cohen off of you…

Adam: That’ll be the hair. You think I’m taller.

Just a sense of calm, of gentleness, and manners.

Adam: I wasn’t always like that. I was a brat. I couldn’t wait to get out of school, quick enough. I think you and I have similar experiences there, we were in boarding schools, I hated it. And the world was too small for me. I wanted to get going. I was incredibly lucky. I left this somewhat removed boarding school, I met these three amazing guys in Mount Temple Comprehensive. My first term there I thought, I’m going to get beaten up, I’m the guy arriving in the middle of year, I come from Malahide, I have a posh accent, they are going to hate me. I thought, I’m just going to try to get on with everybody, make myself stand out a little bit. I didn’t get beaten up too much. I met these three guys, they were interested in forming a band. Turns out one of them is a great singer, one of them is a great guitar player, one of them is a great drummer. So we took on the world.

Back in 1976 in Dublin, if anyone can remember, it was a dark grim city. The pirate radio was just starting to make it seem interesting. It was the three day week, it was the petrol crisis. There wasn’t a lot going on for you if you were 17 or 18. We threw ourselves into the band. Because I didn’t have any academic ability, I became the manager, briefly, briefly…we found Paul McGuinness, and he became the real manager. We just worked really hard. We worked really hard at what we believed in, which was that music could be our thing, that we could connect with people. We looked about going to the UK, but we didn’t really fit in there. It was all a bit grim and indie. We thought no, we’d go to America. We sort of leap-frogged and we focused on America, we found Americans were quite nice people, and they had this great music tradition, and they liked Irish people. And we said, ok, we’ll spend some time here. It grew from that.

The rest of the interview deals with Adam’s issues with addiction, and is a very open and honest conversation about the subject. If you get a chance we suggest you take an opportunity to watch the broadcast which will eventually show up on the RTÉ Player for viewing. Many thanks to Lisa for the above, we certainly thank you for the time spent on this.

More information about the interview can be found in today’s press at the links below:

A small clip from the show is also embedded below:


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Where the Shadows Fall Released in Film

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2019-04-29)

Today saw the release of the Lian Lunson directed film, Waiting for the Miracle to Come. The movie features a new song written by Bono, “Where the Shadows Fall,” which is performed over the end credits of the film by Willie Nelson with backing vocals by Bono. Bono also is credited with the music for the “Theme Orchestration,” performed in the film by Richard Souther. Bono is also listed as an executive producer of the film. The song, and film, debuted at the Austin Film Festival in October 2018. The film was released today in honour of Willie Nelson’s 86th birthday.

The film is available now at Amazon, Google Play and iTunes. The links here point to the USA stores, but the film is also available in Canada. At this time it has not been released outside of North America and an international release date will be announced soon. A physcial DVD is now available through Amazon US. The song is currently only available as part of the film, and has not been released separate at this time.

The lyrics for this new Bono penned song are as follows:

Where the Shadows Fall
Lyrics by Bono and Simon Carmody

The desert rose can take the cold
And I can take the growing old
But I ache tonight
For an abandoned memory
That could have kept me company
In the dying of the light.

The ghost town that’s inside of me
The spirits that divided me
The dark and its daylight

I…I didn’t mean to leave you
Where the shadows fall
I…I didn’t mean to leave you
Where the shadows fall
I didn’t mean to leave you at all

whispers:
[…found this book by the packaging
of understanding
i could really make it a virtue…
]

True love has the sweetest tooth
Very little use for truth
But it’s fearless
The sorrow is sweet when it’s in rhyme
The broken words
The life of crime
In a summer dress

Tonight I wish I didn’t dare
That I didn’t see what isn’t there
With such clearness

I…I didn’t mean to leave you
Where the shadows fall
I…I didn’t mean to leave you
Where the shadows fall
I didn’t mean to leave you at all…

The song was produced by Andy Barlow, who also provides keyboards on the track. Barlow, best known for his work with the band Lamb, recently worked with U2 on the album Songs of Experience as a producer, and has been working with the band as a producer / mixer on the recent U2 tours as well. Barlow brought equipment with him to work with and record the band as they toured. Barlow is credited on the songs “Love is All We Have Left” (production and mixing), “Book of Your Heart” (production and mixing), “Red Flag Day (Production), “The Little Things that Give You Away” (produced with Jolyon Thomas), and “Landlady” (produced with Ryan Tedder) from U2’s most recent album.

Guitar is provided on the song by another long standing member of the U2 recording team, Declan Gaffney. Gaffney has been working with U2 as a recording engineer on projects including No Line on the Horizon, including many of their recordings since that album. Harmonica on the track is provided by long time Willie Nelson collaborator, Mickey Raphael, who also performed on “Slow Dancing”. “Where the Shadows Fall” was recorded using Barlow’s mobile recording studio, and mixed at The Lookout Studio. Mastering was done by Scott Sedillo at Bernie Grundman Studios.

Simon Carmody, listed as a co-writer of the song, is a long time collaborator with Bono. He has co-written a number of songs for other artists to sing, including the song “Streets of Surrender (S.O.S.)“ recorded by Zucchero, “I Am the Blues“ recorded by Johnny Hallyday, “Sugar Daddy

“Where the Shadows Fall” features Bono on backing vocal, and is the only song in the film to feature a member of U2 in the recording. However, as mentioned above, Bono also contributed to the writing of the “Theme Orchestration” for the film.

The full credits for these two songs are as follows:

Theme Orchestration
Music by Bono. Arrangement and Performed by Richard Souther

Where the Shadows Fall
Music by Bono
Lyrics by Bono & Simon Carmody
Vocals by Willie Nelson
Backing Vocals by Bono
Produced by Andy Barlow
Guitar by Declan Gaffney
Keyboards by Andy Barlow
Harmonica by Mickey Raphael
Mixed at The Lookout Studio
Mastered by Scott Sedillo at Bernie Grundman
Used under arrangement with Legacy Recordings a division of Sony Music Entertainment (p) 2015 Sony Music Entertainment

The film is available now on iTunes and Amazon in North America. A DVD has also been released through Amazon in the USA. Additional physical formats for the movie are planned including a “Blue-Ray Collectors Edition DVD” and a special concert edition DVD, but further details have not yet been announced on these formats. Further information is available from the film website.

Further Information:

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“Mystify: Michael Hutchence” Debuts

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2019-04-27)

Mystify: Michael Hutchence, a documentary about INXS front man Michael Hutchence premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York this week. The film, directed by Richard Lowenstein, debuted on Thursday night at the Festival. Lowenstein, a long time collaborator with Hutchence and INXS, also worked with U2 on a number of videos including “Desire” and “Angel of Harlem.” In recent years Lowenstein has turned to filmmaking with a focus on the Australian music scene. Hutchence at one time had been the lead in Lowenstein’s film Dogs in Space.

The documentary is just shy of two hours, and features personal footage from friends and family including band members, family, record producers, and girlfriends. It also makes use of footage from concerts, interview footage from the press, and interviews with people who knew Hutchence. The interview with Bono was the first interview collected for the film, which has been ten years in the making. Bono was interviewed in 2010 as the band visited Australian on the U2360 tour.

Hutchence was the front man for INXS, and also had a solo recording career until his death at the age of 37 in 1997. Hutchence was close to Bono, and they often would hang out together. Leaving an album of solo material unfinished when he died, Bono would contribute vocals to the song “Slide Away” on the 1999 release, Micheal Hutchence. The song “Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of” was also written for Hutchence.

Others interviewed include Kylie Minogue, Helena Christensen, INXS band members Andrew Farriss, Jon Farriss, and Tim Farriss, Kirk Pengilly, family members Tina and Rhett Hutchence, and many others. Interviews are conducted off screen, you hear those being interviewed over top of footage of Hutchence, a choice Lowenstein made to keep the images from the 1980s, and to not interupt the “time capsule” look of the older footage.

Quoted in The Sydney Morning Herald, Lowenstein said, “I look at some of the dramas or the documentaries and I think that’s not the person I knew. There’s images of him, but they don’t seem to portray the person I knew, the humble shy person who would turn into a rock star on stage but then come off and be this completely natural person.”

The film had its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival on Thursday night, and has additional showings throughout the weekend. It is debuting in Canada at the Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto on Sunday night. The film will be released in Australian cinemas on July 4. The documentary will also be shown on BBC Two, but a date for that premiere on television has yet to be announced – the documentary has been co-produced by the BBC along with Screen Australia, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

A soundtrack being released through Petrol Records will include unheard Micheal Hutchence tracks, but a track listing has not yet been announced. Release is expected to happen in July to coincide with the Australian screen debut. The film credits the music in the film to Hutchence himself, Andrew Farriss of INXS, longtime Hutchence collaborator Ollie Olsen, and Warren Ellis who compiled the original score for the documentary.

For those wishing to read more about the film you can follow them on different social media channels:

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/mystify_mh
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/mystify_mh
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mystifymh

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Recent Screen Prints by White Duck Editions

Original Story by Aaron Sams (2019-04-10)

We’ve been told that not only is there a Record Store Day release of “The Europa EP” this Saturday, but that there will also be a run of T-Shirts and prints showcasing the artwork from the EP. These should be announced and be on sale later this week.

U2 has been doing a number of screen prints of late, a more reasonable priced version of art than the lithographs they’ve sold in the past, but of a better quality than a poster would be. They’ve been using the print studio White Duck Editions for the last year to produce beautiful limited art prints. White Duck was established in 2005 in the UK, and has become a well respected producer of art for musicians such as Arcade Fire and The Rolling Stones as well as working with artists and illustrators on unique prints. The screen printing process that they are using is done by hand, and results in some gorgeous prints.


IMAGE: Experience + Innocence Tour Prints (Photos courtesy White Duck Editions)

Their work with U2 started with the city prints that were sold on the European leg of the 2018 dates of the Experience and Innocence tour. Each of these limited prints was initially only available at the concerts, but a limited number were later made available at U2.Com. Each of these tour prints were printed at A2 size, in three colours, on a 270gsm cover stock. Each city print was limited and each copy is individually hand numbered. The runs were as follows for these concerts:

  • Madrid, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Amsterdam: 150 prints
  • Lisbon, Manchester, London and Belfast: 200 prints
  • Berlin, Cologne and Milan: 300 prints
  • Dublin: 400 prints
  • Paris: 800 prints

Many of these sold out at the shows, but prints from Berlin, Cologne, Paris, Lisbon, Madrid, Copenhagen, Hamburg and Milan were eventually made available online. (Berlin, Hamburg and Madrid have since sold out but the others are still available.)


IMAGE: U2.Com Prints for Vinyl Releases (Photos courtesy White Duck Editions)

U2.Com have also moved into producing these in limited quantities for the website store. The first release of these were three bundles where you could get a T-shirt and a limited screen print of one of three designs. The designs included the artwork from the “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me” single released for the Black Friday Record Store Day event last fall and designs celebrating the release of Zooropa and The Joshua Tree on coloured vinyl last fall. The descriptions of these items from the U2.Com store are as follows:

  • “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me” hand screen print on superfine acid-free white paper, hand numbered out of 150 editions. Size A2 (420 × 594 mm).
  • Zooropa hand screen print on superfine acid-free royal blue paper, hand numbered out of 150 editions. Size A2 (420 × 594 mm).
  • The Joshua Tree hand screen print on metallic gold board, hand numbered out of 150 editions. Size A2 (420 × 594 mm).


IMAGES: Printing “Hold Me, Thrill Me”, Numbers on No Line, and Printing No Line (Photos courtesy White Duck Editions)

These were sold only in a bundle initially. Both the “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me,” and The Joshua Tree screen prints seem to be sold out at this point. Zooropa is still available in a bundle, and now they have also made the screen print available by itself.


IMAGE: No Line on the Horizon Print (Photo courtesy White Duck Editions)

The next screen print done by White Duck Editions was one to celebrate the 10th anniversary of No Line on the Horizon. That version too is limited to 150 copies, all hand numbered. The description of the print is as follows: “This screen print is a high-end giclée on 300gsm acid-free & archival paper, with metallic silver screen printed typography.” Those are still available at U2.Com as we write this.

Looking forward to seeing the designs done for “The Europa EP” and what the T-shirt and print will look like. We’ll give a shout on our social media channels when we see that they are available.


IMAGE: Berlin Tour Print (Photo courtesy White Duck Editions)

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Introducing “This Day in U2 History”

Original Story by Aaron Sams (2019-04-08)

Yesterday we launched a new piece of the site, the History section. It’s available through the menu at the top of each page, or if you haven’t checked it out, you can check out today’s listings right now. Each page is dedicated to one day of the year. And on that page you will find information from throughout U2’s history that happened on that particular day. On the entry for October 31 you will see that it’s Larry’s birthday, that “Sweetest Thing” peaked at number 3 on the UK charts in 1998, that a reissued version of Achtung Baby was released in 2011, that U2 played a show at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence Rhode Island in 2001, and that we published a news story about the mysterious Songs of Experience letters fans were receiving in 2017. Once on a specific date you can easily surf to the next day or the day before, by clicking the Previous / Next links on each page. The addition to the site uses information from our news archive, our discography and our videos section to populate the individual dates.

There are eight main sections to each page. They only display if there is information present for that section so for those who may wonder here’s the full run down:

World Events:

This will include holidays, events that have happened in Ireland and elsewhere that have shaped U2, birthdays of those associated with U2 such as producers. We’re still populating things in a few areas, so this one may not pop up very often yet.

U2 History On This Day:

This is a place to see general events that happened such as U2 filming videos, winning awards, and reaching a peak position on the charts, as well as birthdays and other events.

U2 Album and EP Releases on This Day:

If there’s an album release, either the original release, or the remastered versions, you’ll see the album cover pop up here as well as information about the album from our discography. As always, you can click on links for additional information. We are only listing the first day of release for each album currently. In the past quite often, albums would be released on different days in different regions. We’ve chosen to list the first day of release throughout the history section.

Notable Single Releases on This Day:

Like the albums, if U2 released a single, we’ll list it here, with the artwork from the cover, and links to the discography. We can only link to releases that we have an exact day and month that they were released, but we’ve spent a number of years researching this and feel that the list you see through the history section will be pretty complete. If you have a question as to what we consider a single, we list those in the discography. It’s been a bit more difficult over the years to classify things with the onset of streaming, but we continue to define a single as a single song that has been commercially released for sale separate from the album, with unique art or other unique defining characteristics.

All Releases Containing U2 on This Day:

This will list not only the albums and singles that show up above, but every other entry that appears in the discography including things like promotional singles, soundtracks, various artist compilations and more. This includes solo work as well as full band projects.

Promotional U2 Videos Released on This Day:

This pulls from our video section, and will list any of those short video clips that U2 make to promote their current single on the day that it was released. If there’s one that was released on the day that you are viewing you’ll also see a screen grab from the video.

U2 Shows on This Day:

You can’t build something like this without looking at the live shows and performances over the years. We’ve done our best to capture them all from 1976 right up to the show Bono gave Christmas Eve outside the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin. It includes solo and band appearances. If it’s a regular tour stop type appearance you’ll get the name of the venue, the city and country, as well as the year it was played. In square brackets you’ll get the name of the artist, U2, The Hype, The Dalton Brothers and Passengers all make an appearance, as do combinations of the boys in solo form. If it’s not a typical tour type stop there will be some additional information about the show and what took place.

Our show data is taken from a few places, with the primary source being the 2002 edition of U2 Live: A Concert Documentary by Pimm Jal De La Parra. That book continues to be a guide to all of U2’s shows, and is highly recommended if you wish to track a copy down. Further information was used from resources at U2Gigs.com, U2Start.com, U2tour.de, atu2.com. We also have to thank Ghostown1976.com for all the effort they have put into looking at the early days of U2’s tours. This has been supplemented with information from our own research on U2’s tours these past 18 years, while contributing to U2Tours, helping with the 2002 update of U2 Live and our team’s own attendance at U2 shows.

News Stories on This Day:

Finally we’ve linked in to our news database to give you stories that were published on each of these days. Admittedly, the coverage in this section is more tilted towards 2000 onward when we started keeping real notes on news over at U2Wanderer.org, but occasionally you’ll see some notable stories from other publications. If it’s an original story from us or from another source they are marked in each entry.

We worked on this with the goal in mind of posting it on our anniversary. There’s a few little things we are still working on and will continue to work on over the next few weeks. If you would like a great example of how it all looks when there has been a lot of activity we suggest a look at November 19, as there were album releases, single releases, and a video released on that day in various years. Another good day is December 1. We hope that you have a bit of fun with it all, whether you choose to look daily, or just pop by to check out a few special days along the way. We’ve added the link to the calendar view of all days at the top of each page, and are working on the integration on the front page. For now the link to find the current day will always be available on the front.

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New U2 Stamp from An Post

Original Story by Aaron Sams (2019-04-03)

An Post, the postal service in Ireland, has announced their upcoming line of collectors edition stamps for the next three months. The stamps, announced yesterday in their quarterly update The Collector, they have announced a special line of stamps celebrating the songs of Ireland. “Irish songs, singers and songwriters have made a huge contribution to Irish life and our national identity over the years. On May 2, we acknowledge this role by issuing a set of four stamps on the theme of ‘Great Irish Songs.’ The stamps are designed to be a further, imaginative way of highlighting the stories with each iconic track while also intensifying our engagement with customers,” writes Aileen Mooney.


IMAGE: 2019 U2 Stamp / Photo: an post

Four songs are featured in the collection including “Danny Boy” by John McCormack, “On Raglan Road” by Luke Kelly, “Dreams” by The Cranberries, and “With or Without You” by U2. The U2 stamp uses a photograph of the band from The Joshua Tree era, printed in gold and black, with white text with the name of the songs. The stamps are designed by a familiar name, AMP Visual Design has designed all four stamps. Each stamp will be printed in multiple colours, and each will include “shiny gold foil” and “phosphor tagging”. Tagging means they are coated with a special coating used to activate automatic mail-handling equipment, which can only be seen under ultraviolet light. Each stamp will be 36mm x 36mm in size.


IMAGE: 2019 U2 Stamp / Photo: an post

Quantities of each stamp produced will vary. The “With or Without You” stamp will be printed with 250,000 copies being made. The “Dreams” stamp will be the next most highly printed with 150,000 copies made. Both the “Danny Boy” and “Raglan Road” stamps will be produced in a smaller 94,000 copies. The “With or Without You” and “Danny Boy” stamps are worldwide stamps, and the “Dreams” and “Raglan Road” stamps are national stamps, noted by the W and N on the stamps themselves. The Worldwide stamps, including the U2 one, carry a price of €1.70 while the national ones are priced lower at €1.00.


IMAGE: 2019 U2 Stamp / Photo: an post

Online orders for the stamps will start to be taken through the irishstamps.ie site later this month.

The U2 stamp is available in three different configurations for order:

  • A single square sheet with sixteen stamps, with four across and four down. (€27.20)
  • A first day cover, which features all four stamps, and these will be cancelled with a post mark on the first day of issue. (€6.40)
  • A collectible pack of “4 stamp discs” with one disc for each stamp. These will be collected in an outer sleeve. (€17.00)

Stamps will also be available for individual sale in post offices once they are released, but you will not be able to buy the single stamp format online.


IMAGE: 2002 U2 Stamp / Photo: InfoBarrel.Com

This is the second time that U2 has been featured on a stamp from An Post. In 2002 there was a series of stamps issued that featured U2 on a stamp by themselves, which carried a price of €0.41. The stamp in 2002 was based on a promotional photograph of the band from 2000 taken by Kevin Westenberg. That set of designs, called “Rock Legends” was designed by d5 Design. They were released on October 17, 2002. The other artists featured in the 2002 were Phil Lynott, Rory Gallagher and Van Morrison.


IMAGE: 2019 U2 Stamp / Photo: an post

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Nine Inch Nails Launches “Strobe Light” (Seed9)

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2019-04-01)

Please note: It is April 1, 2019, and this could be an elaborate April Fool’s Day Joke.

Back on April 1, 2009, Trent Reznor announced a new Nine Inch Nails, Strobe Light, which was due to released with various artists joining Nine Inch Nails. The album was an April Fool’s Day joke, and was never released. The track listing included the following:

  • “Intro Skit”
  • “Everybody’s Doing It” (featuring Chris Martin, Jay-Z AND Bono)
  • “Black T-Shirt”
  • “Pussygrinder” (featuring Sheryl Crow)
  • “Coffin On The Dancefloor”
  • “This Rhythm Is Infected”
  • “Slide To The Dark Side”
  • “Even Closer” (featuring Justin Timberlake and Maynard James Keenan)
  • “On The List (she’s not)”
  • “Clap Trap Crack Slap”
  • “Laid, Paid And Played” (featuring Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas and Al Jourgensen)
  • “Feel Like Being Dead Again”
  • “Still Hurts” (featuring Alicia Keys)
  • “Outro Skit”

Yes, the second track was said to include Chris Martin, Jay-Z, and Bono.

So imagine the surprise this morning when fans of Nine Inch Nails woke up to find that there is an actual Strobe Light album. Appearing on https://seed9.bandcamp.com/ – the album is there will the full tracks as originally listed in 2009. Including “Everybody’s Doing It” featuring Bono, Chris Martin and Jay-Z. This particular track is 05:05 in length, and features samples of “Beautiful Day” by U2 mashed up with tracks from the other artists mentioned and Nine Inch Nails. It’s definitely Bono on the track. The cover art? The same art had been used for the 2009 album announcement.

At this point it is unknown who is responsible for these tracks, but it is possible that Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails may be involved. Trent did remix U2 at one point, back in 2004, providing a remix of U2’s “Vertigo”.

The tracks are hosted on Bandcamp, and are available in mp3 format and uncompressed quality downloads (at other external sites.) The catalog number “Seed 9” follows in a series of catalog numbers used in the past by Nine Inch Nails, for a variety of downloads and torrents that have been released in the past. The last in that series is Seed 8, a Remix EP that was streamed on Beats Music.

We’ll wait till we have additional information about the source of this before adding it to the discography, either as a release, or as a fun oddity and part of a 10 year long April Fool’s Day Prank. If you are interested in the track, I’d grab it today, as if it is a prank it may not be around for much longer.

The original 2009 album announcement read as follows:

To download NIN’s new full-length album Strobe Light, PRODUCED BY TIMBALAND, enter a valid email address in the fields below. A download link will be sent to you immediately. Your credit card will be charged $18.98 plus a $10 digital delivery convenience fee. Your files will arrive as windows media files playable on quite a few players with your name embedded all over them just in case you lose them. You will also receive an exclusive photo and a free email account with our partner Google’s Gmail service. Your email will be kept confidential and will not be used for spam, unless we can make some money selling it.”

Thanks to Mark for flagging this one for us!

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What’s the story with the new version of “Rattle and Hum”?

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2019-03-17)

Early in February we reported that a new version of Rattle and Hum on vinyl had started to appear. There was no fanfare for the release, and most storefronts just added it to their listings with little notice. It did appear at Amazon in the USA as well as at U2.Com (with a release date of February 14, 2019 on Amazon). Neither of these locations had previously sold copies of this album, and previous recent releases of Rattle and Hum were European only. We’ve had a chance to look further at the release that has appeared now, and can offer some details as to what is being sold.

The Vinyl Itself

The vinyl is a new pressing of the 2002 version of the album pressed in The Netherlands for markets in Europe. This new version contains the same catalog information, and the sleeve is identical to the 2002 pressing. The album sounds the same as the 2002 pressing as well. Comparing a few sections side by side of the 2019 pressing and the 2002 pressing shows that the dynamics of the audio are similar, and that the loudness of the record is the same. It appears that this new pressing is a copy of the 2002 version in every way.

That record has been repressed a number of times over the years, and has been kept in print in Europe, even when other albums went out of print. This included a release in 2009, and another more recently in 2015. The pressing carries the catalog number 842 299-1 (UPC 0 42284 22991 3). There is little text on the back except for the trademarks, and a note “Made in the E.U.” A sticker on some copies identify that the pressing was made in Germany. This sticker is visible on copies sold in the USA.

One new addition to this release? For the first time the release is now being shipped containing a download card, that allows you to download a digital copy of the album that you purchased. The download, like other releases of late, is redeemed at redeem.thesoundofvinyl.com and comes in a Zip file containing Wav audio files. We can confirm that copies shipping from Amazon in the USA, as well as copies shipping via U2Com do contain this download code. As this vinyl was widely pressed without a download code and sold in stores for a number of years, trying to find one in shops may be difficult.

The matrices on the vinyl from 2002 and from this recent pressing match showing they were pressed from the same plates. The A-Side in both cases is CID U27 A-10. (Of note perhaps is a slight difference in side B which now reads “U27 B-11”, our original copy reads “CID U27 B-10”, but both sides C and D match the original.) The labels on both pressings match as well, and both contain the rights societies BIEM and MCPS, which suggests a release for Europe including the UK. This new version however, is being sold worldwide as witnessed by the addition of a listing on Amazon in the USA, and its appearance in some independent shops. The release is also being carried on U2.Com. Side by side the 2002 release feels slightly heavier than the newer version, but otherwise there is little difference to be found (and both are listed as 180g vinyl). The date on the digital files included with the vinyl is January 2018, so it is possible that these were included in a pressing done last year as well.

The Digital Download

This new issue on vinyl is a replica of the older 2002 version, which has been reissued a number of times over the years, but we were interested in the new digital download that came with the vinyl as well. In 2017 U2 reissued all of their albums on iTunes, as part of the MFiT program (Mastered For iTunes). When the albums were reissued, three albums were reissued with a new remastering overseen by The Edge. All That You Can’t Leave Behind, Pop, and Rattle and Hum were the three albums which were remastered. When recently issued on vinyl, it was these new masters that were used for All That You Can’t Leave Behind and Pop, but to date, Rattle and Hum has only been available digitally.

Our first question was is this new digital download perhaps an uncompressed version of this new master? The answer is no. The MFiT remaster from 2017 features louder tracks, with more dynamic sound than this new download does. There were also several decisions made with the MFiT master, such as additional crowd noise at the start of “Van Deimen’s Land” and less at the end of “Helter Skelter” which is not seen on this new download. We were quickly able to rule out this being a version of the remaster from the MFiT program.

So what is this new download? To answer that question we went back and looked at the CD releases in our collection, and compared the new download to the audio from releases from Canada, Japan, France, Germany, and the USA. Back when Rattle and Hum was first issued in 1988 it was still pretty common for each country to have slight variations on the mastering which resulted in slight track timing differences, slightly different volumes etc. The new download with the vinyl did not match any of the releases from Canada, Japan or the USA. It also did not match an early 1988 pressing from Germany.

This new download, however, is very close to a later CD pressing in Germany after Universal bought PolyGram in 1999. It was also very similar to a CD pressing from France which was done after Universal bought PolyGram. Both of these CDs list a similar catalog number to the vinyl, 842 299-2 compared to the 842 299-1 on the vinyl. It looks like Universal did make some slight changes to the mastering of the CD in Europe when it started pressing these releases after buying PolyGram. This makes sense as original stickers on the 2002 vinyl claimed that it had been remastered from the original tapes. It appears that the mix that was done for that vinyl release in 2002, and the subsequent reissue, was also used for CD pressings from about the same time onwards. The dynamics of these CDs from Germany and France, match up very well to the dynamics of this new download, the loudness levels are the same, and the track times are close, to within milliseconds.

New-Remaster

So in summary, the vinyl release is the same as the 2002 release, although a new pressing of that material. Labels, artwork on the sleeve, and matrix numbers are consistent across these releases, although there appears to be some variation in the matrix number for side B. The download is very similar to the digital recording on CD in France and Germany after Universal bought out PolyGram and began issuing CDs. The remaster that Edge oversaw in 2017 for the MFiT program at iTunes remains unreleased in a physical format, and is still only available on iTunes at this time.

So will this MFiT remaster ever get a physical release? We don’t know for sure. We were told that a newly remastered version was due to be released last fall, and we have confirmed that the plans at that time appeared to be a release of the new remaster, and not just a reissue of the 2002 release. Since that time that release has been removed from the Universal future releases list, and our source at Universal has told us it cannot be seen on the future schedule. As always, if we are able to confirm at a later date that a new issue is coming we will pass that information along. But for now it appears this new reissue of the 2002 release on 180g vinyl is what is now being newly added in stores, and online, and it is NOT the previously expected version featuring a new remaster.

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“Waiting for the Miracle to Come” Release: April 29

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2019-03-11)

A new song co-written by Bono, “Where the Shadows Fall,” is featured in the film Waiting for the Miracle to Come by director Lian Lunson. Bono also acts as an Executive producer on the film. The song, co-written by Bono and long-time collaborator Simon Carmody, features over the final credits, and is sung by Willie Nelson for the film. Bono also performs on the track singing backing vocals in the chorus of the song. The song, and film, debuted at the Austin Film Festival in October 2018. It is now set to make its debut for the home video market, on April 29, 2019, the same day as Willie Nelson’s birthday.

Both a digital release, and a limited collectors DVD will be released at that time. Full details about distribution are unknown at this point, but mark your calendars, and as we get closer to the film release, we will share information about the release for those who are interested.

The song has main vocals by Willie Nelson. Bono is listed as backing vocals in the credits for the track and can be heard singing in the chorus of the song.

The song was produced by Andy Barlow, who also provides keyboards on the track. Barlow, best known for his work with the band Lamb, recently worked with U2 on the album Songs of Experience as a producer, and has been working with the band as a producer / mixer on the recent U2 tours as well. Barlow brought equipment with him to work with and record the band as they toured. Barlow is credited on the songs “Love is All We Have Left” (production and mixing), “Book of Your Heart” (production and mixing), “Red Flag Day (Production), “The Little Things that Give You Away” (produced with Jolyon Thomas), and “Landlady” (produced with Ryan Tedder) from U2’s most recent album.

Guitar is provided on the song by another long standing member of the U2 recording team, Declan Gaffney. Gaffney has been working with U2 as a recording engineer on projects including No Line on the Horizon, including many of their recordings since that album. Harmonica on the track is provided by long time Willie Nelson collaborator, Mickey Raphael, who also performed on “Slow Dancing”. “Where the Shadows Fall” was recorded using Barlow’s mobile recording studio, and mixed at The Lookout Studio. Mastering was done by Scott Sedillo at Bernie Grundman Studios.

The song, “Where the Shadows Fall” was co-written by Bono and Simon Carmody. Carmody is a long time collaborator with Bono. He has co-written a number of songs for other artists to sing, including the song “Streets of Surrender (S.O.S.)“ recorded by Zucchero, “I Am the Blues“ recorded by Johnny Hallyday, “Sugar Daddy“ recorded by Tom Jones, and “Drinkin’ in the Day“ recorded by Ronnie Drew. Carmody is a long-time friend of Bono’s and a former member of the Irish band Golden Horde, who were signed to U2’s label Mother Records.

The song by Bono is the only song featuring any member of U2 in the film. Other music in the film is composed by Richard Souther, and the film also features a song by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and one song performed by actress Charlotte Rampling.

The website for the film is now offering a chance to enter to “win a free collector’s edition blueray DVD” on the front page.

Further Information:

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Euromantic Remix: An Interview with Jon Pleased Wimmin

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2019-03-02)

On Thursday it was announced that U2 would be releasing a new EP for Record Store Day. “The Europa EP” will be limited and released on April 13, 2019. The EP will be a mix of live material and Euro-inspired remixes, including a remix of U2’s “Love Is All We Have Left,” titled the “Jon Pleased Wimmin Euromantic Mix.” The remix runs 5 minutes and 40 seconds and is at end of the EP. A few days ago we had the pleasure to sit down with Jon who remixed the track, and were able to ask a few questions about the new release and his involvement in the new EP.

U2Songs: Hi Jon. Would you be able to tell our readers a bit about yourself and your career to date?

JPW: Hiya! I’m a DJ and drag artist who was brought up in London (born 1969) then moved to Edinburgh in 2000.

I’ve been obsessed with music since my school days, when i would spend every penny buying records and searching for hard to find gems. When I left school I studied Fashion design in London and had my own clothing label (along with my then partner) for a few years. I then started working in drag with two friends doing cabarets and night-club type stuff as a trio called The Pleased Wimmin.

Through talking with promoters and DJ’s my passion for music shone through and I was asked to DJ. My first proper gigs were at Danny and Jenny Rampling’s club Glam at The Milk Bar in London. My gigs piled up as word spread and before I knew it I was travelling around the world, playing everywhere and releasing my own dance music tracks. I’ve been DJing and making music since.

I’ve remixed Soft Cell, Paloma Faith, Erasure, Visage, Divine and Cerrone plus a load more.

U2Songs: Have you worked with U2 before?

JPW: I DJed at their nightclub The Kitchen quite a few times in the 1990’s which was great. I loved that club.

U2Songs: Any particular nights that stand out for you at The Kitchen?

I remember one night after I played there for an MTV party, I partied the night away at the now defunct Mr. Pussy’s Cafe Deluxe with Gavin, Adam and I’m pretty sure Mel Gibson was there, as he was filming Braveheart in Dublin at the time (maybe it was a dream!)

U2Songs: How did you get involved in the remix for “Love is All We Have Left?“ 

JPW: My friend Gavin Friday knew I loved the Songs of Experience album and asked if I’d be up for doing a remix of something from it. I’ve known Gavin since the mid 80’s, I was a massive Virgin Prunes fan (still am) and hitched over to Dublin to meet them and hang out with them for a few days in 1986. Our paths have crossed quite a few times over the years and we have stayed in touch. I admire his work a lot and he’s a real enigma.

U2Songs: When did the remix get started? Has it been planned for a while or were you approached recently?

JPW: I did the remix in July 2018 so keeping my mouth shut about it has been hell!

U2Songs: The mix is being called the Euromantic remix. Is that your name? Or something that came from U2’s side?

JPW: I knew the EP was going to have a Europa theme, so I came up with that title for the mix.

U2Songs: Bono in the past has been involved in a number of remixes for this most recent album. Did you get any feedback from anyone in the band on your mix that you incorporated into the final mix?

JPW: I didn’t get any feedback until I’d finished the mix and thankfully the band loved it, apparently.

U2Songs: You’ve told me previously that you’ve been a bit of a fan of U2 since 1981.  If you had to pick one song from the new album to remix would it have been “Love is All We Have Left?” or would you have had your eye on another favourite.

JPW: When Gavin put me in communications with Maverick, the guys there were interested to hear which songs I’d like to tackle. “Love Is All We Have Left” was at the top of my list. The first time I heard it gave me goosebumps, it was on headphones in the dark on the day of release of Songs of Experience….I could hear exactly how I’d remix it straight away and envisaged it as a Space Age Lullaby, which is hopefully how it’s turned out.

U2Songs: How did you discover U2 back in 1981? Can you tell us what your favourite U2 song is? Favourite album? Do you have a favourite U2 remix?

JPW: I was a huge fan of all New Wave music like Siouxsie & The Banshees, The Cure, Joy Division etc. and I loved U2 from first hearing. I only realised this recently but I think i actually saw them live at the Greenbelt Festival in 1981, which was a kind of Christian Music Festival. My family were in the Salvation Army and a bunch of us from the youth club went to it. The song that really made me fall in love with the band was “New Year’s Day.” I’m such a sucker for a piano and it doesn’t get much better than the riff from that. I couldn’t really pick a favourite song as they change all the time, but I adore “Lemon” (the original version). It has such a dream-like quality that I just find mesmerizing. I think my top 3 albums (at the moment) are Zooropa, Songs of Experience and War.

U2Songs: As a fan what’s it like to finally work with these guys? Did you feel you had to keep the ‘fan’ in check? 

JPW: It does feel weird seeing my name on the press release and knowing that something I created is gonna be in among their catalogue of releases. To say I’m thrilled is a bit of an understatement.

U2Songs: I tend to really like songs that reinvent a song. Does your mix stick close to the original or are we in for a surprise?

JPW: I adored the original song and the fact it was almost accapella to start with guided the way for the mix. I like to think I’ve enhanced and expanded the song into an end of night anthem. I also didn’t want to speed it up as I loved the swing and groove it suggested to me.

U2Songs: “Love is All We Have Left” was used as an opening song for the recent tour. Did you get a chance to see the show in concert? What are your thoughts?

JPW: I saw the tour in London and loved it, although they didn’t use the [full] song in Europe. The show was pretty mind-boggling. This band never fail to deliver.

U2Songs: You had a couple of songs reach the Top 30 yourself on the Perfecto label and a number albums of your own music.  How different is it to work on remixes for another artist vs producing your own music? Do you save the good bits for yourself?

JPW: I have to really love a track to get stuck in and commit, so i always love remixing these days. My own music tends to come in fits and starts, when I’m feeling inspired. The dance tracks I released on Perfecto aren’t something I would play now, but were fun at the time.

U2Songs: Do you ever get a chance to work U2 into your own DJ sets? What are your favorite songs to use? What kind of response do they get?

JPW: When I do club sets, it’s mainly Underground House, so not really. But I do a regular cabaret / dance party in Edinburgh called The Church of High Kicks which is musically very ‘anything goes’ and you can often hear me sneaking in things like “Summer of Love,” “Lemon,” “Even Better Than The Real Thing,” “Magnificent,” “I Will Follow” and of course, “New Year’s Day.”

U2Songs: Paul Oakenfold recently shared a remix of “Love is All We Have Left” and Patti Smith has been singing the song in concert lately. Have you had a chance to check out any of these alternate versions of the song? What do you think?

JPW: I’ve not, no, but I’m a big fan of Patti Smith, so i’ll be sure to check her version out. I’ve not really followed Paul’s stuff since the mid 90’s to be honest as I wasn’t really a fan of Trance or EDM style music.

U2Songs: What do you have coming up next?

JPW: I’m working on a new single just now which should be out by the Summer and I’ve lots of DJ gigs in the diary. All my upcoming events are on my website – jonpleasedwimmin.com and you can check out some of my DJ sets etc. at Mixcloud (https://www.mixcloud.com/JonofthePleasedWimmin), and there’s also my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/djjonpleasedwimmin).

Additional Information:

We’d like to take an opportunity to thank Jon for answering some questions about this new mix. The mix is due on April 13, 2019 as part of the Record Store Day EP that U2 is releasing, titled “The Europa EP.” Further information about the EP, and Record Store Day is available in our discography entry for the album.

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Beyond the Horizon: NLOTH Merchandise 10 Years Later

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2019-02-27)

Ten years ago, U2 released No Line on the Horizon. Feels like yesterday doesn’t it? With each album release there’s a wealth of promotional material released. The Joshua Tree in a pizza box? Disco ball that opens up to serve you a copy of Pop? An alarm clock that looks like a bomb for How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb? We’ve got a soft spot here at U2Songs.com for some of these promotional items, and today to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the release of one of our favourite albums, we’re going to take a look back at some of the items released to promote it.

The first thing to notice is there were no big promotional gimmick type items for this release. The merchandise that was release for promotion was smaller, and seemed to be limited compared to that produced for other albums. And unlike some album campaigns, like the travel themed items for All That You Can’t Leave Behind, there didn’t seem to be a clear theme to the items for No Line on the Horizon. That being said there were a number of interesting items produced for the album, and the tour that followed.

Album Release Promotion



Promotional Mug for Album Release (Photo from eil.com)

Among the items produced and given out as the album was being distributed was a white mug, It has the logo used for promotion of the album in grey, simply a grey U, 2 and the equals sign in between. Mugs have been used for a number of album promotional items including a mug for How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb which changed appearance with hot liquids, and a mug for U218 Singles which features the lyrics for “Window in the Skies”.

Another idea that repeated from earlier campaigns was a Moleskine journal. The journal is a hard cover journal, blank inside, with the same logo as the mug in white on the front. In white on the back along the bottom is the lettering from the album stating “No Line on the Horizon”. There was a similar journal produced for the U218 Singles collection, and a promotional journal similar in style but made by another company for Songs of Experience. A Songs of Innocence journal exists as well but wasn’t a promotional item, it was sold through U2.Com.



Promotional Disposable Camera for Album Release (Photo by Amra MK for U2Songs)

Perhaps one of the odder items produced was a disposable camera. Not quite sure where the band were going with this one, but the camera was a working disposable camera, which featured art from the album on the front side of the camera. By 2009 when this item was released, film cameras had already started to be replaced by digital cameras, and these disposables were starting to fall out of favour.



Promotional Pins and Keychain for Album Release (Photo by AJS for U2Songs)

There were also the usual trinkets, a promotional only keychain in white with the same U2 logo with the equals sign in grey is a very sharp looking item. And a four pack of buttons was also produced, quite often sent out bundled with some of the other items above.

Release Exclusives

With any item, there’s usually a couple of fun releases. No Line on the Horizon had fewer of these unique releases but there were a couple of note around the world.



HMV Slipcase Version of Album (Photo from U2Songs.com discography)

Up first, in HMV in the UK, you could buy an exclusive version of the album in a white slip case. Not only were these available in store, a number of these were also given out as part of promotional packages. It just covered the normal UK release of the single and there were no other added items other than the slipcase.



Promotional Box from Mail In Offer (Photo by AJS for U2Songs)

Another UK exclusive was a mail in offer. You could sign up with U2.Com through the site, nolineonthehorizon.com (the site no longer works) and ask for one to be sent to you. The item? A limited edition box which would hold all four 7-Inch singles released from the album. (Shhhsh, we know there were only three!) The item was limited to only 4000 copies, although we’ve seen numbers that go slightly higher. This is common practice with numbered items to ensure that additional copies are available in the case of damage.

The description of the item was: “With ‘Boots’ released in the UK on Monday, complete with the title track of the new album on the b-side, the record company have launched a very cool competition – they’re giving away 4,000 7” Single Collector’s Edition Boxes.
The clamshell style boxes are individually numbered and will hold all four of the 7” singles that will be released from ‘No Line on the Horizon’. First up it’s Get On Your Boots which is available in HMV and all good independent record stores in the UK from this Monday, Feb 16th. One box per person and stocks are limited. Make sure you sign up by Tuesday 17th February to claim your box. The boxes will be mailed out at the end of w/c 23rd February to you.”



USB Card Promo for Album (Image by AJS for U2Songs)

Our favorite release is probably the USB card from Uruguay. We showed off this card on our Instagram page a few days ago. Its the size of a credit card, and has a USB stick built in. You push the stick out, and it flips around, and can be read using a computer. On the card? A copy of the album in both WAVE and MP3 formats. It’s a beautiful little release, and was quite limited.

Tour Items:

A few of the items for the album merchandise are listed above. There were a few others, including T-Shirts and other promotional items, but there wasn’t a whole lot more for the album itself. It seemed to be a limited campaign in that respect. Not so when it comes to tour merchandise. The tour, which ran for three years had a wealth of merchandise produced for it. This included commercially available items at the tour stands and at U2.Com, items given away exclusively to VIPs, items used on tour, and more.



Video Announcement, Tour Itinerary (First Leg), VIP Luggage Tag (Images by AJS for U2Songs)

Some of our favourite items are things that you may not have seen on a merchandise stand. A couple of examples? The cards given out as fans entered the venue the second night in Barcelona to notify them that a video was being filmed. A tour itinerary book, decorated with the “Infinity is a Great Place to Start” which includes information about the tour, and other information that the crew would need, and a nice leather luggage tag which was part of a VIP gift. Other VIP gifts on the tour included a fleece blanket decorated with the U2360 logo, and a travel toiletries kit.



Auug San Suu Kyi Masks in Each Seat at the 1st Show in Barcelona (Photo by AJS for U2Songs)

One item that maybe we should try to forget were the masks of Aung San Suu Kyi that the band were trying to get people to wear during the show. At the time Suu Kyi was being celebrated by Amnesty International and U2 chose to highlight her, and the ongoing issues in Burma in concert. The band offered a print your own version on the website, another version was found in the tour book and could be punched out and worn, and at the opening show of the tour in Barcelona, there was one mask in each seat in the stadium as people arrived, and volunteers were handing them out by the hundreds as people entered the stadium.



City T-Shirts and Pin (Photo from U2.Com)

Items at the merchandise stand included a wealth of T-shirts over the three years, at least three different keychain designs, a metall pin, buttons, tour programs and more. One unique T-shirt design featured a different design each city, listing the city dates as well as an architectural drawing of the stage in place in the stadium. Jackets were also produced in the colours of the teams for each city being visited. Posters, hats, mugs, tote bags…and even a unique line of T-shirts for the performance at Glastonbury which happened mid-tour. If there wasn’t a lot of physical promotional goods produced to promote the album, there was a wealth of collectibles produced related to the tour itself.

And the biggest collectible? U2 even put the stages on sale. And this summer, one of them is being unveiled at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium in Salt Lake City as part of their new campus.

For more information on No Line on the Horizon, please check out our original discography entry for the album available here, or our entry for the new release of the album on vinyl for the 10th anniversary available in the discography here.

(Many thanks to Amra for her assistance with this article)

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New Release Oddities

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2019-02-17)

Update: February 17, 2019:

We’ve been able to confirm what version of Rattle and Hum is now shipping from Amazon in North America. If you read below, we recently were able to identify a new pressing of Rattle and Hum was being offered for sale at Amazon in the USA, at some local shops, and is also being offered on U2.Com. We believe these are all the same pressing.

The version now available at Amazon is definitely a new pressing of the 2002 release from Europe. This version was initially pressed in Europe and sold throughout Europe over a number of years. It has been repressed a number of times since the initial pressing, including pressings in 2015. The pressing carries the catalog number 842 299-1 (UPC 0 42284 22991 3). There is little text on the back except for the trademarks, and a note “Made in the E.U.” A sticker further identifies that this pressing was made in Germany.

How do we know it is a new pressing? Well for the first time since we’ve seen these vinyl start to appear, this version on Amazon currently has a download code included. That allows you to download the full album at TheSoundOfVinyl.com in wave format like the other issues since the reissue program started in 2017. The download is available in Wave format like the other albums were.

This version is an updated pressing of the 2002 vinyl, and is not a remastered album. Rattle and Hum was part of series of albums remastered for Apple in 2017, but this vinyl contains the original mastering and not the newer mastering directed by The Edge. We were told that a new pressing of Rattle and Hum had originally been planned for last fall, and it was suggested that this would have been a remastered version. We are not sure what this new pressing of the 2002 release says about any future release on vinyl. We have reached out to Universal Music to ask if the remastered version will indeed be released at some future point, or if it is this version that will be kept in print going forward.

Many thanks to Zach for sharing photos and information on this one!

Original Story: February 15, 2019:

Lots of little bits of information coming out about various releases, so we’ve taken a few minutes to put together a little update here:

The Europa EP

Record Store Day is being held on April 13 this year. We are told that U2 will be releasing a special EP from the Experience + Innocence tour, featuring live tracks taken from shows in Europe, including “New Year’s Day” from one of the Dublin performances. This EP will be called The Europa EP. The opening music, a mix of “Zooropa” and “Love is All We Have Left” with Charlie Chaplin’s speech from The Great Dicator is also said to feature as the opening track of the EP. This EP has not yet officially been announced but we can now tell you when that announcement will happen. The announcement of the full list of Record Store Day titles will happen on Thrusday, February 28, and that announcement should be made at approximately 1pm Eastern. (Last year’s announcement was about 20 minutes early as the list had leaked onto the internet). The announcement of titles is done at the website Recordstoreday.Com as well as carried on country specific sites.

No Line on the Horizon Release

When the new reissues of No Line on the Horizon were first released some stores initially listed one or the other of the two releases as being on March 29. That confusion has been cleared up and both the black vinyl and the clear vinyl versions of the album should be in shops worldwide on February 22, 2019. (Except possibly Canada, see below.) All of the online shops we’ve checked are listing these dates now as well. Unlike the previous releases on coloured vinyl, which were only available in limited shops, the clear vinyl version of No Line on the Horizon will be available everywhere but only as long as initially pressed quantities last. It is now listed at various Universal store fronts worldwide, Amazon stores in most countries, available from U2.com and also will be available in local shops if they have ordered a quantity of these in. The black vinyl will not be as limited, and will be kept in print going forward.

There has been a delay communicated to shops in Canada, with stores last Friday being notified that both versions of the vinyl will be delayed. This has been reported mainly to shops in Western Canada, and they are being told that the albums will be available for March 1 instead. Canada has a long history of delays with U2 releases, especially with anything that has to be imported from outside the country. A number of box sets and deluxe editions going back to How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb have been fully released 1-2 weeks late, although there is always reports that a more limited release happens on time. The most recent delays were with the “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me” vinyl that saw a very limited release on Black Friday, with the majority of stores getting their shipments two weeks later instead.

The Best of 1990 – 2000

If you go onto some digital services you will now see The Best of 1990 – 2000 as U2’s most recent release. In those shops they list a release date of February 6, 2019. However, this is not the new remaster of that album.

As time goes on Universal regularly refreshes content at digital storefronts. As new stores come online and more services are added, Universal will occasionally send out refreshed digital versions of some older releases, and pull the older digital versions from sale. Usually this is done with little notice, and in most online stores you would not even know this has been updated. But some stores do show the date an item is refreshed and this leads to the newest item being an older release. In 2018 they delivered new versions of U218 Singles (Deluxe, May 9), Boy (Deluxe, May 9), The Best of 1990 – 2000 & B-Sides (April 3) and the 30th Anniversary The Joshua Tree (Deluxe, March 15). These are indistinguishable from earlier releases, containing the same art, tracks, and are usually digitally exact copies.

But since the last time The Best of 1990 – 2000 was posted, there has been a new remaster of that album. In September the band released that title on vinyl, with remastering directed by The Edge. If you bought the album on vinyl, you also receive a digital download card that allowed you to download the remastered tracks in digital format. This has been the only way to get the remastered version to date.

So did they release this new remastered version on February 6 to online shops? The answer is no. The version that was released on February 6 is not the new remaster, and is just refresh of what was there before. The only way to buy the new version remains buying the vinyl itself.

How can we tell the new digital versions are not the remastered versions? One quick check is the track “Mysterious Ways” — back in 2002 when The Best of 1990 – 2000 was initially released one line was changed in the lyrics. The original version on Achtung Baby goes: “She’s the wave, She’ll turn the tide, She sees the man inside the child, yeah” but the version on The Best of 1990 – 2000 has always been “She’s the wave, She’ll turn the tide, And no question she knows why” using a different vocal track. The new remastered version of The Best of 1990 – 2000 on vinyl last fall reverted back to the original lyric of the song. These newer digital versions still have the altered lyric, which means they are not from the new 2018 remaster.

No, we do not know if the remaster will ever be made available outside of the vinyl pressing that was released last fall. This latest refresh of digital storefronts however suggests it won’t happen that way.

Rattle and Hum

Another weird one has been brought to our attention by a number of people including Michelle and Albie. Many thanks!

Last week U2.Com started offering copies of Rattle and Hum on vinyl for sale in their online store. Anyone who’s followed us for a while knows there was a new remaster of that album released in 2017 in the iTunes MFiT program. The other two albums remastered as part of that program, All That You Can’t Leave Behind and Pop have both now been issued on vinyl as well. And we have been waiting for the release of Rattle and Hum on vinyl as well, we were even told that it was originally planned for last fall, to coincide with the album’s 30th anniversary, but that the coloured versions of Zooropa and The Joshua Tree replaced it in the release schedule.

So what is this vinyl that U2.Com is offering in store now? We aren’t entirely sure, as we’ve yet to find anyone who has ordered one and has received one, and our own order has yet to ship.

But we do know that in 2002 there was a pressing of Rattle and Hum for Europe. The pressing was given the catalog number 842 299-1 (UPC 0 42284 22991 3). There is little text on the back except for the trademarks, and a note “Made in the E.U.” The labels list rights societies BIEM and MCPS, which usually suggests a release for Europe including the UK. A sticker on some early copies of this release reads “180 GRAMM Vinyl Re-Release mastered from original tapes” and includes a Universal logo. This version has been reissued a number of times over the years, first in 2004, and a number of times since with a repressing in 2007-2008 and another around 2015. It has been relatively easy to find over the years in Europe. This version is not the remastered audio version of the album, and uses the original audio version.

It appears that this one has just been issued again and we suspect this might be what U2.Com is offering for sale at this time. We have not been able to confirm this but other evidence suggests its a new version of the 2002 pressing. A listing on Amazon.Com that was showing a release date of February 13, is now showing multiple copies available, and is using a picture that is the same as the 2002 issued vinyl. My local store has also gotten a supply of these in fresh just this past week, and its an updated version of the 2002 pressing, and appears identical from the outside. A discussion with one of the distribution houses for Canada confirms that the only version they have available to order and supply to stores is listed under the same UPC / Catalog number as the 2002 release, and they do not have a listing for a newer version that is available at this time.

And this listing has shown up on U2.Com at the same time. It has not been announced as a new release, and it is not listed as a pre-order. So I expect in all cases its the same item being offered.

We are told that some shops are able to see a new listing for Rattle and Hum listed…possibly the expected remaster, but the release date listed is 2039. (A common practice for listing items with no available release date is to list them with a far-future date.)

If anyone has ordered a copy of this vinyl from U2.Com and can confirm for us what version it is we would appreciate your help in identifying exactly what is being sent out. But we do suspect it is just the latest reissue of the 2002 version produced for Europe with a wider distribution this time.

To sum it all up:

  • “The Europa EP” should get released on Record Store Day, April 13, 2019. The official announcement of items available on Record Store Day will happen later this month on February 28, 2019.
  • No Line on the Horizon in black and clear vinyl should be available worldwide next Friday, February 22, 2019. Everywhere except Canada that is, where delays have been communicated to retailers (Expect the releases on March 1 instead in Canada.)
  • Although listed as a new release on online services, the recent digital release of The Best of 1990 – 2000 is not the newer remastered version.
  • Rattle and Hum is listed for sale on U2.Com but we suspect it is a new pressing of the 2002 version.

As we get additional information we will pass it along!

Thanks Agustin, Michelle and Albie for some of the information used throughout the reports above.

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The Crystal Ball: Australia Rumours and Looking ahead at 2019

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2019-03-01)

Updated Information: March 19, 2019

We have updated our tour story and the latest information on the upcoming rumoured U2 tour of Asia, Australia and New Zealand can be found here.

Updated Information: March 1, 2019

A friend had an opportunity to speak with Paul McGuinness today. We’ve been told we are welcome to share it here. Part of his conversation was posted to Twitter:

Me: I’m thinking of heading to Australia end of the year. PmcG : oh have they announced it yet. . .

You can see the original post here via Brat. Yet another sign that something is being announced soon.

We’ve had a few questions why there hasn’t been more news of late. The answer? We try not to bug our sources and usually let them come to us with information. Sometimes that means we don’t get anything new for a bit. We do have a few pieces of information today though that we are able to share all from reliable sources of information in the past:

  • We have been told again that this tour is not being branded as “The Joshua Tree Tour” and it will carry its own name. Nor will it be branded as a continuation of the Experience + Innocence tour, and it should carry its own unique name.
  • It appears there’s been some work on the dates and may have added a fifth city to the list for Australia. There five cities do not include New Zealand and there will be at least one show in one city in New Zealand as well. Not all of the cities will get a second show, but a number will.
  • Dates are still expected for Asia. See the previous rumours we shared earlier below.
  • We are told that the tour routing is finalized, and the tour is being prepped for announcement.
  • We are told that Sydney will not be the first city in Australia.
  • The tour announcement could happen soon, once final contracts are signed.

A number of eagle-eyed readers also pointed out that in a recent photo posted to social media channels, that Adam Clayton appeared to be wearing a coat with an Oceania detail on the lower part. That image can be seen here on Twitter. Is it a hint or just wishful thinking? Only time will tell.

We are sharing what we are able to share. We do not have a date that the announcement will be made, and as always, we would like to remind you that until a final announcement is made, changes do happen right up until the day before the announcement, so all the information presented here should be considered a rumour for the time being, and should not be used to book non-refundable travel. Previous information we’ve shared on this tour is listed below.

Updated information: February 9, 2019:

A few additional pieces of information have been sent our way, but these are for a tour that has not been officially announced, and appears to still be in the planning stages, and these items may change with the official announcement:

  • A rumoured show for New Zealand is being reported to us as happening on November 8, 2019. It is not known if this is the start of the tour or if there will be earlier dates before that. Until such time that these are officially announced, this should be considered a rumour only, and should not be used to book travel or accommodation.
  • At least four cities in Australia are on the currently being developed itinerary, we are told that there is room to add additional cities at the end of the current plans. It is not known if this may include an additional city in Australia or possibly stops in Asia.
  • Earlier rumours (see links below) suggested that U2 were looking at new countries as options for this tour. We are told that Singapore is on the final list that is being worked on. It is the first city outside of Australia and New Zealand that has been named to us, but it is not expected to be the only Asian stop. We do not know if this will be before New Zealand, or after Australia.
  • Most cities should receive two shows, but expect that when announced, only the first show will be sold, with the second being added after initial sales. (At least one city will receive only one show due to scheduling issues)
  • Some components of the stage / screen for The Joshua Tree 2017 are reportedly in the region in storage now, and may be used for this tour, but this tour will not be branded the same, and modifications to the stage are being designed.
  • There are no rumours that this tour will continue on beyond December 2019.
  • Other sources beyond our initial sources that we mentioned in yesterday’s article, have now also shared with us that this tour is being planned.

If the tour is announced, it will not be the first time that U2 has visited Australia a little later than the rest of the world. When the original Joshua Tree tour did not make it to Australia in 1987, the band finally visited in 1989 on the LoveTown tour. That tour would also take the band through Europe. In 2006, the band delayed a number of tour dates in Asia and Australia for personal reasons, and had an eight month break in the tour before finishing with shows in Australia and Asia, and a final show in Hawaii. Rumours that this 2019 tour would happen started last fall at the end of the Experience and Innocence tour, when tour crew told fans that they had been asked to keep their schedules open for possible further touring in the latter part of the year.

Original story: February 7, 2019:

Originally we were told that The Joshua Tree home video release would happen in late 2018 while work was being done on editing the film. That was pushed back to this year, and we were told to expect it in the first half of the year, with the release of Experience + Innocence on home video in the second half of 2019. There are some stories suggesting this will be released on March 9, 2019, the anniversary of the release of the release of The Joshua Tree. We have been told by reliable sources that it will not happen in March but it is still scheduled to follow later in the year. It won’t be long, but perhaps a little longer wait than some were expecting, and won’t be out in March. This is not a delay, our info always suggested that the release would not be this early.

Speaking of waiting, we’ve gotten a number of questions about when the rumoured tour may be announced, and if we have heard of any further information about the tour. We have heard some additional information just this week from a couple of reliable sources, and it appears that the tour is still being looked at for stadiums in Australia in late 2019. We are being told that the first show in Australia should be November 13 but this will not be the opening date of the tour, and until such time that this is officially announced, this should be considered a rumour. Travel or accommodation should not be booked until the tour is officially announced, as we have seen in the past that dates and even cities can change right up until the official announcement. This date is not expected to be the start of the tour, and other dates before that time are expected outside of Australia. The tour should run into early December. At this time based on what our contacts have revealed it looks as if some work on scheduling is still being done, and not all of the dates may have been finalized. We do not know at this time when a tour would be announced, but will continue to bring you information as we know more.

In two weeks, the new remastered versions of No Line on the Horizon are being released. One set will be released on black vinyl (with a black information sticker on the front) and the other set will be released on clear vinyl (with a white information sticker on the front.) Unlike the blue and gold releases last fall of Zooropa and The Joshua Tree, which were exclusive to certain stores, the releases of No Line on the Horizon are not exclusives and should be available anywhere you have purchased new vinyl from Universal in the past.

They are available for pre-order on U2.Com, are now appearing on most Amazon stores worldwide, can be ordered direct from Universal in many countries. You should also be able to enquire now about these at your local record shops to see if they are able to get these in direct for you. To help you find these, the black vinyl will have a catalog number of 5797085 and a UPC of 0602557970852. The clear vinyl version will have a catalog number of 7733839 and a UPC of 0602577338397. Expect to pay more for the clear vinyl – the listings we’ve seen list it at $5 – $8 more expensive than the black vinyl version of the release. The clear vinyl will be limited and once it is sold out it will not be repressed. The black vinyl will be kept in print.

“The Europa EP” is coming soon as well, we are told to expect the announcement of Record Store Day titles towards the end of February. A few other U2 related releases are coming soon as well, including a 2-disc fan club set containing live material from the recent tours. U2 have also recorded a cover of T-Rex’s “Get it On (Bang a Gong)” which will be released on a tribute album later this year. And later in the year we should see the release on home video of the Experience + Innocence tour, filmed by David Mallet’s Serpent Productions.

Below you can find some of our earlier articles on these rumours should you like to look back at previous reports:

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James Lavelle Remix of “Wake Up Dead Man” Appears Again

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2019-02-08)

Almost a year ago we were able to tell you about a new mix of “Wake Up Dead Man” that had appeared many years later. The song, originally from 1997’s Pop album, had been remixed back in 1997 by Unkle. Unkle was a British group, founded in 1992 by James Lavelle and Tim Goldsworthy. Lavelle had a monthly radio show on Soho Radio, and on March 21, 2018, he commented about the mix, “Since I’ve been going through the Mo’ Wax Psyence Fiction DATs I found a U2 mix that never got released” and he then continued to play the song on the air. The mix played was 04:56 in length, and included a voice that said ‘exclusive’ a number of times over top of the mix.

Now the mix has appeared again. The program Nemone’s Electric Ladyland on BBC Radio Six recently featured James Lavelle “in conversation and in the mix” ahead of the release of a new Unkle album. As part of the broadcast, Lavelle spun some tracks including some exclusive unreleased mixes. As part of that mix, Lavelle included his mix of “Wake Up Dead Man” but only 02:35 of the mix was played, this time without the voice repeating “exclusive” over the track. But it is a shortened version of the mix, and mixed with sounds ahead and after the song.

The program can be heard here on the BBC site. It can be replayed for another 23 days. The remix of “Wake Up Dead Man” can be heard at 1:33:39 until 1:36:14. It is mixed in with other material by Unkle, as well as songs by Massive Attack and Queens of the Stone Age, and is titled the “Living in My Headphones Def Mix”. Here, the U2 mix is titled the “James Lavelle Remix”. The program initially aired on Saturday, February 2 from 00:00 to 02:00.

In 1997 Unkle were working with a number of collaborators including Thom Yorke, Mike D. and Richard Ashcroft, and working on their own album Psyence Fiction. That album was the debut studio album by Unkle, released on the Mo’ Wax label on August 24, 1998. Unkle would have worked on the U2 remix at the same time they were recording the album, thus the song’s presence on the DAT tapes for that album. How would U2 have gotten hooked up with Unkle? Most likely through Howie B who helped produce Pop. Howie B had been involved in Unkle’s 1995 double EP Time Has Come and he worked extensively with acts on the Mo’ Wax label.

Special thanks to Max and Graeme for bringing this one to our attention. And to Andrew for sharing the track with us initially in 2018.

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U2’s Dublin Exhibition Centre

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2019-01-23)

It was announced today that U2 have gotten permission to develop the area they currently use in Hanover Quay as a studio, into a new exhibition centre. There have been certain conditions that will have to be met to go forward with the design including payments to the Planning Authority, a donation to the development of the LUAS line in that area, as well as conditions relating to the design, and safety of the facility. If U2 chooses to proceed with these conditions met, the plans would see the current building torn down, and replaced with a four floor space, one of which will be below ground.

To get the permission finalized, the overall initial design had to be reduced by 2.34 metres. This reduction in height has come through redesign of elements of the design, a reduction in the height of some of the internal rooms, as well as changes made to the allowances made for mechanical and electrical services. As part of the new design, new CGI generated images showing the outside of the proposed facility have been produced by ODAA (O’Donoghue & Associates Architects). These images are a stark contrast to the original CGI images which showed the building on a dark dreary day, showing the centre in a bright well lit day.

U2 Exhibition Centre
IMAGE: ODAA Generated View of U2 Exhibition Centre

The structure will overhang the canal, and a floating walkway will be constructed behind the building, to allow one to walk along the waterside of the building, an area which cannot currently be accessed. One will enter on the ground level, which designs show will retain some form of graffiti element, which is known to cover the location today. The second and third levels (being called the 1st and 2nd floors) of the building will be constructed with large glass elements which further lighten the structure. The images shown, include an image of children on a school bus with army helmets on, taken from U2’s recent eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour displayed during the song “One”. It appears that this is not a video display, but rather some sort of light reducing treatment on windows on the upper level on one side (North) and will be a digital display on two other sides (South and East). The night view of the building by ODAA shows the entrance to the facility, and shows these images lit up. In the report these are referred to as “static imprinted & patterned flixed glazing to North Elevation” and “Fixed glazing with Integrated LED Digital Display to South and East elevations”.

U2 Exhibition Centre
IMAGE: ODAA Generated View of U2 Exhibition Centre at Night

The document lists the structure as a “U2 Visitor and Exhibition Space open to the public containing a re-construction of the band’s original studio, various exhibit areas, reception, visitor WC’, cafe, ancillary merchandising and auditorium. In addition, private administration, storage, archive, plant,
staff accommodation and facilities (including 28 bicycle spaces) will also be provided over four levels.”

The basement would be below ground, and would include amenities for the staff of the complex, including bicycle storage, staff showers and washrooms. It would also include a private archive area, and storage which would not be accessible to the public. There would also be a public archive, and good news merchandise fans, looks like this area will also offer a merchandise area, where you’ll be able to buy a reminder of the experience when you visit. The public washrooms for the facility will also be located in this area.

The ground floor will be where one enters the exhibition, and this area will also have a separate entrance to an office and administrative area on the floor above. There will be a small cafe located in this area, as well as a small food preparation area for the cafe. On the public side of the ground floor there will be reception area, ticketing area, and several displays, as well as a view down to the archives below. There will be displays in this area as well, and diagrams sent to city council include several areas where four mannequins can be seen standing, possibly a display of costumes as people enter and move through the space.

First Floor of U2 Exhibition Centre
IMAGE: ODAA Designs: First Floor of U2 Exhibition Centre (Public Area)

The office itself is located on the first floor and will include several offices, a reception area for the office, a kitchenette for employees, and washrooms for the office staff. On the public side of the first floor there will be several displays including LED screens, an archive display, and mention of a control room / sound desk, which is not located in the final diagram. Images provided to City Council include a drum kit and other instruments, a “Vertigo” concentric circles enclosed area, and another “Vertigo” area where it looks as if a drum kit has been set up. The other end of this floor has another of those “Vertigo” target patterns, and what appears to be a desk like area, perhaps the mentioned control room and mixing board? This area is fully enclosed, and it is possible that this area could be used for performances, or even recording if a working mixing desk is installed.

U2 Exhibition Centre: E-Stage
IMAGE: ODAA Designs: Second Floor of U2 Exhibition Centre (E-Stage)

The second floor will be a larger open space, and it appears the full area will be open to the public, including a large projection space, displays throughout, and what is being described as a forum and performance space. Of note on this level is the large scale projection space is designed with a yellow “e” on the floor. Could this possibly be a final resting place for the e-Stage from the current tour?

The planning report looks at the expected traffic to the facility, and they expect that the facility will draw 390,000 each year, which is on par with other paid attractions in Dublin such as Dublin Castle. An expected peak day would be 3000 visitors, but they would expect a more reasonable 2500 per day during busy months. The planning report suggests that the average visitor will spend between 40 minutes and 80 minutes in the exhibit, with additional time being spent in the cafe and shops area. Compared to other musical exhibits the report references two exhibits at the Victoria and Albert Museum, each of which ran for five months. In five months a Pink Floyd exhibit there brought in 360,000 visitors. And in a similar time frame a Bowie exhibit brought in 312,000 visitors.

U2 Exhibition Centre: Sound Board and Recording Space
IMAGE: ODAA Designs: Second Floor of U2 Exhibition Centre (Recording Space)

The exhibit will be a ticketed admission. Ticket prices were not discussed, but purchase of tickets were. Tickets would be offered for a time slot such as 12-12:15. You could buy a ticket in advance to enter at that time. This is done to spread traffic to the site throughout the day, and a discount may be offered if buying in advance in this manner. Ticketing will also be available if just turning up on site.

No timelines on the construction of this new piece of U2’s history have been given, nor has any timeline for the opening of the Exhibition been discussed. But we will be watching this development carefully, and will let you know as things progress and any dates are revealed.

U2 Exhibition Centre: Water View
IMAGE: ODAA Designs: View of U2 Exhibition Space from the Water

The planning documents can be seen at the Dublin City Council website. The documents shown above come out of the December 2018 submission made after reducing the height of the building.

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U2’s The Europa EP Update & Fan Club Release & No Line Release Date

Original Story by Aaron Sams and Harry Kantas (2019-01-17)

Earlier this month our sources shared information with us regarding a new release for Record Store Day 2019 which is being called “The Europa EP.” The 12-inch release will be released for Record Store Day on April 13, 2019. That EP will be a live EP with songs from the second leg of the Experience and Innocence tour.

We are pleased to confirm that side A will open with the opening track from the concerts, a musical piece with elements of “Zooropa” and “Love Is All We Have Left” under a speech by Charlie Chaplin, from his movie, The Great Dictator. The 1940 film speech was used over U2’s music to open all of the European concerts on the Experience and Innocence tour which ran between August 31 and November 13, 2018.

The opening track will continue into a live performance of “New Year’s Day” taken from a concert in Dublin in November 2018. That song was the centerpiece in a stage show that often referred to Europe. For the song, the band would play as a giant Europe flag flew behind the stage.

“New Year’s Day” is a song that U2 has finished while playing it live. Before its release in 1983, during the Pre-War Tour, U2 would play a different arrangement of the song, and use the Lech Walesa inspired lyrics. Ever since its release as a single in early 1983, “New Year’s Day” has become one of those epic, anthemic live songs, that you just don’t touch. And aside from minor lyrical additions, the structure of the song has not changed over the years. During The Joshua Tree 2017 Tour however, U2 added back the missing bridge and 3rd verse. For the Experience and Innocence tour last year, they also changed the arrangement of the song, giving us one of the most fresh, powerful versions of “New Year’s Day” in recent years. The sound is treated to a new, (perhaps inherited from “Get Out of Your Own Way” that precedes it in the live set list), distorted shimmer sound, and a subtle backing track, which adds a higher pitch to the overall tone. This is more audible during the keyboard parts. It is almost reminiscent of Kraftwerk. The timing between the rhythm section and the keyboards has also changed. Adam and Larry enter each verse 1-2 bars after Edge’s keyboard riff in this new arrangement. The keyboards have a longer role in general, as they can be heard during the intro, bridge after the guitar solo, and the outro as well. That fact alone immediately brings the Francois Kevorkian US Remix to mind, originally issued on a single in 1983.

The B-Side of the EP may also feature live songs from the Experience and Innocence tour. The EP will be released for Record Store Day in 2019. The official announcement of this EP should take place in late February, 2019. The cover art for this release, and the quantities that are being pressed are not known at this time.

Also coming in the next few months is the newest fan club release from U2.Com. The release, being called “Innocence + Experience Live, 2015 & 2018“ features live tracks which will be spread between two CDs.

What tracks will be included? The original announcement in November mentioned “The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone),” “Every Breaking Wave,” “Song for Someone,” from Songs of Innocence and “The Blackout,” “Get Out of Your Own Way,” and “13 (There is a Light)” from Songs of Experience. A new poll featured at U2.Com since yesterday adds some additional titles, including “The Troubles,” and “Iris (Hold Me Close)” both from Songs of Innocence, and “You’re the Best Thing About Me,” “American Soul,” and “The Little Things that Give You Away” from Songs of Experience. (“Song for Someone” is named again.)

The poll, which can be viewed here, asks you to decide between six song titles, as to which songs you will be able to digitally download first, in advance of the release of the gift. “Ahead of physical dispatch in the Spring, we’re making a track or two available for download… to anyone who’s already subscribed or resubscribed for 2019. First up we thought we’d ask YOU what two downloads we should start with.” This suggests that the six songs will be featured on the gift, and that two downloads will be coming sometime after the poll closes at the end of the month.

The question has caused some discussion online, as “The Little Things That Give You Away” has not been performed in 2015 or 2018, the two years that are specifically mentioned as part of the description of the CD. The song debuted on May 12, 2017 at the opening of The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, and was played a total of 14 times on that tour, last being performed on July 25, 2017 in Paris. Along the way, U2 also performed the song on Jimmy Kimmel Live in May 2017. The song has not been performed live since the release of the studio version of the song on Songs of Experience. Two alternate versions of the song have been shared as streaming tracks, with a version recorded at Neptune Valley studios streaming on Spotify, and a version from the May 14, 2017 concert in Seattle streaming on U2.Com.

What is the song doing here among the choices of songs from 2015 and 2018? Only time will tell, but perhaps the release will contain live versions of songs from Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience, and it is being included here to round out the second CD. To date no mention has been made of songs from anything but those two albums being part of this compilation. There are certainly enough tracks to do something like that. For Songs of Innocence they played all of the album tracks with the exception of “Sleep Like a Baby Tonight” and “This is Where You Can Reach Me Now.” Including bonus tracks “Invisible,” “The Crystal Ballroom,” and “Lucifer’s Hands” would be twelve tracks. From Songs of Experience, they played all the tracks except “The Showman.” Inclusion of bonus track “Ordinary Love” would be an additional thirteen tracks.

The original announcement certainly did not make it sound like any songs from 2017 would be included. The title being used so far references 2015 and 2018, and the announcement mentions this as a document of the “i+e Tour and the e+i Tour” as well as mentioning it documents the tours of 2015 and 2018. But “The Little Things That Give You Away” is one of your choices in the poll, and so far it appears to be the clear favourite to win the poll after several hours of voting.

You can pick what tracks you would like to download first at U2.Com until the end of the month. Downloads are said to start “from January” and shipping of the physical CDs was announced to begin in Spring 2019.

Back on December 12 we told you that “No Line on the Horizon“ would be reissued for the 10th anniversary of that album. On January 8, 2019, the release was officially announced, and we were told that there would be two versions, one on black vinyl and one on clear vinyl, with both being released on February 23, 2019.

It looks like those dates may shift however, as some online retailers have been changing their release information.

Universal in Canada is now listing the clear vinyl on February 15, 2019, and the black vinyl on the original date, originally when announced both were listed for the same day. That is the only store we’ve seen that has moved the date ahead, however. In the UK on Universal, the clear vinyl is now being listed with a March 29, 2019 release date, while the black vinyl maintains the original date. Other stores have started to show these alternate dates. In Italy, Amazon shows March 29 for the clear vinyl. Amazon in France and the UK still show the original February 22, 2019 date for the clear vinyl. In Germany, Amazon shows March 29 for the black vinyl, while Amazon in France, Italy, and the USA still show the original date for this release on black vinyl. U2.Com continues to list the February 22, 2019 date as well.

Based on past history and what we are seeing, we expect that one, or perhaps both editions of No Line on the Horizon may end up delayed in some regions. We will attempt to confirm release dates further and will continue to update the discography entry for No Line on the Horizon if new information is found.

Note: Article was updated on February 12, 2019 with regards to the B-Side.

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Songs of Experience: Your Answers (Part One)

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2019-01-11)

In early 2018, a month after Songs of Experience had been released we asked our audience a number of questions about the album. They included questions about the album itself, what formats you had purchased, and how you were listening to it. We asked questions about how it ranked among your favourite U2 albums. Many of you told us that the album was too new to give it a such ratings, but our intention was always to go back and ask the questions again. In December 2018, after the completion of the Experience + Innocence tour, we felt it was a good time to ask again. The album had been out for a year, many of us have had a chance to see the songs live, or at least to listen along on the internet to a few live shows. We’ve had singles, and videos, and remixes, lots and lots of remixes. We’ll reveal some of the newer results below, and in some cases will use the original results for comparison. We received over 1000 responses on each set of questions.

The original results come from a series of questions we asked and you answered in January of last year. These are marked “January 2018” in the article below. The new results come from a series of questions we asked last month, and are marked “December 2018” in the article. The results for each question are sorted so that the highest answer is the top in the chart below each graph. But this means that the colours used for each song may shift throughout the article, so pay attention to the legends as you go through the results. The biggest piece of the pie will always match with the answer that is highlighted at the top of the responses, which are listed below each graph.

We will reveal the answers in two stages, this first article will deal with some of the questions we asked about songs. Later this month we will reveal some of your answers about the album itself and how it compares to other albums, as well as looking at the singles and the videos from the album.

Our first question about the songs from Songs of Experience is what was your favourite from the new album. These are results from December 2018, after the tour had ended, and after a year of listening to these songs. The songs were not ranked by those answering the question, we have only asked you to identify what is your favourite song on the album.

The three songs most identified as favourites are “The Little Things That Give You Away,” “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way,” and “Red Flag Day.” Of the three, only “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” was released as a single from this album. It is also the only song of the three that was played each night on the tour. “Red Flag Day” was played sporadically throughout the tour, and “The Little Things That Give You Away” was not played on the current tour, but it had been played sporadically on “The Joshua Tree Tour.” Over 1/4 of the respondents to the poll chose “The Little Things That Give You Away” as favorite song. And over half of respondents picked one of these three songs as a favorite.

What songs got chosen as a favourite least often? “American Soul” with 0.4% of the vote seems to be the least likely song to be chosen as a favourite. “The Showman (Little More Better)” and “You’re The Best Thing About Me” were also rarely chosen as a favourite.

How does this compare to the previous years results?

This chart above looks at the January 2018 results on the left, after the album had just been released, and compares them to the more recent December 2018 results on the right. You can see that there hasn’t been a lot of shift in the numbers of 12 months. It appears that the same songs are chosen as favourites now as were chosen last year. And the three songs that got chosen as favourites in December, had only increased in the number of people choosing them as a favourite.

The graph above looks at the change in the vote between January 2018 and December 2018. A positive result means the song is more favoured now than it was in early 2018. A negative number means the song is less likely to be picked as a favourite now than it was in 2018. “The Blackout” has gained the most votes as a favourite over that time, as have “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” and “Red Flag Day”. As time has gone on these songs have gained more votes. “The Blackout” was probably helped along by the prominent placement at the start of the show in both legs of the tour. Perhaps more surprising though is “Summer of Love” is now less likely to be chosen as a favourite, and has lost more votes than any other song. The song was not played live throughout the US tour stops, but had been introduced as a single and was played each night in Europe. “Lights of Home” has also lost some votes as a favourite.

The above results ask what your favourite song, and a lack of votes for the song does not mean that it is unloved, it just means that the song is not a song that jumps out as a favourite on the album. To look at what songs didn’t work on the album, we also asked the opposite question, what was your least favourite song on Songs of Experience.

So it appears that there are two songs that are quite far ahead of the rest when you were asked to name your “least favourite” song on the album. “American Soul” came in first. Not only is it the least chosen song when asked to pick your favourites, over 25% of you identified the song as your least favourite. “The Showman (Little More Better)” also comes in high, with 22.7% identifying it as a least favourite song. “You’re the Best Thing About Me” comes in third, as the third chosen least favourite song, but at a much lower percentage at 8.5%.

“The Showman (Little More Better)” was not performed during the tour other than some snippets of the song read aloud in the introduction to “You’re The Best Thing About Me” and has never received a lot of attention on the album. “American Soul” is perhaps more surprising, as the song was promoted with two videos, used in a number of sportscasts for promotion, and released to radio in the UK. The song also was heavily featured in the first leg of the tour, being used for the moment where the American flag rose behind the stage.

Once again looking back at the January results (left) done just a month after release and before the tour, compared to the more recent questions (right) we can see some shifts that are interesting. “American Soul” and “The Showman (Little More Better)” were both identified the most in both surveys as a least favourite song. The current results had “You’re the Best Thing About Me” coming in as the third most identified song as least favourite, but back in January when the album was fresh, that song was behind “13 (There is A Light),” “Landlady,” and “Love is All We Have Left” just after the album came out.

This graph looks at the change in results from January to more recent in the choices of least favourite” song. In this graph a negative number is a good thing, it means that less people are choosing it as least favourite now than they were last January. A positive number is negative, it means more people are choosing it as a least favourite now. “13 (There is A Light),” “The Blackout,” and “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” have lost the most least favourite votes. All three were spotlight songs on the tour, which may have helped change opinions on the song.

“American Soul” really suffers, 5.5% more people are now choosing it as a least favourite than they did last year. Opinion on the song has shifted and has become less favourable over time. Other songs seeing this less favourable shift include “The Showman (Little More Better)” and “You’re The Best Thing About Me”.

A month after the album was released, and before any information was known about rehearsals of the tour, we asked the song you thought would be the perfect opening for the concert. The results above are from those questions a year ago. We wanted to look back and say good job! You guys nailed the opening songs for the album. The three songs that were chosen, that made up 75% of the vote were “The Blackout,” “Love is All We Have Left,” and “Lights of Home”. The three songs that opened the North American tour were in a different order, but they were these three songs. “Love is All We Have Left” moved to the background on the second leg of the tour, still in the mix under the Charlie Chaplin speech, but far more muted than in the North American leg. On both the North American and European leg, this song was used as a pre-recorded track, with only some lyrics being sung live by Bono in performance.

We also asked you for the song you thought would be perfect for closing, before the tour started, and before rehearsals. Again, the tracks identified as perfect closers were “Love Is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” and “13 (There is A Light)” which were the final two songs used on the tour. Over 50% of you chose one of these two songs as a good closer. A number of fans expressed throughout the tour that they would have preferred the show to end with “Love Is Bigger Than Anything in its Way.” The third most chosen song was “The Little Things that Give You Away” which had been used a number of nights on The Joshua Tree 2017 tour, but was not played on the more recent tour at all.

Another question we asked last year was which one song did you not want to hear live. This was asked before the tour started to get a feeling for what songs people were looking forward to. At the time the results included “The Showman (Little More Better),” “American Soul” and “Landlady” at the top of the list of songs you didn’t want to hear in concert. “Landlady” had not made the top three in songs that people identified as least favourite, but it did show up here. (Although it wasn’t far behind coming in at number four on that question – see above.)

With the tour over, we couldn’t ask the same question. But we did take a look at what was played and what people didn’t like about the show.

The first question was “What song did you enjoy least in concert?” We asked people to vote whether they saw the songs in concert, or if they just listened at home. There was also an option to list that you had not yet heard any live shows. The song most identified as the song enjoyed least in concert was “You’re the Best Thing About Me” with 20% of respondents choosing that song. You may have identified “American Soul” as your least favourite song, but it was “You’re the Best Thing About Me” that you enjoyed least at the show. “American Soul,” not a favourite in either poll, not surprisingly comes in second of this question. And “Love is All We Have Left” which was more pre-recorded than it was live, was identified third in the poll.

Songs identified least among least favourites? “Red Flag Day,” “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” and “The Blackout,” which indeed did all seem to be favorites at the shows I attended among the crowd.

Although it was your least favourite song live, “You’re The Best Thing About Me” doesn’t show up until fourth in this question, asking which song do you not want to hear on future tours. Maybe we’re holding out hope that they’ll do it full band or even break out a more upbeat remixed version on later tours to redeem this one? No surprises here, “American Soul” is the song most chosen that people would pick if they had to choose a song to not hear live in the future. Close behind was “The Showman (Little More Better)” which was never played on this tour. That one surprises me a bit, as usually there’s some love for songs that have not yet been played (cough cough “Acrobat”) but it seems that you are content not to hear this one, and also not to hear “Book of Your Heart,” which also was not performed on this tour.

Three to go. We thought we’d save some of the positive results for the end and look at the answers about favourite tracks in a live setting. The first chart above is from last January’s results, before the tour, and before rehearsals. We had asked what song people were looking forward to seeing live. The answers? “The Blackout,” “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” and “Red Flag Day” combined got 50% of the vote a year ago. Two of these were played every night on tour, and were crowd pleasers, witnessed by the energy during “The Blackout” and the crowd sing along for “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way.” “Red Flag Day” was played a small number of times on each leg, before being abandoned completely part way through the second leg in Europe.

Asked after the tour ended what song you enjoyed the most from the new album in a live setting, the overwhelming answer was “The Blackout” at 28.4%. Clearly people enjoyed that song on the tour. “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” comes in at second with 18.7% of the votes. Surprising perhaps, the third favourite song? “The Little Things That Give You Away” got 11.7% of the vote here, based on the performances of that song on The Joshua Tree 2017 tour. “Red Flag Day” was the third song that was played on the more recent tour. Perhaps had it been played more often it would have made it to the top three overall.

Finally, asked after the tour ended, what song you would want U2 to play on their next tour, you identified “The Little Things That Give You Away” as your number one choice with 23.2% of the votes. The song is clearly a favourite among fans, and they would like to hear more. Fans also chose “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” and “Red Flag Day” which were played on the current tour to continue on to what the band does next. If the current rumours turn out to be true, and the band is considering a 2019 tour of Australia, Asia and Africa, perhaps they’ll include “The Little Things That Give You Away”.

We’ll have the second part of your answers about the album, and singles in the next couple of weeks. But we would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who participated in our first and second round of questions.

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Chasing Bono…in Soho: An interview with Neil McCormick

Original Story by Harry Kantas (2019-01-07)

You may have read the book (I Was Bono’s Doppelganger), or seen the film (Killing Bono). Neil McCormick is an artist born out of the post-punk movement that touched, among other places, Mount Temple Comprehensive School in Dublin, in the mid-70s.

I Was Bono’s Doppelganger tells the tale of Neil, and his brother Ivan (a former member of Feedback), and their musical journey alongside U2’s. Chasing Bono is the theatrical adaptation of that story.

1970s Dublin. Friends Neil McCormick and Paul Hewson share the same ambition: to form bands and become global superstars. Paul changed his name to ‘Bono’ and his band became U2. Neil’s band never got off the ground.

1987. Dublin gangster Danny Machin wants a fair and balanced account written of his life whilst now-writer Neil is wondering where his went so wrong. Danny sees an opportunity and kidnaps him. Neil becomes Danny’s biographer. Danny becomes Neil’s shrink, probing the reasons for Neil’s succession of disastrous decisions.

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Written by Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais of Porridge, The Likely Lads, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and The Commitments fame, directed by Gordon Anderson (The Catherine Tate Show, The Inbetweeners, Shameless, Fresh Meat, Lovesick), produced by Sally Wood, and with a brilliant cast behind it, Chasing Bono opened its doors in Soho Theatre on December 6th, 2018. On December 15th, there was a post-matinee Q&A with the cast and writers, where Neil even gave us an impromptu performance of one of the songs featured in the play, called “I Found God”.
Bono, and the rest of the band have also been supportive of I Was Bono’s Doppelganger and its derivatives. “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” has been licensed and can be heard on both Killing Bono and Chasing Bono, and Bono was also interested who on would portray him in the play. His only request: “Make sure he’s very tall..!”

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We had a chat with Neil over the holidays on all things Chasing Bono:

Harry: First things first, how do you feel about Chasing Bono? Is it doing the book justice? Did having to adapt the narrative to a more theatrical setting come as a welcomed change, or was it challenging for you? (For what it’s worth, I thought it worked beautifully, and even added to the story).

Neil: I genuinely like Chasing Bono a great deal. I think it’s funny and philosophical with the same sort of balance of humour and pathos as my book, albeit achieved by very different means. There are chunks of my original dialogue and monologues still in there so it has a very recognisable tone and character to me. the way that Dick Clement and Ian Lafrenais adapted the narrative was kind of fascinating to consider as a writer but it was personally challenging to me too. Dramatically it makes sense but I have to get past the interior voice that objects to anyone altering the facts of my real life, and my real existence. But it has been a ride.

Harry: Last time we spoke, you had mixed feelings about Killing Bono, you mentioned it to have been traumatic in some ways. The 2 projects feel very different but Killing Bono might go down better now that Chasing Bono is around, to tell the original story. Do you feel that Chasing Bono may have brought some closure?

Neil: I am not entirely sure how I feel about it to be honest. it wasn’t as traumatic this time but that may be because I’ve been through the wringer experience. it was still deeply strange watching actors portray me and people I know and love in ways that don’t precisely chime with my own inner sense of the person or events. It’s like seeing your life through a distorting mirror or another person’s artistic prism. Anyway I don’t know about closure. In many ways writing the original book was supposed to be an act of closure but it really had almost an opposite effect, stirring up old emotions again. I couldn’t have written the original book if I wasn’t profoundly over the sense of envy and perhaps self pity that made me feel my life was marked by a quality of failure, certainly in comparison to my famous friend. But the success of the book and all the projects that have spun from it has, in many ways, tied me closer to Bono than before, so that, for some people, and by some of the crueler interpretations of our very volatile social media communicating world, I will always be in his shadow, and perhaps hanging on his coat tails. I can see and feel both sides. But I don’t particularly let any interpretation affect me emotionally. I enjoy the absurdity of all of this, it seems quite cosmically comical to me.

Harry: There was talk during the Q&A about perhaps recording some of the songs with the cast. The play runs until January 19th. Is that a hard stop? Would you consider extending it, should people keep coming to see it, do you see it as a potentially longer term project?

Neil: In an ideal world the play will have a longer life. this is essentially a fringe production to put it into the shop window of the theatrical world. The greatest delight of the whole thing from me and my brother has been to hear long lost songs being revived and actually resonating with audiences. so I am hopeful that there will be some kind of musical and theatrical extension of this whole experience, and that might involve cast albums and touring productions. but it is really out of my hands and I have been through enough not to worry too much about things that are out of my control. these couple of months in the theatre have been a fascinating delight and I’m enjoying it while I can.

Harry: Has the success of Chasing Bono taken away at all from the excitement around #Zero (Neil’s latest project, covered here), or introduced any delays? And respectively, has the experience of writing #Zero contributed at all to the adaptation of Chasing Bono?

Neil: The two aren’t really connected at all but I’m rather hoping the excitement around Chasing Bono will feed into the excitement around #Zero rather than the other way around. It hasn’t caused any delays. Publishing is a very slow business. I am going to have to get very busy now sorting out my pledges.

Harry: Your theatre family got to hang out with your life family last weekend. What was that like? That has got to be the definition of “centre of attention”, a rock star moment as any!

Neil: I like the actors very much and enjoy their portrayals of me and my family and it was amusing to see everyone interacting. It’s surreal, comical, weird, fun, I am really just trying to enjoy it for what it throws up. I have had a few fleeting rock star moment I suppose, and I am really just noting them with amusement. where my family is concerned I am very aware that this is their story too, and they don’t really have any choice in how are they represented and how their story is being told so I’m doing my best to be appreciative and include them in the fun surrounding the production. My brother (Ivan) has really enjoyed it and been incredibly helpful. It is, as I said, very satisfying in the great validation from both of us to hear those songs live again.

Neil and Bono would frequently get into conversations about God and faith. Rumour has it that Neil played a demo of “I found God” for Bono at some point, who liked the lyrics so much, that he jokingly claimed that it was one of his songs. To which Neil replied “You wish!”.

Harry: You also performed one of the songs for us: “I found God”, which you famously gave to Bono back in the day to listen to. He jokingly claimed that he wrote it. (I could actually see Bono singing those lyrics). Was there ever any follow up to that?

Neil: No. I thought it would be funny if he sang the voice of God on the recording but I think we both knew that would be setting him up for a fall, It was a song he felt affinity to perhaps because it really does describe our lifelong conversation about God and tries to look at it from different but not mutually exclusive perspectives. I would love it if that song found a new audience and maybe it will through the play. Bono has expressed his admiration for a few of my songs over the years – but to be fair I’ve expressed my admiration for a few of his. One day perhaps he and the Edge will be recognised as one of the all-time great songwriting teams. After all these years they still working at an incredibly high level lyrically and melodically.

Harry: It’s Freaky Friday, July 12th 1985.You wake up in Bono’s bed. Bono wakes up in yours. It’s the day before Live Aid. What do you do?

Neil: Sorry that is too freaky to even think about. One of the things that people perhaps misunderstand about my relationship with Bono is that I have no desire to be him. I could never have been the front man for a band like U2. I am so glad that they exist. Watching them come together, having a ringside seat for their world conquering rise, has been one of the great joys and privileges of my life. As a young man, like so many other young wannabe artists, I fantasised about that kind of career arc for my own art. I didn’t achieve that, but then neither do most creative people. Successful or not, my own expression of self is what it has been about for me. In the end, I have to be satisfied with whatever satisfaction I have achieved through my own creativity, rather than fantasising of succeeding by hijacking somebody else’s work.

Harry: It’s Freaky Friday, December 7th, 2018. You wake up in Bono’s bed. Bono wakes up in yours. It’s the day after Bono’s play, Chasing Neil has debuted. What do you do?

Neil: The interesting thing about that is how completely absurd it sounds and yet that level of absurdity actually reflects Bono’s everyday life. All fame is a mirage. It is smoke and mirrors. Coming to that realisation is what the play is about. Bono in the title is a metaphor for the illusory appeal of fame. So he did wake up one day to find there was going to be a play with his name in the title. But fortunately he is an individual who has a grasp on the difference between the illusory appeal of his marketing brand and the gritty reality of life as we all have to live it. As am I, albeit from the other side of the red cordon.

Chasing Bono is on at Soho Theatre in London, and will run until Saturday January 19th. It is highly recommended for any U2 fan!

Tickets are available at the Soho Theatre web page.

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No Line on the Horizon Remaster for the 10th Anniversary

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2019-01-07)

No Line on the Horizon is being released for the 10th anniversary of the album, and the album will be fully remastered, and will be released with two additional remixes on the vinyl. It is being released in two different formats, a regular black vinyl pressing that will be kept in print, and a limited edition clear vinyl.


IMAGE: Black vinyl release of No Line on the Horizon (Image: U2.com)

The album is remastered, and will be released on February 22, 2019. Both versions of the album can be ordered now through the store at U2.Com. Both versions are now starting to appear at other online shops as well including various Amazon storefronts and Universal storefronts in various countries, Bullmoose Records and other independent stores. Unlike the recent blue Zooropa and gold The Joshua Tree, it does not appear that the clear version will be an exclusive to any one retailer.

The black vinyl version carries the catalog number 5797085 (UPC: 602557970852). The clear vinyl version carries the catalog number 7733839 (UPC: 602577338397).

The press release for this remastered set reads:

Remastered and pressed on 180g double LP black vinyl, plus limited edition 180g double LP ultra-clear vinyl, No Line On The Horizon (2009) will be released on February 22nd (available to pre order from January 9th). Recorded between Fez in Morocco, Dublin (HQ), New York (Platinum Sound Recording Studios) and London (Olympic Studios) and produced by Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois and Steve Lillywhite, No Line On The Horizon debuted at #1 in 30 countries across the globe on release in 2009.  Lead single “Get On Your Boots” was followed by “Magnificent” and “I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight.” The 12th studio album from U2, No Line On The Horizon has been fully remastered and the reissue will also include two additional remixes to celebrate the 10th anniversary – “Magnificent (Wonderland Remix)” by Pete Tong and Paul Rogers and “I’ll Go Crazy if I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight” (Redanka’s ‘Kick the Darkness’ Vocal Version).


IMAGE: Clear vinyl release of No Line on the Horizon (Image: U2.com)

This is the latest in a long line of reissues on vinyl, a program that started in 2017 with a reissue of How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb and War on vinyl on March 31, 2017. When that set was released, we were told that the full back catalog would be reissued, with a few new vinyl issues each month.

To date the schedule has been:

  • March 31, 2017: War (2008 mix)
  • March 31, 2017: How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb (Not remastered)
  • April 13, 2018: All That You Can’t Leave Behind
  • April 13, 2018: Pop
  • April 13, 2018: Wide Awake in America
  • July 27, 2018: The Best of 1980 – 1990
  • July 27, 2018: Achtung Baby
  • July 27, 2018: Zooropa
  • September 28, 2018: The Best of 1990 – 2000

Also more recently, have been two special coloured vinyl releases of Zooropa and The Joshua Tree, released on November 23, 2018 in most of the world, with earlier releases in Germany and the UK. Many of our discography entries for these releases can be found in the discography entry for albums, down under “Reissues and Remasters”.


IMAGE: Cover of the Remastered Vinyl Coming in February

The albums Boy, October, Under a Blood Red Sky, and The Unforgettable Fire have been kept in print since their initial release on vinyl in 2008 – 2009. The Joshua Tree was reissued in 2017 for the thirtieth anniversary of that album in a variety of formats including a 2-vinyl set. Initially we were told Rattle and Hum would be released this fall and No Line on the Horizon would be the final release next spring. It appears that Rattle and Hum was removed from the schedule and they will continue on directly to No Line on the Horizon as the next release. At this time we do not know when, or if Rattle and Hum will be rescheduled, but we will let you know as any information becomes available.

Many of U2’s albums have been out of print for a number of years, leading to high prices on the collectors market. No Line on the Horizon, Rattle and Hum, and the Passengers album Original Soundtracks 1 are the three albums which have not been widely repressed, or kept in print in recent years. These newer pressings are done with new catalog numbers and information on the album itself, on a high quality vinyl, and are pressed for the worldwide market. If your shop or online store stocked the earlier re-releases, it should stock this new one.

This is the first time that a coloured vinyl and a black vinyl version of an album re-release have been issued on the same day.

Many thanks to Davide P for some information used in this article.

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U2’s Record Store Day 2019 Release Plans: The Europa EP

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2019-01-05)

Originally posted: January 4, 2019 Last Updated: January 5, 2019

We are pleased to share with you that U2 will once again participate in Record Store Day for 2019. Our sources which have been very reliable in the past have told us that this new release is a special one, taken from the recently finished Experience and Innocence tour. The record is being called “The Europa EP” and will be on 12-inch vinyl.

The opening track of the EP will be the previously unreleased mix of “Zooropa” and “Love is All We Have Left” which is backing music behind Charlie Chaplin’s final speech from The Great Dictator. The 1940 film speech was used over U2’s music to open all of the European concerts on the Experience and Innocence tour which ran between August 31 and November 13, 2018.

The EP will likely be filled out with a number of other tracks taken from the live show. These are not from the recent film shoot in Berlin, and we are told that they are taken from other locations on the European tour. There will be multiple tracks on each side.

The title itself leads one to guess that one of the tracks on the EP will be the new remix of “New Year’s Day” which was the featured track while the European Union flag was displayed behind the stage. The release in November of “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me” was the intermission piece from the tour, but a studio recording of that song, these are expected to be live releases.

The artwork we have used for our posts on social media are not the cover of the EP.

Releases for Record Store Day will be officially announced in late February 2019, so this release will not be officially announced until that time. Record Store Day will be held worldwide on April 13, 2019 this year. The day, which celebrates independent Record Stores sees the release of limited vinyl compilations by artists each year.


VIDEO: U2Gigs shared “New Year’s Day” from Dublin on YouTube

U2 has participated in a number of Record Store Day events over the years, since the event first started in 2008, including both the main Record Store Day, held each April, as well as the Black Friday event held in November:

  • November 26, 2010: Release of the EP “Wide Awake in Europe” [5000 copies, numbered]
  • November 29, 2013: Release of the 10-inch single “Ordinary Love” [10000 copies]
  • November 28, 2014: Release of a North and South of the River Poster / Map
  • April 18, 2015: Release of Songs of Innocence on double 12-inch vinyl [5000 copies, numbered]
  • April 22, 2017: Release of “Red Hill Mining Town” as a 12-inch picture disc, also a limited release of a numbered ‘fanzine’ [7000 copies, 1000 copies of US fanzine, 500 copies of UK fanzine]
  • November 24, 2017: Release of “The Blackout” in 12-inch black and 12-inch coloured vinyl [750 copies limited coloured vinyl, 19250 copies of black vinyl]
  • April 21, 2018: Release of “Lights of Home” as a 12-inch picture disc [5000 copies]
  • November 23, 2018: Release of “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me” as a 12-inch black vinyl [7000 copies]

We recently took a closer look at some of these releases in our History Mix column. We will have additional information on this release in the next couple of days, and will share that information as it is available.

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A Look Back at the Releases of 2018

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-12-31)

It’s been a busy year of news, and that’s been one of our priorities this year. From tour rumours, to tracking new releases, we spend a lot of time in that area of the site. But the discography is continually maintained and updated in the background as well. As 2018 comes to an end we’d like to take a look back at some of the releases of 2018. First up we’ll have a list of new items added to the U2 discography this year. We will follow that with a look at some of the entries that we have spent time completely overhauling this year, with new information and new research. And finally we’ll list a few of the entries that haven’t been a part of the site in the past that we added this year. If you’re looking to see what you might have missed out on this year, we hope this is a great place to start. If you click on the links, or images, you’ll be taken to the discography in most cases where you can find out additional information about each release.

New Discography Entries for 2018 Releases:

These are new entries added to the discography here for projects that were first released in 2018. This includes solo projects, singles, and promotional releases that were first released in 2018.


JAN 15, 2018: “Summer of Love” Promotional Single
Initially only released to radio in The Netherlands, the song was later sent out to DJs in the UK. Including the radio edit, a total of 22 different mixes were sent out for promotion throughout the year. The song made a strong impact on the Dance Club Songs chart at Billboard, peaking at #7 on that chart. It also did well on the Commercial Pop Chart at Music Week in the UK, peaking at #5 on that chart.


FEB 9, 2018: “A Fanatic Heart: Bob Geldof on W.B. Yeats” Soundtrack
This soundtrack to a documentary “A Fanatic Heart: Bob Geldof on W.B. Yeats” contains three tracks featuring Bono. Two are poetry readings, “September 1913,” and “On Being Asked for a War Poem.” The third track is “September 1913 / Mad as the Mist and Snow,” a musical track, featuring Bono on vocals, reading the first part and singing the latter. The DVD release of this documentary included two additional poems read by Bono, “Politics,” and “He Wishes for the Clothes of Heaven.”


FEB 21, 2018: “Essential Hits Issue 155” – Various Artists
This DJ compilation released in February included the promotional edit of “Summer of Love” sent to radio in The Netherlands in January. The promo was issued by DMC, a UK based supplier of songs to DJs.


FEB 23, 2018: “The Sound of A” Single – Alice Cooper
In 2017 Larry Mullen appeared on a number of tracks on the new Alice Cooper records, and in early 2018 the final single from that album was issued, “The Sound of A”. Larry only plays on the title track.


APR 11, 2018: “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” Promotional Single
On April 11, 2018, “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” was first issued to radio in the USA, first being sent to Adult Album Alternative stations (AAA) and later being more widely distributed. In May 2018, a series of remixes were issued for promotion, and throughout the summer almost weekly there were new remixes sent out to DJs. All told, including the album version initially sent to radio, there were 43 different mixes of the song used for promotion. And there were a handful of mixes that came out that were never officially used for promotion. The whole campaign worked, the song reached the #1 spot on the Billboard Dance Club Songs, peaking there on July 28, 2018.


APR 21, 2018: “Lights of Home” Single – U2
“Lights of Home” was released as a single for Record Store Day in April 2018, with two remixes we had heard previously, as well as a brand new remix by Beck. The Beck remix would also be digitally released a week later in digital storefronts.


MAY 4, 2018: “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” Single
May 4, 2018 saw the release of a three track commercial single of remixes for “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” by Will Clarke, The Daybreakers, and The Funk Hunters. As the summer progressed we also got stand alone commercial releases featuring an acoustic version of the song, a version remixed by Cheat Codes, and a remix by Beck. Finally in July a three track single of remixes by HP Hoeger and Rusty Egan for the song was released. All of these were commercially available.


MAY 26, 2018: “All That You Can’t Leave Behind”, “Pop” and “Wide Awake in America” Remastered Albums – U2
May 26 saw three new pressings of old material on vinyl, with the release of new vinyl versions of “All That You Can’t Leave Behind,” “Pop,” and “Wide Awake in America”. All three had been remastered, although the remaster of “Wide Awake in America” dates back to the 2009 reissue of “The Unforgettable Fire”. This was the first wave of a number of older vinyl reissued this year.


JUN 15, 2018: “Red Rocks Live” Compilation
This release in June on vinyl and at digital store fronts celebrated the 77th anniversary of the Red Rocks Amphitheater. All of the tracks on the vinyl were recorded at Red Rocks, and U2’s contribution is “New Year’s Day”. This is the first time this has been released in audio, as the version on the Under a Blood Red Sky album was from a concert in Boston instead.


JUL 27, 2018: “Zooropa” (Black Vinyl), “Achtung Baby” and “The Best of 1980-1990” Remastered Albums
The second set of vinyl reissues this year saw new mastered versions of “Zooropa,” “Achtung Baby,” and “The Best of 1980-1990”. All three are labeled as remasters, and all arrived on the same day. “Zooropa” was available on black vinyl, although in just a couple of months U2 would also issue it in blue vinyl.


AUG 10, 2018: “Summer of Love” Commercial Single – U2
The first commercial release of “Summer of Love” came with a four song EP of remixes, with mixes by Robin Schulz, TILT & Danny Stubbs, Howie B, and HP Hoeger and Rusty Egan. That set of mixes was released digitally only. A second set of remixes titled the “Club Remixes” EP was released on November 23, 2018. This time the set included remixes by DJLW, MINDSKAP, Ralphi Rosario and Hardwell. There has been no physical release of “Summer of Love” only digital singles, and digital promotional releases (see above).


SEP 7, 2018: “Live Aid (Live, 13th July 1985)” Digital Release – Various
After years of only being available in video formats, a surprise September 7, 2018 release saw the audio from Live Aid released to a variety of different digital store fronts. The release included U2’s versions of “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “Bad” as well as Bono’s appearance singing “Do They Know it’s Christmas?” at this legendary concert.


SEP 25, 2018: “The MOJO Anthology” Compilation – Various
For the 300th issue of MOJO magazine, a special compilation album was included with the issue, and The Edge took a look back at the magazine over the years. The mixed CD contained an alternate version of “Lights of Home” mixed by Mark ‘Spike’ Stent. The new mix is subtle, which changes in the levels of instruments and a grittier sound. It is believed that this mix is the version that had been played for waiting fans at the video shoot for the new song “The Blackout” in Amsterdam in July 2017.


SEP 28, 2018: “The Best of 1990 – 2000” Remastered Album – U2
Collectors bought a lot of vinyl this year with three reissues in May, three reissues in July, and “The Best of 1990 – 2000” getting reissued in September. Like the other releases before it, this is a remastered version of that album, and it sounds great, although it does leave out the alternate vocal version of “Mysterious Ways” found on the original release of this album in favour of the version from “Achtung Baby”.


OCT 12, 2018: “Zooropa” Remastered Album – U2
The last reissues for 2018, “The Joshua Tree” and “Zooropa,” were both on coloured vinyl. Released first in the UK, was a blue vinyl version of “Zooropa” just two and a half months after it was released on black vinyl. Those looking for the blue one, pay attention to the blue sticker on the outside of the package, it had been black for the earlier version on black vinyl. The blue version of “Zooropa” was pushed out early in the UK to reach stores for National Album Day, celebrating the 70th birthday of the album. It was next released in Germany on October 26, 2018, and later released worldwide on November 23, 2018.


OCT 13, 2018: “Souris Calle” Album – Various
One of the odder releases this year was a three vinyl set featuring artists making dedications to Souris, a cat belonging to french artist Sophie Calle, who had died. The vinyl featured Bono recording “Message to Souris” which was a reading of Rainer Maria Rilke’s “Black Cat” read over top of a recording of U2’s own “An Cat Dubh”. The album was also released digitally.


OCT 13, 2018: “Landlady” Promotional Release (Italy Only)
Perhaps a strange release strategy saw U2 debut the song “Landlady” in concert in Milan, where it was played on two nights, and then promptly followed it up with a release to radio, but only to stations in Italy, and a handful of Italian stations outside of Italy. The song was dropped from the set list at the next show, and was only played one additional time at the final show in Dublin. The song did receive strong play in the area around Milan, but little play elsewhere in Italy suggesting this may have been aimed at a specific region in Italy.


NOV 16, 2018: “Homeward Bound” Single – Street Lights
A charity single featuring Bono and other Irish artists covering Simon and Garfunkel’s song “Homeward Bound” was released on November 16, 2018. Bono recorded his vocal on November 9 ahead of the third Dublin show of the tour. He is joined on this single by artists such as Gary Lightbody from Snow Patrol, Villagers, Roisin O, and The High Hopes Choir.


NOV 16, 2018: “Unchained Melodies” Album – Roy Orbison
In 1989, Roy Orbison released “She’s A Mystery to Me,” a song written by Bono and The Edge, and recorded with Bono in studio, who contributed guitar and was credited as a producer on the original track. Here, Orbison’s original vocal recorded that day is taken and mixed with an orchestral arrangement of the song by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Totally unrelated to this orchestral arrangement, the original mix of the song was featured in the movie Aquaman at the end of the year.


NOV 23, 2018: “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me” Single – U2
The second Record Store Day release from U2 this year saw the release of the new remix of “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me” by St Francis Hotel being released on a 12-inch vinyl. The remix features vocals by Gavin Friday and Regine Chassagne of Arcade Fire and was used this year as the intermission during the tour. The vinyl is limited to 7000 copies worldwide. A number of countries including Canada, France and The Netherlands saw delivery of this release delayed by several weeks.


DEC 7, 2018: “Street Lights” Album – Various Artists
Our final entry for this year, the album titled “Street Lights” featuring a variety of acts contributing songs for charities dealing with the homeless in Ireland. The single, “Homeward Bound” released in November, and featuring Bono on vocals is the lead track on this album which also features tracks by other Irish musicians. All proceeds from the album go to three organizations, The Peter McVerry Trust, Simon Community Ireland and Focus Ireland. All three have agreed that money from the album will go directly into rehoming and rehousing at a national level in Ireland. Celtic Collections in Ireland has these for sale at a reasonable shipping fee for international orders if you are interested. It is also available through other online merchants, and can also be purchased in a digital format (although with two less tracks).

Other Notable Releases:

Not all of the releases in 2018 required building a new discography entry, and there’s a handful of things where material was released in 2018, where the original release had been in the years prior such as the “Get Out of Your Own Way” remixes in January, when the original single had been released in December, and new versions of Songs of Experience.


“Get Out of Your Own Way” Commercial and Promotional Release
Although initially the “Switch Remix” was issued in December 2017, in January 2018 a new remix of “Get Out of Your Own Way” was issued, by Afrojack. And on April 6, an acoustic version of the song was released as well. A promotional release of remixes was also issued on January 19, 2018. These featured alternate versions of the Switch and Afrojack remixes.


“Songs of Experience” Alternate Formats
Although “Songs of Experience” was properly released in December 2017, there were two notable issues that were released in 2018 as well. The first is a release in Japan on the SHM-CD format on December 12, 2018. This format uses a material that produces less laser scatter, producing less errors, and the entire U2 catalog had been issued in Japan in this format in 2017.

Also released this year was a special “For Your Consideration” version of the album which was sent to music influencers in late 2018. This version of the album is in a 7-inch booklet, making it look like a 7-inch single. This new printing has additional information in the booklet including information about the album from its producers, and information from reviews of the album from various media. As well there is a letter from U2 in the new printing of the album, explaining the journey from innocence to experience. The release of this version of the album was an attempt to garner nominations for the Grammy Awards, and is a common practice in the music business.


“The Joshua Tree” Gold Vinyl
As we mentioned above in the entry for the blue vinyl version of “Zooropa,” “The Joshua Tree” also got a coloured vinyl release at the end of the year in 2018. It’s not included in the list above, as it uses the same mastering as the 30th edition vinyl pressed in 2017. But the vinyl was new for 2018. “The Joshua Tree” on gold vinyl was initially released on October 26, 2018 in the UK and Germany, and was made available in the rest of the world on November 23, 2018. The vinyl is gold coloured vinyl.

New Additions to the U2 Discography in 2018:

We are constantly going back and looking at older compilations and examining what is on these albums. Those that have unique edits or new versions of the songs get added quickly, although we are close to launching a much more in depth look at all the compilations we are aware of while we build detailed entries. The list below are new entries we added into the discography in 2018, along with a description of what was unique about each entry. As 2019 starts we already have a small stack of these to work on for the new year as well!

  • “Irish Music 1990” Promotional Release (1990): This compilation put together to highlight Irish music in 1990 featured two U2 related tracks, first is the common, album version of “Desire” and the second is a slight edit of the Larry Mullen Jr. solo project, “Put ‘em Under Pressure” (Mind Your House Mix). This album was released on U2’s own Mother Records label.
  • “Now Dance 92” Compilation (1992): A dance mix compilation with a unique edit of “Even Better Than the Real Thing” (The Perfecto Mix – Radio Edit)
  • Ghost in the Shell Project 2501: The Real Image Album Collection: This 1996 album release contained an alternate mix of Passengers’ “One Minute Warning”.
  • “In the Mix 90s Hits” Compilation (1996): This dance compilation features a unique edit of “Even Better Than The Real Thing” (The Perfecto Mix).
  • “Essential Polygram 1997 Osz-Tel” Compilation (1997): This promotional only release of songs in Hungary contained a unique edit of “Please”. Unlike they shortened edits released in most regions for radio which were edits of the single version of the song, this edit is an edit of the album version of “Please.”
  • Pure Dance 1998 (1998): This 1998 mixed compilation contains U2’s “Discotheque” (DM Radio Mix). The U2 track was only available on the US versions of the CD.
  • “1998 Nominees: UK & US Favourites” (1998): A compilation of award nominated songs from 1997 produced in South America and Asia, includes a unique edit of “Discotheque” removing 11 seconds at the start of the song and 25s at the end of the song.
  • Fields of Hope: Fighting Against Famine (2000): Compilation includes a performance of “Staring at the Sun” taken from Mexico City, December 3, 1997.
  • “The Complete Early Years 1980 – 1987” Collection (2002): A six disc album collection produced by Universal in The Netherlands in 2002.
  • Mystery Land – The Official Registration (2003): This 2003 mixed CD contains a different remix of “Staring at the Sun” titled the “Rhythm Brothers Rmx).
  • “Best Of U2” Video CD-Rom – U2 (2000): A special release with Turkey’s “Blue Jean” magazine, featuring a number of video clips by U2 on the disc, and a unique PopMart era cover.
  • “Intermission” Soundtrack Album (2004): We’ve had Intermission listed in our soundtrack list for years, but we just got around to a discography entry this year. The version of “Out of Control” on here isn’t unique, but what is unique is the song is edited so you don’t hear the end of “Into the Heart” at the start like you do on copies of U2’s album version of the song.
  • “Amercian Prayer” Digital Single – American Idol Final Six (2007): On one show in 2007, American Idol introduced “Idol Gives Back” where funds were raised for various charitable organizations. As part of the show, Bono mentored the final six contestants, and they performed his song “American Prayer” which was later sold in the iTunes store as both an audio track (studio recording) and as a video (live from the Idol stage).
  • “It’s Showtime!” Promotional Release – U2 (2012): A special version of “From the Ground Up” and “U22” given to members of the U2 crew at the end of the U2360 tour. Features a unique book cover and all three discs.
  • “Songs of Experience Album Sampler” (2017): Four track promotional sampler given away with special “Goodie Bags” in-store with the purchase of the album.
  • “Innocence + Experience Live, 2015 & 2018” (2019): This one is coming out next year, the new fan club gift for subscription is a special two disc mix of live tracks taken from the 2015 and 2018 tours.

U2 Discography Entries that got a Major Overhaul in 2018:

As time goes on we continually go back and update older entries in the discography. We look at what is present, what can be done to improve the entry, and how to make the discography as complete as possible. This year with a tour and a lot of new releases, we spent less time revising older articles, but we have had a chance to look at many of them. The following are the list of entries where we have done significant work.


“I’ll Go Crazy if I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight” Single (2009)

We actually started building U2Songs in the background in 2009, and spent five years researching and rebuilding the discography here. But as part of that, this entry for the commercial single of “I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight” was one of the first entries done for the site, and it needed some work. When the “Live from Somerville” version of the song was released to Canadian music services in 2018 (previously it had been an Amazon USA, and iTunes elsewhere exclusive) we started looking at the entry and decided to go back in and revise it. The digital versions of the single and the physical versions were combined into one discography entry. We’ve gone through and updated the digital releases to better reflect what was released worldwide. And we added in the new 2018 releases in Canada. Next up for revision, we’ll do much the same with “Magnificent” next month.


“Snake Charmer” EP (1983)

This was another revision driven by the 2018 release of a new format. In October 2018, this EP was released on CD for the first time, and we took the opportunity to go in and look at this release. We used multiple versions of the release to sort through one and for all what versions have been released in what formats over the years. This included revisions to other related releases by Jah Wobble.


“Million Dollar Hotel” Promotional Releases (2000)

This entry never got finished before the relaunch of U2Songs, and sat with little information since that time. We were able to get the time to finish it off with details about a variety of different promotional releases to support the movie soundtrack, including clarification of which promotional release contains the edited version of “Amsterdam Blue”.

We are excited to see what 2019 will bring. As mentioned above we have a stack of compilations we are working our way through for the New Year, and we already know of several interesting releases that are coming in 2019. As more information about each of these is known we will enter these into our discography.

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The History Mix: Snake Charmer on CD

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-12-30)

At the end of October, a surprise CD release came out, Snake Charmer an EP that The Edge had contributed to in 1983, had finally been released on CD. This was 35 years (almost to the day) after the original had been released on vinyl and cassette. The new release was issued by the Music on CD label, a legitimate label, providing legally licensed releases. They focus mainly on re-issuing music that has been out of print for some time.


IMAGE: Front Cover of New CD Pressing of Snake Charmer

The Music on CD label has issued a number of items that relate to U2:

The other items have previously all been released on CD, but are now hard to find. Snake Charmer on the other hand is being released here on CD for the first time. (The label has also reissued Gavin Friday’s Each Man Kills for those who may be interested.) With this new release of Snake Charmer, we thought we’d take a look back at the album and how it came about. We’ve also taken a close look at the individual tracks that appear on associated releases to try to untangle some confusion about these releases.

François Kevorkian was born and raised in France. In 1975 he moved to the US, and started to try to find his way as a drummer. He started as a DJ in underground New York Clubs, later moving on to bigger clubs, including a stint as guest DJ at Studio 54. During that time he gained popularity as a remixer. In 1983, he remixed U2 on their “Two Hearts Beat as One” single, remixing both “Two Hearts Beat as One” and “New Year’s Day”.


IMAGE: Back Cover of New CD Pressing of Snake Charmer

In the liner notes for the 2008 War reissue, The Edge recalls U2’s first foray into dance music: “I met with François [Kevorkian] in his NY apartment sometime in 1982 and spent a ‘mind expanding’ evening with him as he took me through some of the 12” records making an impact on the New York underground… Working with François was our first exposure to a club scene that would have a huge impact on music more generally. This was in the days before sampling and digital recording, so the scope to reconfigure a track over a dance beat was very limited. However, in his remixes [of ‘New Year’s Day’ and ‘Two Hearts Beat as One’] you can hear where things were headed.”

That mix of New Year’s Day lead to additional work with one of the members of U2, The Edge, and his first project as a producer, 1983’s EP “Snake Charmer.” The Snake Charmer project would bring together a number of musical figures to work on five tracks. Bass player Jah Wobble, best known as a bass player for Public Image Limited would join former members of Can, Holger Czukay and Jaki Liebezeit and jazz-funk singer Marcella Allen, and guitarist Animal to work on the project. The Edge, from U2, would participate on a number of tracks as well. In fact Kervorkian was so busy with the Snake Charmer project he turned down Madonna when she requested he mix her new single to finish her project.

Wobble described how the project came about in an interview with The Guardian: “The dance producer François Kevorkian had remixed U2 and wanted to make a record with Edge and me on bass. Then I brought Holger and Jaki into the fray. Snake Charmer was successful all around the world.” Wobble would also talk about the recording of the track, “The producer here was top New York DJ/remixer François Kervorkian, and the album was “Snake Charmer”, which features The Edge (nice down to earth fella) from U2 and Holger. Check out the latter’s mental French horn solo. This was also the first time I came across the infamous Lin Drum, one of the first programmable drum machines, it is a feature of this track. This era, the early to mid eighties saw the rapid development of midi technology; this session was my introduction to the digital domain. It was quite an eye opener for me. I gave François a tough time on occasion, but he did OK. And I learned a lot.” Turns out Wobble himself isn’t much a fan of U2, once telling The Guardian when asked if he was a fan, “Not particularly, but I always say that all these rock bands are similar to broken clocks: correct twice a day. So I really like New Year’s Day and Beautiful Day.”


IMAGE: New CD Pressing of Snake Charmer

Recording and mixing of the Snake Charmer album took place at The Fallout Shelter in London. That studio was in the basement of 22 St. Peter’s Square, where Island Records had their offices, and the studio was used by Island artists to record, usually with less restrictions on time than renting space in a commercial studio. The recording sessions took place in April 1983.

The EP features five tracks, and The Edge participated in three of the songs – he is credited with slide guitar and soloist on “Snake Charmer “ and “Snake Charmer (Reprise)” and also lead guitar and effects on “Hold On to Your Dreams,” the track featuring Marcella Allen on vocals.

The EP was released on vinyl and cassette in October 1983 worldwide, with pressings in Canada, France, New Zealand, Japan, Portugal, Italy and others. The release was on Island Records, and the cover art for the release was done by Island’s in-house designer, Bruno Tilley. More recently, the EP has been issued on CD, with a release on October 26, 2018 on the Music on CD label. That label is going back and obtaining to reissue long out of print music on CD, often like the case here, offering music that has never been released on CD in that format for the first time.

Although the EP was only five tracks there was an issue with the tapes used to press the EP in the USA, resulting in alternate recordings of two of the songs being used. The EP issued in the USA had different versions of the songs from those appearing elsewhere. Two shorter edits of tracks also appeared on an Island Records promotional release for the album. The full list of tracks from the project as issued in 1983 are as follows:

From the UK Mastered Pressings (IMA-1):

From the USA Mastered Pressings (90151-1-B):

“Hold On To Your Dreams” is the same version on both of these different releases above. In both cases it is a continuous mix with the version of “Snake Charmer” that comes before it and these songs overlap. And although are calling one of these the UK release, all copies of the EP issued outside of the USA were mastered the same as the UK release. Even the Canadian release is the same as the UK release. It is only USA pressings that have the alternate tracks.

From a UK Promotional Release (WOB 1):

Both of these edits are released on 7-Inch only, and both are edits of the UK version of the release.

Other Releases and Edits:

Both of these are slightly longer versions of the studio tracks that had been released in 1983. Both songs have been edited to retain the chimes that overlap between these songs on the EP, but all traces of the other song have been removed. On the original EP, in both cases, the songs are mixed so that they are continuous. These two edits separate them, and introduce additional music.

In 2012, another version of “Hold On to Your Dreams” appeared. This one is called the “Rayko Spiritual Gargamel Edit” of the track, and was put together by the DJ known as Rayko. It was issued on a white label vinyl, with pressings in both black and yellow vinyl. In both cases the vinyl was single sided and released for promotion only. It was also included as a bonus track on Rayko’s album Dragon Soul, which was also released marked for promotion only. This edit is 14:55 in length. Is it official? Not necessarily. DJ culture has long made their own edits of tracks to use in their sets, and to use in mixes. Edits allow the DJ to use the song as they want in their sets. This can include altering the tempo, mixing in other music, or as in this case, just a straight forward edit to lengthen or reduce the time of the track. These releases were done through Glenview Records, but as they are all marked “For promotion only,” a tool that allows DJs to produce these sorts of recordings, we have decided not to list this ‘edit’ in the discography and will file it away with other third party remixes for now.

The Snake Charmer EP has fallen somewhat into obscurity, with the most interest in it being from fans of U2, Jah Wobble, or Can over the years. There was some interest in the release a few years back as a fan of the Ferris Bueller movie attempted to recreate his bedroom, yes, a Snake Charmer poster could be seen on the wall. The release on CD in October was certainly a surprise. It’s nice to see a label like “Music on CD” looking back at some of this out of print material and making it more readily available. François Kervorkian again would work on some remixes of “Wire” from The Unforgettable Fire but at the time they had limited release, and one was not released until the 2009 anniversary edition of that album.

Many thanks to Anam and Don Morgan for some of the information in the above piece. Resources used for this article include the UK vinyl pressing, the Canadian vinyl pressing, the USA cassette and vinyl pressings, and the European CD of “Snake Charmer” as well as copies of all the related releases listed below.

Related Discography Entries:

* King Britt: Inspirations Volume 1 Compilation – Various Artists

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New Line on the Horizon: Next Year

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-12-12)

For those who have been waiting patiently for more reissues to come out from U2’s back catalog, we have some good news for you.

No Line On the Horizon is being released on February 22, 2019 on vinyl. This marks the 10th anniversary of the original release of the album, released in February 2009. This will be a double disc vinyl set and will be pressed on 180g vinyl. This is the latest in a long line of reissues on vinyl, a program that started in 2017 with a reissue of How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb and War on vinyl on March 31, 2017. When that set was released, we were told that the full back catalog would be reissued, with a few new vinyl issues each month.

To date the schedule has been:

  • March 31, 2017: War (2008 mix)
  • March 31, 2017: How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb (Not remastered)
  • April 13, 2018: All That You Can’t Leave Behind
  • April 13, 2018: Pop
  • April 13, 2018: Wide Awake in America
  • July 27, 2018: The Best of 1980 – 1990
  • July 27, 2018: Achtung Baby
  • July 27, 2018: Zooropa
  • September 28, 2018: The Best of 1990 – 2000

Also more recently, have been two special coloured vinyl releases of Zooropa and The Joshua Tree, released on November 23, 2018 in most of the world, with earlier releases in Germany and the UK. Many of our discography entries for these releases can be found in the discography entry for albums, down under “Reissues and Remasters”.

The albums Boy, October, Under a Blood Red Sky, and The Unforgettable Fire have been kept in print since their initial release on vinyl in 2008 – 2009. The Joshua Tree was reissued in 2017 for the thirtieth anniversary of that album in a variety of formats including a 2-vinyl set. Initially we were told Rattle and Hum would be released this fall and No Line on the Horizon would be the final release next spring. It appears that Rattle and Hum was removed from the schedule and they will continue on directly to No Line on the Horizon as the next release. At this time we do not know when, or if Rattle and Hum will be rescheduled, but we will let you know as any information becomes available.

Many of U2’s albums have been out of print for a number of years, leading to high prices on the collectors market. No Line on the Horizon, Rattle and Hum, and the Passengers album Original Soundtracks 1 are the three albums which have not been widely repressed, or kept in print in recent years. These newer pressings are done with new catalog numbers and information on the album itself, on a high quality vinyl, and are pressed for the worldwide market. If your shop or online store stocked the earlier re-releases, it should stock this new one.

Many thanks to Davide P for some information used in this article.

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New U2 Tour Rumours and Home Video Updates

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-12-11)

We have been getting a lot of questions about the upcoming home video releases of U2’s The Joshua Tree 2017 and The Experience + Innocence tour. We’ll take a few minutes to look at these below, as well as looking at a few of the newer tour rumours that have been shared with us.

New Tour Rumours 2019

  • Tour has not been finalized at this point
  • The band is looking at a tour of Australia, New Zealand and Asia
  • Mentions of China, Hong Kong, Vietnam as possible locations

At the end of the European leg of the Experience and Innocence tour a number of rumours circulated that the band had asked their crew to be available in the back half of 2019 for a possible tour. It was mentioned by a number of crew that this would be a tour of Australia.

We have a few more recent rumours on this tour. First of all, although planning is underway, the tour has NOT been finalized at this point. It is however being planned for a mix of stadiums and arenas, and would be likely held in November and December of 2019 if final approval is given. We are told that the tour details should be finalized after Christmas and a final decision will be made at that time on this tour.

We are told that the tour, if it does happen, may visit some new locations for the band, including a tour through some Asian locations with mentions of China, Hong Kong, and Vietnam, as well as Japan. (This does not mean the tour will visit all of these locations, but there appears to be a desire to widen the cities they would play in Asia, and options are being investigated.) A stage is being designed at this time. Both Perth and Sydney were mentioned in the initial rumours. This will not be a continuation of the Experience + Innocence tour, that tour is now considered closed as of the Berlin show in November. Although still rumours at this point, these are coming from sources that have been reliable in the past when it comes to advance information about U2 tours.

Experience + Innocence 2018 Home Video

  • Filmed the recent concert in Berlin, which ended the leg
  • Filming is being done by David Mallet’s Serpent Productions
  • Director of Photography Brett Turnbull

U2 recently filmed their final concert of the Experience and Innocence tour in Berlin on November 13, for a home video release. Earlier in the tour they had filmed additional footage for this release with additional cameras and lighting in use in Manchester, a GoPro style camera on Larry’s shoulder filming him in Belfast, and cameras attached to his glasses on night three in Dublin. The Manchester shows were the official dress rehearsal for the filming crew for this production, but the bulk of the eventual video release should be from Berlin.

The concert in Berlin was filmed by David Mallet’s Serpent Productions. Mallet is a name that may be familiar to you. It was Mallet that directed U2’s “Zoo TV: Live from Sydney” and “PopMart: Live from Mexico City.” Rocky Oldham, one of the producers of “Zoo TV: Live from Sydney” is a producer for Serpent Productions as well. The Director of Photography for the upcoming release is Brett Turnbull. Turnbull is not new to filming U2 either. Turnbull worked on the special effects shots for the video of U2’s “Magnificent” with director Alex Courtes in 2009. But he’s also filmed U2 on this current stage. Turnbull was the camera supervisor on the “Innocence and Experience: Live in Paris” video release, directed by Hamish Hamilton for Done & Dusted.

The film in Berlin was done with 25 traditional cameras as well as a number of non-traditional cameras such as GoPro’s and other body cams. Not only footage of the concert was captured, but footage of people entering and leaving the venue, footage of shopping for merchandise, walking around the concourse, and footage of the band from the bands perspective have all been captured by the video team.

The final footage should be released late in 2019 as a home video, with formats including DVD, blu-ray and digital releases.

The Joshua Tree 2017 Home Video

  • Anton Corbijn has directed the video portion of the film.
  • The film uses footage from Mexico City and San Diego
  • Steve Lillywhite has mixed the audio portion of the film.

The next release of new material we are likely to get from U2 in a physical format is the home video of The Joshua Tree 2017 tour. Originally rumoured to be coming out this fall, the project has now been pushed to an early 2019 date. We are told that this is to accommodate the possibility of showing this on the big screen prior to a home video release, and that there is a hope that a limited release will be done in theatres.

This film has been directed by Anton Corbijn, the man who photographed U2 for the original album, and whose videos graced the screen behind them on the 2017 tour. The film will use footage from two concerts in Mexico City, held in October 2017, although we are told that some footage from San Diego will also be in use for the film. The audio mix for the project has been completed by Steve Lillywhite.

We are told that the home video release should be in the first half of 2019, with the Experience + Innocence video release in the second half of 2019.

You can find additional information on these releases and rumours in our “Ready for Whats Next“ article from mid-November. (Thank you to U2Start.com who shared some of those earlier rumours in that report.

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Billboard End of the Year Charts, 2018

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-12-04)

Billboard in the US does an annual wrap up of their charts each year. This is usually done in the first week of December and looks back over the previous year. When they did their wrap up for 2017, Songs of Experience hadn’t yet been released, and thus missed the wrap up for last year, but it, and several songs from the album have made the list for the wrap up of charts in 2018.

These year end rankings for 2018 cover the chart performance on Billboard’s charts dated December 2 to November 17, 2018.

Overall Charts

Top Artists (Overall) #60: U2

Overall U2 falls at the #60 position when Billboard ranked all of the artists against all charts for this year. The category overall was won by Drake. U2 fell between Rich the Kid (#59) and Selena Gomez (#61) on this chart. Imagine Dragons, the top group, came in at #7 on this chart for the year. This chart is a combination of chart performance on the Billboard Hot 100 singles, the Billboard 200 albums, the Billboard Social 50 chart, as well as Boxscore touring revenue.

Top Artists (Duo or a Group) #7: U2

When you look at just the groups, or duos, U2 comes in at #7 for the year. Ahead of them in the charts? Imagine Dragons comes in at the top of this chart followed by BTS, Migos, Maroon 5, Florida Georgia Line, and Panic! at the Disco. This chart is determined by a combination of an artists performance on the Billboard Hot 100 singles, the Billboard 200 albums, as well as Boxscore touring revenue.

Song Charts:

Hot Rock Songs 2018 #81: “You’re The Best Thing About Me” – U2

“You’re The Best Thing About Me” comes in at #81. It is their only song on this chart, falling between The Struts (“Body Talks”) and Blue October (“I Hope You’re Happy”) on the chart. This chart is made up of Radio Airplay, Sales Data and Streaming Data. As “You’re The Best Thing About Me” was released in September, it has placed highly on the chart, considering the earliest weeks of its run would have been in the previous year. In fact in 2017’s chart? “You’re The Best Thing About Me” finished at #63 on the Hot Rock Songs 2017 chart.

Top Adult Alternative Songs 2018 #15: “Get Out of Your Own Way” – U2

“Get Out of Your Own Way” is the only song to appear on the year end chart for “Adult Alternative” this year. This chart is a count of radio airplay and does not include sales figures.

Top Dance Club Songs 2018 #24: “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” – U2

Remember all of those remixes that U2 released for “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” that were sent to DJs for promotion but were never released commercially? That was an attempt to get U2 climbing the Dance Club Songs chart in 2018, and it worked. They reached #1 on the chart at the end of the summer. And it was a strong enough performance that they come in at #24 overall for the year. This chart is based entirely on reports submitted by a national sample of club DJs.

Top Adult Contemporary Songs 2018 #42: “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” – U2

“Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” didn’t just do well at the clubs, it also made a dent on Adult Contemporary Radio, and comes in at #42 here at the year end. This chart is a count of radio airplay on Adult Contemporary stations and does not include any sales figures.

Album Charts:

Top Billboard 200 Albums 2008 #131: Songs of Experience – U2

The Billboard 200 chart is the main album chart which measures artists based on sales and streaming each week. It includes all genres of music, and also includes individual songs of popular tracks. Songs of Experience finishes at #131 for the year compared to all other albums. The top album this year? reputation by Taylor Swift. At #131, U2 falls between Charlie Puth (Voicenotes, #130) and Chance the Rapper (Coloring Book, #132)

Top Rock Albums 2018 #19: Songs of Experience – U2

When you split out just the Rock Albums, U2 fares better. At #19 they are between Greta Van Fleet (From the Fires, #18) and AC/DC (Back in Black, #20). Top of the Rock Albums chart for the year? Evolve by Imagine Dragons.

Artist Charts:

Dance Club Artists 2018 #7: U2

Perhaps one of the more surprising chartings, U2 takes #7 in a ranking of all Dance Club Artists this year. This is due not only to a big campaign of remixes for “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” as mentioned above, but also similar campaigns for “Get Out of Your Own Way” and “Summer of Love,” both of which saw multiple mixes go out for promotion. Both “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” (#1) and “Summer of Love” (#7) reached the top 10 on these charts. At #7 for the year, U2 is behind Dua Lipa, Ariana Grande, Diana Ross, David Guetta, Sabrina Carpenter, and Halsey on this chart. This chart like the Dance Club Songs chart is based on play in dance clubs as reported by a selection of Club DJs.

Top Rock Artists 2018 #16: U2

U2 comes in at #16 in this chart, which is lead by Imagine Dragons at the top spot. U2 fall between The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac on this chart. This chart is based on a combination of factors including radio airplay, sales data, streaming data, Boxscore touring revenue, the Social 50 chart, and ringtone sales.

Top Rock Albums Artists 2018 #21: U2

This chart sees U2 come in at #21, on another chart which is lead by the Imagine Dragons. Here U2 falls between Portugal.The Man and Led Zeppelin on the chart. This chart is based purely on album sales, and is a combination of all album sales by a Rock Artist.

Top Adult Alternative Songs Artists 2018 #5: U2

This chart sees U2 come in at #5, behind Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Leon Bridges, Alice Merton, and Beck.

U2 are also showing up on the Alternative Albums Artist list for 2018, but at this time we are not able to see where they fall in this chart due to an error at the Billboard site. We will update as more information becomes available.

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U2eiTOUR Leg Two Pre-Show and Post-Show Songs

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-11-28)

UPDATED: November 28, 2018

This article deals with the second leg of the U2eiTour. For leg one, please visit here.

With each tour we track the music by other artists that U2 use throughout the production, including the music used before, after and during the shows. The eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour is no different, and this article deals with the music we heard throughout the second leg of that tour, as the tour visited Europe. We’ve been tracking these songs since the PopMart tour in 1997, and all of the tours since can be found in one spot in our Tour Songs news page. As well on that page you can find links to Spotify playlists containing most of the songs if you want to relive a particular tour. The Spotify playlist for leg two of the #U2eiTOUR is available here.

The tour music we hear before the show is something that has been curated by Gavin Friday on past tours, and is something that he continues to do so. The music we hear before shows starts off early in the day with a mix of tracks from one album – one or two artists are featured on a number of tracks in a row. Later that breaks into an actual mix where the songs are all from different artists.

The full albums identified in the early part of the evening are Anohni’s Hopelessness album, Kraftwerk’s Trans-Europe Express album, Arcade Fire’s Everything Now album, Joy Division’s Closer album, LCD Soundsystem’s American Dream album, The Villagers’ The Art of Pretending to Swim, Massive Attack’s Blue Lines and The xx’s I See You album. The xx was heard before Berlin 1 and Cologne. Both the Anohni and Kraftwerk albums were heard before the show in Berlin 2 where Bono struggled with his voice and again during the intermission while fans waited to hear if the concert would be postponed.

Individual tracks from these albums have been identified including Anohni’s “Drone Bomb Me,” “4 Degrees,” “Execution,” “Obama,” “Violent Men,” “Why Did You Separate Me from the Earth?” “Crisis,” “Hopelessness,” and “Marrow”; Kraftwerk’s “The Hall of Mirrors,” “Europe Endless,” and “Showroom Dummies” and The xx’s “Dangerous,” “Say Something Loving,” “Lips,” “A Violent Noise,” “Performance,” “Replica,” “Brave for You,” “On Hold,” “I Dare You,” and “Test Me”; Villagers’ “Ada,” “Real Go-Getter,” “Fool,” “Long Time Waiting” and “Sweet Saviour”; Massive Attack’s “Lately,” “One Love,” and “Safe from Harm” and LCD Soundsystem’s “Other Voices” and “Call the Police.” Not all of these songs have been added to our playlist on Spotify but we have added one track from each album.

After these full albums are played, the mix of songs starts to play, which includes songs from a number of artists. While this mix of songs plays on the screens are a display of “protest posters” by the artist Edel Rodriguez.

Initially as the show started in Europe, up until the shows in Manchester the mix included the following songs:

  • “Israel” – Siouxsie and the Banshees
  • “Angel” – Gavin Friday
  • “Electioneering” – Radiohead
  • “Never Let Me Down Again (Digitalism Remix)” – Depeche Mode
  • “This is America” – Childish Gambino
  • “Think” – Aretha Franklin
  • “In Between Days” – The Cure
  • “Black Panther” – Kendrick Lamar
  • “I Dare You” – The XX
  • “First We Take Manhattan” – Leonard Cohen
  • “Kebab Träume” – DAF
  • “Rock Me Amadeus” – Falco
  • “Humility” – Gorillaz
  • “Kong” – Nenah Cherry
  • “Red Right Hand” – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
  • “Money (That’s What I Want)” – The Flying Lizards
  • “Helden” (German version of “Heroes”) – David Bowie [For shows in Berlin and Cologne]
  • “Héros” (French version of “Heroes”) – David Bowie [For shows in Paris]
  • “Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft” – The Carpenters
  • “Sign O’ The Times” – Prince
  • “People Have the Power” – Patti Smith
  • “Talk” – St Francis Hotel
  • “A Means to an End” – Joy Division
  • “Black Screen” – LCD Soundsystem
  • “Tilted” – Christine and the Queens

Starting with the first show in Manchester a number of newer songs were introduced to the playlist. Some of the older songs are still in the mix, but there are a significant number of new additions. The following is a list of these newly identified songs:

  • “Fashion” – David Bowie
  • “Bodysnatchers” – Radiohead
  • “Everybody Loves You” – Soak
  • “Temptation” – New Order
  • “Personal Jesus” – Depeche Mode
  • “Hong Kong Garden” – Siouxsie and the Banshees
  • “Flesh for Fantasy” (St. Francis Hotel Remix) – Billy Idol
  • “Freedom” – George Michael
  • “We Are Your Friends” – Justice vs Simian
  • “Heathens” – Twenty One Pilots
  • “I Travel” – Simple Minds
  • “How Soon is Now?” – The Smiths
  • “Heartbeats” – The Knife
  • “Cars” – Gary Numan
  • “Unfinished Symphony” – Massive Attack
  • “1979” – Smashing Pumpkins
  • “Freedom” – George Michael

“Red Right Hand” by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and “People Have the Power” by Patti Smith are two of the songs that carried on into this new mix for the latter part of the leg, which was used up until the final show in Berlin. At the final show in Berlin a mix of “farewell songs” was played instead, which we believe was the same playlist used the last night on the U2360 tour in Moncton, NB, as the songs identified played in the same order.

  • “The Final Countdown” – Europe
  • “This May be the Last Time” – The Staples Singers
  • “The Last Time” – Rolling Stones
  • “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” – Elton John
  • “It’s All Over Now Baby Blue” – The Byrds
  • “Goodbye Girl” – Squeeze
  • “Then I’ll Tell You Goodbye” – The Easybeats
  • “What A Way to End it All” – Deaf School
  • “It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over” – Lennie Kravitz
  • “Leaving on a Jet Plane” – Chantal Kreviazuk
  • “The End” – Kings of Leon
  • “Don’t Dream Its Over” – Crowded House
  • “Hello, Goodbye” – The Beatles
  • “Goodbye Mr. Ed” – Tin Machine
  • “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” – Bananarama
  • “School’s Out” – Alice Cooper
  • “It’s the End of the World As We Know It” – R.E.M.
  • “I Wanna Be Sedated” – The Ramones

This “farewell mix” is curated by Willie Williams, and not by Gavin Friday who has worked on the prior mentioned mixes. In 2011 we identified many of the same songs, in the same order at the final show of the U2360 tour in Moncton NB. We believe this mix to be the same one used in 2011, we’ve just been able to identify additional songs.

For those wondering, the songs are in the same general order each night of the tour, however, they may not always start in the same spot, and the mix is not always at the same spot when the intro music is heard. For instance, night one in Berlin, the last song was by Falco before the intro music, but on the second it was The Carpenters, and in Munich it started after Patti Smith, and for the first night in Paris, the show started after Nick Cave. The mix being used during these four shows was the same, but the intro music started after different songs each night.

Intro Music:

Mid-way through the first leg of the tour, the band started taking the stage to “It’s A Beautiful World” by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. The song had also been used in the rehearsals for the tour but didn’t get used in an actual show until Las Vegas. This song continued onto leg two of the tour in Europe and was used before each night. On the set list for leg one the song was listed as “It’s a Zootiful World”, a reference to some Zooropa era voices you can hear throughout the mix including “What do you want?” For the European leg of the tour however, it is just referenced as “Noel Gallagher / Chaplin” on the set lists.

After the intro music there is a brief instrumental piece, overlaid with sounds from an MRI examination. The voices are saying “Breathe, Breathe in please, Breathe in, Breathe in, Exhale, Thank you. Exhale. Thank you.” Under the voices the music that you can hear is Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfish’s “Rain” from the Blade Runner 2049 soundtrack.

In Europe, the band dropped “Love is All We Have Left” in favor of a new introduction with the music from “Zooropa”‘s long introduction, over which is heard Charlie Chaplin’s voice taken from the film, The Final Dictator (1940).

During the Show:

  • “Sunday Bloody Sunday” Ending

While the band was playing “Sunday Bloody Sunday” an audio mix played as the song ends that features a number of audio clips that Tim C identified back in 2015 when the mix was first used to introduce “Raised by Wolves”, although these days it sits before “Until the End of the World”. Included in the mix is Terry Jacks’ “Seasons in the Sun”, Mud’s “Tiger Feet” and Donny Osmond’s “Any Dream Will Do” can be heard in the mix. For a full look at the included pieces see the original article where Tim identified the components in the mix. This piece of the show was dropped mid-way through the second leg.

  • “The Sick Rose” and “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me” – Gavin Friday, Regine Chassagne, U2

Gavin Friday, longtime friend to Bono, and former lead singer of the Virgin Prunes is featured during the Experience and Innocence Tour. Over the music for “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me” Gavin can be heard reciting William Blake’s poem, “The Sick Rose” from Songs of Experience, and then continuing on to sing “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me”. Regine Chassagne from Arcade Fire joins Gavin on vocals for the song. The music accompanying these vocals is a remix of “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me” by St Francis Hotel done for this tour. In 2015, during the Intermission, the band started out using a variety of videos before settling in on a cover of “The Fly” by Gavin Friday, newly recorded for that tour. This time, Gavin’s vocals are back for the Intermission, accompanied by an animated video that walks through a twisted comic book take on the band complete with super powers, and mysterious strangers. The remix of “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me” featuring Gavin’s vocals was released as a limited 12-inch record for Record Store Day’s Black Friday event in 2018.

  • “Women of the World”

“Women of the World” is a song that was first recorded by Ivor Cutler and Linda Hirst in 1983. In 1999, Jim O’Rourke released his album Eureka, which included a cover of the song titled, “Prelude to 110 or 220 / Women of the World”. O’Rourke is probably best known as a musician and a producer, and worked with Sonic Youth.

In the early shows the O’Rourke version of the song was accompanied with added vocals by Madison Ryann Ward. As the tour has gone on the band has added other voices into the mix, recording the audience at the Ellen show singing the song, and later inviting people to submit their own vocals singing the song.

Outro Music

On the first leg of the tour in North America U2 switched back and forth between two songs, their own “The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)” which has been remixed and is titled the “Ambient Mix”, and “This Must Be the Place” by the Talking Heads. The Talking Heads songs was used throughout the European tour, at every city on the tour. “The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)” was resurrected for the last three nights in Dublin on the tour. Each of the three nights featured Bono singing a portion of the song over top of a backing track as he left the stage after “13 (There is A Light)”. On the set list on the final night in Dublin this was listed as “Miraculous Metal” and listed as being played from Terryworld. This addition to the tour was dropped after Dublin, and was not heard in the final show in Berlin.

Thank you and other lists

A big thank you for the help from Joe, Remy, G’lies, Nico, Tassoula, Elva, Vasco, Joni, Allison, Beth, Remy, Amra, Harry, W. Tonis, and U2Start and any others who helped along the way.

You are able to access all of our news stories about the pre-show songs going back to coverage of the original Joshua Tree tour, in one spot, here. The page also includes links to all of our pre-show playlists at Spotify going back to the PopMart tour.

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The History Mix: Record Store Day 2018

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-11-24)

Record Store Day is an annual event that started in 2007. The initial event was held in late April on a Saturday each year. It was organized to bring together fans, artists, and the independent record stores around the world. Usually there are a number of exclusive records done specifically for the Record Store Day event.

A second day of the year is now host to a Record Store Day event, on Black Friday, the day after American Thanksgiving, a smaller version of Record Store Day is held. U2’s first participation in Record Store Day events was the 2010 Black Friday Event. To date, they have released items at eight of these events, sometimes making multiple items available. U2 has also released an item at each of the last four events held.

We’re just taking a few minutes to look back at a few of these items all in one spot. How many of these do you own? Which one is your favorite?

Nov. 26, 2010: Black Friday Event: “Wide Awake in Europe”


  • 12-Inch EP containing three tracks on black vinyl.
  • Individually numbered
  • 5,000 copies (Some copies numbered higher due to damaged sleeves)
  • No download card, no digital release, streamed for U2.Com subscribers.
  • Distributed in USA, Canada, limited numbers at Tower Records in Dublin, and 20 copies on U2.Com
  • Discography Entry

U2’s first release for any Record Store Day event was this three track EP, featuring three live songs recorded in Europe. It’s the first place U2 released their song “Mercy” and to date, the only place where you can find an official release of that song. The vinyl was limited to 5000 copies, however fans found numbers well into the 6000s. The record label confirmed there was a print of additional covers to replace damaged covers.

Nov. 29, 2013: Black Friday Event: “Ordinary Love”

  • 10-Inch single containing two tracks on black vinyl
  • Not numbered
  • 10,000 copies
  • Included a download card
  • 6500 copies available in North America, and 3500 copies sold outside of North America.
  • Discography Entry

Although “Wide Awake in Europe” had some limited release in Europe, this version of “Ordinary Love” was the first one widely released in Europe. The European release was done on December 2, a few days after the Black Friday event in the USA.

This is the only Record Store Day release from U2 that featured a download card, which allowed purchasers to also download a digital copy of the tracks. The single featured two tracks, “Ordinary Love” and “Breathe” (Mandela Version), a very different version of “Breathe” from the version found on the album.

Nov. 28, 2014: Black Friday Event: North and South of the River Poster


  • Paper map of “U2’s Dublin”
  • Not numbered
  • Unknown number of copies

A replica of the map that had been included in the U2.com fan club gift, North Side Story. It is slightly different however, in the fan club released map the black bar under the title lists “DRAWN FROM MEMORY” but in the map for Record Store Day it says “SON GS OF INNOCENCE” instead. Also at the bottom of the title on the fan club issued release is a note that the map is not to scale and that it is not accurate. On the release for Record Store Day this is replaced with the logo for the Record Store Day website. Other than these small differences the maps are identical.

Apr. 18, 2015: Record Store Day: “Songs of Innocence” Black Vinyl

  • 12-Inch double album on black vinyl
  • Individually numbered
  • 5,000 copies
  • No download card
  • Available worldwide where Record Store Day is celebrated.

This set featured the album Songs of Innocence released on black vinyl. The widely available commercial version of the album had been pressed on white vinyl instead. The sleeve here is done to resemble the digital release of the album through iTunes. Also different about this release? It included the bonus tracks, and acoustic sessions on the second vinyl which had not appeared on vinyl previously.

A number of issues with this set was reported. A number were packaged so that an internal image was visible instead of the label of the vinyl. Three copies were sold with a Tool EP inside, instead of the U2 album.

Apr. 22, 2017: Record Store Day: “Red Hill Mining Town” Picture Vinyl

  • 12-Inch picture disc including one track
  • Not numbered
  • 7,000 copies
  • No download card, but released digitally on April 21, 2017.
  • Some stores received a limited edition “Joshua Tree Fanzine” limited to 1500 copies (1000 copies of US printed version, and 500 copies of EU printed version)
  • Discography Entry

This 12-inch picture disc was widely available, and was perhaps overshadowed by a limited “Joshua Tree Fanzine” produced by Amp Visual that had been produced in two different versions, a European version and an American version, limited to 500 and 1000 copies respectively.

This vinyl included the new version of “Red Hill Mining Town” on both sides of the vinyl.

Nov. 24, 2017: Black Friday Event: “The Blackout” 12-Inch

  • 12-Inch black or coloured vinyl including two tracks
  • Not numbered
  • 20,000 copies in total.
  • 19,250 copies in black vinyl sold worldwide where Record Store Day celebrated.
  • 750 copies of limited coloured vinyl (black and white) sold at Third Man in Nashville and Detroit, Rough Trade in London (150 copies), and Freebird in Dublin (100 copies)
  • No download card. Not digitally released.
  • Discography Entry

This release was done in conjunction with Third Man Records, and saw a widely available 12-inch in black vinyl being pressed for sale in most locations. Third Man also pressed a very limited, 750 copies only black and white vinyl. These were sold at Freebird Records in Dublin (100 copies), Rough Trade in London (150 copies) and the remaining copies were sold between the two Third Man Records shops in Nashville and Detroit.

Apr. 21, 2018: Record Store Day: “Lights of Home” Picture Vinyl

  • 12-Inch Picture disc with three tracks
  • Not numbered
  • 5,000 copies
  • No download card. Only exclusive track was digitally released on April 27.
  • Discography Entry

U2’s second picture disc in this list, this one features the silhouette of Bono and Edge’s son and daughter, overlaid with a photo of Dublin from space, taken on St. Patrick’s Day 2017. The vinyl included three mixes, two of which had been available on deluxe versions of Songs of Innocence. The only track exclusive to this release didn’t stay exclusive for long. The Beck remix of “Lights of Home” was released worldwide to digital storefronts and streaming services just a week after release.

Nov. 23, 2018: Black Friday Event: “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me” 12-Inch

  • 12-Inch black vinyl with two tracks
  • Not numbered
  • 7,000 copies
  • No download card. Not yet digitally released, and no known plans.
  • Discography Entry

The most recent release is this 12-inch single which features the St Francis Hotel remix of “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me” featuring vocals by longtime collaborator Gavin Friday, and backing vocals by Regine Chassagne of Arcade Fire. The black vinyl is packaged in a picture sleeve with picture inserts featuring artwork from the Intermission video used on U2’s last tour, which used this song as backing for this animated video. The B-side is the 2018 remaster of the original remix of the song.

The release was made available worldwide, but widely reported delays struck meaning few stores in Canada, Spain, Australia, France and other countries got copies of this release on November 23. We are told more are still being delivered, so the next couple of weeks should see more copies reach fans in some of these regions.

We have included links to our discography entries for the singles mentioned within. Each of those entries includes additional information about the release for Record Store Day, lyrics, credits for the album, and other background information.

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Ready For What’s Next

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-11-14)

U2 finished the last date of their eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour yesterday. A number of fans are worried about what comes next. Is this the end? We here at U2Songs.com firmly do not believe that it is the end of the band. The band has commented on the end of the tour and where it will leave them in a number of recent interviews, and we present a few highlights below that leave us thinking more is to come.

In May, in Rolling Stone, Edge revealed “I think there’s been three tours that have been on each other’s heels pretty quickly. I would say that we’ll probably take a little bit of a break at the end of this tour and regroup. There’s lots of ideas for the next records, but I think a bit of time off just to listen to music and to really feed our creative instincts is in order.” Adam in July revealed “This is the end of a four-year cycle of work and we really have no plans going into next year. We have got to the point where this is a full stop at the end of this project. We’re looking at next year as being a year of regrouping.” Larry interviewed by the Sunday Times in June said “We’ll finish this out and then there will be time to decide what we want to do next. I’d like to take a really long holiday,” and asked if this is the end said, “I don’t know. You never know. I assume there’ll be another album. I don’t know when and I’d like to think we have some time to consider it. I don’t know that anybody needs a U2 record or a U2 tour anytime soon. People could do with taking a break from us and vice versa.”

More recently there have been other indications that U2 are far from finished. In an interview with the BBC in October Adam Clayton asked whether or not they felt the need to reinvent the band replied, “We’ve been hard at it for four years now – just constant touring, I think we just need to go away for a little bit and give the audience a break.” Like other comments, the band seems to be ready to take a break, but are giving no indication that this is the end.

Perhaps the most recent mention of the future is from Willie Williams, long-time collaborator of the band, when he spoke to TPI Magazine while the band was in Paris. He discussed how the band historically discuss what’s next before the end of the current tour. Willie is asked if he has any ideas ready to go, and replies, “Of course…it would be rude not to! There are 3 ideas in the bag. They are now off the tracks in terms of what a band should be doing and that is that is immensely liberating for all of us.”

Add to that some interesting recent rumours that came out at the end of the tour from our friends at U2Start.com. Those rumours say that the band has asked crew to be available at the end of 2019 for some special shows. The tour may have ended just yesterday, but we are able to confirm that we too have heard these rumours about new dates coming in late 2019 from our own previously reliable sources, and that we are told this will likely be a stadium tour, and will likely be in Australia. As these shows have not been announced, they should be taken as rumour for now, and until booked, anything can change, but we think we may see them on the road than anyone expects. Possibly as early as September if the rumours are true. This would not be a continuation of the current tour eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour. Rumoured cities at this point include Perth and Sydney. As to Adam’s comment they would take 2019 off in the article above? At the time of that interview, this rumoured Australian leg was planned for the end of 2018. So plans can, and do change.

We’ve given a few updates about the progress on The Joshua Tree 2017 home video release. The filming for the video took place in several locations, including San Diego, two nights in Mexico, and at the shows all through South America. Anton Corbijn is directing this film. We’ve been told that it is the footage from Mexico and San Diego that will be used, and the audio mix for this release has been completed using that material, including work by long-time producer, Steve Lillywhite. (Other cities where filming took place included Phoenix, and all of the South American shows. Some of this footage may be used for bonus footage.)

So when will the video be out? We were originally told that the video would come out this fall. But more recently we have been told that we should expect the film to be ready next spring, and that there may be some further surprises! It looks like the film may debut in a limited run in theatres. Anton Corbijn recently told a German paper that the film he has been working on with U2 will be in theatre next year. His words, translated to English are, “Also, last year, I did a film about U2, which I hope will be released in cinemas in 2019. So I cannot quite leave the music.” The interview comes via Berliner Zeitung, and was originally published in German as the tour was about to kick off. Many thanks to Joe Frady for bringing this to our attention.

More recently Anton has been seen reviewing cover photographs taken for the Songs of Experience promotional campaign. Something for the film promotion? Potential covers for the eventual home video release, or for the poster for these limited engagements in theatres?


We have spoken to our sources, and they have confirmed that the release date for the home video is now looking to be March at the earliest, and they suggested the shift back in the date was due to plans to show this in small theatre engagements prior to release.

One question we have heard a lot over the last year is ‘whatever happened to that video that U2 filmed in Mexico’? Last October, while in town for the concerts on The Joshua Tree 2017 tour, U2 took a day and filmed a video for “Get Out of Your Own Way” on the rooftop of the Reforma building in Mexico with director Jonas Åkerlund. And although teased as a video clip, in the end the video was never released and the band went with an animated video by Broken Fingaz instead. Reforma, a newspaper in Mexico, has finally answered that question. On October 27, in the paper it was revealed there was a problem with the video.

The video, a celebration of Mexico, and Mexican culture, reused some skulls that had been used in shooting the James Bond movie Spectre. And the band did not get permission for the skulls to be used in their production, which later posed a problem, and the video was never released. “Así que, por lo pronto el video está muy muerto.” as Reforma says, or “So for now the video is very dead”.

We’ve been told that the problem has not been resolved. So don’t look for that Mexico shot video to show up anytime soon.

Will U2 also release a video from the current tour? Well there certainly isn’t a release date yet. The footage from The Joshua Tree 2017 will come out first, but U2 has been filming material for a potential home video release on the current tour. Hamish Hamilton, was seen in Washington DC where U2 filmed two shows on the US leg of the tour. We are told that he wasn’t there as a director, but was brought in because of his past experience filming this stage as an advisor. The footage from Washington was reviewed, and it appears that the band has decided to film more material.

Yesterday’s concert in Berlin was filmed. This was preceded by a shake up in the set list to remove some of the songs from the “Innocence” portion of the show, to prevent it looking too much like the earlier 2015 release. Some of the songs in that portion of the show used the same choreography, video and even the same versions of the songs. These were replaced by a selection of songs from Zooropa and Achtung Baby, tying into the bands history with Berlin where the video was filmed. Additional filming was done throughout the later shows on the tour as well. This included additional cameras and lighting being spotted in the shows at Manchester, a GoPro style camera sitting on Larry’s shoulder filming him in Belfast, and cameras attached to his glasses which were visible on stage on night three in Dublin.

What will be released? Any of the footage could be used, but Willie Williams has been vocal that the band doesn’t want a repeat of the earlier Innocence video, thus the focus on adding new songs into the set prior to the Berlin concert.

The band has also filmed two different shows with 360 cameras, which film the concert from all sides, resulting in an image that you can view from a variety of angles while watching the show. These cameras were used to capture the Apollo theatre performance in June in New York City, and also used to capture a full eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour stop at Newark NJ, the same month. Such 360 shows would lend themselves to online content as many would not have home entertainment equipment of viewing these online at this time.

And after some home video releases? Don’t count on U2 being finished anytime soon. Adam and Edge have both spoken about working on new material after a bit of time to regroup. Even Larry seems to think that another album will happen after a break. But from Adam and The Edge’s comments in various interviews, it looks like the band is looking to work on new material, instead of visiting Songs of Ascent again. It certainly sounds like they are thinking about what comes next.

In the meantime we know of a few things that are in the pipeline.

The band are not quite finished with singles from the new album. “Landlady” has been delivered to radio as a single in Italy, and has been getting some strong airplay in that country. The song was released on October 19, 2018, and is averaging between 350 – 400 plays on Italian radio each day. 94.2% of the plays to date have been on radio stations based in Italy itself. The remaining 5.7% of the plays have been at Italian speaking radio stations outside of Italy including stations in Canada, Switzerland, San Marino, and more. There has not been a single release in these countries but the stations playing the song are subscribed to Italian promotional delivery services.

“Red Flag Day” was also rumoured to be a future release, and a number of remixes of that song have been commissioned. Those mixes are now in the midst of an approval process, but we are told that the band may be considering not going further with that release, and that these remixes for “Red Flag Day” may not be released. Perhaps that is also why we have not heard of any plans for the single that was cut at Third Man Records in the Spring during the tour featuring “Red Flag Day” on one side, and “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” on the other. If the band has decided not to push “Red Flag Day” out for promotion they may have decided to step back from that release as well. If further information about the remixes or the Third Man Session do appear, we will let you know.

The band is releasing a single for the Black Friday event for Record Store Day (November 23), and that single is a 12-inch release featuring “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me” on both sides. The A-Side will feature the current mix of the song that is being featured in the tour at Intermission. The vocals on this record were recorded by Gavin Friday, with backing vocals by Regine Chassagne, from Arcade Fire. Larry Mullen does perform on drums on the song. The song has been mixed by St Francis Hotel for this release. The B-Side is the newly remastered version of the original song, recently featured on a new pressing of The Best of 1990 – 2000. Also out on November 23? The band is releasing special coloured vinyl versions of Zooropa and The Joshua Tree in blue and gold vinyl respectively. These were made available in the UK and Germany earlier in October, but will be released in a number of additional countries on Black Friday.

These new coloured vinyl releases seem to have bumped Rattle and Hum back to 2019. Originally we were told to expect a vinyl only release of the 2017 mastered version of the album this fall, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the album, however we are told now that this will likely happen next Fall instead, but a release is still planned. We do not have an update on the release of No Line on the Horizon on vinyl but were originally told to expect it in early 2019.

The band has also recorded a cover of “Bang A Gong (Get It On)” for a T-Rex tribute album, which we are told is due out in the Spring.

As always we invite you to take a look throughout our website, and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram for further updates.

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New Reissues on Coloured Vinyl: Zooropa and The Joshua Tree

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-11-05)

Updated: November 23, 2018:

We’ve updated our article with a number of additional locations where the album can be purchased:

  • Belgium: FNAC is now taking orders for the albums (November 23, 2018 Release)
  • Canada: SunRise Records will be selling the albums in store on November 23, 2018.
  • France: FNAC is now taking orders for the albums (November 23, 2018 Release)
  • Germany: Saturn / Media Markt are selling both (October 26, 2018 Release)
  • Greece: Public.gr are selling both (November 23, 2018 Release)
  • Hungary: Media Markt in Hungary is selling both (November 23, 2018 Release)
  • Ireland: Tower Records (November 23, 2018 Release, in store and online.)
  • Israel: Disc Center is carrying these releases (November 23, 2018)
  • Italy: Mondadori is now taking orders for the albums. (November 23, 2018 Release)
  • Japan: HMV in Japan is taking orders for the albums (November 23, 2018 Release)
  • Netherlands: North End Haarlem is taking orders for the albums (November 23, 2018 Release) (Thanks Edgar!)
  • Portugal: FNAC is carrying the vinyl (November 23, 2018 Release)
  • South Africa: Echo’s Records are taking orders for the albums (November 23, 2018 Release)
  • Switzerland: FNAC is now taking orders for the albums (November 23, 2018 Release)
  • UK / Northern Ireland: HMV Stores are the exclusive retailer (Zooropa: October 12, Joshua Tree: October 26, and now available online!)
  • USA (In Store): Not known, visitors to Target (rumoured to be where it would be carried) have not found these releases today. See next line for online availability for US Addresses.
  • USA (Online): Available at The Sound of Vinyl (November 23 release date) (Thanks Ricardo!)
  • Worldwide: U2.Com has these releases available to purchase.

Content from October 15, 2018:

Two new pressings of U2 albums will be released this fall. This includes Zooropa on blue vinyl and The Joshua Tree on gold vinyl. Zooropa is already available in the UK and will be available shortly in other countries. These vinyl releases will be released in different countries around the world, and in each case we are told that the vinyl will be exclusive to one retailer. This is a common practice these days in music marketing. For example in the USA, only one chain will sell these special coloured releases, similar to how Urban Outfitters sold the recent coloured vinyl pressing of Batman Forever, while it was available on black vinyl everywhere else. We are told that Target will likely be the retailer with the exclusive for the USA.

Although we expect these will be pressed once, and not repressed at a later date, the initial pressings should be quite large to fill orders for several chain retailers who will be carrying these items.

Not all details about these releases have been available at this time, but we have had some information on where they will appear in some countries. Confirmed and rumoured locations to buy these releases:

  • All Regions: U2.Com is taking pre-orders for both items now, and has already started shipping some copies of Zooropa.
  • HMV will be selling both in the UK and Northern Ireland (The blue vinyl Zooropa is available now, The Joshua Tree will be available October 26.)
  • FNAC will be selling both in France (Nov. 23, 2018 release)
  • FNAC will also be selling both in Belgium and Switzerland (Nov. 23, 2018 release)
  • In Germany these releases were initially listed on CeDe, with a November 23, 2018 release date listed for both. The listing for Zooropa no longer appears on CeDE. These are now listed on the Saturn / Media Markt sites with the release date of October 26, 2018 for both releases, which matches the release date posted to U2.Com.
  • Echo’s Records will be selling both in South Africa (Nov. 23, 2018 release)
  • Target is rumoured to be the USA retailer who will have this exclusive (Nov. 23, 2018 release)

According to U2.Com the release dates for these vinyl are as follows:

  • Zooropa: UK (October 12); Germany (October 26); Rest of World (November 23)
  • The Joshua Tree: UK (October 26); Germany (October 26); Rest of World (November 23)

U2.Com lists Zooropa as a 180 gram Opaque Blue Vinyl 2LP including the two bonus tracks, “Lemon” (The Perfecto Mix) and “Numb” (Gimme Some More Dignity Mix) which were available on the recent remaster on black vinyl. The Joshua Tree is listed as a 180 gram Gold Vinyl 2LP. Both are now available for pre-order now at U2.Com but it does not say when these will ship if ordered from their store


IMAGE: Blue Vinyl Release of Zooropa

Both releases are expected to be the most recent audio versions of these albums. The Joshua Tree was released in 2017, and Zooropa was released just a few months ago on black vinyl. Both will be sold with a download card, allowing you to download the audio in wave format. We can confirm that the download card included with Zooropa is the same audio that was available to download with the black vinyl release earlier this year.

The catalog number listed for these items is different than that of the earlier pressings on black vinyl on the front sticker. Zooropa lists 00602567891291, and The Joshua Tree lists 00602567891239. Both also contain a different UPC. However, the labels inside Zooropa at least contain the same catalog numbers as the black vinyl issue.

The British music community have come together to announce a new annual event, the National Album Day, celebrating the 70th birthday of the album. This years inaugural event took place on Saturday, October 13, 2018. There were events throughout the country to celebrate “the UK’s love of the album”. This included programming on the BBC, retail events, listening parties, and the hashtag #NationalAlbumDay on Twitter. The release of the blue version of Zooropa was pushed out early in the UK to meet this release day. Copies of the vinyl were available at HMV stores throughout the country, and most stores chose to limit these to one copy per customer, and did not offer online sales.

In most countries these will be released on November 23, 2018. This is the same day as Record Store Day’s Black Friday event where “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me“ will also be available.


IMAGE: Gold Vinyl Release of The Joshua Tree

Thanks to u2vinyladdict for some of the information used in the report above.

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Bono writes song for Willie Nelson to Sing

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-11-01)

A new song co-written by Bono, “Where the Shadows Fall,” is featured in the feature film Waiting for the Miracle to Come which premiered at the Austin Film Festival this week. The song, co-written by Bono and long-time collaborator Simon Carmody, features in the film, and is sung by Willie Nelson for the film. Bono also performs on the track singing backing vocals in the chorus of the song.

The film Waiting for the Miracle to Come was written for Willie Nelson, and features Nelson as a retired vaudeville star. The director of the film, Lian Lunson, met Nelson when she was hired to put together an EPK for him in the 90s, and later filmed a documentary for him, Willie Nelson Down Home. As part of that documentary, Nelson went to Ireland, where he recorded “Slow Dancing” With U2. The film Waiting for the Miracle to Come is executive produced by Wim Wenders and Bono. Asked how she got Bono and Wenders involved in the film at a Q&A after the screening of the film at the Austin Film Festival, Lunson replied, “Sadly just because they are friends of mine and i dragged them into this.” Lunson has previously worked with U2 on a number of other occasions including filming U2 performing with Leonard Cohen for her documentary Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man. She did elaborate further during an interview with No Film School:

Many years ago I took Bono to see Wings of Desire, and he became a big Wim Wenders fan. Then Bono eventually introduced me to Wim Wenders, and Wim has been involved in all of my projects, really. My first stab at directing, he was in the edit room, and for pretty much everything I have ever done. He really helped me get this film made. It was imperative. I mean, I don’t think I would have gotten this film made at all without him. Given the subject and the cast. People don’t think of Willie so much as an actor these days. It was really Wim’s support as well as Bono that really helped me get it made.

The song by Bono is the only song featuring any member of U2 in the film. Other music in the film is composed by Richard Souther, and the film also features a song by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and one song performed by actress Charlotte Rampling.

The song, “Where the Shadows Fall” was co-written by Bono and Simon Carmody. Carmody is a long time collaborator with Bono. He has co-written a number of songs for other artists to sing, including the song “Streets of Surrender (S.O.S.)“ recorded by Zucchero, “I Am the Blues“ recorded by Johnny Hallyday, “Sugar Daddy“ recorded by Tom Jones, and “Drinkin’ in the Day“ recorded by Ronnie Drew. Carmody is a long-time friend of Bono’s and a former member of the Irish band Golden Horde, who were signed to U2’s label Mother Records.


Photo: Film poster being used for promotion by Spotlight Pictures

Lunson was asked about the song in an interview with Lights Camera Austin: “He actually wrote it for the movie. Completely new. He’s also an executive producer of the film, he has been trying to help me make this film for a very long time along with Wim Wenders. He’s a massive Willie Nelson fan as well. I took Willie to Ireland to meet them back in the 90s, and they recorded a song together that Bono wrote for Willie called Slow Dancing. And they’d always wanted to do something again, so Bono wrote this song where… for the movie. Really happy to do it. He’s a massive Willie Nelson fan, we both are. He had been a huge supporter of what my goal was. To bring Willie Nelson to the big screen, in a really great role, particularly written for him, that was about connections. Bono was very supportive of that, and wrote the song, which is the theme song for the film. He sings on the song as well, he does the chorus of the song. It’s a beautiful, beautiful track. It’s a really different track for Willie to sing as well. When Mickey Raphael, who was working on the song as well for us, he said it was in a key that Willie hadn’t really sung before. So its quite different, but really beautiful, and sort of delicate, everything i wanted for the film. He sings the song that is the theme for the film that Bono wrote specifically for the story.”

The song has main vocals by Willie Nelson. Bono is listed as backing vocals in the credits for the track and can be heard singing in the chorus of the song.

The song was produced by Andy Barlow, who also provides keyboards on the track. Barlow, best known for his work with the band Lamb, recently worked with U2 on the album Songs of Experience as a producer, and has been working with the band as a producer / mixer on the recent U2 tours as well. Barlow brought equipment with him to work with and record the band as they toured. Barlow worked on the songs “Love is All We Have Left” (production and mixing), “Book of Your Heart” (production and mixing), “Red Flag Day (Production), “The Little Things that Give You Away” (produced with Jolyon Thomas), and “Landlady” (produced with Ryan Tedder.)

Guitar is provided on the song by another long standing member of the U2 recording team, Declan Gaffney. Gaffney has been working with U2 as a recording engineer on projects including No Line on the Horizon, including many of their recordings since that album. Harmonica on the track is provided by long time Willie Nelson collaborator, Mickey Raphael, who also performed on “Slow Dancing”. The song was recorded using Barlow’s mobile recording studio, and mixed at The Lookout Studio. Mastering was done by Scott Sedillo at Bernie Grundman Studios.

Bono himself spoke about the film, reported in Screen Daily, ““It is very easy these days for independent films to get overlooked,” Bono said. “The uniqueness of Lian’s vision in telling this very simple story, reflects the beautiful complexity of who Willie Nelson is… what makes him the fabric of this country… his connection to people and his ability to tell a story just by standing still.”

Spotlight Pictures from Los Angeles have been working on international sales for the film but there has been little news to date about a wider release of the film. Production on the film started in March 2015, and Bono’s involvement was announced at that time. The premiere at the Austin Film Festival is the only known showings for the film at this time. At this time there is no word of a soundtrack release for the film.

Thank you to Ronda for reporting information from the film screening for us.

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New Music from U2 in 2019

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-10-27)

There is new music coming from U2 in 2019. As we told you in September 2017, U2 have recorded a song for a T. Rex tribute album which will be released early next year according to a report in Variety. The T. Rex album is being compiled and produced by Hal Willner, a long time friend and sometimes collaborator with U2. The record will be released on BMG records next year.

The album is set to include covers of T.Rex songs by U2, Elton John, The Foo Fighters, Kesha, Joan Jett, Nick Cave, Mark Almond and Borns. The final track list is not set at this time. The project will be a companion to a T. Rex documentary coming from BMG next year. T. Rex was a band formed in the late 1960s by singer-songwriter, Marc Bolan. The band released their first album in 1968, and released albums throughout the 1970s. Bolan was killed in a car crash in 1977.

U2 have recorded the song “Bang A Gong (Get It On)”. The original track was released by T. Rex on their 1971 album Electric Warrior, and the song was released as a single, and became the groups only US hit. The song originally titled just “Get It On” was re-titled to avoid confusion with a song by another artist. The song as recorded by T. Rex hit the #1 spot on the UK singles chart, #10 in the Billboard Hot 100, and had strong chart placement around the world. The song was covered in 1985 by The Power Station, and that version did quite well in the charts. Bono has previously covered a T. Rex song with his friend Gavin Friday. They recorded the song “Children of the Revolution” for the Moulin Rouge soundtrack. Asked about Bolan, and who was the bigger fan, himself or Bono, Gavin Friday answered, “The way it worked in the ’70s is that I bought all the records and he nicked ‘em off me! I’m sure if you checked under his bed there’s a big pile of scratched T-Rex 45s belonging to yours truly.”

The T. Rex tribute album is being put together by longtime U2 collaborator, Hal Willner. Willner has been working on this tribute album since early 2017. Hal Willner worked extensively with Bono on the soundtrack to The Million Dollar Hotel. He also produced the album Rogue’s Gallery to which Bono contributed the song “A Dying Sailor to his Shipmates”.

U2s recording session took place on September 14, 2017, while the band were in America touring The Joshua Tree 2017. The Edge was interviewed on The Hamish and Andy show. Starting out that interview, they asked The Edge what he was up to, and he responded: “I am outside a recording studio in New Orleans, we’re in the middle of recording a track for a friend who’s putting a T.Rex tribute record together. It’s sounding great.”

It is also known that Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews was present at the recording session in New Orleans. Andrews has previously worked with U2 performing the song “The Saints Are Coming“ live in New Orleans which was used as a B-Side to the single of the same name. He shared a photograph of himself with Willner and Bono the day of the recording on Instagram.

working with the legends again tonight u2 they play tomorrow at a little joint called the superdome where we jammed in september 2006. #bono #theedge #musicrising #beautifulday

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Rattle And Hum 30th Anniversary Showing

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-10-26)

On October 26, 2018, U2 had a special small showing of Rattle And Hum at the Savoy Theatre in Dublin, Ireland. The original world premiere of the film was held at the Savoy Theatre on October 27, 1988, and U2 played an acoustic set to the fans gathered there. The film screening today was to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the premiere of the movie.

The showing started just after 7pm for 50 lucky fans and their guests, who applied for the opportunity through U2.Com earlier this week. They were greeted with a surprise, The Edge and Adam Clayton were present to say a few words before the show, and also posed for a photo with the theatre general manager and the gathered fans.

Edge appeared in the theatre first, and spoke a bit about the film, letting the fans know that what stands out most for him about the film was Larry climbing on the Harley Davidson bike at Graceland. He commented how the posters had airbrushed their beards to make them look more Hollywood. And he commented that he thought the rest of the band could have made, and that they really like the fans, but he loves them because he was there. At which point Adam Clayton appeared on scene.

Adam said the whole film was a “musical journey,” an oft quoted line from the film. And looking up at the posters from the film asked, “Gosh, did we really look like that?”

And then they traded back and forth with Edge claiming Adam was the best thing about the film, and Adam claiming that no, The Edge was.


Special numbered 30th Anniversary screening posters were given out at the screening.

While the theatre could only hold a limited number of fans, others joined in the celebration, sharing their memories of the original movie run, photos of collectibles from the film, and joined in online on Twitter with a live commentary on the movie by fans as the film screened in Dublin. This was accompanied by a live thread at U2.Com celebrating the film. Thank you to all of those who joined us today discussing the film. We’ll have a few updates on this article later this evening.


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Summer of Love: Tweaka Turner Interview

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-10-25)

U2’s “Summer of Love” is currently number 7 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart, and climbing. The song is being pushed up the chart by a series of remixes being created by DJs to enhance its club friendliness. One of the producers that has remixed “Summer of Love” is Tweaka Turner, who has taken the time out to answer a few questions for us on the project.

Tweaka’s mix was sent out for promotion on October 13, 2018, along with mixes by UNDERHER, Myke Rossi, and Leo Frappier. These have been sent out in digital formats only, and have not been pressed to promotional CDRs. For more information on the “Summer of Love” promotional release visit our discography entry.

Before we get into the interview, feel free to start listening to Tweaka Turner’s Nu-Trance Mix below:

So first of all — who is Tweaka Turner?

I’ve been a professional remixer/producer since 2011, and I am based in San Francisco, CA, USA. I have 13 different top 30 Billboard remixer credits, including six top 10s on the Billboard Club Charts. Some of the artists I’ve worked with are Kym Sims, Kelly Clarkson, The Former First Ladies of the Supremes, Jeanie Tracy, Debby Holiday, Martha Wash, and Elton John. U2 is the biggest group, and Lady Gaga is on the track so this is a dream project…

When did you first get approached to work on Summer of Love? How did U2 find you?

U2 and their record label hired Citrusonic Promotions in Los Angeles, CA to promote “Summer of Love” to the Dance Charts, and I got the gig from Citrusonic…

How did the remix compare to others you have worked on? Was it an easy mix to complete? Did it take a lot of work? Was everything you needed there from the start?

It’s funny at first I was like “cool, a song called ‘Summer of Love’, like Summer of Love — 1969 San Francisco — I’m living in San Francisco etc.,” But quickly upon hearing the track I realized how serious and deep the song was…duh, it is U2 after all…So I did work extra hard trying to strike the right tone in the mix between sounds that echo the serious nature of the story, and keeping it energetic and danceable. For example, it was very intentional on my part to input electro guitar licks in the mix to try to give it an edge…

The lyrics of “Summer of Love” deal with the Mediterranean and the Syrian war. Many of the artists who have remixed the song have chosen to leave out the verse dealing with Aleppo. Did you approach the remix any different due to the lyrics?

I kept the lyrics in place. I didn’t want to mess with the lyrics, but I focused on embellishing the track with a nice melodic structure and a driving beat.

Was there any guidance from U2 as to what they wanted to see in your remix?

There was no guidance from U2 or Citrusonic, which as a remix artist gave me free expression. I submitted my mix and I was not asked to change anything. It took about a week and a half to find out that my remix would go out to promotions…Hurray! It took about three weeks total from submission for my mix to go out to promo, the same week “Summer of Love” edged up 2 big notches from #10 to #8…

In the past you’ve worked with Leo Frappier, who contributed two remixes to the promotional campaign in the same week your mix came out. Did you compare notes?

There were no notes compared. Leo made it a point to steer in a different direction and present a different groove…

You’ve made prominent use of Lady Gaga’s “Love” vocal in the mix? Have your worked with Gaga or U2 in the past?

This was the first time (hopefully not last) remixing for these amazing artists!

Were you a fan of U2 before being asked to work on the mix? If so did you have a favorite song? A favorite remix? If you had a chance to go back and remix any U2 song would you have one you would like to do?

Who isn’t a fan of U2 on some level right? The contribution to the world stage as artists is enormous…

As a professional DJ since high school/college in New York, the music of U2 has always been on my playlists…Honestly though, I’m more in awe of their talents today than in the 1980s. So many songs to choose from but “Beautiful Day” and “Ordinary Love” would be my choices to remix into dance grooves…

What should U2 fans know about Tweaka Turner?

People should hopefully get that the Tweak in Tweaka Turner isn’t about drugs but rather Tweaking it — “takin’ it up a notch”…..I always strive to turn it out for the DJ’s and Dancers….

What other projects do you have out now? What other projects do you have coming up?

Besides U2, I’m also a remixer on the new ANGGUN release ‘The Good Is Back,” currently at #27 on the Billboard Dance Club chart, and Debby Holiday’s ‘Waiting For A Lifetime” which is at #30 on the Billboard Dance Club chart.

Where can those that are interested find out more about Tweaka Turner?

Check out my remixes at Soundcloud and listen in to our weekly live radio show.

Many thanks to Tweaka Turner for taking a few minutes to answer our questions. Additional interviews with producers of recent remixes can be found below.

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The History Mix: The Pet Shop Boys Cover “Streets”

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-10-22)

In 1991, British synth pop duo Pet Shop Boys released “How Can You Expect to be Taken Seriously?” as the third single off their Behaviour album. But a second song, which did not appear on the album, was also added to the package: a cover of U2’s “Where the Streets Have No Name,” which was created as a medley with “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” the 1967 hit made famous by Frankie Valli. “How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously?” and “Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can’t Take My Eyes Off You)” were released as a double a-side single on March 11, 1991.

Ten years later, in 2001, the first six Pet Shop Boys albums were reissued as 2CD expanded editions with the main album as Disc 1 and a selection of b-sides and remixes on the accompanying Further Listening disc. The 2001 reissue of Behavior included the extended mix, running 6:46, of “Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can’t Take My Eyes Off You)” on the bonus disc. Those 2001 reissues eventually went out of print. However, they were reissued again in 2017 and 2018, along with the remaining Pet Shop Boys albums for Parlophone. For the 2017-18 reissues, the original albums were remastered again, but the accompanying Further Listening discs retained their 2001 mastering. So while PSB’s version of “Streets” has not been remastered for this 2018 release, it’s still a good opportunity to look back at this track, one of the more successful U2 covers that has been done.


VIDEO: Where The Streets Have No Name (I Can’t Take My Eyes Off You)

How did the song come about? In the liner notes for Pet Shop Boys’ first hits collection, Discography, the band says that they wanted to turn “a mythic rock song into a stomping disco record.” The liner notes for the Further Listening disc of Behaviour offer much more detail.

PSB vocalist Neil Tennant begins, “We were releasing ‘How can you expect to be taken seriously?’ as the third single off Behaviour. However, we decided that wouldn’t be a big hit, and we needed a hit, so we released a ragga-style remix of that with [“Streets”] as a double a-side. ‘Being boring’ hadn’t been a big hit and we needed a big hit. It was absolutely shameless. Ages ago we’d had the idea of doing U2’s ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’ as a medley with ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’, which we knew best as a high energy record by The Boystown Gang, because one day, when we were recording ‘I’m not scared’ with Patsy Kensit, Chris came in and said you could sing the one going into the other. And we also thought the guitar on U2’s record sounded like a sequencer. Our original idea was to do this with Patsy Kensit – it was going to be the follow-up to ‘I’m not scared.”

Chris Lowe, PSB’s programming and keyboard ace, continues, “Then we had the idea of doing a whole EP ourselves of rock classics to a high energy disco beat. ‘Stairway to Heaven’…‘She’s climbing! She’s climbing!…”

Neil finishes, “…a stairway! To heaven!’ And we were going to do ‘Like a Rolling Stone.’ Then we just decided to do ‘Where the Streets…’ The extended mix [CD2 Track 7] really sounds like ZZ Top, I think. When I went to America to work for the American version of Smash Hits I heard ZZ Top for the first time, and there were two of their songs I particularly liked, ‘Sharp Dressed Man’ and ‘Legs.’ I loved the combination of electric guitars and drum machines. Billy Idol had it as well. And I think this sounds a little bit like that. We had J.J. Belle playing rock guitar. When the single version came out, Bono said ‘what have we done to deserve this?’ And who can blame him?”

The song was recorded with producer Julian Mendelshon and engineered by Ren Swan. Sequencing was done by Dominic Clarke, with guitars by J.J. Belle and backing vocals by Tessa Niles.

A number of mixes of this track were done:

  • “Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can’t Take My Eyes Off You)” (7-Inch Mix) (04:31) [Available on UK 7-Inch, USA 7-Inch, USA 12-Inch, USA CD Single, Cassette Single]
  • “Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can’t Take My Eyes Off You)” (Extended Mix) (06:44) [Available on UK 12-Inch]
  • “Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can’t Take My Eyes Off You)” (David Morales Remix) (06:24) [Available on UK 12-Inch] (This is the same mix as the Red Zone Mix)
  • “Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can’t Take My Eyes Off You)” (12-Inch Dance Mix) (07:35) [Available on USA 12-Inch, USA CD Single]
  • “Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can’t Take My Eyes Off You)” (12-Inch Dance Mix Edit) (06:30) [Available on French Promo]
  • “Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can’t Take My Eyes Off You)” (Sound Factory Mix) (04:37) [Available on USA 12-Inch]
  • “Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can’t Take My Eyes Off You)” (Red Zone Mix) (06:18) [Available on USA 12-Inch, USA CD Single] (This is the same mix as the David Morales Remix)
  • “Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can’t Take My Eyes Off You)” (Eclipse Mix) (01:38) [Available on USA 12-Inch]
  • “Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can’t Take My Eyes Off You)” (Ska Reprise) (02:59) [Available on USA 12-Inch]
  • “Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can’t Take My Eyes Off You)” (05:35) [Available on UK CD Single, commonly referenced as the “UK single mix”]

Was “Streets” the hit that the Pet Shop Boys were looking for? The song did well, reaching the top 10 in a number of charts, but failing to reach #1 in any of them. It did best in Finland, Spain, and Ireland, where the song reached #2. The song also reached the top ten in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, and the UK, where it peaked at #4. The song was not a big hit in North America, and only reached #72 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.

As the band predicted, however, “Streets” proved to be a much bigger hit than its companion a-side, “How Can You Expect to be Taken Seriously?” In fact, when the Discography compilation was released in 1991, it was subtitled The Complete Singles Collection—supposedly featuring every PSB single to date. Even so, “How Can You Expect to be Taken Seriously?” was left off the compilation while “Streets” was included.

“How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously?” was itself a song that criticized a number of pop stars during the 1980s for their insincere humanitarian messages. That, combined with the fact that it was released with a cover of U2’s “Streets,” seemed to suggest that Tennant had U2 in mind with his criticism. Bono’s statement at the time, “What have we done to deserve this?” only added fuel to the fire. In a 2002 article in The People, Tennant suggested there had been issues at the time, but mentioned he had been able to patch things up with Bono after meeting him at one of Elton John’s homes in the South of France. In fact, the night in question ended with Bono, Tennant, and Lowe jumping into Elton’s pool from a first floor balcony!

“Where The Streets Have No Name (I Can’t Take My Eyes Off You)” previously appeared on the compilation Discography, released in 1991. That album featured the 7-Inch version of the track, also known as the “Single Version.” The compilation PopArt: The Hits in 2007 would also use the single version of the song. The 2-disc reissue of Behaviour in 2001 featured PSB’s extended mix, which had previously only been available on 12-Inch vinyl versions of the single.

The 2018 reissue of Behaviour/Further Listening was released in September under the catalog number 0190295818852. As noted previously, the main Behaviour album was remastered again for 2018 but the bonus disc (including “Streets”) retained the 2001 mastering. Behaviour was also reissued on vinyl, but without the bonus Further Listening tracks, including the U2 cover.

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Paul Oakenfold Remix of Love is All We Have Left

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-10-19)

Paul Oakenfold is a name that should be familiar to U2 fans by now. He has worked with U2 on remixes of their songs going back to the 1990s. His first work appeared with remixes of “Mysterious Ways” and “Even Better Than the Real Thing” under the Perfecto name, and he’s tackled some of their biggest hits over the years.

And now he’s tackled another one of U2’s songs, first teasing, and now releasing his remix of “Love Is All We Have Left” via YouTube.


VIDEO: Teaser of Oakenfold’s Remix of “Love is All We Have Left” during a DJ Set

The mix opens with a barely changed opening to the song, with some alterations to speed, but after a minute we get a build up and then the beat kicks in and we hear a very recognizable Paul Oakenfold mix. He has released his full mix on YouTube. The mix runs 03:54 in length. The full video is below. The video consists of a still image with the audio track and isn’t an actual video.


AUDIO: Full version of “Love is All We Have Left” (Paul Oakenfold Remix)

Oakenfold debuted his version of the song in DJ sets earlier this summer. The song was also used in his recent “Planet Perfecto Podcast” mixes and is featured in the following episodes:

  • Episode 397 (June 11, 2018)
  • Episode 401 (July 9, 2018)
  • Episode 402 (July 16, 2018)
  • Episode 403 (July 23, 2018)
  • Episode 404 (July 30, 2018)
  • Episode 408 (August 27, 2018)
  • Episode 409 (September 3, 2018)
  • Episode 415 (October 15, 2018)

In the podcast the song is part of a continuous mix and fades in and out of other songs, the release on YouTube is the first time the mix has been made available as a separate track. The podcast is available at acast, player.fm, iTunes, and others.

It is not known at this time if there are any release plans for the remix other than through Paul Oakenfold’s online podcasts and the post on YouTube. The last remix that Oakenfold produced, for “Ordinary Love” has never been released beyond his YouTube account.


VIDEO: “Ordinary Love” (Paul Oakenfold Bootleg Mix)

You may be asking didn’t Oakenfold do a more recent mix for U2? In August an EP of remixes for “Summer of Love” was released on streaming services and at digital store fronts, featuring a Perfecto Mix of the song. That mix wasn’t done by Oakenfold himself however, but by others on the Perfecto label, TILT and Danny Stubbs. That remix is part of a campaign of remixes to promote the single which has seen the song steadily rise on the Billboard Dance Club charts. The mixes have taken “Summer of Love” to number 7 on that chart this week, and the song appears to still be climbing. Mick Park of TILT and Danny Stubbs took some time out to discuss the remix with us the day that the song was released, including a discussion about the Perfecto branding of the remix.


AUDIO: “Summer of Love” (TILT & Danny Stubbs Perfecto Remix)

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If there are any announced plans to release the track we will bring you further information at that time. Many thanks to Andrew for assistance with this article.

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“Landlady” to Radio in Italy, No Commercial Release

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-10-18)

Updated: October 21, 2018 (See Below)

A press release from Universal in Italy has confirmed that the song “Landlady” from Songs of Experience will be released to radio in Italy for
promotion. The song is being served digitally to radio stations in Italy and there will not be a physical promotional CD.

The song is already appearing on a small number of stations in that country including Radio Selene, Popolare Network, Rai Radio 2, Radio FM Italia and Love FM. First plays for the song were recorded on October 17, the same day that Universal announced they would be releasing the song. The actual radio date is however, October 19, 2018, and that is the date the promotional file will be sent to stations, and the day most stations will add the track.

We are told however, that this will be a regional release, and will not be delivered to radio worldwide. This has been done a number of times during the campaign for the new album. In November “American Soul” was delivered to radio stations in Poland and in the UK. It was not serviced elsewhere. And in January “Summer of Love” was delivered to radio stations in The Netherlands, but not sent out elsewhere. In both cases the markets were being tested for reaction to the song before a wider release was done, and in the case of “American Soul” a wider release was not undertaken. “Summer of Love” would eventually be more widely released in August 2018. Poland also received “Get Out of Your Own Way” at radio a month before it was serviced to radio elsewhere in Europe and North America.

It’s not the first time regional promotions have been done at radio, songs such as “Until the End of the World,” “Zooropa,” and “Your Blue Room,” and “She’s Gonna Blow Your House Down” have all been delivered in such a manner over the years, yet received no commercial release, nor a worldwide release as a single.

There will be no commercial single for “Landlady” at this time. There is no audio release planned streaming services and other digital store fronts this week.

On Friday we will confirm any additional countries that are being serviced with this new single.

In Italy, the songs sent to radio from Songs of Experience are as follows:

  • You’re the Best Thing About Me (September 8, 2017)
  • You’re the Best Thing About Me (U2 vs Kygo) (September 15, 2017)
  • Get Out of your Own Way (December 8, 2017)
  • Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way (June 1, 2018)
  • Landlady (October 19, 2018)

The band recently debuted “Landlady” in their four nights in Milan. The song was played at two of the four shows, and this marked the first time it had been played on this tour.

A wider release may follow at a later date.

UPDATE: October 19, 2018

As mentioned earlier this is a limited release of the song, and is not a worldwide release. The song was released digitally at midnight in Italy. In the 20 hours since the track has been released we have analyzed worldwide radio play and can confirm this is an Italy only release to radio at this time. There is a limited amount of play outside of Italy, with one play each in Malta, Monaco, and Canada. The station playing the song in Canada is Radio Stonata, an Italian radio station who states “Our office is not in Italy, but our programs are in Italian and English. We are the radio of Italians abroad and are addressing Italians around the world.” The radio station in Malta that has played the song is Radio Patata, Saint Paul’s Bay, and it too is an Italian station. Likewise, the play in Monaco is on the Radio Monte Carlo Network, which is an Italian speaking station broadcasting from Monaco. All three stations playing the song outside of Italy are all Italian stations, playing Italian content and likely using the promotional databases available to radio stations in Italy.

In Italy itself, the song has been played on 62 different Italian radio stations since its release last night. A few of the stations added the track prior to today, but with minimal plays. As we were publishing this article the song has been played 97 times on Italian radio since midnight, when the song was released. The song is getting the bulk of the play at stations in Milan with 15 plays overall in that city on 6 stations. The song has had 4 plays in total in Conversano, Palermo Reggio, Calabria, and Savignano sul Rubicon. It has been played 3 times in total in Rome and Favara. In total the song has been aired in 50 different cities.

The song has not aired in any country outside of Italy other than the three Italian stations mentioned above. If the song were released today in other countries, we would have expected to see airplay numbers for those regions.

The song was released only in a digital format direct to radio stations. The song was issued at midnight Italian time. The digital file used the cover of the Songs of Experience album with the border we saw used for the initial announcement of the deluxe version of the album, and no writing on the image.

UPDATE: October 21, 2018

We wanted to take a look at how the song was doing at mid-day in Italy, on October 21, 2018.

The song has been played in five countries to date:

  • Italy (429 Plays)
  • Switzerland (10 Plays)
  • Malta (4 Plays)
  • Canada (3 Plays)
  • Monaco (1 Play)

95.3% of the plays of the song since it was released have been in Italy. Of those plays outside of Italy, all have been on Italian stations in those countries. In Switzerland this is Radio Fiume Ticino and Radio 3i, In Canada this is Radio Stonata, in Malta it is Radio Patata, and in Monaco it was on Radio Monte Carlo. There are no other plays being recorded outside of Italy, other than these mentioned Italian stations.

The song has been played in 95 cities to date on 136 different stations. The song is getting the most play in Milan, where they played last week, with 77 plays on radio there. Rome is the city seeing the next greatest amount of plays at 20 plays on radio, and then Palermo with 18 plays.

There were 156 plays of the song on Friday, the day it was released to radio, 190 plays on Saturday, and on Sunday as of mid-day in Italy, the song has 102 plays for the day.

The top five stations playing the song are as follows:

  • R101 New Music Friday: 35 Plays
  • RMC Next: 26 Plays
  • Radio Studio Delta: 9 Plays
  • RGS Radiogionale di Sicilia: 8 Plays
  • Radio Energy: 8 Plays

The version of “Landlady” being played on radio in Italy is an edited version of the track from the album, which has been edited so silence has been removed at the start and end, and the song fades a bit earlier than the album version. The discography entry for this promotional release is available here with more information about release formats and artwork.

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It’s No Secret: The Fly in Milan

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-10-15)


PHOTO: The Fly in Milan, courtesy of Harry Kantas for U2Songs

Tonight in the third show in Milan U2 pulled out another song for a tour debut. For the first time since Moncton on the U2360 tour in 2011, the band performed “The Fly”. (It appeared on the #U2ieTour, but as an intermission video, with the song performed by Gavin Friday.)

The song was accompanied by a visually stunning presentation on the video wall, while the band performed underneath it. A random wall of letters and numbers would randomly become words, and then would twist away to become nonsense again. Below we have the words we identified on the screen tonight.

FEEDBACK
PLASTIC
ACHTUNG
GO
HUNGER
HANSA
MALAHIDE
BALLYMON
MOTHERS-
SLANE
SQUABBLE
DEFECT
BOWIE
LIFFY
ATOMIC
JIFFY
APART
GUGGI
TROUSERS
BIBLE
MALAISE
PUNKS
MEDIA
BE GENTLE WITH ME
THIS IS NOT A REHEARSAL
TALK TO STRANGERS
ENJOY THE SURFACE
DUBLIN
DANDELION
VIRGIN
LEATHER
ROCKERS
PRUNES
HORIZON
19A
GUILT
AMBITION BITES THE NAILS OF SUCCESS
IT COULD NEVER HAPPEN HERE
TASTE IS THE ENEMY OF ART
BELIEVE EVERYTHING
BELIEVE
LIE
EVOLUTION IS OVER
SILENCE EQUALS DEATH
ME TOO
UNEXPECTED ITEM IN BAGGING AREA
WATCH MORE TV

(Yes we know it’s usually spelled Ballymun and Liffey, but we’ve written it above as it was written on the screen.)

The words include a mix of references to Dublin (Dublin, Malahide, Ballymon, Slane, Liffey, 19A — the bus that ran along Ballymun Road); the early days of the band (Feedback, Dandelion for the Dandelion Market, Virgin and Prunes for the Virgin Prunes and Guggi), references to Berlin (Hansa, Bowie, Achutng), references to their albums (Achtung, Atomic, Achtung), references to music (Punks, Rockers, Leather and Trousers), as well other words and some phrases familiar from the original Zoo TV tour. One new phrase is “Me Too”, a reference to the #MeToo movement.

With the debut of “The Fly” tonight, U2 are adding more content from Achtung Baby to the show. Rumour has it that the band has also rehearsed other songs from the era, and are changing things up in preparation to film the show in Berlin at the end of the show. In a recent interview, Willie Williams stated that the band didn’t want to film songs that they had filmed on that stage in 2015. Since moving to Europe, the band has added “Even Better Than the Real Thing” and “Zoo Station” to the set list which already featured a number of songs from Achtung Baby.

Below we’ve included a video to allow you to watch the video presentation yourself. Can you pick out any additional words or phrases? Let us know!


VIDEO: “The Fly” in Milan, October 15, 2018, courtesy of U2 en España.

Many thanks to Caroline for her assistance.

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New Release: Songs of Experience on SHM-CD

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-10-11)

It has been announced that U2 will release Songs of Experience on SHM-CD in Japan this coming December. The SHM-CD version of the CD will be released on December 5, 2018, and will be released in a cardboard sleeve. The CD will contain a Japan only bonus track (we expect it will be the same as the regular CD bonus track, Jacknife Lee’s remix of “The Blackout”) and will be released with the catalog number UICI-9069, and the UPC 4988031312551. This is the first time that Songs of Experience has been released in SHM-CD in the world.

On July 2, 2017, Universal Japan announced that U2’s entire collection would be issued on SHM-CD, with 13 different SHM-CDs released on August 23, 2017. SHM-CD is a digital optical disc, with the same size as a regular compact disc. The biggest improvement in the disc is the use of a polycarbonate material that allows for less laser scatter during reading, producing fewer errors. SHM-CDs are capable of being played in a standard CD player. The digital information contained on the SHM-CD will be the same as that on a standard CD, the SHM-CD format just improves the ‘readability’ of this information. The format was developed by Universal Music Japan and JVC. U2, of course, is signed with Universal Music. The format first started to be used in 2008.

The SHM-CD version of Songs of Experience is available for pre-order now.

Many thanks to Pawel and Vladimir for information used in the story above.

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Glorifying the Past: The U2Songs Team Talks Rattle and Hum

Original Story by Don Morgan (2018-10-10)

Today is Rattle and Hum‘s 30th birthday! The album was released on 10 October, 1988, with the film following on the 27th. Thirty years is a long time, and many of us at U2Songs are waxing nostalgic about this significant era in the band’s history… and also marveling at how old we all feel. Let’s travel back to 1988 together as some of the U2Songs staff shares their thoughts and impressions about one of U2’s biggest (R&H is the third-highest selling album in the band’s history, eclipsed only by The Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby) and most controversial releases.

HARRY:
Rattle and Hum came out at a time where, after The Joshua Tree, I had started discovering the rest of their discography. It was also the time I had discovered how to copy songs off vinyl and cassette, and onto mix tapes. I remember making a new U2 mix tape every other week, and taking it with me on my Walkman everywhere I’d go.

I remember hearing about the Lovetown Tour, which I still find impressive, considering there was no Internet at the time. Satellite television however, had started to emerge in Greece. One of those channels once broadcasted that Lovetown special from Sydney. I taped it on VHS, and would play “Hawkmoon 269” and “God Part II” every day, after coming home from school. My first ever U2 t-shirt was also a Lovetown t-shirt that my parents bought me while on holiday in Rhodes.

Then one day, my local video rental store brought the Rattle and Hum film in! Watching that film was when I realised that U2 isn’t just my favourite band, but the biggest band out there, there’s just no way any other band could top the performances on that film.

If you were looking back today, it’d be easy to overlook Rattle and Hum, being in between two huge U2 records and eras, but it was an important era on its own right. For me, it solidified my bond with U2’s music, and the fact that it mixed studio and live songs together in one story/session/experience, completely blew my young mind.

BRAD:
Well, it’s sometimes hard to remember what things were like in the days before the Internet. I think that the first time I heard the name of the new album was when I saw the trailer for the film in a movie theater. I recall thinking how cool it was that they named the album after a lyric from “Bullet.” My first exposure to the music was the “Desire”/“Hallelujah Here She Comes” cassette single. To me, “Desire” picked up right where the band had left off with The Joshua Tree, and HHSC is still one of my favorite b-sides. I drove around with the windows down listening to those two songs over and over again. In 1988, we all sort of lived in our own bubble, and I don’t think I realized until years later that Rattle and Hum had caused any sort of backlash. I love that album from top to bottom, really enjoying the juxtaposition of the new songs with live versions of familiar songs, and has there ever been a better closer than “All I Want is You”?

AARON:
Like Harry, my first U2 shirt was a Rattle and Hum one – but mine was the front cover of the “Desire” single with Larry Mullen drumming up a storm. It was a birthday present from my mom in 1989.

I lived hundreds of kilometers away from the nearest record store, so I got lucky and was in the city and was able to buy the 12-inch of “Desire.” But that had to hold me out for months, because it wasn’t until late November that I actually got to buy the album (on cassette). I had been able to tape a radio show where many of the songs were premiered, and I wore that cassette down while waiting. So really I got my Rattle and Hum in doses, starting first with the single, then the 7-8 songs that were part of that radio broadcast, and finally the full album. Later in life it was also the first album I ever bought on CD for myself.

I had a U2 scrapbook back when the movie came out. I remember cutting out the movie ad each day for our local cinema, and pasting it in. And when I ran out of room in the scrapbook I started taping them to my wall. I remember many long nights at university where my buddy Don and I would put on Rattle and Hum and just watch it over and over. For a kid in a town that I didn’t figure would ever see a U2 concert, that movie and that record were an amazing way to feel like part of the show.

In the back of the Rattle and Hum book there was a short discography. I started updating it on paper, shoved into the back of the book, and that later formed the backbone of the site that has become U2Songs.com for almost 24 years now. So without Rattle and Hum, who knows what path we may have taken?

DON:
As Brad said, it’s tough to remember what life was like in 1988 before the Internet. My first awareness of Rattle and Hum came when I heard “Desire” debut on the radio. I wasn’t impressed at first, it didn’t sound “spiritual” and “Eno” enough for me. Even so, I was a completely devout U2 fan at that point, and the whole era was full of excitement. I was thrilled to see ads for the movie during “Saturday Night Live,” and ended up seeing the film several times in the theater. (I told blogger Jeffrey Overstreet about this a few years ago for the R&H 25th anniversary.)

I bought the album on cassette on release day, and I could have sworn that I bought Simple Minds’ Street Fighting Years on the same day, but Wikipedia tells me that album didn’t come out until May of 89, so my memory is clearly failing. I also dutifully bought all the cassette singles. At the time I was kind of bothered that the Rattle and Hum cassette singles came in cardboard sleeves while all the Joshua Tree cassette singles had come in plastic cases. Even at that tender young age, my collector quirks were showing. I still love the album to this day, and since there are apparently no longer plans to release a deluxe edition or box set, I have created my own deluxe R&H playlist. Thanks to the Fan Club for making that easier by providing downloads of 3-D Dance Mixes!

GEORGE:
When Rattle And Hum came out, I was still pretty oblivious to the whole idea of buying music. That was something that my older siblings did, and I just listened to whatever they had or whatever was on the radio. U2 wasn’t foreign in our house. We had a few albums, including Rattle And Hum on CD. I used to play it fairly often. I knew so little about how albums got put together that I didn’t understand why the new album had “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” but not “With or Without You” (shouldn’t a new album have all the good songs from previous albums?). Mostly I remember how much I loved the “All I Want Is You” video. It was easily my favourite song on the album (and still may be) and the video was so uniquely poetic relative to everything else on TV at the time. I remained a very casual fan until 1992, which is when I began my journey of U2 obsessiveness. In 1994 I acquired the four singles from Rattle and Hum and that’s when I truly realized that I loved what U2 had done in that era.

What are your Rattle and Hum memories? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, or in the U2Songs Forum!

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Waiting for the Miracle to Come to Debut at Austin Film Festival

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-10-10)

The movie Waiting for the Miracle to Come, executive produced by Bono and Wim Wenders will be featured at the 2018 Austin Film Festival on October 27th and 29th. The film is written and directed by Lian Lunson, and stars Willie Nelson, Charlotte Rampling and Aussie Lowe. The movie was filmed in 2015 at Willie Nelson’s ranch outside of Austin, Texas.

Not only is the film being executive produced by Bono, we can reveal that Bono has written a new song for Willie Nelson to sing on the soundtrack of the film. The song, expected to be used over the closing credits is called “Where the Shadows Fall”. Bono also will perform backing vocals on the song which was recorded in 2015. “Where the Shadows Fall” was mentioned in the February 2016 issue of Q Magazine, and at the time many thought it was a song for the upcoming album.


VIDEO: Willie Nelson and Bono from Lunson’s film Willie Nelson: Down Home

Lunson, who directed the film, may also be familiar to U2 fans. In 1997 Lunson filmed the television documentary Willie Nelson: Down Home which featured Willie Nelson and Bono collaborating on the song “Slow Dancing”. In 2005 she was also the producer of Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man which featured Cohen performing with U2 on the song “Tower of Song.” Lunson is also thanked in the credits for the feature film Across the Universe in which Bono appeared.

And in 2005 Lunson was seen on stage at a number of U2 concerts, filming the band. U2.Com reported on that footage being captured: ““No sooner had the band caught their breath than director Lian Lunson – she of the acclaimed Leonard Cohen documentary (I’m Your Man), premiered in the city earlier this week – is up on stage with a film crew. The band are playing Fast Cars again, only the second live performance ever (Don’t laugh!’ says Bono) and it is being committed to film. (Who knows what for ? Guess we’ll find out soon enough.) The director gets a kiss on the cheek as she takes her crew off stage.”

From the website of the film comes this synopsis:

Set in a magically surreal world, WAITING FOR THE MIRACLE TO COME tells the story of a young woman whose quest for gold takes her on a far more rewarding journey than she could have ever imagined.

Following the death of her father, aspiring trapeze artist Adeline Winter (Sophie Lowe) discovers a cryptic letter he once wrote directing her to a goldmine in a remote California desert. Upon arriving to a mysterious town, she finds herself at the gates of The Beautiful Place, a house occupied by retired vaudeville stars Jimmy and Dixie Riggs (played by country legend Willie Nelson and Charlotte Rampling)

As she gets to know this mysteriously eccentric couple, Adeline discovers that her father’s posthumous words were directing her to a reward far more valuable than gold.

Largely shot on location at Willie Nelson’s Texas ranch Luck, WAITING FOR THE MIRACLE TO COME is directed by acclaimed documentarian Lian Lunson (LEONARD COHEN I’M YOUR MAN)

Her long time collaborators Wim Wenders and Bono are teaming up to Executive Produce to help bring her vision to the screen.


VIDEO: Trailer for Waiting for the Miracle to Come

The movie began filming in February 2015 at Willie Nelson’s private ranch in Spicewood, Texas and was completed later that year. A wide release date has yet to be announced and the film went without release for two years. Lunson in a statement about the film said, ““I wrote this script for Willie Nelson. His presence and stillness as an actor is unlike anyone else. And growing up, I always wanted to be Charlotte Rampling, so bringing these two icons together on-screen is a dream come true for me.”

Wenders who is listed as co-executive producer on Waiting for the Miracle to Come is a long time collaborator with U2 as well, since he shot the promotional video for “Night + Day” in 1990 the Red, Hot and Blue album. U2 have contributed to many of Wenders soundtracks since that time, appearing on the soundtrack for Until the End of the World, Faraway, So Close!, The End of Violence, Beyond the Clouds, and Don’t Come Knocking. It was Wenders that directed the script that Bono wrote for the film The Million Dollar Hotel.

The movie will air twice at the Festival, on Saturday, October 27, it will be filmed at the State Theater from 3pm – 4:30pm, at 719 Congress Ave. On Monday, October 29, it will be shown at the Galaxy Highland Screen at 6700 Middle Fiskville Road. More information about tickets can be found here.

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U2 to Release for RSD Black Friday 2018

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-10-09)

UPDATED: October 11, 2018

Record Store Day is an annual day where bands release special versions of their recordings to help support the independent record store. It started as a US event but has quickly expanded worldwide, and it has also expanded to include a second, smaller event titled RSD – Black Friday, held in November each year during the American Thanksgiving week. U2 has participated in both events in the past, and this year we’ve been tipped off they will be appearing again.

According to a number of sources, the 2018 list for Black Friday releases has gone out to independent record stores to allow them to order, and orders are due by the end of the week. U2 has been confirmed to be on the list, and the title is now confirmed to be a new 2018 recording of “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me.” The release is being credited to U2, however it is mentioned that the release features Gavin Friday and Régine Chassagne on vocals. The song was remixed by St Francis Hotel, a group that has worked with U2 on a number of past releases.

The record will be limited and it is being said that the pressing will be 7000 copies in total. That is the same number of copies that were made available for the 2017 single, “Red Hill Mining Town.” The full RSD – Black Friday 2018 list was announced on October 9, 2018, and items are already appearing on eBay, don’t panic at the prices though, these will come down on the day that the vinyl is actually released, and most stores will sell the item for close to the suggested price.

The full track listing is as follows:

  • Side A: Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me (The Gotham Experience Remix)
  • Side B: Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me (From “Batman Forever”, Remastered 2018 Best of 1990-2000 Version)

The B-Side is the original version of the song, recorded for “Batman Forever” and recently polished up for the newly remastered release of The Best of 1990 – 2000 on vinyl.

The listing for the U2 release reads: “U2 will release exclusively a new 12” Single – Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me.” Originally released as a single from the Batman Forever film soundtrack album, “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me” reached number 1 in Ireland, number 2 in the UK and number 1 on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks and Modern Rock Tracks charts in the US in 1995. The song has been remixed for 2018’s eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour and features Gavin Friday and Arcade Fire’s Régine Chassagne on vocals.”

It sounds like we are getting the version that is being used in the tour, but the song is also being listed as a U2 release, so this may be an alternate version of what is being used in the live shows. It does confirm that Gavin Friday and Régine Chassagne who perform vocals on the track, and both have been featured on vocals on the version used during the Experience and Innocence shows.

The artwork for this release is seen below:


IMAGE: Cover of release (Click to Enlarge) with “Support Indie Record Stores” watermark

The listing for this release on the Record Store Day site is available here. The vinyl is listed as a RSD-First release which means the release will appear at Record Store Day events first but may have a wider release after the fact.

U2’s first participation in the Record Store Day events was 2010’s Black Friday event where they released the EP “Wide Awake in Europe”. The band has participated in every event since April 2017. The U2 releases tend to be pressed in limited quantities, but are not always numbered. U2’s releases in the past have included:

  • Wide Awake in Europe (November 26, 2010, 5000 Copies, Numbered)
  • Ordinary Love (November 29, 2013, 10000 Copies)
  • North and South: Wandering in U2’s Dublin Map (November 28, 2014, 1000 Copies)
  • Songs of Innocence Black Vinyl (April 18, 2015, 5000 Copies, Numbered)
  • Red Hill Mining Town Picture Disc (April 22, 2017, 7000 Copies)
  • Joshua Tree Limited Fanzine EU Version (April 22, 2017, 500 Copies, Numbered)
  • Joshua Tree Limited Fanzine NA Version (April 22, 2017, 1000 Copies, Numbered)
  • The Blackout Black Vinyl (November 24, 2017, 19250 Copies)
  • The Blackout Black and White Vinyl (November 24, 2017, 750 Copies)
  • Lights of Home Picture Disc (April 21, 2018, 5000 Copies)
  • Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me (November 23, 2018, 7000 Copies)

We expect that the release will be announced formally in an announcement tomorrow via the Record Store Day site. We will of course report on the full details of the release when available. As releases are limited, independent stores in North America have been asked not to sell these records online for the first week that they are available. However, in some European markets, they have been made available in advance. We will also report on these if any opportunities to buy online are known.

Many thanks to Lance, Edgar, Tom and Kevin and others for information used in the report above.

Related News Coverage:


VIDEO: “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me” (Hamburg Intermission, 2018) (Courtesy of terrorsittich for U2Gigs.com)

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U2 Fan Club Gifts Survey: The Results

Original Story by Harry Kantas (2018-09-16)

The U2.com membership comes with some very good perks, like exclusive content, exclusive downloads, contests, members-only space on Zootopia, pre-sale codes for when there is a tour, a voucher for the U2 shop, and last but not least, a subscribers only gift. Next year’s gift should be announced in a couple of months. Last Monday, September 10th, we asked about your thoughts and ideas regarding the upcoming U2 Fan Club Gift.

We let the survey run for around 5 days, and got responses from a healthy sample (considering the survey’s short duration, and that the tour is currently on) of 1071 U2ers.

These are the results we got:

The vast majority of fans (76%) would prefer the new gift to be music (audio or video). 52.7% of you would like audio in a physical format, showing a slight preference to vinyl (27.5%). 9.9% of you asked for a printed release, whether that’s a book, a fanzine, or something along those lines. 7.5% contemplated some sort of artwork release. 6.6% presented their own ideas. The main ideas discussed here some form of music again, and a smaller percentage made a case for fan club only clothing (t-shirts, hoodies, etc).

Paradoxically, even though more of you appear to have a working CD player, compared to a record player, which only 6 out of 10 seem to have, the demand for CD and Vinyl is pretty even. If anything, that shows an appreciation for vinyl, not just as a music medium, but also a collector’s piece. However, a number of responses asking for “no more vinyl” were posted on replies to our social media posts about the survey, likely brought on by the fact that over 40% of those responding do not own a record player.

In terms of digital formats, votes show no real preference to lossless vs lossy formats, but favour any format that can easily be played on a phone, or other media device.

The main 4 selections for audio are:

1) A recording from the current tour (either a full show, or a mix of songs from different shows)
2) A recording from a recent promo gig (The Roxy, The Apollo, The BBC)
3) A recording from an older tour (be it Lovetown, The Unforgettable Fire, or something previously unreleased)
4) Rarities (Alternate versions of older and newer songs, demo versions from the current album)

From those of you who presented you own ideas, the general consensus was around previously unreleased recordings of songs (demos, b-sides, outtakes) that have never left the U2 vault.

A book about the band a-la North Side Story would not be out of the question for many of you, nor would a fanzine (Propaganda reboot perhaps?), or even a cardboard cutout of 10 Cedarwood Road (like the one Bono brings out during 13).

From the “Other” suggestions, of note were:

  • A follow-up to a “Stories behind the Songs” type of publication
  • A follow-up to “Stealing Hearts at a Travelling Show” with deleted artwork, covers, working titles, etc.
  • A book of song sketches and notes used by the band, that illustrates their creative process.

Also a popular opinion, was, well, “None”, and that’s because people would prefer music to a book or a magazine.

Lithographs were the main choice on this one. Cards or pins/badges featuring artwork or lyrics would also be a welcomed addition for some. From the “Other” section here, ideas thrown around include original artwork by Bono, and a complete set of all the artwork Edel Rodriguez has produced for the tour, as it has become a fan favourite very quickly.

We would like to thank everyone who took the time to participate in this survey, we really appreciate it. Perhaps it can serve as feedback, or just a place to gather your ideas. In any case, we hope you had fun doing it!

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For Your Consideration: New Printing of Songs of Experience for Awards Season

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-09-15)

Musical awards season is about to start full force. And today we want to take a look at the process from releasing an album, to becoming a nominated recording. We will also take a look at U2’s attempts to get people to consider “You’re The Best Thing About Me” and Songs of Experience for Grammy Awards, including a look at a special pressing of the album that is currently being sent out to music influencers who are likely to be part of the Academy voting panel.

The 61st Edition of the Grammy Awards will air on February 10, 2019. That’s just over five months away. And already there is ongoing activity surrounding that awards ceremony. Only recordings released between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018 will be eligible for this years awards. Songs of Experience, released on December 1, 2017, is eligible for this years awards ceremony. The album has already been submitted to the Recording Academy for consideration for nominations. There are two submission periods, one in July and one in August 2017. The Recording Academy Awards department reviews each entry to confirm eligibility and once eligibility has been confirmed, submissions are then sorted by genre-based sorting committees, to ensure all recordings are listed in their proper category on the first-round ballot.

The Academy will go through a first round of voting on submitted recordings from October 17 – 31. They are voting on which recordings should gain a nomination. All Recording Academy Voters are eligible to vote. Most nominations after the vote will go to a Nominations Committee for any required final changes or clarification. Nominations for Producer of the Year, Engineering and a few other limited awards go to a Craft Committee. Once the Nomination Committee has ensured all nominations match the criteria for the awards, the full nominations are announced for the awards on December 5, 2018.

A second round of voting from December 13, 2018 – January 9, 2019 will decide the winners of the Awards, which are then presented live on February 10, 2019. However, as the Recording Academy does not disclose contact information of their members this is done somewhat blindly. Artists are not allowed to campaign for nominations in specific categories and fields. And during balloting season, which starts in September, vote solicitation and product distribution cannot be done at Recording Academy events.


IMAGE: You’re The Best Thing About Me Advertisement

Last year, U2 did campaign for a nomination for the single “You’re The Best Thing About Me” placing advertisements in several industry publications. The ad was simple, featuring the single cover with the note:

New Single “You’re The Best Thing About Me” For Your Consideration.

The ad contained the logos for both Interscope Records, U2’s record company in the USA, as well as the logo for Maverick Management, who now manage the band. The single, having been released before the 2017 cut off date, was eligible for the 2018 Awards, however the song was not nominated. That didn’t stop U2 from appearing on the Awards broadcast, performing both a song of their own, as well as Bono and The Edge joining Kendrick Lamar for a performance of “XXX”.

That appearance was likely the start of the campaign for this year’s Award show, as nothing makes an impression on your fellow Academy members like performing in front of them.


IMAGES: Front and back covers of new Songs of Experience printing

But there’s a bigger campaign underway to bring attention to last years release of Songs of Experience. In late July a special edition of the album has been sent out to many in the Recording industry. We are unsure of exact numbers that have been printed but we expect that these have been widely distributed to get as many ears listening to the album as possible. The more people who are listening, or know of the album, the more chances someone may vote for the album in the upcoming awards. The CD contained within is nothing more than a commercial pressing of the album. These are a mix of different matrix numbers, and appear to be a mix of CDs pressed for this promotion, as well as possible returns to the record label from the initial release. The content on each is the same as the commercially released album from last fall, there are no extra tracks, and this is the regular edition of the CD which ends with “13 (There is a Light)”.


IMAGES: CD inside and new image from new printing of Songs of Experience

It is the packaging which is interesting. First of all the CD is packaged into a gorgeous booklet which is 7-Inch by 7-Inch and looks like a 7-Inch single. The front and back look similar to the commercial release of the album, including the quote at the bottom of the back cover. The CD itself is held in a pocket inside the booklet.


IMAGES: Letter from U2 in new printing of Songs of Experience

The booklet itself for the most part replicates the original booklet. However there are some additions. A full page photo of the band with a repeating logo stating “EXPERIENCE” is across from the CD pocket. The next page includes a personal note from the band which is signed by all four members (these are printed autographs and not actual signatures). The note reads:

We wanted to make an album for now. For the now of our own lives – what we’ve found on this haphazard journey from innocence to experience – and the now of this world, with its sudden dalliance with extremism. And we wanted to write songs that would sound great on the radio. You can take the boys out of punk rock but you can’t take the punk rock out of the boys and there’s a little bit in us that remember why we started in a band: ‘don’t bore us, get to the chorus!’ Oh..And we wanted a No.1 album in America again! (Thanks!)

It was a poet friend of ours, Brendan Kennelly, who challenged us: ‘If you want to get to where the writing really lives, write as if you’re dead.’ So these songs of experience are a collection of letters with that kind of clarity – love letters – to partners, to children, to our audience, to ourselves. And to America. America is always in these four Irish minds, this country which is still inventing and reinventing itself.

‘It’s not a place, this country to me a thought, that offers grace, for every welcome that is sought…’

And the wisdom we discovered on the road from innocence to experience? That’s the essence of what this album is about and captured in two of the song titles. “Love is Bigger than Anything in its Way” and “Love is All We Have Left”.


IMAGES: Press reviews from new Songs of Experience printing

After that, the bands names follow. The booklet holds other surprises as you continue. A two page spread of quotes from the media about the album are featured including quotes from reviews by Forbes, Rolling Stone, MOJO, Variety, The Associated Press, Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, Q Magazine, Nashville Scene, The New York Times, Daily Telegraph and No Ripcord.


IMAGES: Making of Songs of Experience: Producer quotes

There is also a “Making the Album” two page spread with quotes about the recording process from the producers who put together the album. Jacknife Lee, Ryan Tedder, Steve Lillywhite, Paul Epworth, Andy Barlow, Jolyon Thomas and Brent Kutzle are all quoted here. My own favorite quote that I had not heard before comes from Andy Barlow:

We were recording “Love is All We Have Left” and Bono said, “Make it sound like Frank Sinatra, singing on a space station in zero gravity”. It was new territory for me, contributing as part of the grand tapestry of the album, and an honour to bring my approach (and the vocoder!) to U2’s sound.


IMAGE: Liner notes from new printing of Songs of Experience

The album does contain pages found in the original booklet including Bono’s liner notes, at a readable size. There is also a link present for readers to view the video of “Liner Notes” online instead of reading along. The credits for the album are present. The large photo of the band in the industrial setting is present. We’ve included some of the newer pages from the booklet throughout the article. If you haven’t, click on any of them to see a larger version that can be read.

As with anything of this nature, some receiving the booklets have not wanted them. A few have begun to show up on auction sites, and at other used CD retailers. On eBay they’ve gone for a wide variety of prices from $36 US, all the way up to $898 US, but most have been between $200-300 US. We expect with the number of these that have been sent out, that after awards votes are cast, many more will make their way to auction and these prices will drop. But with any For Your Consideration item they do usually maintain some value over time. As can be seen from the excerpts above, these booklets are very oriented towards the American awards, it remains to be seen if something similar will be produced for other major awards shows such as the Brit Awards.

The Grammy Awards aren’t the only upcoming music awards in the USA. The 2018 American Music Awards are broadcast on October 9, 2018. Unlike the Grammy Awards, the American Music Awards are voted on by fans, after being nominated based on criteria provided by Billboard including streaming, sales, airplay, social activity and touring. U2 have been nominated for Tour of the Year. It is their only nomination. As these are fan-voted awards, you can vote for U2 in this category online, or by posting a tweet with the name of the nominee or Twitter handle, the category name and the hashtag #AMAs. If you wish to vote for U2 you would tweet something like this, “I vote for @U2 in the category of Tour of the Year #AMAs”.

If you are interested in more information about other pressings of U2 items for Awards consideration, in 2016 we looked back at other such items in our History Mix.

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U2 Rehearsals in Berlin

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-08-29)

SPOILERS AHEAD. USE CAUTION.

U2 have been rehearsing today in Berlin for the opening show of their second leg of the #U2eiTour. The band was present at the venue yesterday, but no rehearsals were documented and no music could be heard outside the venue. Today however a number of songs have been heard by the crew at U2Tour.De, who are documenting the whole thing as it happens on their Twitter feed.

The rehearsal started around 9pm in Berlin.

The band has played the following:

  • “The Blackout”
  • “Lights of Home”
  • “I Will Follow” (partial, then full)
  • “Red Flag Day”
  • “Beautiful Day”
  • “The Ocean”
  • “Iris”
  • “Cedarwood Road”
  • “Sunday Bloody Sunday”
  • “Until the End of the World”
  • “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me” (Intermission)
  • “Elevation”
  • “Vertigo”
  • “Even Better Than the Real Thing”
  • “Acrobat”
  • “You’re the Best Thing About Me”
  • “Summer of Love”
  • “Pride (In the Name of Love)”
  • “Get Out Of Your Own Way”
  • “New Year’s Day”
  • “City of Blinding Lights”

The band then took a break, and then came back and played “Summer of Love” two additional times before breaking for the evening.

Originally “The Blackout” was not on the list, but it was played to start the rehearsal. Some have asked about “Love is All We Have Left”, but in the North American shows that was mostly pre-recorded, so it is unlikely the band needs to rehearse that song.

The songs are following a similar set list to that used in North America. Below are a few notes about how it has differed. The rehearsal ended without the final encore was rehearsed.

“Red Flag Day” appeared sparingly in the North American shows, being performed at just four shows, as well as at the special show at the Apollo Theatre. Most nights that slot was filled by “Gloria” or “All Because of You.”

“Even Better Than the Real Thing” is new for this leg, taking the slot held by “Desire” for first leg. “Even Better Than the Real Thing” was last performed at the end of the second leg of the Innocence + Experience Tour in 2015. With “Desire” removed from the set, U2 are now not playing any songs from The Joshua Tree or Rattle and Hum leaving the late 1980s out of this rehearsal.

“Staring at the Sun” was not played in the usual spot, “Summer of Love” appears to now be filling that location, and like “Staring at the Sun” was played acoustically.

“New Year’s Day” was also performed during the Berlin rehearsal. That song was played only once in North America on the first leg of the tour, and then it was played early in the set. Now appears after “Get Out Of Your Own Way” a place where “American Soul” was previously played. “American Soul” was not played during the rehearsal.

A big thank you to U2Tour.de for sharing the news of the rehearsals. The band takes the stage on Friday night for the continuation of the tour.

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Summer of Love: U2 Meets Fifth Harmony

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-08-28)

Update: August 30, 2018

Just a few updates to this story as we have obtained additional information:

  • There will be no commercial release on August 31, 2018. More releases to promote “Summer of Love” are coming (see story below) but there will NOT be a commercial release tomorrow.
  • Rusty Egan will be dropping his “Sunset Mix” done with HP Hoeger of “Summer of Love” on his show on Friday. Egan’s show airs on Friday night at a variety of locations including Channel Music Radio and Artefaktor Radio and GCR Digital Radio. This new mix of “Summer of Love” is a darker but beautiful take on the song, we’ve heard a snippet and can say it sounds amazing.
  • Lauren Jauregui does not feature on the Rusty Egan / HP Hoeger “Sunset” mix that is coming on Friday. Looks like we have to wait a bit longer for that mix to be released, unless it is issued for promotion this week.
  • Warning: Fake promotional CDRs of “Summer of Love” are circulating.

Original Story:

Lauren Jauregui isn’t a name that is likely to be familiar to many U2 fans. But many may know the group she has been a part of for six years — she is a member of the pop group Fifth Harmony. That group was formed during the North American televised singing competition The X Factor in 2012. Fifth Harmony has been active until recently, although in May it was announced the group was taking a hiatus, to allow members of the group to pursue solo projects. Jauregui is currently reported to be working on a solo album but it appears she has also taken some time to record a new vocal for a remix of “Summer of Love”. Maverick Management represents both U2 and Jauregui.

John Agnello and Stewart Lerman spoke about the recording of the vocals for the new mix of a U2 song with Jauregui. Both are American producers and recording engineers who spoke with each other on a recent podcast. Lerman was in studio to record the vocals for Jauregui at Electric Lady Studios.

“…one day on a U2 remix, doing a new vocal, with a gal who probably Bella would know. Lauren Jauregui, she’s from a band called Fifth Harmony. She came in. Bono already had his vocal already done. They had done the track, it’s on their last record, somebody tweaked it up to be more of a dance thing. And they got this gal on it. The track was good…it was much faster than the record. And this gal had rewritten her verse, and did all these backing vocals. So that was a day. The track could be a pretty big international song. She sang it in Spanish also. She’s part Cuban. It was mostly in English, and then she did a Spanish version which was really nice.”

The full podcast can be heard here, but the mention of the work with U2 has been removed.

Stewart Lerman is the engineer recording Jauregui’s vocals, but he did not do the remix of the song. The song had already been remixed from the details in the podcast. Lerman has worked with a number of acts over the years including sometimes U2 collaborators Elvis Costello, Patti Smith, and Angelique Kidjo.

U2 has recently allowed younger popular acts to mix their songs for the album Songs of Experience. Kygo remixed the lead single “You’re The Best Thing About Me” to help launch the album. More recently Cheat Codes remixed the track, and their version featured their own vocals and lyrics on the new mix. It sounds like Jauregui will be allowed to put her own spin on the song with a mention she’s rewritten her verse on this new remix. And also that she’s recorded the song in Spanish. The song already has a few pop vocals in the mix, the album mix of “Summer of Love” features Lady Gaga as well as Ryan Tedder from OneRepublic on backing vocals.

We have confirmed with our sources that additional remixes of “Summer of Love” are planned, and they spoke of a “second wave” of remixes being on the way. As well, they suggested to us that the next release would arrive on Friday, August 31, as U2 kicks off the second leg of their eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour in Europe. We are not aware of the track listing for this release at this time, but will confirm when it is available. We are also told to expect a video to support the song soon.

Summer of Love“ is the follow up single to “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way.” “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” was promoted with a very successful campaign of remixes which saw U2 reach #1 on the Billboard Dance Club Charts, including a mix of promotional only and commercially available remixes. The first round of remixes commercially released for “Summer of Love” were released on August 10, 2018, and featured four remixes of the song, including mixes by Robin Schulz, TILT & Danny Stubbs, Howie B, and HP Hoeger and Rusty Egan. Those songs were released on iTunes, other digital storefronts, and are available on streaming services as well. Additional mixes by Schulz and Hoeger and Egan have been made available for promotion of the track as well. “Summer of Love” was the sixth most added song last week added to clubs that report to the Billboard Dance Club Charts, and is expected to start charting on that chart soon. A push of a new remix with a vocal by Jauregui would certainly push the song higher on these charts.

Thanks to LMJUpdates for bringing some of this information to our attention.

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The Crystal Ball: Tour Setup, Singles, Home Video

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-08-20)

Well, summer holidays are coming to a close for the band. Although Bono, The Edge, Larry and Adam may have a few days left, the crew and tour staff are beginning to convene in Berlin starting today. They will be in Berlin, preparing for the shows, and starting to set up the stage. The stage was shipped to Belgium shortly after the end of the North American leg, and is now in transport from there to Berlin. Opening night of Leg Two is just 11 days away. There is a concert at the Mercedes-Benz arena on the 24th by German performer Marius Müller-Westernhagen, so even though the crew will start arriving this week, full set up of the stage is not expected until the weekend. With “Summer of Love” as the new single, being promoted in Europe now, we’re hoping to hear that the song is being rehearsed once rehearsals begin.

“Summer of Love” was released on August 10. The commercial release featured four remixes, including mixes by Howie B., Robin Schulz, TILT & Danny Stubbs, and Rusty Egan and HP Hoeger. There have also been a couple of promotional mixes issued, including a longer version of the Schulz remix, and a very different mix (the “Heatwave” mix) by Egan and Hoeger. We are told that there are two other remixes by Egan and Hoeger, titled the Chill and Sunset mixes that have been completed but are not yet slated to be released. If you’ve been enjoying the remixes, and would like to hear these additional mixes, now is a good time to speak up on social media that you are enjoying the other mixes. Interested in a bit more information about the remixes? We’ve interviewed 1/2 of TILT along with Danny Stubbs, discussing their remixes. We also interviewed Rusty Egan back when he was working on the “Love Is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” campaign. Egan and Hoeger are getting ready to launch their “Welcome to the Beach” album on September 3, 2018, but that album does not include U2.

The next single after “Summer of Love” is set to be “Red Flag Day” which should be released later this fall. While we are told there will likely be some remixes, the campaign for that single is also set to use some live recordings. The live recording of “Red Flag Day” backed with “Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way” from the Third Man Records appearance will be used on a limited physical release (we’re expecting for the Black Friday Record Store Day event in November.) As well, the performance of “Red Flag Day” from the Apollo Theater broadcast was held back for a possible single release. If there is a commercial release of “Red Flag Day” it will be the seventh commercial single from Songs of Experience, Currently that album is tied with Pop for the most songs commercially released, at six songs from each album.

The crew at U2Achtung mentioned a fall release of The Joshua Tree 2017 tour on home video earlier this year. We are happy to be able to tell you that we have confirmed this rumour with our own sources. The release is expected before Christmas of this year, and will feature traditional physical release formats and it will also be available as a digital download. The video will focus on The Joshua Tree 2017 tour, and is not expected to feature any material from the current tour. The footage will be made up mostly of material from the two concerts filmed in Mexico City last October. The film is directed by longtime collaborator Anton Corbin, whose images filled the screens during the tour. Additional footage filmed in San Diego and throughout the South American tour stops on the final leg are expected to be used as well, but we are told the bulk of the footage will be from the Mexico concerts on October 3 and October 4. Those concerts featured unique closing songs for that tour. The first night ended with “Spanish Eyes” and the second night ended with “Sweetest Thing”, both b-sides from the original The Joshua Tree album. We don’t have a release date yet but we will let you know as soon as we have anything confirmed.

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Summer of Love: Interview with TILT & Danny Stubbs

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-08-14)

On Friday, U2 released a four track remix EP for “Summer of Love” featuring four new remixes of the title track. The song was released at digital store fronts worldwide, and is available on streaming services, such as Spotify, as well.

We spent part of the day on Friday with one-half of TILT, and Danny Stubbs who were involved in one of the mixes, the “TILT & Danny Stubbs Perfecto Remix.” TILT is a duo made up of Mick Park and Nic Britton, based in the UK, and part of the Clubland for nearly 30 years, and signed to Paul Oakenfold’s Perfecto Records. Danny Stubbs who joined them for this mix is also signed to Perfecto Records, as well as his own label Empress Recordings. Danny also calls the UK home, and has been a growing influencer in the music business over the last decade.

Mick Park from TILT and Danny Stubbs sat down to discuss the new single from U2, their mix, and how it all came about with U2Songs.


AUDIO: Preview of “Summer of Love” (TILT & Danny Stubbs Perfecto Remix)

U2Songs: Maybe we can start with how you got to this point where you are mixing the new U2 single, “Summer of Love”

Danny: I’ve been making music for about 7-8 years; starting out doing bits by myself, then I met Mick, and we started doing bits together. I’ve got a few solo projects, and Mick has his. We decided to come together on a few projects as well, more so recently.

Mick: I’ve actually done two remixes for U2. The first experiences I had with the band.

But before we start, I’ve always been a massive, massive U2 fan. I’ve always been into U2, way before I was making music or working as a DJ. Probably since I first heard The Unforgettable Fire, and that sort of changed my whole perspective on music. Some time back, I used to take that album into the studio and try and get the lads to replicate certain elements of those songs, the atmospherics and stuff.

We were doing more and more with various artists. I was working with major record labels, and they would send me bits and bobs of various tracks. On one occasion it was “Vertigo.” And I absolutely loved the song, but I didn’t have time to do anything with it. I thought at the time, I could maybe do something [interesting]. I like to do my own versions of songs. Redanka calls it “guerilla tactics”—it’s an unofficial remix; we do it for ourselves.

I got this promo of “Vertigo” and I really thought I need to do something with this. But I just didn’t have time; I was doing so much DJ work. So I gave it to Andy Holt, to do a Redanka Mix, and I said, “Have a listen to this, I think you could do something really cool with this!” In about two days he’d turned out this massive mix, which got picked up by one of our main radio stations here, Radio 1, and it was played numerous times on there. Of course the band got to hear it and they loved it. So that was really my sort of my first experience with working with U2, in a roundabout way.

And then when “All Because of You” came out I managed to get the remix on that, released under the name “Killahurtz Fly Mix.” That remix was done with friends, Lea Kenny and Darren Murphy. Which the band loved; it got played on Radio 1 once again. So that really helped. And then they asked us to do a little remix on “Original of the Species”. We [Mick, Lea and Darren] tried to do that one a bit more downtempo, not the sort of normal dance mix, that we’re best known for. We really liked it; we did a lot of work on that, but I think by that time they had decided they didn’t want to do any more mixes. That kind of fell by the wayside.

U2Songs: “Original of the Species” was released to radio but wasn’t really heavily promoted; there was no real single for the song, and it was at the end of promotion for that album.

Mick: Yeah. I think it was one of those situations, “Do we do it, or don’t we do it?”

But then once again, it was quite a long period of time. Danny and I were doing various things for Paul Oakenfold. We started doing remixes for him, then we were producing tracks for him. Then he did this Mount Everest CD, he did an expedition to the base camp at Mount Everest. He had done a track called “Broken” at the time. And me and Danny did the remix of the same track in different styles (as TILT). That was probably one of the biggest tracks on the album. I’ve been working with Paul Oakenfold since 1994, so we’ve got a good relationship with him. He’s been a good barometer to the stuff we make, like U2, he’s the first person we send it to it. If he likes it, we’re maybe in sort of a good position, where maybe the band will like it too. So that brings us up up to where we are working on this current U2 project.

U2Songs: I first heard the mix in December. Was it official at that point? Did you have the stems when you did that? How did that come about?

Danny: I think it was mid-December. I was actually ill. I had to have a couple of days off work. I spoke to Mick and he asked what I was up to. And I was like, “I’m at home, I’m not very well.” He said, “I’ve got this idea. Do you feel like doing a remix?” And I said “I’m really not up to it, Mick.” As I kept saying no, Mick was saying “Come on, get out of the bed!” (Laughs) We ended up getting into the studio together. I wasn’t really feeling very well. He came to me with the idea to do “Summer of Love” and he played me the track and I thought “Wow! Yeah, I’m up for doing this even though I’m not feeling very well.” So like the second day after having the day off work I was feeling much better, so we did this remix, and it was on the third day we had it.

Mick: I got the idea, I liked the chords and i kept digging the chords, and i kept saying to Danny, “If we do it like this it will work.” The tempo that the original song is in, if you double it, it’s a dance tempo. So it lends itself to a good dance remix. And the key it was in and the chords that U2 originally used, once again lent themselves to a really good mix. We wanted to do something really uplifting, so we got an 8-bar loop, got the basic drums together, and this was all off the original track, we hadn’t received the stems at this point.

We wanted to have a mix just for ourselves, just something to play in our DJ sets, I thought this song, “Summer of Love,” it was 30 years this year since the Summer of Love in London, a big dance movement that happened when Paul Oakenfold, Danny Rampling and people like that brought back the balearic sound from Ibiza, which sort of launched the dance music culture in the UK. I thought the whole story there lent to a really good idea, and if done correctly, the band would really dig it. So that is what we worked on, within two days we got the bare bones of the mix. On the third day, a really random thing, someone contacted me that they were looking for songs for Radio 1. “Do you have anything?” So I said, “Funny enough, I’ve got a U2 thing that we’re working on.” They said, “Get it to us by 2 o’clock and if we like it we’ll play it.” And I thought OK, we can try that.

Danny: The pressure was on then!

Mick. Yeah, the pressure was on. We were sweating. Then by 4 o’clock we found out they absolutely loved the mix, and they played it that night.


AUDIO: The original cut of “Summer of Love” (TILT & Danny Stubbs Perfecto Remix) from December 2017

U2Songs: Yeah, I remember seeing the remix pop up in a BBC playlist and wondering what it was. Then I didn’t see it pop up again until Rusty Egan’s show on Artefaktor Radio.

Mick: That’s correct. It sort of went from there. We were in kind of a good position there. There were only four people who had the mix. We had lots of people asking for it…

Danny: It was on Radio 1 by then.

Mick: Once it was on Radio 1 a lot of people wanted it, but I wanted to keep it kind of exclusive. It was of course at that time not an official remix. So you’ve got to be really careful what you do with the mix. It was only four people who had that mix, and obviously Radio 1 is a big deal in the UK. The other people had connections with U2 themselves.

I was just looking on Facebook and I noticed Howie B had posted. I thought, you know what? I might send it to Howie. I was a little bit of two minds. I’d never really spoken to him but I’ve always been a really huge fan of his work. I mean, I’ve loved the stuff he did with Gavin Friday, on that folk track, all the stuff he did on Pop. Even now, and I always say this, such an underrated album by U2. I just think the stuff he did on that album, now, would sound fresh.

U2Songs: I go back to that album all the time, I think it’s one of the best things they’ve done. And it’s certainly stood up over time.

Mick: I was a little bit of two minds about sending it to him, but I thought “What do I have to lose?” So I said to Danny, “I’m going to send it to Howie, see what he says.” Within five minutes he responded, “Hey yeah sure, send it over,” and I sent it to him. Within about a half hour, we got feedback he absolutely loved it. That day, that evening, Howie sent it to Bono. We got feedback that evening saying that Bono absolutely loved it.

U2Songs: Do you remember when that was?

Danny: Maybe two or three weeks after Radio 1.

Mick: Yeah it was probably a month after the Radio 1 play. And then it was a really long time. And then when you first approached me about maybe doing an interview, it was such a long process. It was eight months from the actual concept of doing this project to today, when it was released. It’s been a real, you know, one moment it is happening, then it wasn’t. Then there was another release coming before it. Then there wasn’t. We were really fortunate that the mix itself kept popping up all the time. Paul Oakenfold played it I think 12 times in consecutive weeks on his podcast.

U2Songs: He did. And we tracked them all!

Mick: You know what Aaron, we didn’t even prompt him for that. That’s something he did himself. Because he absolutely loved the mix.

Danny: Week after week he was playing it.

Mick: I would go on there on a Monday and see he played it again and would go “Thanks” and he’d go “I love the mix Mick.” Then he was playing it out alot. When he was over in Europe he was playing it.

Danny: He even played it in Moscow.

Mick: Yeah! one of the highlights, he played it at the World Cup, FIFA World Cup. He played it to a lot of the tournament revelers who were going to the events over there. So thousands and thousands of people. Things like that kept the mix alive. It was always something that was happening. Rusty played it a few times as well. And then there was Howie. Once Howie got involved, he played it for the rest of the band, and they came back and the response was “It’s a stonker!” That’s a Scottish term!

He’s been a real ambassador for the mix. I got to give props, we all agree, without Howie, this project probably would have fell by the wayside months ago. He was always encouraging, do this, do that, maybe do a mix. Then Maverick got involved. I worked with Maverick, well back in those days I was working with Principle, but some of the people I knew from Principle are now at Maverick. They got in contact and said “We really like the mix, would you be able to do a full mix for us?” We accepted the original parts [stems] then. And then we had to spend hours and hours and hours chopping all the segments up to replicate what we’d already done. It was a really difficult thing to do, as the track itself is already mastered and mixed, we were working off the original album mix.

We did an instrumental of that mix. We also did a dub. Which we’ve kept for ourselves, just for our DJ sets. It’s just got a little bit of Edge’s vocals on it, Lady Gaga vocal, and a bit of Ryan Tedder. I think he was in the mix. It was hard to distinguish who was who in some of the backing vocals.

U2Songs: Yes, Tedder was in the backing vocals on the album.

Mick: Obviously there’s a bit of Bono’s vocals as well. The falsetto bits that he did. It’s all obviously something we’re just keeping for ourselves.

U2Songs: You realize you’ll now hear from people wanting to hear it!

Mick: We wouldn’t do it. They can ask. It’s for us. At the end of the day we wouldn’t do it to the band, to Maverick or Universal Records. Just something we did for ourselves. Like I said, it’s been such a long process, to today, to see it out there now is really rewarding. We’re really happy with the final result that was released.

U2Songs: So when did you find out this was finally coming out?

Mick: It was always a project that could happen. At one point it was happening, and then it got put on the back burner.

U2Songs: They had actually released the song, “Summer of Love” to Dutch radio in late January, testing the waters out. Then it disappeared completely in favor of “Love is Bigger than Anything in its Way.”

Mick: One of those things where they checked out what the response was like. Fortunately for our mix, it had a high profile over here in the UK. Particularly on the tour page, or on the YouTube channel, where people were asking if they could get the mix from those people who were supporting the mix. So I think that helped get it over the line.

I would say comfortably, over the last month we knew it was coming out.

Danny: We didn’t know there was a Robin Schulz mix until a few weeks ago.

Mick: We heard Howie’s mix…when was that?

Danny: Maybe a few months.

Mick: Must have been longer than that. Maybe three months ago. I absolutely loved what Howie had done with his mix. It was really really cool. The frustrating thing for me and Danny was that he had the original parts, and we could hear in his mix things we couldn’t hear in ours.

Danny: I was like “What’s that? Where’s that from?” And we were going back to the original track and listening intently. “Is that in there?” And it was, very faintly, but Howie had used it as one of his main elements.

Danny: Typical Howie B, he puts things on there, it sounded amazing what he did.

Mick: I’ve got so much respect for that guy. Like i said, until December I had never spoken to him in my life. I was aware of his music, because we’re record producers and music producers. We’re aware who do what and that catalog of music. And he’s up there for us. Really such a cool, down to earth guy. Level headed, no ego, anything to help. You couldn’t ask for a better person to champion what we did. I know i mentioned it before, but without him, without Howie, I don’t think this project would have went more than two or three months without going cold.

He’s a bit of a good rebel that guy. I like him.

U2Songs: Will the instrumental mix see light?

Mick: I don’t know. I mean, funny enough, Danny and I were were speaking before you called, with U2 going way back they’ve been really well known for doing really cool b-sides, odd remixes, pretty much what they are doing on this album. It’s kind of a really cool concepts idea. But who knows? U2 could sit on that mix for a long long time. Then all of a sudden there’s a package that comes out of unreleased stuff. They did it years ago. I don’t know the answer to that.

It would be great if they did. It’s a dream come true for us. I mean particularly for Danny…

Danny: I’m completely over the moon with it.

U2Songs: Danny, this is your first time working with U2, isn’t it?

Danny: For me yes, it’s the first time for me working on anything for a project this big. As the events have unfolded, from the days where we started the remix in December until now, I’ve thought it’s spiraled out of control. Wasn’t sure it would get to the point where it was released today. I can’t believe it’s happening to be totally honest. I’ve got to pinch myself, especially this morning, release day, when you see it out there, the feeling is indescribable. I’m still over the moon right now…

U2Songs: It must be cool to see your name listed as mixing a U2 track.

Mick: I remember back to the days of “Even Better than the Real Thing” or “Lemon,” and I was just starting to DJ then. I used to take Oakenfold mixes with me to drop out there. U2—they’d all get the biggest reaction. I always thought that must be the coolest thing ever. And then when we got signed to Perfecto Records back in 1994 Paul had just finished the Zoo TV tour not that long before. He had all this stuff in his office from the tour. I would always say, “That had to be amazing, to be part of the whole U2 thing!” For me Zoo TV was the ultimate concert. I don’t think anything will ever eclipse that. Just the visual aspect. The catalog of music they had to play on that particular tour. It was just groundbreaking, everything was just mind blowing. Being part of U2 history now, being in that catalog of music, and with all the people that have been involved with this project, it’s amazing.

U2Songs: The Perfecto name is in the mix. Is that a lot to live up to?

Danny: When we decided to call it the Perfecto Remix we were hoping that we’d get the sort of response we were looking for when we were making it. Kind of a hands in the air, hope everyone listens to this, and has the same kind of feeling listening to this as well. It’s such a big thing to live up to, like “Lemon.”

Mick: The reason I used it was to feed Paul Oakenfold’s ego. (Laugh) I thought, if he sees that, he’ll go “Yeah, I’ll play it.” (Laughs)

U2Songs: If you had the opportunity to remix any track from the U2 catalog, what would it be?

Danny: “New Year’s Day” for me. That would be the one if i got a chance to work on it.

Mick: I really like one of the new tracks on the album, “The Blackout.” I just think going back to Zoo TV, it reminds me of “Zoo Station.” It reminds me sonically of that track. It’s just like, “Wow!” It just grabs your attention straight away. I just think anything with that dark element to it, we could do something really special with that. If we actually got a chance to do a remix on that, we could do something big.

There’s always the obvious stuff like “Lemon.” I always liked quite a few tracks off the Pop album. But I think stuff like that should just be left. They’re just classics now. I don’t know what you would do with it. Put some drums in it and make a dance mix? I just think they are what they are, they are masterpieces, leave them. I like the thought of leaving things alone like that.

But that track “The Blackout,” I love it. There’s a bit where Bono breaks down midway, and it goes really sort of whispery and a throaty vocal. I think that would be amazing in a club track. It’s a track with a lot of energy. If I had a chance to remix something, I’d go for that track.

U2Songs: The song definitely has a club feel. During the video shoot in Amsterdam, within a couple of seconds of the track starting, people were jumping up and down in unison. The floor was shaking underfoot!

Mick: I think that particular track, the tempo of it is a walking tempo. If you listen to it…you could definitely do something with that. I know what you are saying about concerts like that. Me and Andy Holt went down to the BBC, going back years ago when “Vertigo” came out. It was the first time U2 had ever done a concert outside the studio there. We got the train down to London. It was in the winter, I’ll never forget. And there was about 100 fans, and this little stage, and U2 came walking out, and Bono stood right next to where we were standing. He was great. He was chatting to fans. He took pictures. He had a cowboy hat on and a big furry coat and he looked like a rock star. Then they played “Vertigo,” but went on to play six other tracks. It brought the whole of London to a standstill. There were people climbing onto roofs of factories on bridges on buildings, any sort of vantage point where you could see the band. I just thought then, rather than just keeping doing the same thing, for the people who spent all day there, they did a little concert for them. That’s why I love the band. I know they get a lot of flack, people like to knock them down. They’ve got nothing to prove now, and yet they’ve all got something to prove. Almost like they have to prove it to themselves. They’ve done it all now. But I think as artists, they need to prove themselves.

I feel Nic, Danny and myself need to do that. We always need to do better than our last project. We always need to prove ourselves.

U2Songs: Before we finish up what projects do you have coming next?

Danny: I’m working on some down tempo songs, primarily I’m normally doing dance music, like progressive house or trance, but i’m sort of venturing off into some dark operatic nice vocals, nice strings, bit of a side step from what i normally do. I think i can be more creative if I make a down tempo track. You don’t have to stick to a certain 4/4 beat. You can be more creative. More stonkiness of what you are doing, outside of dance music. Obviously I enjoy making dance music as well. But as a personal challenge to me, and depending on what mood I am in as well, and depending on what happened during the week determines what i want to make when I go into the studio. So I have two tracks at the moment that I’m just toying about with, with a really talented singer out of Dublin, really operatic. Next project, nothing too big at the moment. More of a personal thing.

Mick: TILT is working with a young singer named Shiraz Hempstock on a couple of songs that she’s done at the moment. —- she’s really really cool, this girl is so talented. We’ve been back and forth between the U2 thing and having to leave her tracks, and then going back to the U2 back. We’re back on that now. We’re also doing a film score. We’ve done quite a few tracks for films, for Paul Oakenfold we’ve done 2-3 songs for his films, but this is the first venture where we are going to do the whole score. So that’s going to be a very very big project, I’ll say in November now, that’s pretty much it that will lead us up until Christmas.

U2Songs: We’d like to take a few seconds to thank Mick and Danny for speaking with us, and answering some questions, and to Don Morgan for his help with this article. If you are interested in hearing more from TILT or Danny Stubbs, please take a moment to visit some of the social media sites below.

Social Media:
Facebook: Danny Stubbs | TILT
Twitter: TILT | Danny Stubbs
Instagram: TILT

Other Links:
Danny Stubbs on Beatport
TILT on the Web


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SiriusXM By the Numbers

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-08-02)

The SiriusXM U2 Channel has ended as of the early morning of July 31, 2018. Throughout the two months that the station was active we’ve been tracking what has been played on the station. We’ve tracked 26599 items, including ads, interviews, and all of the songs that have been played. We believe we’ve managed to capture most of the data over this time, and do not believe we have any major gaps. So we’re happy to present for you today some of the information we collected and a look into what has been played these last two months.

The station ran for for 85860 Minutes (59.6) Days, starting at June 1, 2018 at Noon Eastern, and ending at 03:05am on July 31, 2018 (Eastern). These times were from the kick off of the station at noon, until the last notes of the last U2 song were played. The first song played was U2’s “Beautiful Day” and the last song played was U2’s cover of “Fortunate Son”. During the two months, 265 unique songs were played on the station, with many of these songs being played in multiple versions.During that time it aired on channel 30 on the SiriusXM network, available in the United States and Canada.

During the two months that the station was active, the full Apollo Theater concert was broadcast 19 times. These songs were not tracked individually so we’ve separated these out in some cases. That broadcast was of the full performance with the exception of one song, “Red Flag Day”, which we are told was possibly left out of the broadcast so that it could be used at a later time. Additionally, U2’s “Vertigo” from this performance was played by itself 15 times and those performances are captured in the individual counts.

Throughout the two months interview clips made up 4172 minutes of the total broadcast time, or 4.8% of the total time on air. Live songs made up 13,749 minutes of total broadcast time, or 16.0% of the total time on air, and studio U2 songs made up 62,646 minutes of total broadcast time or 73.0% of the total time on air. The remainder of time was made up of non-U2 tracks (Passengers, the LMC vs. U2 track, Bono solo on “Falling at Your Feet” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and ads for the channel).

Now onto some information about the individual tracks played over the full two months. First we will look at an overall count of the songs which includes when a studio or a live version of the song is played, and includes when a song was played as part of the Apollo broadcast. We’ve combined unique versions of the songs, such as the two different versions of “Sweetest Thing” and the multiple edits of “Walk On”. For those more interested in just the studio tracks, that’s a little further down on the page. Numbers in brackets after the song is the number of plays that we have counted.

Ten Most Played Songs (Including Live Tracks, and Apollo Broadcast):

  • Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way (274)
  • Numb (238)
  • Where the Streets Have No Name (236)
  • Vertigo (235)
  • Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me (233)
  • Sunday Bloody Sunday (230)
  • Gloria (230)
  • Bullet the Blue Sky (227)
  • Discotheque (222)
  • Bad (222)

Ten Least Played Songs (Including Live Tracks, and Apollo Broadcasts):

  • Boomerang II (4)
  • Exodus (4)
  • Beach Sequence (5)
  • Scarlet (6)
  • Where is the Love? (6)
  • A Different Kind of Blue (7)
  • Boomerang I (7)
  • Scarlet (8)
  • The Star Spangled Banner (8)
  • Corpse (These Chains Are Way too Long) (9)

Top Ten Non-Album Tracks (Including Live Tracks, and Apollo Broadcasts):

  • Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me (233)
  • Everlasting Love (205)
  • Can’t Help Falling in Love (183)
  • Sweetest Thing (177)
  • The Saints Are Coming (173)
  • Ordinary Love (170)
  • Electrical Storm (166)
  • Dancing Barefoot (150)
  • Love Comes Tumbling (144)
  • Unchained Melody (136)

Top Ten Non-Singles (Including Live Tracks, and Apollo Broadcasts):

  • Bullet the Blue Sky (227)
  • Everlasting Love (205)
  • Zoo Station (200)
  • Can’t Help Falling in Love (183)
  • A Sort of Homecoming (172)
  • No Line on the Horizon (169)
  • Until the End of the World (164)
  • Silver & Gold (158)
  • Dancing Barefoot (150)
  • Wild Honey (148)

U2 Singles with the Least Play (Including Live Tracks, Apollo Broadcasts):

  • A Celebration (12)
  • If God Will Send His Angels (12)
  • Another Day (18)
  • A Day Without Me (19)
  • I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight (33)
  • Mofo (34)
  • Every Breaking Wave (30)
  • The Miracle (of Joey Ramone) (39)
  • The Ballad of Ronnie Drew (40)
  • Window in the Skies (46)

One of the more interesting things that jumped out at us as we were doing this analysis is how similar the play numbers were for June and July. There was very little change overall in how many times a song was played in each month, meaning the frequency of the tracks was likely predetermined, and was consistent each month. For example, “Always Forever Now” was played 14 times in each month, and “Zoo Station” was played 100 times in each month. There was some variation in total, but often songs were quite close. “Discotheque” for example was played 110 times in June, 112 in July. “Fire” was played 62 in June and 69 in July. “Gloria” was played 114 times in June and 116 in July. “Streets” was played 117 times in June and 119 in July. And “Wild Horses” was played 69 times in June and 70 times in July. More times than not the songs were played a very similar amount of times each month. Below we took a look at the ones that did have significant changes between the two months: These counts below do not count in the songs in the Apollo Broadcast.

Biggest Change From June to July (Includes live and studio songs, does not include the Apollo Broadcast):

  • Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way was played 74 times in June, 181 times in July (+107)
  • Angel of Harlem was played 59 times in June, 106 times in July (+47)
  • October was played 48 times in June, 22 times in July (-26)
  • Silver and Gold was played 69 times in June, 89 times in July (+20)
  • Miss Sarajevo was played 64 times in June, 47 times in July (-17)
  • One Tree Hill was played 70 times in June, 87 times in July (+17)
  • Surrender was played 55 times in June, 72 times in July (+17)
  • Love is All We Have Left was played 50 times in June, 33 times in July (-17)
  • Mercy was played 30 times in June, 57 times in July (+17)

It is interesting to note that “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” had only been played once in the first two weeks that the service was on the air, but by the four week mark had become the most played song from the new album. That ramping up of plays continued in July. “Angel of Harlem” was the second most added song in July. The most dropped song in the second month? “October”, down 26 plays from the month before.

The numbers above include live performances of the songs counted in with studio performances of the song. We also wanted to look just at studio performances, and the numbers below include studio U2 performances, as well as non-U2 studio material such as Passengers and Bono solo except where noted otherwise:

Top Ten Played Studio Songs (Includes all Songs):

  • Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way (255)
  • Everlasting Love (205)
  • Numb (202)
  • Zoo Station (200)
  • Gloria (200)
  • Two Hearts Beat as One (196)
  • Sometimes You Can’t Make it On Your Own (194)
  • Bullet the Blue Sky (192)
  • Red Hill Mining Town (190)
  • Sunday Bloody Sunday (185)

Top Ten Non-Album Studio Tracks (Includes Songs that have never been on a regular album):

  • Everlasting Love (205)
  • Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me (180)
  • Sweetest Thing (177)
  • The Saints are Coming (173)
  • Ordinary Love (170)
  • Electrical Storm (166)
  • Dancing Barefoot (150)
  • Love Comes Tumbling (144)
  • Unchained Melody (136)
  • Can’t Help Falling in Love (123)

Least Played Album Studio Album Tracks: (Includes all studio tracks, but none from Passengers):

  • Scarlet (3)
  • I Threw a Brick Through a Window (8)
  • With a Shout (Jerusalem) (9)
  • An Cat Dubh (10)
  • Tryin’ to Throw Your Arms Around the World (12)
  • If You Wear that Velvet Dress (11)
  • 4th of July (12)
  • Cedars of Lebanon (12)
  • If God Will Send His Angels (12)
  • Love is Blindess (12)
  • The Ocean (12)
  • So Cruel (12)
  • Stories for Boys (12)

Finally we took a look at the studio tracks to see what other artists listeners to the station would hear:

Non U2 Studio Tracks:

  • Passengers (223)
  • Green Day (173)
  • Johnny Cash (137)
  • Bono Solo (123)
  • BB King (64)
  • Mary J. Blige (49)
  • Kygo (47)
  • LMC vs U2 (44)
  • Daniel Lanois (42)
  • Dubliners / Kila / A Band of Bowsies (40)

It should be noted that live tracks including Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, the Black Eyed Peas, and others were heard during the two months, but these are not included in the totals above.

Last month we took an early look at the station after four weeks on the air, which includes some additional detail on albums played, and sources of material.

If you are interested in seeing the station return, there is a petition set up with over 650 signatures asking that the station be made permanent.

The SiriusXM channel made use of the following sources for their material played throughout the two months that the station was active:

  • The Complete U2 including the Demos EP, Live from Boston 1981, Love: Live from the Point Depot
  • iTunes Releases: Live from Under the Brooklyn Bridge, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, “Invisible” single
  • Fan Club Releases: Hasta La Vista Baby, U2.Communication, Zoo TV Live from Sydney, Go Home: Live from Slane Castle, Medium, Rare and Remasatered, Duals, U22, From the Ground Up, Another Time, Another Place
  • All of U2’s albums including deluxe versions of Boy, October, War, The Unforgettable Fire, The Joshua Tree, Achtung Baby, Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience and the compilations, U218, The Best of 1980-1990 and The Best of 1990-2000
  • Other U2 Recordings: “PopHeart” EP, “Elevation” Single, “Wide Awake in Europe” EP
  • Other Recordings: Million Dollar Hotel Soundtrack, LMC’s “Take Me to the Clouds Above” Single, “One” Single by Mary J. Blige, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert Album

The only tracks that have been heard that have not been released in an audio format is “Zooropa” (Live from Paris, 2015) which is taken from the home video recording from the Innocence + Experience tour, and a recording of “Vertigo” taken from the Apollo show on June 11, 2018. “Zooropa” was played on one occasion, and “Vertigo” from the Apollo was played 15 times by itself. Additionally the full Apollo broadcast minus “Red Flag Day” was played on the station 19 times.

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Summer of Love and Red Flag Day Singles

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-08-01)

We have been told that “Summer of Love” is slated to be the next single from U2 and will be commercially released in conjunction with the new leg of the Experience + Innocence tour. The song is also expected to be released to radio worldwide and will be promoted with a commercial remix EP, which should be released in the next few weeks, potentially as soon as this Friday. [Update: August 2, the EP will not be released tomorrow, and is more likely to be released later in the month.] The EP is expected to contain four different remixes of the “Summer of Love”. We will hopefully have more information to share in the next day or two about this release.

At this point we cannot confirm which remixes will be on the single but there’s a few that we have heard that have been released by DJs that we have enjoyed.

Tilt and Danny Stubbs, did a Perfecto Remix of “Summer of Love” back in December. It wasn’t officially commissioned, but it is a great mix of the song. Mick Park, one of the producers involved previously was part of Killahurtz, and was involved in remixes of “All Because of You” and “Original of the Species” in 2005.


VIDEO: Summer of Love (Tilt & Danny Stubbs Perfecto Remix)

Rusty Egan and HP Hoeger, have also done a variety of mixes of “Summer of Love” and Egan has been using one in his shows. This one is a particular favorite of mine, and I would love to see it released. If the names sound familiar to you, its because their remixes of “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” have just been released last month to commercial storefronts and streaming services. We recently did an interview with Egan where he discussed his mixes of both tracks.


AUDIO: Summer of Love (Rusty Egan and HP Hoeger Remix), Starts at 03:00

“Summer of Love” was released to Dutch radio in January 2018, but was only done in that country. The release was a test to see how the song would fare on radio. It looks as if it is finally getting a full release worldwide.

We are told that “Red Flag Day” will also eventually see release as well, but later in the Fall is more likely for that one.

While the tour was in Nashville U2 stopped in to Third Man Records and recorded two songs for a single. The news of the performance from U2 on Twitter included mention of a “special limited edition vinyl coming soon”. The two songs were “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” and “Red Flag Day”. Third Man Records was involved in U2’s 2017 release for the Black Friday Record Store Day event, “The Blackout”, and U2 released “Lights of Home” for the spring Record Store Day event. Our money on “Red Flag Day” making an appearance on vinyl this year for Black Friday, the event is held on November 23, 2018, and the details of releases should be announced soon. We’ve also been told that one of the reasons “Red Flag Day” wasn’t part of the Apollo broadcast was they wanted to leave the door open to release that version at a later date to promote a single. However, at this time it is not know if “Red Flag Day” will be sent to radio.

Bono and The Edge recently appeared on a podcast titled “RU Talkin’ R.E.M. RE: Me?“, interviewed backstage at a recent tour stop at Madison Square Garden. During that interview, they confirmed that the band plans on adding both “Red Flag Day” and “Summer of Love” to the set list when the tour resumes on August 31. Bono said “This song, “Summer of Love,” is becoming an important song as we go into Experience + Innocence in Europe, and “Red Flag Day” also. “Red Flag Day” is right up there with our best tunes. Feels like an early U2 song.”

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The History Mix: U2’s Catalog Reissues

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-07-27)

In recent years we’ve seen a number of reissues of U2’s back catalog in a variety of formats, both physical and digital. We get a lot of questions about each, especially when new releases come out, so we wanted to take a few minutes and go through some of the more recent releases of U2’s back catalog for you. Links throughout the article will lead you to the discography entries for many of these releases, and news stories relating to the release in some cases.

2007 – 2011 Re-Release Program

These first releases were done under the guidance of a group lead by Nick Stewart. Stewart had started his career with U2 by signing them to Island Records, and has worked with the band throughout the years. In more recent years he has lead a team of archivists putting together releases of back catalog material for a variety of artists. In fact it was his work on 2007’s The Joshua Tree release that lead him to putting together his group, Nick Stewart and Associates.

Most of the releases under the program are all fully remastered, with mastering directed by the Edge.

The releases were as follows:

  • 2007: The Joshua Tree 20th Anniversary (Available on vinyl, single CD, double CD, and box set)
  • 2008: Boy, War, October (Available on vinyl, single CD, double CD)
  • 2008: Under a Blood Red Sky (Available on vinyl, single CD, deluxe CD / DVD set, DVD)
  • 2009: The Unforgettable Fire 25th Anniversary (Available on vinyl, single CD, double CD, and box set)
  • 2011: Achtung Baby (Available as Uber Box, Deluxe, 2-CD, single CD, and 4-vinyl box)

The 2011 release of Achtung Baby lead to some confusion on whether or not the material was remastered. Originally when news of the release came out, it was John Vanderslice on Twitter who revealed Achtung Baby was being remastered in the next room, from the room he was working in at Bernie Grundman studios in LA. But he may have misspoke because Neil McCormick later reported, “In answer to queries about Achtung Baby, I went to the source. It hasn’t been remastered because it “didn’t need to be”, apparently it’s been sonically tweaked & polished but not, technically, remastered. Hope that makes more sense to you than it does to me. I’m just telling you what I’ve been told. Not remastered. But tweaked & boosted. Its definitely louder.” Zooropa had been included in the Uber Box, and the Deluxe six-CD set and had gotten a similar treatment.

The program under Stewart was shuttered at this point. Future releases of U2’s catalog have not been done with the involvement of Nick Stewart’s group. At the time plans had been underway to tackle Pop, All That You Can’t Leave Behind and Rattle and Hum, as well as discussions about a new original collection of U2 archive material that had not been previously collected.

Album Collections on CD

In late 2015, Universal Records worked with El Pais News in Spain to produce the first Kiosk Collection of U2 releases. This included 14 U2 CDs, and four DVDs. The CDs included the album Under a Blood Red Sky, as well as Songs of Innocence, the most recent release at this time. Each CD was released weekly through El Pais outlets. All of the releases were in gate fold card sleeves, and the first week a box was released big enough to hold the entire collection.

The Spanish set used the most recent mastering of each record, so Achtung Baby, The Unforgettable Fire, Under a Blood Red Sky, Boy, War, October and The Joshua Tree were all the same versions as had been mentioned above as part of the Re-Release program. The other albums like Pop and All That You Can’t Leave Behind used the original release mixes.

In 2016, a new box was issued in Italy, once again seeing Universal teamed up with a local news organization, Corriere Della Sera. The release was very similar to the Spanish edition, with the same audio mix being used, although a different pressing. This time the box was titled “The Italian Collection”. Again the CDs were released in card sleeves, and there was a box released big enough to hold the entire collection.

A third take on this idea was released in Portugal in late 2016. In this case the pressings were the same as the original Spanish collection for the most part, although errors were fixed on the Boy, Zooropa and All That You Can’t Leave Behind outer packaging. The pressing of Boy was a new pressing for 2017 due to some errors in the original pressing.

MFiT Digital Collection

On Friday, May 26, 2017 iTunes refreshed the U2 offerings in their online storefronts worldwide, introducing a new set of digital recordings under the “Mastered for iTunes” program or MFiT. This included the albums from Boy to Songs of Innocence, as well as U218 Singles and Wide Awake in America. For the first time, many of these now came with a digital booklet.

The brief for producers on “Mastered for iTunes” points out that for years digital audio has been produced for the compact disc, and that now AAC is the new standard for digital music, and is capable of higher quality files than just encoding from the CD. They urge users of the program to master the recordings with the environment they will be used in in mind, in this case, a digital file will be listened to on the go, as well as in home settings. They ask that producers pay attention to clipping, and other issues which may have been an issue over the years in other digital masters. The tracks are quality checked for publication by iTunes. They also urge use of higher bit recordings in the creation of these files, however the end format is still considered a lossy format, and whether all of this makes any difference is up to you the end user.

And although in most cases the audio released was the most recent remaster, three albums got 2017 remasters, including All That You Can’t Leave Behind, Pop, and Rattle and Hum. Each was released and called the 2017 Album Remaster MFiT Edition in liner notes, and each listed the remastering as having been directed by The Edge. The mix on Songs of Innocence has also been tweaked with this release. There was a technical defect on that album in original releases, and this was fixed for the MFiT release.

Japan SHM Collection

In late 2017, Universal Japan released a full set of U2’s albums on SHM-CD. SHM-CD is an optical disc, the same size as a regular compact disc, that can be played on regular CD systems. The biggest improvement in the disc is the use of a polycarbonate material that allows for less laser scatter during reading, producing fewer errors. The digital information contained on the SHM-CD will be the same as that on a standard CD, the SHM-CD format just improves the ‘readability’ of this information, resulting in better listening due to fewer skips and reading issues. However a exact digital rip of a CD and a SHM-CD with the same contents should result in the exact same audio information.

These SHM-CDs were done in cardboard sleeves, to make each look like the original vinyl release. This included reproduction of things like the OBI strips, the stickers on the sleeves etc. Like the album collections in the kiosk collection used the most recent mastering for CD of each record, so Achtung Baby, The Unforgettable Fire, Under a Blood Red Sky, Boy, War, October and The Joshua Tree were all the same versions as had been mentioned above as part of the Re-Release program. The other albums like Pop and All That You Can’t Leave Behind used the original CD masters. Even though new masters had been done for the MFiT program for Pop, All That You Can’t Leave Behind, and Rattle and Hum, these were not used for this set of SHM-CDs from Japan, and instead these are the same masters used for prior CD releases in Japan. One change was made, Songs of Innocence has fixed the technical defect that was also removed in the MFiT collection and thus isn’t a replica of earlier pressings.

There was no box produced for this set by Universal Records. However, a Japanese chain, Disk Union, did produce a promotional box that would fit these releases with the approval of Universal Records. The box was an incentive to get people to shop in the chain, and was only available in store.

Vinyl Re-Issues Series

U2 have been issuing new releases of older material on vinyl for a number of years now. The Joshua Tree, The Unforgettable Fire, Boy and October were all kept in print after their release on vinyl in the earlier remastering program. But many other titles have been out of print over the years, and many have been quite difficult to find. As vinyl demand surged in recent years, a program has been started to re-release U2’s catalog on vinyl to fill demand. And we are told sales are good! So the program will continue.

The first reissue was U218 Singles. The size of the record label logos is slightly different on the back cover of the new issue allowing one to visually tell an original pressing from a later one of this album. That re-issue came out midway through the decade, but we do not know an exact date when these started appearing on store shelves. However the copies being sold in stores today is visually different than the one originally sold in 2006 if you compare the logos on the back cover.

On March 31, 2017, two additional albums were re-released on vinyl. War is now back in print. This time there are differences on the outer sleeve including the new UMC logo. It remains the 2008 audio mix that has been used for War. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb was also released, and the 2004 audio mix has been used. Indeed, even for the MFiT collection, the 2004 audio mix was used for Atomic Bomb, while other albums had been updated.

In April 2018, three additional albums were re-released, including All That You Can’t Leave Behind, Pop, and Wide Awake in America. These are identifiable as new releases with new catalog numbers and heavier vinyl than original pressings. Both All That You Can’t Leave Behind and Pop use the audio mix used for the 2017 MFiT releases. Wide Awake in America uses the 2009 mix used for the release.

Today sees the latest release in this series, with three new albums released. Achtung Baby, Zooropa, and The Best of 1980 – 1990. To our surprise, all three are being labeled as 2018 remasters. It looks like additional work has been done on Achtung Baby and Zooropa even though these were tweaked in 2011. And the word remaster is used inside each album credits. Remastering was done at the direction of The Edge. All three are double albums, and because of the shortness of Zooropa, two additional tracks have been added to that release, a remix of “Numb” and a remix of “Lemon”. Originally we had been told that the 2011 mix would be used but it appears that work has been done. (The bonus tracks are included with the download.)

The next release confirmed for this series is The Best of 1990 – 2000 which will be released this fall, on September 28, 2018. We have also been told that a new release of Rattle and Hum may also be released on vinyl in the fall possibly in October. Both are expected to be using a new audio mix for the vinyl, with Rattle and Hum using the version completed for the 2017 MFiT release, and The Best of 1990 – 2000 using a newly created mix for this release. If both of these are released in the Fall, that would leave No Line on the Horizon and Original Soundtracks 1 as the two releases that are not currently being kept in print.

Each of the releases since War and How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb have come with a download coupon allowing one to download a digital version of the albums in wave format.

The Joshua Tree 30th Anniversary

Last year a special 30th Anniversary issue of The Joshua Tree was released including vinyl, CD and box set formats. This new reissue was done under the guidance of Gavin Friday. It made use of the previous 2007 audio mix of the album, but included a series of new mixes, as well as new live material taken from a 1987 show. This may have been a special one-off to support the tour, and it remains to be seen if other special sets could be forthcoming.

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Contest: Love is Bigger

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-07-24)

CONTEST UPDATE AUGUST 13, 2018:

The latest winners of the daily contest were Alan I and Roibeard O. The grand prize winner was Paul R. We have contacted our final winners to let them know.

Many thanks to everyone who participated in the daily trivia, and all who shared and liked for a chance to win. We appreciate your interest in the site and hope to have more giveaways soon. A full list of winners can be found below.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE:

We are happy to announce that we have a number of prizes to give away to U2 fans including promotional CDs, posters, stickers and more, celebrating the single “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” reaching #1 on the Billboard Dance Club charts!! The prizes are courtesy of Citrusonic Promotions and Interscope Records.

The contest is open to fans worldwide. Prizes will be mailed from Canada or Ireland depending on where the contest winner is located. If you win, you will need to share your mailing address with the staff of U2Songs.Com so that we can send out your prize.

GRAND PRIZE & GRAND PRIZE CONTEST:

One grand prize winner will win a copy of the following:

  • Remixes CD One: including Will Clarke Remix / Daybreakers Remix / David Alvarado Remix) / Moodyboy Remix
  • Remixes CD Two: including Offer Nissim Remix / DrewG. Remix / Dark Intensity Remix / Dinaire+Bissen Remix
  • Remixes CD Three: including John “J-C” Carr Remix / VibePosse Dub / MINDSKAP Dub Rework / The Funk Hunters Remix
  • One “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” Promotional Fan
  • One “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” Promotional Sticker
  • One “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” Promotional Poster
  • One copy of Songs of Experience

And we’ll likely throw in a few other surprise items to round out the package.

To enter you must be subscribed to Twitter, or Facebook, or to our Forum. On Twitter you must follow the U2Songs account. On Facebook you must like the U2Songs page. On the Forum you must be a registered member of the forum. Details on how to enter are below.

On Twitter, you must like and retweet the following post: https://twitter.com/u2songs/status/1021773129222381568 Liking and retweeting is sufficient, you do not need to reply on Twitter, unless you’d like to say hello! If you prefer not to like and share, don’t miss the daily trivia contest below which requires neither!

On Facebook, you must like, and share the following photo on your wall. Please also leave a comment on the post to let us know you’ve participated: https://www.facebook.com/U2Songs/photos/pb.190581437681403.-2207520000.1532444808./2160377590701768/. Please note, that due to privacy restrictions on Facebook, its easiest for us if you post a reply on the picture as well. That ensures we do not miss your entry. But we will confirm that you have liked and shared the post. If you prefer not to like and share, don’t miss the daily trivia contest below which requires neither!

On our Forum, you must post in this thread, saying that you wish to enter the contest. Please only post once in the thread if you wish to enter. Multiple posts will not be counted towards the grand prize.

You can enter in all three ways, Twitter, Facebook, and our U2Songs forum.

This contest will close after all the daily prizes have been given out, so you will have at least a week to enter. We will announce the prizes in this grand prize contest after all the daily prizes have been awarded.

DAILY PRIZES & DAILY CONTEST:

Each day we will have a trivia question. We will be giving out a variety of the items listed above, but we will not be giving out a full set of prizes in this manner. One day it may be for a poster and sticker, or it may be for a CD by itself. Each day we will announce the prizes here. Each day we will list the trivia question here. We will try each day to announce the trivia question by noon Eastern. We will draw a winner each day as well.

Please do not share your answer on social media. Please send your answer to the trivia via email to win@u2wanderer.org with the subject “Love is Bigger”. You can enter on multiple days, even if you have already won a prize on an earlier day. Each trivia answer will be open for approximately 24 hours. You should receive a confirmation email after entering the contest, but this is an automated mail and may be caught in spam filters.

July 24, 2018: WINNER PATRICK M.
REMINDER: Prize for Day One has been awarded. Answer: “Please”
PRIZE: Remixes One Promotional CD, One Sticker
QUESTION: What U2 song from the 90s mentions that Love is Bigger? Hint: Lyrics can be seen below!
HINT: We do keep a full lyric archive on the site, here.

IMAGE: What U2 Song is this?

July 25, 2018: WINNER MARTIJN J:
REMINDER: Prize for Day Two has been awarded. Answer: “Lemon”
PRIZE: Remixes Three Promotional CD, One Sticker, One Fan
QUESTION: In our interview with Daybreakers about their remix of “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” they mentioned a coloured vinyl record by U2. What was the song on that record?
HINT: All of our stories about the single “Love is Bigger,” including interviews, can be found in the discography entry for the commercial single.

July 26, 2018: WINNER ALEXA C.
REMINDER: Prize for day Three has been awarded. Answer: “Whole Lotta Love”
PRIZE: Remixes Two Promotional CD, and poster.
QUESTION: Rusty Egan was involved in remixing “Love is Bigger” and his remixed tracks were released last week. But he worked with U2 before on a release. What song did Egan work on that was the first single released on U2’s Son Records?
HINT: We did a look at Mother, Son and Kitchen Records last year, looking at the three labels U2 founded.

July 27, 2018 CONTEST: WINNER ROWLAND H.
REMINDER: Prize for day Four has been awarded. Answer: “The Hacienda”
PRIZE: Fan, Poster, and Sticker Set.
QUESTION: David Alvarado compared a trip to what night club to being like a kids first trip to Disneyland?
HINT: We spoke to Alvarado in May about his remix of “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way”.

July 28, 2018 CONTEST:WINNER HEATHER P.
REMINDER: Prize has been awarded. Answer: 26
PRIZE: Full set of three Promotional CDs: Remixes One, Two and Three
QUESTION: How many times do we list the word “BEGUN” in the Twisted Dee & Diego Fernandez Remix of “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way”?
HINT: You can access lyrics to any song by clicking on the song title in our discography entries.
PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE NO QUESTION ON JULY 29, ANSWERS FOR THE ABOVE WILL BE TAKEN SATURDAY AND SUNDAY.

July 30, 2018 CONTEST: WINNER: BRADLEY H.
REMINDER: Prize has been awarded: Answer: 9
PRIZE: Full set of three Promotional CDs: Remixes One, Two and Three
QUESTION: How many versions of the “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” video exist?
HINT: Have you visited our video section?

July 31, 2018 CONTEST: WINNER: ALAN I and ROIBEARD O
REMINDER: Prize has been awared: Answer “Staring at the Sun”
PRIZE: Full set of three Promotional CDs: Remixes One, Two and Three
QUESTION: In our interview with VibePosse, what song did they identify they’d like to go back and remix if they could remix any song?
HINT: VibePosse is the alias of one of the producers we recently interviewed as part of our “Love is Bigger” coverage.

August 13, 2018 GRAND PRIZE WINNER: PAUL R.

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U2 Hits #1 on the Dance Club Charts on Billboard

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-07-20)

U2 have reached #1 in the Dance Club Chart this week, published by Billboard Magazine in the USA. The song charting is their newest single, “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” and the song has been on the charts for 10 weeks, slowly climbing towards the top. The song has been supported by a large number of promotional remixes aimed at DJs over the last two months. The song appeared just under the chart at #53 for the week of May 19, and entered the chart at #49 on the May 29th dated charts. The song took a number of large jumps, and has been in the top 10 since the charts dated June 23. The song reaches #1 in the July 28 dated chart.

The song is also climbing up other charts on Billboard – the song has peaked to date at #16 on the Triple A charts, #21 at the Adult Top 40 charts, #31 on the Hot Rock Songs charts, and #15 on the Adult Contemporary charts as of last week, and appears to still be moving upwards in many of these charts.

The Dance Club Songs is a chart published by Billboard in the USA. It was launched as the Disco Action chart in 1976, and has gone through a number of changes over the years. This is the fourth time U2 has reached the #1 position on the charts, and “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” follows “Lemon,” “Discotheque” and “Beautiful Day” as holding the top spot in the charts. This is also the first time that U2 has appeared in the Dance Club Charts since 2009 when “Magnificent” entered the charts and rose to the #2 position. Prior to “Magnificent” the last song to hit these charts was “Vertigo” reaching #8 in 2004.

The chart is compiled from playlists submitted by DJs in clubs, listing the songs they played each night. Not every DJ is eligible to submit playlists, those who do must meet certain criteria to become “Billboard-reporting DJs” and have to apply to submit their playlists. The song itself is tallied, so all of the mixes for “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” played by these Billboard-reporting DJs are counted towards the total. It is not one single mix that is being counted.

Madonna holds the record for the most hits in this chart, the most top-ten hits, and the most total weeks at number one. She has had a total of 46 hits to reach number on in the chart in her career.

Over 40 remixes
of “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” have been sent digitally to DJs for promotion over the last two months. The latest mixes, those by HP Hoeger and Rusty Egan, were sent for promotion last week, and were commercially released today on streaming services and digital store fronts.

As part of the push for this song, three promotional CDs each containing four remixes of the song were also issued. These were given away at “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” launch parties at LGBT clubs around the USA in June and July, including events in Florida, Illinois, California and New York. These events invited attendees to “Be proud and celebrate ‘Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way’” calling the song U2’s summer anthem. The release campaign also gave away promotional fans, stickers and posters. Some of the producers who participated in the remixes of the song were part of these release events, including Twisted Dee, Dark Intensity, and DrewG.

Over the course of the last two months, we’ve had the opportunity to speak to a number of the producers who have remixed the song, and invite you to find out more about the campaign from the DJs themselves:

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Love is Bigger: Rusty Egan Interview

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-07-19)

Rusty Egan is a name that may be familiar to some. Egan was part of the New Wave movement in London in the 1980s, playing with a number of bands, DJing at influential clubs (including his own at Camden Palace), and operating a music store in London. He was a member of Visage when they recorded “Fade to Grey,” a song that Adam Clayton revealed in Bass Player Magazine he was trying to play when he came up with the bass parts for “New Year’s Day:” “That actually grew out of me trying to work out the chords to the Visage tune ‘Fade to Grey.’ It was a kind of Euro-disco dance hit, and somehow it turned into ‘New Year’s Day.’”

Fast forward to 2018, and Rusty Egan is now among the growing list of artists and DJs who have remixed U2’s “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way.” In fact, Egan’s mixes are being released today worldwide via digital storefronts and streaming services. Although there have been many promotional remixes of the song over the last few months, Egan’s remixes (with HP Hoeger) are among the relatively small number to see a commercial release.

The full EP at iTunes and other digital outlets contains three remixes:

  • Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way (HP. Hoeger Rusty Egan From the Heart Mix)
  • Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way (HP. Hoeger Rusty Egan Chill Mix)
  • Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way (HP. Hoeger Rusty Egan Drift Away Mix)


IMAGE: Cover Image for New Release of “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way”

All three tracks are 6:41 in length, and all will be available at midnight tonight in your country. These will be available to buy (iTunes and other digital store fronts) and to stream (Spotify and other streaming services) and they will be available worldwide, but only after midnight in your time zone, thus they will be available in New Zealand first, then Europe, then North America as the clock changes to midnight in each country. The files are accompanied with a cover that uses a white background, with Eli and Sian’s silhouettes filled with a setting sun. A fourth track, sent out for promotion last week, the “HP Hoeger & Rusty Egan From the Heart Radio Edit”, is not part of the commercially available tracks, and remains a promotional only mix, although the full length version is available in the EP.

Egan was able to answer some of our questions about his “Love is Bigger” remixes, his career in the music business, and his work with U2.

You’ve been in the music business for a number of years. I first remember running across your name with “Fade to Grey” by Visage, a band you formed with Steve Strange and Midge Ure, when it played on Video Hits here in Canada. Can you give us a bit of an idea how you got your start in the music business?

I was a drummer from the age of 14, playing Status Quo songs with Mark Wallis [engineer on a number of songs on The Joshua Tree] who was living on my street, and dating my younger sister. At 18, Mark got a job as a tape-op at Dick James’ recording studios, DJM. He got me a runner job at 17.

I passed my driving test and went for auditions for bands. I auditioned for The Clash, playing for them in the summer of 1976. I was going to all the gigs and clubs, and I was seriously looking for the right band, when Glen Matlock was pushed out of the Sex Pistols, and asked me to be in the Rich Kids. By 1978 we were in Scotland trying to convince Midge Ure to come to London. He did, and we were the Rich Kids.

I met Steve Strange, who convinced me to stay in my flat and to pay the rent. I thought, “Lets take over a small gay club in Soho on a Tuesday.” We took my record collection, and put Steve on the door, and we invited all our mates. It became a reoccurring thing, “Billy’s” was born, and tagged “Bowie Night” as I played more Bowie and Roxy Music. During the Rich Kids tours, I met many bands and after one album with Mick Ronson, Midge and I got a drum machine, a CR 78, and a Yamaha CS 80 synth, and started to write songs and music. I joined the Skids for a while, and Midge joined Thin Lizzy, so those ideas were put on hold for six months.

That was the start of Visage? U2’s Boy was released just a month before the first Visage album. What was the music scene like in those days? Did you have any thoughts about this band from Dublin?

Yes, Visage was recorded and finished by 1979, and we released “Tar”, the debut single, in November 1979 via Martin Rushent. The album followed in 1980.

The best of punk for me was Ultravox, John Foxx, Magazine, Simple Minds, Devo, Human League, Joy Division. All were in my record collection along with Iggy, the Banshees, the Cure, Psychedelic Furs, and Bauhaus. At that point no U2 had gotten to me. I liked “11 O’Clock Tick Tock” and “I Will Follow” but they did not really grab me until I heard “October” live at Red Rocks in 1983. I was totally blown away by it, and I paid Tyne Tees TV licencing fees to show it every night at Camden Palace. I was always in Island Records blagging music, and Virgin too as a member of The Skids. I got Simple Minds signed to Virgin later. As a Simple Minds fan I hung out at the Columbia Hotel, and I became friends with Larry — drummers talking — and Adam Clayton. Once I was hooked on the fact that they could sing, play, and the piano, that was it for me. “October” showed a side to U2 that was romantic, and I wanted that for my DJ sets. Adam did tell me at one point back then that “New Year’s Day” was born from “Fade to Grey” chords in a rehearsal.


VIDEO: “Fade to Grey” by Visage

Did you ever think back then you’d spend 40 years in the music industry? Did you think U2 would?

Yes, all I ever knew was making music. I did take a good part of 40 years avoiding the music biz though. In 1987 I was robbed of my studios, my labels, and company. My daughter was born and I was losing my home. I was close to U2 and they saw what happened to me in 1987. I was in debt and they helped me out as much as they could, but I fell apart and I was in fact homeless by 1990. I was damaged, and I avoided the music world for a number of years, but watched U2 in awe. By 1995 I was ready to sort my life out, and I lived a new, clean-living life as a father of three more boys, doing what I could to survive until I started to DJ again in the late 1990s. U2 invited me to Dublin in 1988 and offered me a job as a token of their love and support during the early days, but I was too damaged to be able to do much. I am eternally grateful for that, it was a life saver at the time.

Had you worked with U2 on anything before?

No, I was just a fan, and I loved them. As a Londoner my respect was increased by their love of Ireland. They lived in Ireland, not London or LA when they could have. They had childhood sweethearts. They made me proud, as did Phil Lynott and Van Morrison, to be Irish. London would ruin them, and they stayed in Ireland, investing in Ireland, opening hotels, clubs, whatever they did they supported Ireland.

You’ve told us you have always been a big fan of U2’s work, and you feature them regularly in your mixes. Do you have a favorite album? Song?

Obviously, as a fan it’s not one song. I love the lyrics and the reasons behind them. At gigs, I see the audience feels what I felt. “Gloria” gets me every time Bono sings “If I had anything anything at all I would give it to you.” “Bad” blew me away. “With or Without You” was the anthem for me. “Early morning, April 4, a shot rings out in a Memphis sky” — WOW!! That blew me away. They are a band who had it all for me. But Edge on piano and guitars, and then bringing in Eno, my hero from Bowie / Roxy Music, and all his work with everyone…I loved. They made the album of my dreams. The Joshua Tree with songs and powerful lyrics, was just heaven. Then in later years, “One” with Mary J. Blige and “Beautiful Day” with the drum machine — I loved it. They have never done anything either musically or visually that disappoints, in fact they astound me. That Joshua Tree 30th anniversary show at Teddington (London) was unreal. Anton Corbijn…BLISS.

You worked with the Skids on their second album, and also played with them live for a time, so you have to be familiar with “The Saints are Coming.” What do you think of U2’s cover of that song that they performed with Green Day?

Yes, I played that song on the tour in 1979, leaving The Skids live on the Old Grey Whistle test and announcing Visage and into the 80s. I saw the Skids minus me and Stuart (RIP) this summer and the songs still stand up today. That song is a powerful Scottish anthem now. Green Day I see as a kid’s version of a punk band, I just don’t get them. I would have rather heard Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters with U2, now that would be amazing…

You attended the show that U2 did at Trafalgar Square, and a number of others over the years. What’s it like watching them now having known them all this time?

I humbly ask for tickets and they always treat me well. I am amazed. I went to so many shows in the 80s. Watched them on TV in the 90s with Paul Oakenfold rising as a DJ I thought I should have been, had my meltdown not shut me away. The Zoo TV tour woke me up. I just loved the way they grabbed technology and I wanted to go see them again. I asked for a ticket and met the band again, and it was like “Rusty, wow, you look great how have you been?” It was exactly as we had left off. Such a wonderful team who treated me so well. My self esteem was on the floor but they raised me up. Bono has always hugged me and no matter how I felt I could see he knew a hug was all that was needed, no words.

If you had a chance to remix any U2 song ever, what one would you want to do?

“October.” Or the Wide Awake in America version of “Bad.”

How did your involvement on this release of “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” come about?

I listened to the album and I thought they had written some amazing songs that would be perfect for synths. After seeing the show in Teddington in 2017, I thought why not, just ask if I could remix something. I had no idea they already had loads of mixes of “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” — I just felt that I really could do something wonderful. I hope I was right.

You worked on this remix with HP Hoeger, who you’ve worked with on remixes for other artists as well. How do you split up the mixing work?

HP and I met in Ibiza. He was DJing and so was I, and we both loved each other’s work. I played him a few artists I loved and wanted to remix. He responded and said, “I love them as well, lets do it!” He came to my studio, and we started on Kid Moxie, A Cult With No Name, and a few ideas I had that I was writing. I made my album, and HP said “Let’s remix Midge Ure’s ‘Glorious’.” He did a mix that blew me away, so I suggested we remix the whole album. So we made Welcome to the Beach, it’s coming out at the end of August / September.

We both worked around the clock for two weeks to make “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way.” We are now working on “Summer of Love” but we have no idea if U2 will want the mixes. We love it so much, we just are doing it. HP is in Croatia on a beach FaceTiming me for ideas. I told him to look out to the sea and capture the wonder of this amazing world, this amazing summer of 2018, and the power of love. The unforgettable fire in our hearts will win this crazy time. Bono cares so much, so deep, yet knows it’s too much for one band, one man, but united, who knows, love will unite.

How did you start the whole remix process?

The stems arrived and we started making the Chilled Remix first. Then I made a more band-like example, and a more ambient version, and sent them to the band. The band responded “Yes, we are loving this,” so I got in contact with HP, and we spent two weeks of not getting it right. Then the band said they had liked the demo I had sent. I sent that to HP, and BOOM, we had it done. Now they all are perfect. The “Summer of Love” mix I played at my DJ sets in Ibiza and the Isle of Wight Festival, and people have been sending me messages asking where they can get it, so that’s a great sign. I hope the band does release it. And I can’t wait for people to hear our mixes of “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” today.

The mixes really bring out Bono’s vocal to the forefront, especially the “Drift Away Mix,” and are a nice break from the dancier remixes we’ve been hearing from this campaign. Were you requested to do something different? Or was the direction you took your own?

The direction was totally on our own. I hadn’t heard any mixes from this album, only the “Summer of Love” remix by Tilt and Danny Stubbs who had done a great job keeping the song and the band, and yet keeping it punchy. Paul Oakenfold has been a great friend to me over the years, and often hooks up with me in Ibiza or London. I think we just knew what to do with these songs, and I hope we did it. I adore the songs. I cannot make the usual DJ type mixes, in fact I have to admit most I don’t really like. There are amazing mixes out there of artists, that I include in my mixes and shows, so I always say ignore the horrors and talk about the diamonds.

Did U2 have any input into the remixes or did they leave you to complete things the way you wanted?

Yes, we had to wait and be given feedback — requests for the drums from this mix, or the guitars, or the vocal delays you had in the 1st mix, etc. We did it all together. I loved it as we knew we were on the right road. When it was finally accepted, Bono sent a nice message ending with, “Your Irishness is presenting, watch out.” Wonderful to know my Irishness is in those mixes.

You’ve included the line of dialog that opens the “Love is Bigger” video at the start and the end of the mixes, why did you bring that in?

As a man who lived in the 70s and shared a flat with gays, I think the homophobia and bullying in the UK are a sickening subject and need to be exposed. Just for being different or not being “normal.” It hit me, I started the Blitz Club for them. The misfits, the odd, the weird, the sexually unsure or unaware. I love the line, but I wanted to slow it down, so what was said is made clear. I wanted to make it part of the message at the front and again at the end. I think it works.


AUDIO: HP Hoeger and Rusty Egan’s remix of “Summer of Love” features at 03:00 in the “Welcome to the Beach” Mix.

You mentioned the “Summer of Love” remix you did, also with HP Hoeger. Which song did you work on first? Do you know if there are any plans to release your version of “Summer of Love”?

Yes, we did that first and only one mix of “Summer of Love.” We then started other ideas but we were told it would not be the next record, and that we should try “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way”. Now, we are working on more mixes of “Summer of Love” as we absolutely love it. I think this summer 2018 with the football, the weather, and the insanity of the political situation is a year we will remember as a year where love will win out in the end. The feeling of love for The World Cup at the Isle of Wight Festival was wonderful, and I dropped “Summer of Love” in a field with the sun setting — it was a glorious moment. I hope they love our mixes.

You’ve said you were really touched by U2’s new album — what about this album has caught your attention?

The first song I wanted to work on was “Love Is All We Have Left.” It was such a powerful opening song, and that voice effect, with no drums or guitars, it was perfect for me. Love the use of little drum loops, and the strings on “The Little Things.” In fact, I have done “Welcome to the Beach,” a chilled beach version of my “Welcome to the Dancefloor,” and I would love to do something like Songs of Experience (for Airports!). Do the whole album with blissed-out synths and ambiance. Sort of like the Easy All Stars “Radiodread” project which reinvents OK Computer.

What are some of the other projects you are working on?

I use Mixcloud for my mixes, and do weekly radio shows. Rustyegan.net will link you to everything.

More information about these releases can be found in our discography entry for the singles, and for the promotional releases. The “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” remixes have propelled the single into the #2 spot in the Dance Club Charts on Billboard. Hopefully this additional push will help the song reach #1 this week on this chart. These mixes by Egan and Hoeger will be available after midnight tonight in your country. (Release date, July 20, 2018).

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New Commercial Release for U2’s “Love is Bigger” and “Summer of Love” Remix

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-07-17)

UPDATE: Please see our new interview with Rusty Egan, one of the producers who remixed this release, as well as further information about the new single release, now available in many regions.

On Friday, a new EP of remixes for “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” is being released commercially. Although there has been a number of promotional remixes issued for the song, now totalling over 40 remixes, there has been very little issued commercially. On May 4, a three track remixes single was issued with remixes by Will Clarke, The Funk Hunters and Daybreakers. On May 11, an acoustic version of the song was released. On May 25, the U2 vs Cheat Codes version was released. And on June 1, the Beck Remix was released.

The EP being released on Friday is being called the “Chill Remix EP” and will feature a number of new mixes by DJs Rusty Egan and HP Hoeger. The full EP will contain an unknown number of tracks, but for promotion on July 13, 2018, four versions of the song remixed by Hoeger and Egan were released:


IMAGE: Promotional Image for New Release of “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way”

“Chill” generally refers to a slower type remix from your usual club mixes, usually an electronic music form of easy listening, something more ambient. These mixes by Hoeger and Egan put the focus on Bono’s vocals, with minimal backing music on all three tracks.

A new promotional image has been released by Citrusonic promoting these mixes, featuring the silhouettes of Sian and Eli, with a sun set image in the image. This may not be the final release artwork. The promotional mixes were sent out with the same ‘digital art’ that accompanied the earlier release of three remixes in May.

Rusty Egan is a well accomplished DJ, who got his start in the British new wave era, drumming with Rich Kids, a band fronted by Midge Ure. Egan also collaborated with the bands The Misfits, Skids, Shock and Visage. (Skids recorded the original version of “The Saints Are Coming” but Egan did not work on that track, joining them as a drummer for their second studio album.) As well as his work with various bands of the era, Egan was a DJ at Blitz, an influential nightclub in London, and owned The Cage, a record store on London’s King’s Road, and later would open Camden Palace, another nightclub in London. These days Egan is still very involved as a DJ, he tends to focus on 1980s style electronic music and also produces a weekly show “The Electronic Family Tree”.

HP Hoeger is an Austrian DJ, working in the DJ since the early 2000s. In that time he has remixed tracks for a number of compilations including the “Alpine Grooves” collection and the “Cafe del Mar” collections. Hoeger and Egan have previously worked together on a remix by Kid Moxie (“Shadow Heart”), KirA (“Pure Delight”), and Cult With No Name (“Unique”).

The remixes were completed in April by Egan and Hoeger at Ambient Studios in Austria.

The full EP will be released on Friday July 20, 2018 on all streaming services, and usual digital storefronts. There is no physical release planned at this time for these remixes, either commercially or for promotion. These will be available worldwide. The full track listing has not been announced.

Hoeger and Egan also worked on a remix of “Summer of Love” together. Egan recently played this mix as part of a mix titled “Welcome to the Beach”. It is not known if this mix of “Summer of Love” will be released, but Egan seems to think so, saying it would be available soon. The “Summer of Love” mix can be heard online at Mixcloud, it starts at 03:00 in the following embed:

More information about these releases can be found in our discography entry for the singles, and for the promotional releases. The “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” remixes have propelled the single into the #2 spot in the Dance Club Charts on Billboard. Hopefully this additional push will help the song reach #1 this week on this chart.

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Love is Bigger Remixes: A Listening Guide

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-07-09)

First Published: June 16, 2018 | Last Updated: July 9, 2018

U2’s newest single is being heavily remixed, with new mixes arriving each week. Most of these are promotional only mixes being sent out to DJs for club and radio play. But there are ways to listen to many of them. Below we’ve gathered links to most of them on either the YouTube or SoundCloud platforms with a few from other sources. We are only linking to official sources for these promotional mixes or to uploads by the DJs themselves. We hope this will give you a chance to listen to these mixes for yourself if you would like.

We’ve also had the pleasure of interviewing a few of the DJs who are putting these remixes together and would like to invite you to read those for further details on the whole project:

Below are the links to each remix:

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Many thanks to George and the forums at U2Songs for tracking much of this information.

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Best of 1990 - 2000 on Vinyl in September

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-07-08)

U2 continues to re-release new pressings of vinyl to fulfill demand, and with three new titles being released on Friday including Achtung Baby, Zooropa and The Best of 1980 – 1990, we can now confirm that there will be another round of releases in the fall. We have confirmation that The Best of 1990 – 2000 will be issued on vinyl on September 28, 2018. The set will be pressed on 180 gram vinyl, and will contain only the A-Sides that were contained on the original vinyl pressing. The disc will be a 2-disc vinyl set. The original album was released in 2002, at a time where vinyl had fallen out of favor, and original pressings of the album on vinyl now fetch large sums of money on the collectible market.

Pre-orders for this new release should be available in the next couple of weeks. If you were able to buy previous albums at your local shops, they should be able to get this one in as well, as it is a worldwide release, and is not being pressed as a limited quantity.

This is the fourth round of re-releases on vinyl in recent years:

We had previously been told that a new pressing of Rattle and Hum would be released on, or near, October 12, 2018 to mark the 30th anniversary of that album. That new release is expected to use the new mastering job done for 2017’s MFiT program, overseen by The Edge. When asked if there would be other releases for the 30th anniversary of Rattle and Hum we were not provided any information.

The Best of 1980 – 1990 is being remastered for the release on July 27, 2018. So we can expect that The Best of 1990 – 2000 will be remastered as well.

All releases so far have included download cards for the digital versions of the album.

With the release of The Best of 1990 – 2000, and possibly Rattle and Hum, the only albums not currently in print from the band would be No Line on the Horizon and Original Soundtracks 1. We are told that there are plans for No Line on the Horizon in the near future.

Many thanks to Davide for some of the information used in the above report.

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U2 Film Newark in 360 Degrees

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-06-30)

Last night in Newark, NJ fans entering the concert were greeted with signs that explained the concert would be filmed. The signs warned “You may be videotaped or recorded” and explained that the evening was being recorded by “Six Degrees”. Previous in the tour, both nights in Washington DC were filmed with traditional cameras, possibly for a home video release. The warning that evening was that video was being filmed by U2.

Once on the floor last night, fans who had attended the Apollo theater show saw familiar cameras. Explained by the camera operator at the Apollo as a special camera used to capture 360-degrees video, these cameras were placed throughout the venue in Newark. Like Newark, the Apollo show was filmed by Six Degrees. One was seen in the corner of the ‘E-Stage’ where the mirror is usually place. Another was seen on Adam’s side at the end of Red Zone, and one was seen at the VIP riser on Edge’s side of the venue. Cameras were also seen at various points of the main stage.



PHOTO: 360-degree Camera in Newark NJ.

No additional traditional cameras were seen last night, it looks like the filming that was being done was being done for some sort of 360-degree video presentation.

The cameras used, the Yi Halo, features 17 cameras in a circle around a single body to make up one 360-camera. The camera is capable of shooting video in 8K resolution at 30 frames per second, or 5.8K at a faster frame rate of 60 frames per second. We have confirmed at the venue in Newark, twelve of these Yi Halo 360-cameras were in place filming last night.

Six Degrees was the name of the company listed as doing the filming. Although little information is known about this company, the term ‘six degrees’ is one that is quite common in the VR industry. The term refers to the freedom of movement of a body in three dimensional space. Traditional VR video has left the viewer in the center of the video, with the freedom to look around the space in all directions, but you were unable to move. Six degrees of freedom filming offers a new experience, allowing viewers to move about a room and to see the video from various locations, and filming in this manner does require multiple 360-degree cameras to be used throughout the space.

With multiple cameras capturing 360-degree video last night in Newark, it is possible U2 is testing out a new technology to capture a performance. U2 have always toyed with new technology, and in 2015 paired with Chris Milk to produce a video for “Song for Someone“ using VR technology, allowing the viewer to look around them but from a fixed position. At the live concerts in late 2015, the “Experience Bus” was parked at a variety of U2 shows allowing U2 to view this video for themselves using VR headsets.

It is unknown at this time where the footage from the Apollo and Newark using these 360-degree cameras may be used. Due to the platform, it is unlikely this would be used for a traditional home video release, but will more likely be used for some sort of special online footage in the future. The concerts in Washington DC, filmed recently with more traditional cameras, including film cameras, is the more likely candidate for a home video release. But until plans are announced for any of this footage, it is all just a guess as to how it will be used.

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Love is Bigger: Jochen Simms Interview

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-06-28)

Jochen Simms is one of the producers who recently worked on a remix of U2’s “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way”, no wait, make that three remixes. The remixes titled the Jochen Simms Remix, the Jochen Simms Dub Remix and the Jochen Simms Deep Mix were all sent out for promotion in audio format on June 15, 2018. These three mixes are promotional only at this point, and a commercial release has not yet been announced, so you won’t find these on iTunes just yet, but luckily we can share the audio of his “Jochen Simms Remix” for a taste:


AUDIO: Jochen Simms Remix courtesy of Citrusonic

Jochen is a producer based out of London, and he was kind enough to take a few moments to answer our questions about the remix of “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” and working with U2.

What can you tell us about yourself?

Jochen: I’m from South East London. I started learning about music production in 1987, I was taught by Double Trouble and the Rebel MC how to DJ. I soon bought an Akai s950 Atari 1040st and a Studio Master mixing desk and an Akai s7000 keyboard and I’ve been learning ever since.

Who are some of the artists you’ve worked with on remixes in the past?

Jochen: Beyonce, Katy Perry, Ellie Goulding, Basement Jaxx, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, The Wanted, Olly Murs, Snoop Dogg, Rihanna, and Robbie Williams.

Do you have a favorite song by U2? A favorite remix?

Jochen: I certainly do, the “Lemon” (Perfecto Remix).

Is this your first time working with U2?

Jochen: Yes and I’m really pleased to have the opportunity!

How does it feel to work with a band of U2’s size?

Jochen: Amazing! This was a very important remix to me, so I handled it with care 

How did you get involved in the remix for “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way”?

Jochen: Maria and Orlando from Citrusonic Promotion approached me.

Did you receive both vocals and instrument stems?

Jochen: Just the vocal.

Was there any guidance from the band as to what type of mix was wanted?

Jochen: No, just to do my thing, and that’s how I like to work. That way if they like it you know it came from your soul.

Was it a challenging mix to complete?

Jochen: Yes, it was. I think the song was originally 95 bpm so speeding it up and getting to sound cool was a challenge, but hey that’s what life’s all about.

What was the process after the mix was finished to get the track approved? Did you have to wait for long?

Jochen: Yes, Maria and Orlando had to make sure they were feeling it, then it goes off to the label, and everyone decides there — I think it took about 6 weeks.

We’ve seen that three versions of your mix have been released for promotion? How do each differ? 

Jochen: The deeper mix is just a bit slower and a bit more of a groove. The other two are more driving, a bit more tech house, they are the same, but one is more of a dub mix with less vocal 

At this point over 30 remixes have been released for “Love is Bigger”? Have you listened to the others? Do you have a favorite?

Jochen: I’ve checked a few they all sound good just all different styles which is cool. It’s very interesting to hear someone elses take on the song.

Why do songs today get so many remixes?

Jochen: I think some producers do it for free now, and are happy to play their version just for their own DJ sets. Record labels like to give people a good choice of mixes.

If you had a chance to go back and remix any U2 song is there any track you would choose?

Jochen: “Beautiful Day”

What projects do you have coming up?

Jochen: I’ve been working on changing my sound I’m using more disco influence vibes now, so more funky, and I’m loving it — watch this space! 

For those interested in more information on Jochen Simms, you can find his work on Spotify, Apple/iTunes UK, Beatport, and Shazam.

This is our seventh interview with the DJs and producers involved in remixing “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way.” For the other interviews please see the links below:

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Four Weeks of SiriusXM

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-06-28)

The good news is that U2’s station on SiriusXM is going to continue. It has been renewed for another month, and will carry on until the end of July. It has been on the air since June 1, 2018. We thought we’d take a look at some of the stats on what has been played to date.

Since first airing, up until midnight last night, we were able to count 7094 tracks that were played during that time. This is audio tracks, and does not include interview footage, or special programming like the Apollo concert. Of that amount, 65.2% of the tracks aired to date have been album tracks. (We’ve chosen to include Passengers, but are not including Under a Blood Red Sky as we will count that with the live albums.)

An additional 13.3% of the tracks have been live audio, recorded in concert from a number of sources including fan club releases, iTunes only releases, and the “PopHeart” EP.

The remainder 21.4% have been b-sides or tracks from deluxe versions of the album. This does include some live material as some live footage has been featured on these deluxe versions, but the amount is low.

Albums

The three most played albums on the service to date have been Songs of Experience (12.0% of the album tracks), All That You Can’t Leave Behind (11.0% of the album tracks) and Achtung Baby (9.7% of the album tracks.) The albums receiving the least amount of play? Boy is almost getting no play at just 1.7% of the album tracks. Following that, the least played albums are the Passengers album (2.4% of the album tracks) and Songs of Innocence (3.4% of the album tracks). Perhaps surprising is that the album Rattle and Hum is getting the fourth highest amount of play on the service, which may be due to the contest requiring people to call in when they heard “Angel of Harlem” to quality for entrance to the concert at the Apollo.

Every album track has been played on the Sirius XM broadcast with the exception of two. “Into the Heart” and “Shadows and Tall Trees” have both been skipped from the album Boy. “Shadows and Tall Trees” is being played but it is the demo version from the deluxe edition that has been used and not the original album version. Likewise, “Into the Heart” is being played through live versions of the song, but the studio version has yet to air.

With Boy the most popular song being played to date is “Out of Control” — appearing 33 times in four weeks. The next most popular is a tie between “A Day Without Me” and “I Will Follow” with seven plays each. And next to the two tracks not played at all, “Into the Heart” and “Shadows and Tall Trees,” “Twilight” is the next lowest played with just 3 plays in four weeks. Of note, is that the single version of “11 O’Clock Tick Tock” from the deluxe edition of Boy has been played 34 times, more than anything on the album itself, and the single version of “Out of Control” had an additional 15 plays.

October is well represented with several songs getting heavy play on the station. “Gloria” comes in at 90 plays in four weeks, “Fire” at 56 and “October” at 38. “Scarlet” is the lowest played, having just been played once, but “With A Shout” (2 plays) and “I Threw a Brick Through a Window” (3 plays) aren’t far behind. “Trash, Trampoline And the Party Girl,” a B-side from the era included on the deluxe version of October was played 37 times.

For War the most played songs are “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “Two Hearts Beat As One,” both with 85 plays in total on the station. Next is “Surrender” at 48. “New Year’s Day” is perhaps a surprise with only 24 plays for the album version of the song, however when you add in the single edit from the Deluxe version of War (27 plays) and the Japanese single version from The Best of 1980 – 1990 (26 plays) you end up at 77 plays in total putting it just behind “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “Two Hearts Beat As One” in play count. The least played track from War? “Drowning Man” at only four plays, followed closely by “Red Light” (5 plays) and “Seconds” (6 plays.)

The Unforgettable Fire album has a surprising most played song, unlike the earlier albums, it wasn’t a single, and “Wire” is the most played at 64 plays, followed closely by “The Unforgettable Fire” (56 plays) and “A Sort of Homecoming” (38 plays). If you add in plays of the single and album versions of “Pride (In the Name of Love)” that song ties with “The Unforgettable Fire” at 56 plays, but by itself the album version has only been played 30 times. The least played song on the album? “4th of July” at five plays. “Love Comes Tumbling” a B-Side included on the deluxe version of the album has been played more than any song on the album, at 68 plays to date.

The Joshua Tree shows up with “Bullet the Blue Sky” and “Red Hill Mining Town” neck in neck for the lead, with “Bullet” having been played 88 times, and “Red Hill Mining Town” being played 87. However, if you combine the three different studio versions of “Where the Streets Have No Name” that song does come out ahead with 102 plays in four weeks. The B-Side from The Joshua Tree getting the most play is “The Sweetest Thing” which was later re-recorded and released as a single by itself. Only two songs have been played less than ten times from the album, “Trip Through Your Wires” (6 times) and “Mothers of the Disappeared” (9 times to date.)

Rattle and Hum‘s final single “All I Want is You” is being played the most, at 73 plays so far, but “Desire” is right behind it at 72 plays. “God Part II” is the third highest played at 65 plays. Least played? “Van Diemen’s Land” (6 plays) and “Love Rescue Me” (7 plays). Rattle and Hum also features a number of live tracks in the mix, and the two played most often are “Silver and Gold” and “All Along the Watchtower” both having been played 32 times to date. Neither “Freedom for my People” or “The Star Spangled Banner” have been played on the SiriusXM station, but neither track was recorded by U2. (Sirius has played “The Star Spangled Banner” from the Dublin 1989 concert.)

Achtung Baby has “Mysterious Ways” with 72 plays, “Zoo Station” at 71 plays, and “Even Better Than the Real Thing” at 68 plays. “Acrobat,” “Love is Blindness,” “So Cruel,” and “Ultraviolet” are all being heard less often at five plays each. Zooropa is being played but is showing as the artwork for Achtung Baby, this is likely because Zooropa was included in the 2011 edition of Achtung Baby. Both “Zooropa” and “The Wanderer” are played frequently with 62 and 60 plays. “Dirty Day” is getting the least play, having only been played 3 times in total. Perhaps surprising is “Numb”, although the album version has only been played 48 times, the single edit is played 47 times as well, making it one of the most played songs on the station. (The 2002 mix from The Best of 1990 – 2000 has also been played three times.)

Pop only has one song that has broken through 40 plays, and it is “Last Night on Earth” with 71 plays. The next most played songs are “Discotheque” with 39 plays, and “Please” with 38 plays. “If You Wear That Velvet Dress” is getting the least attention, with only 3 plays, although five songs on the album come in with under 10 plays in total.

The most played album after Songs of Experience is All That You Can’t Leave Behind. “Beautiful Day” has been played 70 times, followed closely by “New York” at 67 plays, “Wild Honey” at 63 plays, and “Stuck in a Moment” at 62 plays. Least played? “Grace”, the only song heard less than 10 times on the album, having only been played 4 times since the broadcast began. Some albums like All That You Can’t Leave Behind have high play numbers for the entire album, but that’s not the case with How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, here, “Sometimes You Can’t Make it on Your Own” has 87 plays, “Vertigo” has 63, and “City of Blinding Lights” has 51. Everything else has been played less than 25 times. Wrapping up the decade, “Magnificent” leads the way for songs from No Line on the Horizon with 80 plays, with “Get On Your Boots” coming in at 57. “White as Snow” gets little play at 5 plays in total.

Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience are at opposite extremes when it comes to play. Songs of Innocence is the 3rd least played album after Passengers and Boy. And Songs of Experience is the most played since the service started. “Song for Someone” has been played most often at 42 plays followed by “Iris (Hold Me Close)” at 20 plays and “California” and “Volcano” both played 18 times. Of note, a song that was released on the deluxe version only, “Lucifer’s Hands” also has been played 20 times since the service has started. With Songs of Experience, each song is being introduced by special interview clips discussing the songs, and the balance of all of the songs on the album has been fairly even with most songs having been played around 45 times since the Sirius broadcast began. “Lights of Home” has only been played 23 times, but the St. Peters Strings version has been played the same amount, bringing it into the 45 range as well. The song that has been played the most? “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” at 58 plays, unless you want to consider a song only on the deluxe version, “Ordinary Love” has been played 76 times. “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its way” was a surprise to me, as only two weeks ago it was one of the least played songs on the service, so frequency of it being played has definitely increased in the last two weeks.

The overall most played album track (unique edit) is “Gloria” with 90 plays over four weeks. “Bullet the Blue Sky” is second with 88 plays, and “Sometimes You Can’t Make it On Your Own” and “Red Hill Mining Town” are next with 87 plays over four weeks. However when you start counting different edits of the same track, other songs such as “Where the Streets Have No Name” and “Numb” with multiple edits being played soon take over from these songs.

Live Material

The live material being played on the station comes from a number of sources, and makes up about 17% of the content being played on air. Some of this material is included on the albums mentioned above such as the live material that makes up Rattle and Hum. Other is taken from various releases throughout the years.

The most played live music is being taken from the Dublin concert held on December 31, 1989, just as the clock struck midnight and the new decade started with a U2 show. 12% of all of the live tracks are being taken from that concert, which previously has only been released on iTunes as part of “The Complete U2”. The next biggest source of live tracks is the live fan club compilation, U22, documenting the U2360 tour (9.6% of live tracks), followed by the Live in Sydney release documenting Zoo TV and Rattle and Hum. (8.9% of the live tracks each).

The list of live sources is as follows:

U2 Releases:

  • U2 Under a Blood Red Sky (1983 Album)
  • U2 Rattle and Hum Album (1988 Album)
  • U2 “PopHeart” EP (1997)
  • U2 “Elevation” Single (2000) [“I Will Follow” (Live from Irving Plaza)]
  • U2 “Wide Awake in Europe” EP, 2010
  • U2 Paris 1987, (From The Joshua Tree 20th Anniversary, 2007)
  • U2 New York City 1987, (From The Joshua Tree 30th Anniversary, 2017)
  • Deluxe editions of U2’s albums

Fan Club Gifts:

  • U2 Hasta La Vista Baby (Fan Club Gift, 2000)
  • U2 Communication (Fan Club Gift, 2006)
  • U2 Zoo TV Live from Sydney (Fan Club Gift, 2007)
  • U2 Go Home: Live from Slane Castle (Fan Club Gift, 2008)
  • U2 U22 (Fan Club Gift, 2012)
  • U2 From the Ground Up (Fan Club Gift, 2013)
  • U2 Another Time Another Place (Fan Club Gift, 2015)

From iTunes:

  • U2 “Live from Boston 1981” (iTunes, The Complete U2, 2004)
  • U2 “Live from Under the Brooklyn Bridge” (iTunes, 2004)
  • U2 “Love: Live from the Point Depot” (iTunes, The Complete U2, 2004)
  • U2 & Paul McCartney “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” (iTunes, 2005)

Other:

  • Rock n Roll Hall of Fame Concerts (2010 Album)

The only tracks that have been heard that have not been commercially released in an audio format is “Zooropa” (Live from Paris, 2015) which is taken from the home video recording from the Innocence + Experience tour, and a recording of “Vertigo” taken from the Apollo show on May 11, 2018, which is also airing as part of the full program.

Rarities and Alternate Edits

The rare tracks that are being played come from the following sources:

  • Deluxe versions of Boy, October, War, The Unforgettable Fire, The Joshua Tree, Achtung Baby (the Uber Box), Songs of Innocence, and Songs of Experience
  • “Invisible” is the iTunes released (RED) Edit of the song
  • “Stateless” from the Million Dollar Hotel Soundtrack
  • Fan Club Releases: Duals, and Medium, Rare and Remastered
  • Compilations U218 Singles, The Best of 1980 – 1990, and The Best of 1990 – 2000
  • The iTunes release of U2’s Demos EP
  • “Take Me to the Clouds Above” (Played 23 times, taken from the single of the same name credited to LMC vs U2)
  • “One” by Mary J. Blige and U2, available as a single, and also on her album, The Breakthrough

No studio tracks have been heard that have not been commercially released to date, although many of these releases are becoming difficult to find by themselves. The Complete U2 has not been available for a number of years on iTunes.

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Love is Bigger: Dark Intensity Interview

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-06-25)

Originally Posted: June 20, 2018 | Updated: June 25, 2018

Dark Intensity is an alias for producer Manny Martinez from Anaheim, California. Dark Intensity is one of the DJs who recently worked on a remix of U2’s “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way,” released this past Friday, June 15, 2018. Titled the “Dark Intensity Remix,” the track was issued for promotion only, and at this time there are no announced plans for a commercial release.


IMAGE: Poster for “Love is Bigger” Event featuring Dark Intensity (Click to enlarge, Photo courtesy of Citrusonic)

Dark Intensity is also the featured DJ at a newly announced event for Pride in Anaheim, California being held on July 6, 2018. The event is being held to celebrate Pride and is being held in honor of U2’s new single, “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way”. The event will also feature limited giveaways of posters, and fans, similar to those we reported on last month.

Dark Intensity sat down with us to answer a few questions, talk about his work with U2, and also share news of another remix of “Love is Bigger” that he has worked on. The interview starts after the video:


VIDEO: “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” (Dark Intensity Remix)

What can you tell us about Dark Intensity?

Dark Intensity: Dark Intensity is just one person, Manny Martinez. I am from Anaheim California born and raised. I’ve been producing music since the year 2000.

Could you tell our audience about some of the artists you have remixed?

Dark Intensity: I have worked on projects for artists such as Enrique Iglesias, Rihanna, Paris Hilton, MK,  Lady Antebellum, Flo-Rida, Mel B (from The Spice Girls) to name a few.

Are you a U2 fan? Do you have a favorite song? A favorite remix?

Dark Intensity: I am a U2 fan actually, I love “Beaufiful Day” and “With or Without You.”

Is this your first time working with U2?

Dark Intensity: This is the first time I have worked with them, and I hope to work with them again.

How does it feel to work with a band of U2’s stature?

Dark Intensity: It’s pretty amazing working with a band of this magnitude, it’s definitely a dream come true because this was a band I grew up listening to and always admired. 

How did you get involved in the remix for “Love is Bigger”? When were you first approached? When did you start working on the mix?

Dark Intensity: Maria and Orlando from Citrusonic contacted me. They have hired me previously, on a project back in 2012. They liked my work and asked if I wanted to be a part of the remix project. Without hesitation, I jumped on this and gave it my all. I was very happy with the way the remix turned out. I made 2 different remixes, 1 under my Dark Intensity alias and one as my other alias “Aximize“ (which is pending approval).

Did you receive both vocal and instrumental elements?

Dark Intensity: I was sent vocal parts and a reference track to work off of, I didn’t need any instrument parts, I had everything I needed just with that.

Did what U2 gave you to start the project work from the start? Was it a challenging remix?

Dark Intensity: I personally thought this project was challenging, because the original song was in a very slow tempo, so there was quite a bit of work such as vocal time-stretching and adjustments in the overall arrangement of the song.

Was there any guidance from the band as to what type of mix was wanted?

Dark Intensity: There wasn’t much guidance as to what specific style of remix the band wanted, I was given the liberty to come up with pretty much anything that had high energy and relevance to today’s remix styles.

What was the process after the mix was finished to get the track approved? Did you have to wait long for a response?

Dark Intensity: There was a point where I thought I may have not made the cut, as the feedback was not being relayed over to me soon. I ended up waiting about 3-4 weeks before I got any feedback on my first remix. They liked everything about the remix. I was asked to revisit the mix to make some minor adjustments.

Did you do just one version of the mix? Or did you do multiple mixes? What made your final version stand out?

Dark Intensity: I produced 2 versions, I think my final one sticks out because it has a really catchy drop. It preserves the original integrity of the song with similar chord combinations but with a get up and move type of vibe. I used an amazing vocal tool in which I can use samples of the original stems to be used as a synth instrument.

At this point over 30 remixes have been released for “Love is Bigger.” How does yours stand out? Have you listened to the others? Do you have a favorite?

Dark Intensity: I’ve listened to other remixes and I think they are all so different from each other, which is the best outcome to have in a promotional remix package. I personally like the Cheat Codes remix with the new verses. It adds a really different perspective, a new emotion and atmosphere.

Why do songs today get so many remixes? Is there a reason behind it?

Dark Intensity: I think its important to have several remixes in a remix package because there are lots of different tastes in music out there and with the ever-evolving genres, it reaches out to an even bigger audience.

If you had a chance to go back and remix any U2 song is there any track you would choose?

Dark Intensity: If this were to happen, I would love to remix “With Or Without You” as this captures lots of memories in my life and it would totally be an honor to have such opportunity.

You recently performed with Paul Oakenfold, who has worked with U2 a number of times on projects, and has even toured with the band. Were you working on the U2 project when you appeared with Paul? Did you have any discussions with him regarding U2?

Dark Intensity: When I was performing with Paul Oakenfold, I still had no idea about the remix package. In fact I had no idea Paul was doing anything with U2 until a few weeks ago.

What projects do you have coming up?

Dark Intensity: Right now, I am working on an original track called “Take Me Higher” and finishing up several official remixes for various artists.

Where can people find you on the internet? Where can people find out more information about your career?

Dark Intensity: You can find Dark Intensity music on all music platforms, and you can connect with me on Facebook, Twitter and on Soundcloud.darkintensity.com


VIDEO: “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” (Aximize Remix)

This is our sixth interview with the DJs and producers involved in remixing “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way.” For the previous interviews please see the links below:

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#U2eiTOUR Pre-Show and Post-Show Music

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-06-24)

Originally Posted: May 2, 2018 | Last Updated: June 24, 2018

With each new tour we like to keep track of the music by other artists that U2 use throughout the production, including the music used before, after and during the shows. The eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour is no different, as the tour winds through North America and later Europe we will track the music we hear throughout. We’ve been tracking these songs since the PopMart tour in 1997, and all of the tours since can be found in one spot in our Tour Songs news page. As well on that page you can find links to Spotify playlists containing most of the songs if you want to relive a particular tour. The Spotify playlist for the current #U2eiTOUR is available here.

The tour music we hear before a show is something that has been curated in the past by Gavin Friday for each tour. As Gavin is part of this tour as well, it is highly likely he has had some participation in this tours music as well.

The mix usually starts off with a mix of album tracks – one or two artists will be featured with a number of tracks in a row. Later that will break into an actual mix where the songs are all from different artists.

Pre-Show Music:

During the tour, pre-show music is the songs that play from the time that the audience is allowed into the building up until the final songs that U2 use to take the stage. With no opening act, the pre-show music makes up much of the background noise as fans wait for the show to begin. Like on previous tours, the music generally starts out with music from complete albums, before switching to a mix of songs from various artists. In Tulsa for instance, the music starting out were from two albums, Kendrick Lamar’s Damn. (2017) and Echo and the Bunnymen’s Crocodiles (1980) before switching into the mix of songs. In the case of long delays, sometimes one of these albums will once again repeat prior to show time.

During the tour the following albums have been identified as playing to start out the pre-show:

Kendrick Lamar’s Damn. (2017): Tracks heard include “Loyalty” (featuring Rihanna), “Feel”, “Yah”, “DNA”, “XXX” (featuring U2), “Pride”, “Love” and “Element”
Echo and the Bunnymen’s Crocodiles (1980): Tracks heard include “Happy Death Men”, “Villiers Terrace”, “Going Up”, “Do It Clean”, “Stars are Stars”, “Pride”, “Monkeys”, “Crocodiles”, “Read it in Books”
David Bowie’s Blackstar (2016): Tracks heard include “I Can’t Give Everything Away”, “Girl Loves Me”, “Lazarus”, “Blackstar”
LCD Soundsystem’s American Dream (2017): Tracks heard included “Oh Baby”, “Black Screen”, “Emotional Haircut”, “American Dream”, “Call the Police”, “I Used To”, “Change Yr Mind”, “Tonite” and “How Do You Sleep?”
Frank Ocean’s Blonde (2016): Tracks heard include “Be Yourself”, “Pink / White”, “Nights”, “Facebook Story”, “White Ferrari”, “Seigfried” and “God Speed”
Gavin Friday’s Shag Tobacco (1995): Tracks heard include “Dolls”, “You, Me, and World War III” and “Kitchen Sink Drama”
Arcade Fire’s Everything Now (2017): Tracks heard include “Everything Now (Continued)”, “We Don’t Deserve Love”, “Signs of Live”, “Creature Comfort”, “Peter Pan”, and “Chemistry” (first used in Montreal, Night 2)

After these full albums are played, the mix of songs starts to play, which includes songs from a number of artists. Some of these songs are featured on the albums that are played as well, but are clearly part of the pre-show mix as they are heard on nights that the albums are not played.

  • “Mystery of Love” – Sufjan Stevens
  • “Fastlove” – George Michael
  • “Lover Lover Lover” – Leonard Cohen
  • “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” – David Bowie
  • “1979” – The Smashing Pumpkins
  • “Sign ‘O’ The Times” – Prince
  • “Love” – Lana Del Ray
  • “Black Hole Sun” – Soundgarden
  • “Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby” – Cigarettes After Sex
  • “Smells Like Teen Spirit” – Nirvana
  • “Don’t Believe the Hype” – Public Enemy
  • “Zombie” – Cranberries
  • “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” – Dead or Alive
  • “I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor” – Arctic Monkeys
  • “The Wind Cries Mary” – Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • “Tonight Tonight” – The Smashing Pumpkins
  • “Baby’s on Fire” – Brian Eno
  • “Love Will Tear Us Apart” – Joy Division
  • “Heathens” – 21 Pilots
  • “Love My Way” – The Psychedelic Furs
  • “Cars” – Gary Numan
  • “Rise” – PiL
  • “Enjoy the Silence” – Depeche Mode
  • “The Road to Perdition” – Atonalist and Gavin Friday
  • “Hong Kong Garden” – Siouxsie and the Banshees
  • “Pagan Lovesong” – Virgin Prunes
  • “You Gotta Be Alive” – St. Francis Hotel
  • “First We Take Manhattan” – Leonard Cohen
  • “Oh Baby” – LCD Soundsystem
  • “Kashmir” – Led Zeppelin

From the Montreal shows onwards a number of new songs were heard for the first time. Some of these may have been added prior to Montreal and just not heard, but we believe most of the changes were made with the two Montreal shows. These have continued on since the tour visited Montreal:

  • “People Have the Power” – Patti Smith
  • “Shame” – Young Fathers
  • “Four out of Five” – Arctic Monkeys
  • “Rock N’ Roll N****r” – Patti Smith
  • “Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft” – The Carpenters
  • “Video Games” – Lana Del Ray
  • “Rebel Rebel” – David Bowie
  • “Creature Comfort” – Arcade Fire
  • “Girls and Boys” – Prince and the Revolution
  • “Trampled Under Foot” – Led Zeppelin
  • “Transmission” – Joy Division
  • “Under Pressure” – Queen with David Bowie
  • “In the Ghetto” – Elvis Presley
  • “Into the Valley” – Skids
  • “Buttons” – Sia (this is a hidden track that follows “Lullaby” on her album)
  • “Signs of Life” – Arcade Fire
  • “Rock the Cashbah” – The Clash
  • “Jailhouse Rock” – Elvis Presley
  • “Electric Blue” – Arcade Fire
  • “212” – Azealia Banks featuring Lazy Jay
  • “We Don’t Deserve Love” – Arcade Fire

These new songs are mixed with songs from the original list above, including “Cars”, “1979” and others. But “Video Games” by Lana Del Ray seems to replace “Love” and so on. The Arcade Fire songs are being heard as part of the mixed portion of the show, and are not being used just as the album tracks.

In rehearsals for the show leading up to Tulsa the following songs were also heard in the pre-show music:

  • “Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth” – Sparks
  • “What A Wonderful World” – Louis Armstrong
  • “The Son of Flynn” – Daft Punk

Intro Music:

In Tulsa, and the shows up to and including Las Vegas 1, the last song before U2 took the stage was “Winter Beats” by I Break Horses. It was listed in the set list as the introductory music. The song dates to 2011, and I Break Horses are a Swedish rock band. The song had been released as a single. In some copies of the initial Tulsa set list, the introductory music was instead listed as “Intro – Misc Electronica – 5:25”, but other copies of the set list list it as “Intro – Winter Beats”. Both versions of the set list showed a time stamp of 6:45pm the day of the show.


AUDIO: “Winter Beats” by I Break Horses

Starting with the second show in Las Vegas, the last song before U2 took the stage was “It’s a Beautiful World” by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. The song had also been tried out in rehearsals for the show, but it didn’t get used on the tour until the second show in Las Vegas. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds opened many shows on The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, but did not perform this song live in those appearances. On the set lists, the song is listed as “It’s a Zootiful World,” a reference to Zoo TV, and the song is indeed touched by Zoo TV. If you listen carefully you’ll hear “What do you want?” from Zoo TV in the mix.


AUDIO: “It’s a Beautiful World” by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

After the intro music there is a brief instrumental piece, overlaid with sounds from an MRI scan. The voices say “Breathe, Breathe in please, Breathe in, Breathe in, Exhale, Thank you. Exhale. Thank you.” The music that can be heard under the voices is Han Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch’s “Rain” from the Blade Runner 2049 soundtrack. This goes directly into the next song by U2 on the PA.


AUDIO: “Rain” by Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch

The intro music that U2 takes the stage to is “Love is All We Have Left” played over the PA. In rehearsals Bono was sometimes heard to sing along with the track.

During the Show:

  • “The Sick Rose” and “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me” – Gavin Friday and Regine Chassagne (from Arcade Fire)

Gavin Friday, longtime friend to Bono, and former lead singer of the Virgin Prunes is featured during the Experience and Innocence Tour. Over the music for “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me” Gavin can be heard reciting William Blake’s poem, “The Sick Rose” from Songs of Experience, and then continuing on to sing “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me”. Regine Chassagne from Arcade Fire joins Gavin on vocals for the song. “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me” is a cover of the song that U2 contributed to the Batman Forever soundtrack in 1995, and the video for the song featured an animated MacPhisto. In 2015, during the Intermission, the band started out using a variety of videos before settling in on a cover of “The Fly” by Gavin Friday, that had been newly recorded for that tour. This time, Gavin’s vocals are back for the Intermission, accompanied by an animated video that walks through a twisted comic book take on the band complete with super powers, and mysterious strangers.


VIDEO: Courtesy of U2Gigs.Com: Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me

  • “Prelude to 110 or 220 / Women of the World” – Jim O’Rourke

“Women of the World” is a song that was first recorded by Ivor Cutler and Linda Hirst in 1983. In 1999, Jim O’Rourke released his album Eureka, which included a cover of the song titled, “Prelude to 110 or 220 / Women of the World”. O’Rourke is probably best known as a musician and a producer, and worked with Sonic Youth. U2 is using his version of the song as a break before they return to the stage to play “One” in concert. “Women of the world take over, ‘cos if you don’t the world will come to an end, and it won’t take long”. The version of the song that U2 is using in concert is a new mix of the song, still featuring O’Rourke’s vocals, but with added instrumentation, and added vocals by Madison Ryann Ward. U2 have since recorded the audience at the Ellen show singing the song to mix into the vocal, and are asking their fans to also contribute by sending in a recording of their voices singing the song.


VIDEO: “Women of the World” by Jim O’Rourke

Outro Music:

The final song after U2 depart the stage for the first two shows is the song that the Innocence and Experience tour started with, “The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)” only this time its a remix of the song. On set lists seen during the show it is labeled as “Out-tro: The Miracle (of Joey Ramone / Ambiant Mix)” (Yes, ambient is spelled that way on the actual set list papers.)

For the third show of the tour, in San Jose, a Talking Heads song is used instead, “This Must Be the Place.” Earlier in the show Bono mentions Jerry Harrison of the Talking Heads who may have been at the show. This change is likely due to him being present. After the first show in San Jose, the song reverted to “The Miracle (of Joey Ramone) (Ambient Mix)” each night, but it is still being listed as the Talking Heads on set lists. We have confirmed that it is indeed “The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)” and that “This Must Be the Place” was only used for the first show in San Jose before the other returned. In that show in San Jose, although “This Must Be the Place” was used, the Ambient Mix of “The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)” was eventually played over the PA system as well. Starting with the shows in Montreal, “This Must Be the Place” once again became the ending music for the concerts, and has been used since.

A big thank you for the help from Joe Ahorro, U2Start, Tim C and Jaime Rodriguez, Nico, Edo, Morgan, G’lies, Allison, Stephen and Paul for assistance with the identification of some of the songs.

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“Love is Bigger” promo CDs and Pride Nights

Original story (2018-06-22)

The promotion for U2’s new single “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” continues with the release of three different promotional CDs featuring remixes of the title track.

CD One will feature the following mixes:

  • Will Clarke Remix (06:31)
  • Daybreakers Remix (07:35)
  • David Alvarado Remix (07:53)
  • Moodyboy Remix (06:47)

CD Two will feature the following mixes:

  • Offer Nissim Remix (05:25)
  • DrewG. Remix (05:26)
  • Dark Intensity Remix (04:31)
  • Dinaire+Bissen Remix (05:48)

CD Three will feature the following mixes:

  • John “J-C” Carr Remix (04:20)
  • VibePosse Dub (06:12)
  • MINDSKAP Dub Rework (05:00)
  • The Funk Hunters Remix (04:01)

All of these remixes with the exception of the Offer Nissim Remix has previously been delivered for digital promotion. This marks the first official release of the Offer Nissim Remix, but the DJ had previously released the remix himself.

The CDs themselves are plain looking with black print on the CD, with the song title, the number of the CD and the track listing. It does appear that these may be CD-R pressings but we have not yet confirmed this.

These new promo releases are the firstborn physically promo releases from this album since the Album sampler. A number of fake items have been sold for each single.

Additional promotion is being done in the form of “Love Is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” release parties / Pride club nights.

Three of these events have now been announced:

  • June 22, 2018: Numbers Night Club, 300 Westheimer, Houston Texas, with DJ Wes Wallace (Doors open at 9pm)
  • June 22, 2018: The SoFo Tap, 4923 N Clark Street, Chicago Illinois, with DJ Rons (Doors open at 9pm)
  • July 6, 2018: The House Of Blues, 400 W Disney Way #337, Anaheim California, with DJ Dark Intensity (Doors open at 10pm)

The events are being billed as being “in honour of U2’s summer anthem, Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” And will feature giveaways early in the evening of “Love is Bigger” promotional CDs, stickers, posters, fans and full length copies of “Songs of Experience”.

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U2 Filming #U2eiTour in Washington DC with Hamish Hamilton

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-06-19)

On June 17 and 18, 2018, U2 performed two shows in Washington DC on the #U2eiTour, the shows being held at the Capital One Arena. The shows featured a typical set list for both shows, with “Gloria” being performed the first night, and “All Because of You” being performed the second.


IMAGE: Cameras at Washington DC 1 (Click to enlarge)

Both shows in Washington DC were filmed. Fans arriving at the venue were greeted with a notice that identified that there would be filming taking place. The full notice read “Attention all patrons: Tonight’s show will be video taped. By entering this venue you have consented to be filmed and recorded during tonight’s show. Your recorded image (still or motion), voice and sounds may be used in any manner or media, forever and throughout the world, by U2 and its affiliated and related entities, designees, successors, licensees and assigns and you waive any claims in connection with any use of the film and recordings made of you. Thank you.”

We asked a PR representative for the band, but they were unable to confirm for what the filming would be used for. It is expected, however, that the footage may be used for a home video release from the tour. Hamish Hamilton, was present for the filming. Hamilton has worked with U2 as a director for a number of projects for U2 over the years. It was Hamilton who directed the home video releases for Elevation (Both Boston and Slane), and Vertigo (Milan and Chicago), He was also the director for the 2015 concert film from Paris which was filmed on the same stage as the current tour.


IMAGE: Cameras at Washington DC 1: Soundboard (Click to enlarge)

Camera crews were on hand both nights in Washington DC. This involved cameras in the soundboard, around the arena, two large cameras (one in each Red Zone) and a number of hand held cameras throughout the GA floor. Additionally a camera was set up next to the VIP riser on The Edge’s side of the venue on the first night. On the second night this camera was set up on Adam’s side of the venue instead at about the same position. Fans attending both shows have commented on how empty the GA Admission floor was for both nights of the filming, although there was a demand for these tickets. It is theorized that the number of fans on the floor were kept to a lower number to allow easier camera access on the floor both nights.


IMAGE: Edge with “GoPro” by Shawn Rocco (Click to enlarge)

A film camera was also used in at least one location on the second night, and attendees to the show report that the crew was seen reloading the camera with film a number of times. For the latter part of The Edge was also seen to have a “GoPro” style camera attached to his guitar which appeared to be filming his hands while he performed. This camera was present for multiple songs.

Also at the end of the night during the second show in Washington DC, an extremely heavy camera was set up on the E-stage where it meets the ramp, pointing towards Bono as he performed “One”. Two people were seen manning this camera. The screens were dark with no content while this camera was filming towards the main stage.


IMAGE: Cameras at Washington DC 1: VIP Riser (Click to enlarge)

U2’s last tour, The Joshua Tree 2017 has also been filmed but not yet released. That tour saw concerts in Mexico City and throughout South America filmed for release. Anton Corbijn, a long time associate and collaborator with U2 was directing that project. Our friends at U2Tour.de recently reported that Corbijn had spoken about an upcoming U2 film with a German newspaper where it was suggested it may be a tour documentary. Over at U2Achtung.Com they’ve recently mentioned rumours that The Joshua Tree 2017 film would be out around Christmastime of this year, and we can confirm we have been told by reputable sources that it is likely that the film release will happen in late November 2018. If a Joshua Tree 2017 film is planned for this fall, it is likely that any film of the eXPERIENCE and iNNOCENCE tour would be held for release at a later date. The eXPERIENCE and iNNOCENCE tour is currently scheduled to go until early November 2018.


IMAGE: Cameras at Washington DC 1: In the Stands(Click to enlarge)

Information is still scattered about what exactly has been filmed, or why. We do know Hamish Hamilton was involved, but he has also been involved in shooting material for non-home video releases in the past. And just because U2 films a show, does not mean that it will be released. In 1997, three concerts were filmed, including Edmonton, Rotterdam and Mexico City. Only the final show was released to home video, while the other material was used for promotional footage. More recently filming notices were up at a concert in Amsterdam on the 2017 tour, however, in this case the band was filming a promotional video, and not a full release, but that footage has never been released.

Many thanks to Jason, Bijan, Shawn, David and Alison for their assistance with this article.


IMAGE: Cameras at Washington DC 1: In the Crowd (Click to enlarge)

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Love is Bigger: VibePosse Interview

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-06-18)

Originally Published: June 18, 2018 | Updated: July 24, 2018

VibePosse is an alias for a producer from Southern California, who has recently remixed “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” for U2. The mix, the “VibePosse Dub” was released in the third package of remixes sent out for promotion on May 15, 2018. To date this remix has not been made commercially available.

VibePosse’s remix of “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” can be heard in full below, our interview will follow.

It was our pleasure to talk to VibePosse in regards to working with U2, their mix, and career.

What can you tell us about VibePosse?

VibePosse: VibePosse is a new brand developed to hone in on the sound that reflects what I’ve been producing and DJ’ing, with no static from any of the projects I’ve been involved with in the past. I’m from Mexico, but based in Southern California with 15+ years of industry experience.

Maybe you could tell our audience about some of the artists you have remixed?
 
VibePosse: As VibePosse I am debuting my remixing efforts with this fabulous project opportunity, which is an honor in itself. Being approved and selected takes it to another level.

Are you a U2 fan? Do you have a favorite U2 remix?

VibePosse: Definitely a fan of U2 – who isn’t?! As far as a favorite remix, last year’s remix by Afrojack of “Get Out Of Your Own Way” was quite unique and rocking.

Is this your first time working with U2?

VibePosse: Yes it is.

How did you get involved in the remix for “Love is Bigger”? When were you first approached? How did the band hear about you?

VibePosse: My remix management team at Citrusonic Los Angeles worked their magic, but ultimately the band made the approval. 

Did you get both the vocals and the instrument stems for your mix?

VibePosse: I only received the vocals – which I have always preferred because it allows a remixer to take the track on as if it was an original with no influence from the original tracks sound or instrumentation.

What was the process for getting the mix approved? When did you know it would be released?

VibePosse: As you can imagine, it’s a fun waiting process. But the whole process was about 4 months.

Did you do multiple versions of the mix? Or was it just the one? If you did multiple mixes, why do you feel the one released stands out?

VibePosse: Just one version was worked on, but it was one that morphed a few times as far as the elements used and the energy behind it. The completed project turned out the OG mix and a dub version with very minimal use of the vocals.

Did what U2 gave you to start with work right from the start? Or did you have to put a lot of work into it to get to the final mix?

VibePosse: The vocals I received were perfect to work with. The only challenging part was selecting what to pick because when dealing with a tech house track, it’s not typical to have it filled with vocals as is in the pop world. 

Was any guidance given as to what sort of mix the band wanted?

VibePosse: No. And that was the nice part about this project. With the tech house and techno movement taking a leading edge in the electronic dance music world presently, it was a great surprise to be able to present the original take on this with no limitations. Just an understanding of how to bring together the pop world with the underground. 

Most releases are digital-only these days. U2 fans are always complaining about the death of the commercial single. Are you aware of any plans to do a physical release with these “Love is Bigger” remixes?

VibePosse: You never know! I’d love to have this on vinyl tho!

Have you seen the video released for “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way”? What are your thoughts on the video?

VibePosse: It’s amazing! Really took a chance to being an empowering music video with a message and not just another template ‘cool’ factor video.

If you had an opportunity to go back to U2’s entire catalog and remix any track which would you pick?

VibePosse: “Staring at the Sun” for sure. Their use of trippy electronic like sounds from the intro on really leaves the possibility open for some fun reworking.

If you had an opportunity to remix any current or past artist, do you have someone in mind you’d love to remix?

VibePosse: Carl Cox for the more Commercially “known” Underground Artist and…Camelphat – I’ve been a fan of theirs before the “Cola” explosion. 

What projects do you have coming up?

VibePosse: Presently working on a few originals prepping for release and finalizing a fresh reboot to my weekly radio show on @DashRadio, “TechnoLogic” which airs Saturday nights at Midnight and Wednesdays at 2pm

For more information about VibePosse, and their upcoming projects you can find information on Facebook, Instagram and on Twitter. We also have some of our mixes on Soundcloud.

This is our fifth interview with the DJs and producers involved remixing “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way.” For the other interviews please see the links below:

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U2 at the Apollo Pre-Show Songs

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-06-17)

On June 11, 2018, U2 performed at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York. The concert was sponsored by SiriusXM as part of their The U2 Experience broadcast. Attendees to the show were invited through a variety of contests including:

  • A contest through U2.Com where you signed up through the website for admission
  • A contest through U2.Com where you posted a photo of yourself in a vintage T-shirt on Facebook or Twitter
  • A contest on Sirius where you had to be the 10th caller when you heard Angel of Harlem
  • A contest on Sirius where any subscriber could sign up for a chance to win

The venue holds 1506 people. For the event, the chairs in the lower bowl of the theatre were removed, which hasn’t been done for other acts in the past. The Apollo is the theatre featured in U2’s video for “Angel of Harlem” filmed in 1988. This was the first time U2 performed as a group in the building.

As we like to do, we kept track of the music that was heard over the PA prior to the show starting. Once again we have a playlist available on Spotify if you would like to hear these songs. The songs played were by three different artists, Amy Winehouse, Kendrick Lamar, and Gil Scott-Heron. Gil Scott-Heron is joined by Jamie XX on a couple of tracks, and Kendrick Lamar is joined by U2 on one track, and Rihanna on another.

The full pre-show list is as follows:

  • Humble – Kendrick Lamar
  • Rehab – Amy Winehouse
  • I’m New Here – Gil Scott-Heron
  • XXX – Kendrick Lamar featuring U2
  • Me & Mr Jones – Amy Winehouse
  • NY Is Killing Me – Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie XX
  • Loyalty – Kendrick Lamar featuring Rihanna
  • DNA – Kendrick Lamar
  • Tears Dry On Their Own – Amy Winehouse
  • The Crutch – Gil Scott-Heron
  • Love – Kendrick Lamar
  • Piano Player – Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie XX
  • Fear – Kendrick Lamar

Attendees were let into the theater at 7:30, and the pre-show music ran for approximately an hour before U2 took the stage. U2 took the stage with little fan fare and it was a few seconds after Larry and Adam were on the stage that the majority of people realized they had even come to the stage.

A line up for the concert started early in the afternoon, with Apollo Security setting up around 4pm to keep the line organized. Fans in line were asked to show their ID in line, at which point they would receive a lanyard and pass, and a stamp that said “APOLLO” on the hand if of drinking age. Some fans, winners of contests through U2.Com were also given a playing card, that was later traded in for a ticket stub and red wristband. The wristbands were red, white, or black, and denoted different access to the venue (the black included the after party for instance). Those who received the card were also able to get into a line that entered the venue earlier than the line without the cards. One could also take the ticket stub to a merchandise desk and get it punched, and in return one would get a special event T-Shirt.

If you have interest in other pre-show music, we have articles going back to 1997’s PopMart tour, which are available on our Tour Songs special feature. Each includes a playlist on Spotify.

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Three New U2 Vinyl Releases July 27

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-06-14)

Update: July 30, 2018: Although we were originally told that the new pressings of Achtung Baby and Zooropa would use the audio mix from 2011, this is not the case and these discs are new remasters for 2018.

As we told you back in March, July will see the release of The Best Of 1980 – 1990 on vinyl, and shops have begun to take pre-orders for that release. We can also reveal some additional information.

Three different releases are coming out, joining The Best of 1980 – 1990 are new vinyl pressings of Achtung Baby and Zooropa. These will both be released on July 27 as well. All three are now listed on Amazon in the UK:

Achtung Baby and Zooropa will both be a 2-disc set using the same mix as the 2011 pressing. (NOTE: See update above, a new mix has been used for these.) The Best of 1980 – 1990 will also be a 2-disc set, but mastering information is not available at this time. Although we have provided links to the Amazon UK store, these releases will be sold worldwide, and if you were able to buy the releases of All That You Can’t Leave Behind, Pop, and Wide Awake in America earlier this year on vinyl, you should be able to buy these as well in the same retail outlets. These are not limited releases, so if you do not see them in your preferred shop yet, don’t panic, they should be listed at some point through the week.

All three releases will have updated catalog numbers and UPC information which will distinguish these from older pressings on vinyl. It has been confirmed that these releases will contain download codes like the releases earlier this year did. All three pressings will be on black vinyl, at 180 gram weight.

There will be additional tracks on the vinyl for some of these releases, further making them different from the original releases. Achtung Baby will not have any additional tracks. Zooropa will feature “Lemon (The Perfecto Mix)” and “Numb (Gimme Some More Dignity Mix)” as bonus tracks on the second side of the second disc. The Best of 1980 – 1990 will include “One Tree Hill” on the vinyl between “All I Want is You” and “October” as it did when originally released.

Achtung Baby was reissued on vinyl in 2011 for the 20th anniversary of that album, in a box set. That release was a box set featured Achtung Baby on two discs and contained two additional discs with remixes and additional tracks from the period, with coloured vinyl for the remixes and black vinyl for the main album. At the time it was not released as a stand alone pressing. Both Achtung Baby and Zooropa have been heavily bootlegged in recent years, so please use caution when ordering from online retailers that you are ordering the upcoming official release and not one of the bootlegs. Most of the bootlegged pressings come in a variety of different coloured vinyls.

Vinyl has grown to be a big industry in recent years, and is one format of music where there is growth in sales year after year. Universal has been pressing U2 vinyl over the last few years to meet the growing demand for this format. All of U2’s catalog will now be in print in vinyl format by Universal Music with the exception of Rattle and Hum, No Line on the Horizon, The Best of 1990 – 2000, and Original Soundtracks 1. We are told Rattle and Hum will be released on, or near, October 12, 2018 for the 30th anniversary of that album. This new release will be using the remaster used for the 2017 MFiT program, overseen by the Edge. When asked if there would be other releases to support the 30th anniversary of that album we were not provided with any information. Both No Line on the Horizon and The Best of 1990 – 2000 are expected to be available in the near future, but no firm release date has been given. We are told these may follow next April.

We will update this article as new information is revealed such as catalog information.

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The U2 Experience on Sirius

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-06-01)

Today at noon, Eastern time, Sirius XM introduced the world to The U2 Experience, the start of 30 days of programming on a dedicated U2 station. The station is playing around the clock U2 music, and it started with a twelve hour block of programming. Included is a number of studio songs, live cuts, and these are mixed with interviews, and occasional advertising for Sirius’s U2 programming including their “Live at the Apollo” concert being held on June 11, and being aired on Sirius on June 13.

In the first eight hours of programming the show featured 66% album tracks, songs that featured on the studio albums. The show also featured 17% live songs from sources that are rare (U2.Communication) to more common (Under a Blood Red Sky). 15% of the songs heard were B-Sides and non-album songs, such as “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me”. Finally two songs have been heard that are not credited to U2 at all. First up was Bono’s version of “Can’t Help Falling in Love” that had been featured on the “Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses” CD Single, and second was the LMC vs U2 song, “Take Me to the Clouds Above” which features the lyrics from Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know” over a sample from U2.

Throughout the first eight hours, there were few repeats to be heard. Only “Beautiful Day,” “Gloria”, “Mysterious Way” and “Sometimes You Can’t Make it on Your Own” were heard to repeat.

The programming for the week coming for this channel does list one special that repeats a number of times through the week. That special is “Larry Mullen Jr Special.” It’s an hour long chunk of programming that is described as “Hear Larry Mullen Jr and U2 audio director Joe O’Herlihy reminisce about U2’s early touring, crafting the band’s live sound and more. Exclusively on the U2 Experience, Sirius XM Channel 30.” The Larry Mullen Jr Special airs on June 4 from 6-7pm, June 5 from 7-8am, June 6 from 12noon-1pm, June 7 from 11pm to midnight, and June 8 from 3-4pm. There is no other special programming listed for the first week, and the programming for the remainder of the week just lists “The U2 Experience” for content.

However, we do know that there will be additional content coming on Wednesday, June 13. On that day, Sirius XM will be broadcasting the concert from the Apollo Theatre that is being held on June 11.

Mixed in with the songs are a series of interview clips, most of which have been heard to repeat over the first couple of days. These are done by Adam, Bono and The Edge. So far in the first two days Larry Mullen has not been part of this, but they could be saving his interview for the hour long special debuting next week. Edge is being heard most frequently, with Bono not far behind. Adam is being heard far less than Bono or The Edge to date. There are also clips about individual songs from the new album, including one for “Book of Your Heart”.

The following is a breakdown of the full songs played for the first two days of programming, where the origin of a track may be unknown we’ve tried to include some information:

First Two Hours (12 Noon ET – 2pm ET)

  • Beautiful Day
  • I Will Follow (2008 Remaster)
  • Stuck in a Moment (Live, 10.30.09, New York, with Mick Jagger) (From Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concerts Release)
  • In God’s Country
  • Mysterious Ways
  • Sometimes You Can’t Make it on Your Own
  • Gloria
  • Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way
  • Sunday Bloody Sunday (Live, 7.4.87, Paris) (From Live from Paris)
  • Lemon
  • Cedarwood Road
  • I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
  • Elevation
  • New Year’s Day (Japan Edit) (From The Best of 1980 – 1990)
  • Acrobat
  • Vertigo (Live, 5.10.05, Chicago) (From U2.Communication)
  • No Line on the Horizon
  • Bad (Edited)
  • Invisible (RED) Edit
  • Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me
  • You’re The Best Thing About Me
  • Bullet the Blue Sky (Live, 9.28.87, New York) (From The Joshua Tree 2017 Edition)
  • Zoo Station
  • When I Look at the World

Hour Three and Four (2pm ET – 4pm ET)

  • Pride (Live, Denver, 11.08.87) (From Rattle and Hum)
  • Numb
  • Unchained Melody
  • Even Better Than the Real Thing (Live, Sydney, 11.27.93) (From Zoo TV Live)
  • Song for Someone (Acoustic Sessions) (From Songs of Innocence Deluxe)
  • So Cruel
  • One Tree Hill
  • Lights of Home
  • Electrical Storm (William Orbit Mix)
  • Get on Your Boots (Live, Foxborough, 9.20.09) (From From the Ground Up)
  • The Unforgettable Fire
  • Walk On
  • The Fly
  • Where the Streets Have No Name
  • A Man and a Woman
  • All Along the Watchtower (Live, Dublin, 12.31.89) (From The Complete U2)
  • Zooropa
  • Everlasting Love
  • I’ll Go Crazy if I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight
  • Until the End of the World
  • Love is All We Have Left
  • I Will Follow (Live, Hattem, 5.14.82)
  • The Saints are Coming (with Green Day)

Hour Five and Six (4pm ET – 6pm ET)

  • Gone (2002 Mix)
  • With or Without You
  • Dancing Barefoot (Extended)
  • Two Hearts Beat as One
  • The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)
  • Staring at the Sun (Live, Rotterdam, 7.18.97) (From PopHeart)
  • All Because of You
  • Red Hill Mining Town
  • Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
  • Wild Honey
  • Summer of Love
  • Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (with Paul McCartney)
  • Fire (2008 Remaster)
  • Xanax and Wine (From Medium, Rare, Remastered)
  • One
  • Love Comes Tumbling
  • Angel of Harlem
  • Daddy’s Gonna Pay for Your Crashed Car
  • A Sort of Homecoming (Live) (From Wide Awake in America)
  • New York
  • Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
  • Race Against Time
  • Sometimes You Can’t Make it on Your Own
  • Red Flag Day
  • “40” (Live, St. Goarhausen, 8.20.83) (From Under a Blood Red Sky)
  • Ordinary Love

Hour Seven and Eight (6pm ET – 8pm ET)

  • Window in the Skies
  • When Love Comes to Town
  • Last Night on Earth
  • Sunday Bloody Sunday
  • Tryin’ To Throw Your Arms Around the World
  • In God’s Country (Live, 9.28.87, New York City) (From The Joshua Tree 2017 Edition)
  • Kite
  • Mysterious Ways
  • Every Breaking Wave
  • Magnificent
  • The Showman (Much More Better)
  • 11 O’Clock Tick Tock (Live, London, 9.22.80) (From the Deluxe edition of Boy)
  • Stay (Faraway, So Close!)
  • Trip Through Your Wires
  • Vertigo
  • Can’t Help Falling in Love – Bono
  • Beautiful Day
  • The Three Sunrises
  • Elevation (Live, Chicago, 5.10.05) (From U2.Communication)
  • God Part II
  • Numb
  • Take Me to the Clouds Above – LMC vs U2
  • Running to Stand Still
  • Landlady
  • New Year’s Day (Live, Sydney, 11.27.93) (From Zoo TV Live)
  • Paint it Black
  • Moment of Surrender

Hour Nine and Ten (8pm ET – 10pm ET)

  • Gloria (2008 Remaster)
  • In A Little While
  • Desire
  • One Step Closer
  • Because the Night (Live, 10.30.09, New York, with B. Springsteen / P. Smith) (From Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert Release)
  • Out of Control (2008 Remaster)
  • Even Better Than the Real Thing
  • Exit
  • Discotheque (2002 Mix)
  • The Blackout
  • I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (Live, Paris, 7.4.87)
  • Get On Your Boots
  • California (There is No End to Love)
  • Bullet the Blue Sky
  • Fortunate Son
  • Angel of Harlem
  • Babyface
  • Cry / The Electric Co. (Live, Boston, 3.6.81)
  • Silver and Gold – Bono (Solo)
  • Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of
  • Blow Your House Down
  • Wire
  • 13 (There is a Light)
  • MacPhisto Speech (Live, Sydney, 1993) – listed as “Lemon” but did not play song
  • Helter Skelter (Live, Denver, 11.8.87)
  • Levitate
  • Sweetest Thing (Original Mix)

Day One: 10pm ET – 12 Midnight ET

  • No Line on the Horizon
  • Red Hill Mining Town (Original)
  • Always
  • Auld Lang Syne / Where the Streets Have No Name (Live, Dublin, 12.31.89)
  • City of Blinding Lights
  • Pride (Live, Denver, 11.8.87)
  • Native Son
  • Zoo Station
  • Book of Your Heart
  • All Because of You (Live, Brooklyn, 11.22.04)
  • Song for Someone
  • Some Days are Better Than Others
  • I Will Follow (2008 Remaster)
  • Please
  • Walk On
  • Big Girls Are Best
  • An Cat Dubh / Into the Heart (Live, Boston, 3.6.81)
  • Electrical Storm (William Orbit Mix)
  • Everlasting Love
  • Original of the Species
  • Fire (2008 Remaster)
  • Love is All We Have Left
  • Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me (Live, Santiago, 3.25.11)
  • One Tree Hill
  • Unknown Caller
  • Two Hearts Beat as One
  • Miss Sarajevo

June 2, 2018 12 Midnight ET – 2am ET

  • Bad
  • North and South of the River
  • Mercy (Live, Brussels, 9.22.10)
  • “Baby” The Fly
  • With Or Without You
  • Miami
  • Peace on Earth
  • Party Girl (Live, 6.5.83)
  • Dancing Barefoot (Extended)
  • Mothers of the Disappeared
  • “Baby” Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
  • Sometimes You Can’t Make it On Your Own
  • New Year’s Day (Single Edit)
  • Numb (Live, Sydney, 11.27.93)
  • Ordinary Love
  • When Love Comes to Town
  • Volcano
  • Love Comes Tumbling
  • American Soul
  • Love Rescue Me (Live, Dublin, 12.31.89)
  • Last Night on Earth
  • Hawkmoon 269

June 2, 2018 2am EST – 4 am ET

  • “Baby” Mysterious Ways
  • New York
  • Sunday Bloody Sunday
  • The First Time
  • Magnificent (Live, Zurich, 9.11.2010)
  • The Wanderer
  • Vertigo
  • Lady With the Spinning Head
  • A Sort of Homecoming
  • You’re The Best Thing About Me
  • Running to Stand Still (Live, New York, 9.28.87)
  • The Saints are Coming
  • A Room at the Heartbreak Hotel (Edit)
  • Beautiful Day
  • Discotheque (2002 Mix)
  • Bullet the Blue Sky
  • Mofo
  • Gimme Shelter (Live, New York, 09) (with Mick Jagger, Fergie, Will.i.am)
  • Zooropa
  • Gloria (2008 Remaster)
  • Iris (Hold Me Close)
  • Kite
  • Lights of Home
  • One (Live, Slane, 9.1.01)
  • Surrender
  • Miracle Drug
  • “Baby” Even Better than the Real Thing
  • Get on Your Boots
  • Desire

June 2, 2018: 4AM ET – 6AM ET

  • United Colours (Passengers)
  • All Along the Watchtower (Live, Dublin, 12.31.89)
  • Can’t Help Falling in Love – Bono
  • I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
  • Here’s to You Ronnie Drew (U2 with Kila, Corrs, etc)
  • The Unforgettable Fire
  • Summer of Love
  • Until the End of the World
  • Unchained Melody
  • Salome
  • Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of
  • Lemon (Momo’s Reprise)
  • I Will Follow (2008 Remaster)
  • Yahweh
  • Staring at the Sun (Live, Rotterdam, 7.18.97)
  • Silver and Gold (Live, Denver, 11.8.87)
  • Walk On (Edited Version from U218)
  • Near the Island (Instrumental)
  • Wire
  • 13 (There is a Light)
  • Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (with Paul McCartney)
  • “40” (Studio Version)
  • This is Where You Can Reach Me Now
  • Where the Streets Have No Name
  • “Baby” Zoo Station

June 2, 2018: 6AM ET – 8AM ET

  • Pride (Live, Denver, 11.8.87)
  • Breathe
  • An Cat Dubh / Into the Heart (Live, Boston, 3.6.81)
  • Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me
  • Red Hill Mining Town
  • Love is Blindness
  • All Because of You (Alternative Mix) (From Medium Rare Remastered)
  • Book of Your Heart
  • Out of Control (Live, London, 9.29.80)
  • Please
  • Fast Cars
  • Everlasting Love
  • Wild Honey
  • Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
  • The Troubles
  • When Love Comes to Town (Live, Dublin, 12.31.89)
  • No Line on the Horizon (2)
  • Two Hearts Beat as One
  • Dirty Day (Junk Day)
  • Helter Skelter (Live, Denver, 11.8.87)
  • Love is All We Have Left
  • In God’s Country (Live, New York, 9.28.87)
  • The Fly
  • Hands That Built America

June 2, 2018: 8AM ET – 10AM ET

  • Bad (Edited Version)
  • Song for Someone
  • Vertigo
  • Wake Up Dead Man
  • Sunday Bloody Sunday (Live from Auckland 2010) (with Jay-Z)
  • New York
  • Sweetest Thing
  • Spanish Eyes
  • Paint it Black
  • Red Flag Day
  • 11 O’Clock Tick Tock (Live, London, 9.22.80)
  • Sometimes You Can’t Make it On Your Own (Alternate Version from Medium Rare Remastered)
  • Like a Song…
  • Numb
  • Ordinary Love (Extraordinary Mix)
  • New Year’s Day (Japan Single Version) (From U218 Singles)
  • A Man and a Woman
  • Bullet the Blue Sky (Live, Slane, 9.1.01)
  • With or Without You (Live, Slane, 9.1.01)
  • Magnificent
  • Mysterious Ways
  • When I Look at the World
  • Love Comes Tumbling
  • The Showman (Little More Better)
  • One Tree Hill (Live, Dublin, 12.31.89)

June 2, 2018: 10AM ET – 12 NOON ET

  • Electrical Storm (William Orbit Mix)
  • Raised by Wolves
  • Gloria (2008 Remaster)
  • Last Night on Earth
  • Angel of Harlem
  • Grace
  • Because the Night (Live, 10.30.09, New York, with B. Springsteen / P. Smith) (From Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert Release)
  • Surrender
  • Beautiful Day
  • Jesus Christ (From Medium Rare Remastered)
  • “Baby” Until the End of the World
  • The Little Things that Give You Away
  • Trip Through Your Wires (Live, Paris, 7.4.87)
  • Zooropa
  • Always Forever Now – Passengers
  • I Will Follow (Alternate Mix) (From Boy Deluxe Album)
  • City of Blinding Lights
  • Walk On
  • Gone (2002 Mix)
  • Cry / The Electric Co. (Live, Boston, 3.6.81) (From October Deluxe Album)
  • Discotheque
  • Desire
  • Love and Peace or Else
  • Fortunate Son
  • Landlady
  • A Sort of Homecoming (Live, London, 11.15.84) (From The Unforgettable Fire Deluxe Album)

June 2, 2018: 12 NOON ET – 2pm ET

  • Get On Your Boots
  • One Minute Warning – Passengers
  • I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
  • The Saints are Coming (Live from New Orleans) (with Green Day)
  • Even Better than the Real Thing
  • Lucifer’s Hands
  • Where the Streets Have No Name (Live, Rotterdam, 7.18.97)
  • Staring at the Sun
  • Stuck in a Moment (Acoustic)
  • Hallelujah, Here She Comes
  • Peace on Earth
  • The Blackout
  • Pride (Live, New York City, 9.28.87)
  • The Wanderer (with Johnny Cash)
  • A Celebration
  • One
  • Running to Stand Still
  • Sunday Bloody SUnday
  • Love You Like Mad
  • Elevation (Live, Slane, 9.1.01)
  • Please
  • When Love Comes to Town (Album Mix)
  • Crumbs from Your Table
  • Silver and Gold – Bono (Solo)
  • 13 (There is a Light)
  • An Cat Dubh / Into the Heart (Live, London, 9.29.80)
  • In a Little While

June 2, 2018: 2pm ET – 4pm ET

  • Oh Berlin
  • Red Hill Mining Town
  • All Because of You (Alternative Mix)
  • Seconds
  • Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me (Live, Mexico City, 12.3.97)
  • No Line on the Horizon
  • Everlasting Love
  • Sleep Like a Baby Tonight
  • Trash Trampoline and the Party Girl (October Deluxe)
  • Book of Your Heart
  • Vertigo (Live, Brooklyn, 11.22.04)
  • Kite
  • Desert of Our Love
  • “Baby” Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
  • Sometimes You Can’t Make it on Your Own
  • Two Hearts Beat as One
  • I’m Not Your Baby (with Sinead O’Connor)
  • Star Spangled Banner / Bullet the Blue Sky (Live, Dublin, 12.31.89)
  • Can’t Help Falling in Love – Bono (Solo)
  • Bad (Album Version)
  • Alex Descends into Hell for a Bottle of Milk
  • God Part II
  • Get Out of Your Own Way

June 2, 2018: 4pm ET – 6pm ET

  • Stay (Faraway, So Close!) (Live, Sydney, 11.27.93)
  • Fire (2008 Remaster)
  • Smile
  • Numb (Radio Edit)
  • New York
  • I Will Follow (2008 Remaster)
  • Falling at Your Feet – Bono with Daniel Lanois
  • City of Blinding Lights (Live, Nice, 7.15.09)
  • Ordinary Love (Extraordinary Mix)
  • New Year’s Day (War Album Version)
  • Flower Child
  • Zoo Station
  • American Soul
  • With or Without You (Live, New York, 9.28.1987)
  • Magnificent
  • Neon Lights
  • Mysterious Ways (Best Of Mix)
  • Electrical Storm (Band Version)
  • Desire
  • Satellite of Love
  • Walk On (Live, Slane, 9.1.01)
  • Song for Someone (From Acoustic Sessions)
  • Gloria (2008 Remaster)
  • The Playboy Mansion
  • In God’s Country

June 2, 2018: 6pm ET – 8pm ET

  • You’re the Best Thing (U2 vs Kygo) – U2 (featuring Kygo)
  • Beautiful Day (Live, New York City, 10.30.09)
  • Paint it Black
  • Invisible (RED) Edit
  • Sunday Bloody Sunday
  • Wild Honey
  • One (Featuring Mary J Blige)
  • Stand Up Comedy
  • “40” (Live, Paris, 7.4.87)
  • Dancing Barefoot (Extended)
  • Sweetest Thing
  • Rise Up
  • Miss Sarajevo (Radio Edit)
  • Lights of Home (St Peter’s String Version)
  • I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (Live, Dublin, 12.31.89)
  • Until the End of the World
  • Levitate
  • Where the Streets Have No Name (U2 with the Soweto Gospel Choir)
  • Last Night on Earth
  • Angel of Harlem
  • Cedarwood Road (From the Acoustic Sessions)
  • The Fly
  • A Sort of Homecoming
  • “Baby” Even Better Than the Real Thing
  • Stateless
  • All Along the Watchtower (Live, Rattle and Hum)

June 2, 2018: 8pm ET – 10pm ET

  • Love is All We Have Left
  • Lemon (Live, Mexico City, 12.3.97)
  • The Saints are Coming
  • Angels too Tied to the Ground
  • Vertigo
  • Zooropa
  • Everlasting Love
  • Xanax and Wine
  • Can’t Help Falling in Love (Live, Sydney, 11.27.93)
  • Peace on Earth
  • Pride (In the Name of Love)
  • Where did it all Go Wrong?
  • One Tree Hill Reprise (Brian Eno) (from The Joshua Tree 30th Anniversary release)
  • Summer of Love
  • All Because of You (Live, Brooklyn, 11.22.04)
  • No Line on the Horizon (2)
  • Red Light
  • Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of
  • Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me
  • When Love Comes to Town (Album Version)
  • The Crystal Ballroom
  • Get On Your Boots (Live, Foxborough, 9.20.09)
  • Stay (Faraway So Close)
  • Red Hill Mining Town
  • “Baby” Acrobat
  • Unchained Melody
  • Red Flag Day
  • Bad (Live, Dublin, 12.31.89)
  • Staring at the Sun (2002 Mix)
  • I’ll Go Crazy if I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight

June 2, 2018: 10pm ET – midnight ET

  • I Will Follow (Alternative Mix)
  • Kite
  • New Year’s Day (Single Edit)
  • Take Me to the Clouds Above – LMC vs U2
  • Discotheque (Live, Mexico City, 12.3.97)
  • 11 O’Clock Tick Tock (Long Version)
  • The Wanderer (featuring Johnny Cash)
  • The Showman (Little More Better)
  • Please (Live, Rotterdam, 7.18.97)
  • Trash, Trampoline, and the Party Girl
  • Slug – Passengers
  • Bullet the Blue Sky
  • Elevation
  • Sweetest Thing
  • The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone) (Busker Version)
  • Gloria (Live, 6.5.83)
  • Magnificent
  • Numb (2002 Version)
  • Miracle Drug
  • Silver and Gold (U2 Version)
  • The Little Things that Give You Away
  • Out of Control (Live, Montreal, 7.9.2011)
  • Fortunate Son
  • Fez – Being Born

June 3, 2018: midnight ET – 2am ET

  • Beautiful Day
  • In a Little While (Live, Sao Paulo, 4.9.2011)
  • “Baby” Zoo Station
  • Desire
  • Daddy’s Gonna Pay for Your Crashed Car
  • City of Blinding Lights
  • Landlady
  • Mysterious Ways / Where is the Love (Live, New York, 2009) – U2 / Black Eyed Peas
  • The Unforgettable Fire
  • California (There is No End to Love)
  • With or Without You
  • Paint it Black
  • Walk On (Edited Version) (U218 Singles)
  • Love Comes Tumbling
  • Trip Through Your Wires (Live, Paris, 7.4.87)
  • Sometimes You Can’t Make it on Your Own
  • Sunday Bloody Sunday
  • The Ballad of Ronnie Drew – U2 / Dubliners / Kila etc.
  • God Part II
  • The Blackout
  • Where the Streets Have No Name (Live, Chorzow, 8.6.09)
  • Mofo
  • In God’s Country

June 3, 2018: 2am ET – 4am ET

  • Pride (In the Name of Love)
  • All Because of You
  • Even Better Than the Real Thing
  • Window in the Skies
  • A Sort of Homecoming (Live, London, 11.15.84)
  • Electrical Storm (William Orbit Mix)
  • Everlasting Love
  • Always
  • Fire (2008 Remaster)
  • 13 (There is a Light)
  • One Tree Hill (Live, Auckland, 11.26.10)
  • Song for Someone
  • “Baby” Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
  • I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
  • Miss Sarajevo
  • Vertigo
  • Heartland
  • Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me (Live, Santiago, 3.25.11)
  • New York
  • New Year’s Day (Japanese Single Version) (From Best of 1980 – 1990)
  • Last Night on Earth
  • Book of Your Heart
  • When Love Comes to Town (Live, Dublin, 12.31.89)
  • Until the End of the World
  • I Fall Down (2008 Remaster)
  • Sweetest Thing

June 3, 2018: 4am ET – 6am ET

  • Bullet the Blue Sky
  • Summer Rain
  • Mercy (Live, Brussels, 9.22.10)
  • Dancing Barefoot (Extended)
  • I Will Follow (2008 Remaster)
  • Blow Your House Down
  • Peace on Earth
  • Get Out of Your Own Way
  • Stay (Faraway, So Close!) (Live, Chicago, 7.5.11)
  • Wire
  • Miami
  • Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of
  • The Wanderer (featuring Johnny Cash)
  • Red Hill Mining Town
  • Volcano
  • Numb (Live, Sydney, 11.27.93)
  • Kite
  • Bad (Edited Version)
  • Heaven and Hell
  • The Saints are Coming
  • American Soul
  • Elevation (Live, Chicago, 5.10.05)
  • Trash, Trampoline and the Party Girl
  • Original of the Species
  • Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses

June 3, 2018: 6am ET – 8am ET

  • Get On Your Boots
  • North and South of the River
  • In God’s Country (Live, Paris, 7.4.87)
  • Zooropa
  • Walk On
  • Gone
  • MLK
  • You’re The Best Thing About Me
  • City of Blinding Lights (Live, Chicago, 5.10.05)
  • Unchained Melody
  • Always Forever Now
  • Gloria (2008 Remaster)
  • Zoo Station
  • Pride (In the Name of Love) (Single Version)
  • Iris (Hold Me Close)
  • All Along the Watchtower (Live, Dublin, 12.31.89)
  • Discotheque (2002 Mix)
  • Where the Streets Have No Name
  • Yahweh (Alternate Version)
  • Staring at the Sun
  • Lights of Home
  • With or Without You (Live, Edmonton, 6.14.97)
  • 11 O’Clock Tick Tock (Single Version)
  • Beautiful Day
  • Deep in the Heart

June 3, 2018: 8am ET – 10am ET

  • Ordinary Love
  • Angel of Harlem
  • Fast Cars
  • Helter Skelter (Live, Denver, 11.8.87)
  • Magnificent
  • Two Hearts Beat as One
  • Some Days Are Better Than Others
  • Out of Control (2008 Remaster)
  • Love is All We Have Left
  • The Fly (Live, Chicago, 5.10.05)
  • In A Little While
  • 4th of July
  • Bullet the Blue Sky
  • Amazing Grace – U2 with the Soweto Gospel Choir
  • One
  • This is Where You Can Reach Me Now
  • October (Live, London, 12.6.82)
  • Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me
  • Sunday Bloody Sunday
  • Van Diemen’s Land
  • Sometimes You Can’t Make it On Your Own
  • Summer of Love
  • Vertigo (Live, Perth 12.18.10)
  • Wild Honey
  • Everlasting Love
  • I’m Not Your Baby (with Sinead O’Connor)
  • The Unforgettable Fire
  • Even Better Than the Real Thing

June 3, 2018: 10am ET – 12 noon ET

  • Another Day (Single Version)
  • No Line on the Horizon 2
  • I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
  • Native Son
  • Electrical Storm (Band Version)
  • Red Flag Day
  • Can’t Help Falling in Love (Live, Sydney, 11.27.93)
  • Wire
  • Neon Lights
  • Numb
  • SIlver and Gold – Bono (Solo)
  • Sweetest Thing (Original Mix)
  • Love Rescue Me
  • All Because of You (LIve, Brooklyn, 11.22.04)
  • Last Night on Earth
  • I Will Follow (Alternate Mix)
  • Indian Summer Sky
  • Paint it Black
  • The Showman (Little More Better)
  • Get On Your Boots (Live, Foxborough, 9.20.09)
  • Love Comes Tumbling
  • Breathe
  • Desire
  • Song for Someone (From Acoustic Sessions)
  • Walk On (Edited Version) (U218)
  • Down all the Days
  • Bad (Live, Paris, 7.4.87)

That takes us up to the noon of the third day of The U2 Experience. No unreleased material has been heard at all in the first 2 days, but plenty of harder to find tracks from fan club releases and The Complete U2 which is no longer available have appeared.

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The Evolution of an Intermission

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-05-29)

Since the Innocence + Experience tour has debuted in Tulsa, Oklahoma on May 2, U2 have used “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me” as the intermission between acts. The version we hear played over the PA is a newly recorded version by Gavin Friday, featuring additional vocals by Régine Chassagne, one of the musicians from Arcade Fire. The recorded piece includes Gavin reciting “The Sick Rose” from Blake’s Songs of Experience, before starting to sing.


AUDIO: Gavin’s version of “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me” as posted on Soundcloud by ArcadeFireTube

The audio is accompanied by an animated video showing us U2 leaving Cedarwood Road, and making their way to the big city, gaining some superpowers along the way. The video has not been stagnant and a number of changes have been identified to date. We have to stop to give thanks to Beth (bethandbono), who has shared our enthusiasm for looking for these changes and who has helped lead us to some of these changes.

The Cities

Each night towards the end of the video, the limo that U2 is in pulls up to the city that they are in. A conversation is seen from the interior of the car:

“Where are we anyway?”
“Is this heaven?”
“Or Las Vegas?”

This portion has been the same each night. The response however has been changed each night. In Tulsa for instance it was “Can you drop us off in Tulsa on your way home?” and in St. Louis it was “Can you drop us off in St Louis on your way home?” Each night they’ve used the name of the city that the band has been in. Tulsa, St Louis, L.A., Omaha, Chicago, and Nashville have all been seen on the screen to date. But for Las Vegas the response was different, the response in that city was “No this is definitely Las Vegas.”


IMAGE: U2’s Car Stops in Vegas (Courtesy of U2Wanderer)

The Superpowers

We see MacPhisto on screen giving superpowers to the young members of U2 (or is it his partner, Wormwood?) Initially these powers were “Style” for Bono, “Strength” for Larry, “Ambition” for Adam, and “God-Like Talent” for The Edge. Each power is associated with an object. Bono gets golden sunglasses, Larry gets a golden belt buckle that says “Eternal Youth”, Adam gets a set of golden wings, and the Edge gets a golden hat and golden guitar.

There was no change in this portion of the show in the early shows. But in Chicago on May 22, Larry’s superpower is no longer “Strength”, and now it is “Stamina” that is seen on the screen. This has remained “Stamina” since that switch has been made.

The Icons

After U2 get their “gifts” they fly into the clouds, and we see a number of icons appear on the screen. Initially these included:

  • The MacPhisto logo used to promote “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me”
  • The bee hive for “Wild Honey” from All That You Can’t Leave Behind
  • The eye with a single tear for “When You Look at the World” from All That You Can’t Leave Behind
  • The satellite dish used on Zoo TV
  • The apple for “New York” from All That You Can’t Leave Behind
  • The flying dove for “Grace” from All That You Can’t Leave Behind
  • The television used on Zoo TV
  • The plus symbol used on merchandise for How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
  • The bomb used on the Vertigo Tour
  • The spaceman, Cosmo, surrounded by stars used on the Zooropa album
  • The target used on the Vertigo Tour and How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb album
  • The heart used on a ladies T-shirt to promote How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
  • The peace symbol used on the Vertigo Tour
  • The lemon with an orbiting shopping cart used on the PopMart tour

All of the icons used were used between 1991 (Zoo TV) and 2004 (Vertigo) and earlier icons like the white flag, Joshua tree, or later icons like those used on U2360 onwards are not included. These icons are not animated, and are dark grey on a greyish background for these early shows of the tour. All of the icons with the exception of the bee hive, the eye and the apple can be seen in our title bar above.

Starting with the show in Las Vegas, on May 11, these icons are now coloured gold instead of the dark grey causing them to pop off the screen much better. They also have added some animation to these icons so the icons appear to spin around on the screen as opposed to early shows where they were just flat on the screen. The same icons are used as listed above.

Starting in Los Angeles these sequence gets additional footage added. A shimmering mirror ball lemon is added to the right side of the screen, and in behind in the distance you can see the PopMart arch and speaker bank. Both of these items are larger than the icons mentioned below. The mirror ball lemon spins and sparkles and you can see some of the other objects reflected in it.


IMAGE: The Icons, grey, then yellow, then red (Screen grabs from terrorsittich, u2wanderer, and fly0926)

The other icons mentioned above are all still present. (Including the other lemon, the one with the orbiting shopping cart, so now there are two lemons on screen) There is one other change to these icons that happened after the Las Vegas show. The target that is used for Vertigo is no longer gold, but is now red, and really stands out being the only red object on the screen. This could be seen from Los Angeles onward.

Changes to Date

  • Each City: City Name
  • May 11: “No this is definitely Las Vegas”
  • May 11: Icons become gold and are animated
  • May 15: Vertigo icon becomes red, disco ball Lemon and PopMart arch added.
  • May 22: Larry’s superpower switches from Strength to Stamina

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Read By Wolves (The #U2eiTour Edition)

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-05-29)

Originally published: May 4, 2018 | Last Updated: June 26, 2018

Throughout the 2015 iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour, there was a piece in the show where Bono would throw books into the audience, often tearing them up and throwing them to the crowd in pieces. This occurred between “Raised by Wolves” and “Until The End of the World” each evening. In the video during “Song for Someone”, young Bono is seen reading books (portrayed by Bono’s son Eli) and this footage is still played in the new tour. Then we see the older Bono later tearing apart books. Often Bono would kneel, and “read” from a book, before throwing it. And in 2015 we tracked the books that we were able to track, in the first part of this story.


Bono Throws Alice in Wonderland (New York 6, July 27, 2015)

The books are often laid out in advance on the stage making it possible for fans to see the book titles before the show. Throughout the 2015 tour we identified books by Dylan Thomas, C.S. Lewis, Dante, Oscar Wilde, and Alan Ginsberg. Again in 2018, the books have returned to the stage. They can be seen around the e-stage as well as on the sides of the catwalk between the two stages.

Below you can find the books we’ve been able to identify for the current tour. If you have any additional information, please let us know via contact(at)u2wanderer.org.

Tulsa, OK, May 2, 2018

  • “Howl and Other Poems” (Pocket Poets Series) – Allen Ginsburg
  • “The Inferno” (Signet Classics) – Dante Alighieri
  • “The Vision, or Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise of Dante Alighieri” – Dante Alighieri
  • “Lord of the Flies” – William Golding
  • “The Screwtape Letters” – C.S. Lewis
  • “Ulysses” – James Joyce
  • “A Clockwork Orange” – Anthony Burgess
  • “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass” – Lewis Carroll
  • “The Master and Margarita” – Mikhail Bulgakov
  • “Left Behind” – Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins

St. Louis, MO, May 4, 2018

  • “Left Behind” – Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
  • “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass” – Lewis Carroll
  • “Ulysses” – James Joyce
  • “The Island of Adventure” – Enid Blyton

San Jose, CA, May 7, 2018

  • “The Screwtape Letters” – C.S. Lewis
  • “Left Behind” – Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
  • “The Inferno” – Dante Alighieri
  • “Howl and Other Poems” – Allen Ginsburg
  • “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass” – Lewis Carroll
  • “Ulysses” – James Joyce
  • “The Wolves of Willoughby Chase” – Joan Aiken

San Jose, CA, May 8, 2018

  • “Howl and Other Poems” – Allen Ginsburg
  • “The Master and Margarita” – Mikhail Bulgakov

Las Vegas, NV, May 11, 2018

  • “Ulysses” – James Joyce
  • “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass” – Lewis Carroll
  • “Howl and Other Poems” – Allen Ginsburg
  • “A Clockwork Orange” – Anthony Burgess
  • “The Wolves of Willoughby Chase” – Joan Aiken

Las Vegas, NV, May 12, 2018

  • “Left Behind” – Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
  • “The Master and Margarita” – Mikhail Bulgakov
  • “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass” – Lewis Carroll
  • “Ulysses” – James Joyce
  • “The Inferno” – Dante Alighieri
  • “The Tower” – W.B. Yeats
  • “The Wolves of Willoughby Chase” – Joan Aiken
  • “A Clockwork Orange” – Anthony Burgess
  • “The Winding Stair and Other Poems” – W.B. Yeats

Los Angeles, May 15, 2018

  • “The Wolves of Willoughby Chase” – Joan Aiken
  • “A Clockwork Orange” – Anthony Burgess

Omaha, May 19, 2018

  • “The Master and Margarita” – Mikhail Bulgakov
  • “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass” – Lewis Carroll
  • “Ulysses” – James Joyce
  • “The Inferno” – Dante Alighieri

Chicago, May 22, 2018

  • “The Wolves of Willoughby Chase” – Joan Aiken
  • “A Clockwork Orange” – Anthony Burgess
  • “The Inferno” – Dante Alighieri
  • “The Tower” – W.B. Yeats
  • “The Master and Margarita” – Mikhail Bulgakov
  • “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass” – Lewis Carroll
  • “Ulysses” – James Joyce

Chicago, May 23, 2018

Nashville, May 26, 2018

  • “The Master and Margarita” – Mikhail Bulgakov
  • “The Tower” – W.B. Yeats
  • “The Inferno” – Dante Alighieri
  • “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass” – Lewis Carroll

Atlanta, May 28, 2018

  • “The Wolves of Willoughby Chase” – Joan Aiken
  • “A Clockwork Orange” – Anthony Burgess
  • “The Master and Margarita” – Mikhail Bulgakov
  • “The Tower” – W.B. Yeats
  • “The Inferno” – Dante Alighieri
  • “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass” – Lewis Carroll
  • “Ulysses” – James Joyce

Montreal, June 5, 2018

  • “The Inferno” – Dante Alighieri
  • “The Master and Margarita” – Mikhail Bulgakov
  • “The Tower” – W.B. Yeats
  • “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass” – Lewis Carroll
  • “Ulysses” – James Joyce
  • “The Winding Stair and Other Poems” – W.B. Yeats
  • “Howl and Other Poems” – Allen Ginsburg

Montreal, June 6, 2018

  • “The Inferno” – Dante Alighieri
  • “The Master and Margarita” – Mikhail Bulgakov
  • “The Tower” – W.B. Yeats
  • “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass” – Lewis Carroll
  • “Ulysses” – James Joyce

Uniondale, June 9, 2018
Philadelphia, June 13, 2018

Philadelphia, June 14, 2018

  • “Left Behind” – Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins

Washington DC, June 17, 2018
Washington DC, June 18, 2018
Boston, June 21, 2018

  • “The Wolves of Willoughby Chase” – Joan Aiken
  • “A Clockwork Orange” – Anthony Burgess
  • “The Master and Margarita” – Mikhail Bulgakov
  • “The Tower” – W.B. Yeats
  • “The Inferno” – Dante Alighieri
  • “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass” – Lewis Carroll
  • “Ulysses” – James Joyce
  • “A Coney Island of the Mind” – Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Boston, June 22, 2018

  • “The Wolves of Willoughby Chase” – Joan Aiken
  • “A Clockwork Orange” – Anthony Burgess
  • “The Master and Margarita” – Mikhail Bulgakov
  • “The Tower” – W.B. Yeats
  • “The Inferno” – Dante Alighieri
  • “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass” – Lewis Carroll
  • “Ulysses” – James Joyce

New York City, June 25, 2018

How do they get the books? Well, they order them in advance:


Did you see books at the show? Did you catch one or see them on the stage? Let us know by email (contact @ u2wanderer.org ), or on Twitter.

Special thanks to Amber, Peggy, Shawn, Oliver, Eduardo, Erin, Kelly, Jean Paul, Ria, V, Chris, Jim T., and Mrs. Mullen.

And here’s a short video of Bono kicking some of these books from the stage as he travels down the connecting catwalk:


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“Love is Bigger” Direct-to-Acetate at Third Man

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-05-28)

Last night U2 popped by Third Man Records in Nashville, TN, and recorded a new version of “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” for a future release on limited vinyl. Bono told fans the band had also recorded “Red Flag Day,” and fans outside the store confirm that it could be heard. The video of the band working on “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” was live streamed on Facebook, with the note, “When you think you’re done, you’ve just begun…’ Down at Jack White’s @thirdmanrecords in Nashville, recording a live version of ‘Love is bigger than anything in its way…’ Special limited edition vinyl coming soon. Thank you #Nashville #MusicCity #U2 #U2eiTour #U2SongsOfExperience”

Over on Twitter the message was slightly different:


So there’s a limited release coming soon. And this version of “Love is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way” was the first ever direct-to-acetate live recording in the Third Man Records Storefront.

What does that mean?

The “Direct-to-Acetate” process is something that Third Man Records revived in 2013. On June 25, 2013, Third Man released three singles recorded this way, one each by The Shins, The Kills and Seasick Steve. Each had been recorded in October 2013 using the Third Man direct-to-acetate recording process. The songs are recorded live, and mixed in real time by a sound engineer, and instantly cut to vinyl. Since those 2013 singles, Third Man has released a number of other direct-to-acetate recordings, including singles by Pokey LaFarge, Shabazz Palace, The Melvins, Death from Above 1979 and Jack Johnson.

Third Man released a video of Seasick Steve recording direct to Acetate for the launch of these direct-to-acetate recordings. You can see the performance, while the engineer, mixes the track, and the process of cutting the vinyl commences.

Most of these prior recordings done by Third Man Records were done at their Blue Room performance venue. U2 is the first to actually record their session in the Third Man Store itself.

For many years, gramophone records were made by cutting grooves directly into an acetate disc. The process to make copies involved making a mold from the master acetate, and then using that mold to produce records. The process was very popular prior to 1950s when analog tape started to gain in popularity and most studios started using tapes to record acts rather than going direct to acetate. In recent years the method of recording direct to acetate has regained popularity with a number of studios, including Third Man Records, Influx Studios in Switzerland, Corduroy Records in Australia. The recording you hear is direct from the session, and no remixing or later adjustment of the track is possible. It is a live recording of a moment in time with no tweaking after the fact.

It may not even be U2’s first direct-to-acetate recording. In the 70s, older studios still existed with direct-to-acetate capabilities, and some of U2’s early demos may have been done in this manner, although we know that they did record to tape for a few of these sessions.

This will be U2’s second collaboration with Third Man Records. It was Third Man Records that pressed copies of “The Blackout“ in black vinyl and in limited colour vinyl for Record Store Day’s 2017 Black Friday event. A release date for this new vinyl is not yet known, nor any details about how limited the release will be. Third Man operates stores in Nashville and Detroit, as well as an online store where previous direct-to-acetate singles have been sold.

(Thanks to Daniel, Agustin and Nick for some additional information.)

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Love is Bigger: David Alvarado Interview

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-05-23)

David Alvarado is a DJ based in California who has recently remixed “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” for U2. The remix was included in the second wave of mixes sent to DJs for promotion on May 9th, 2018. To date, Alvarado’s remix has not been made commercially available, but we are told that there should be a second commercial release of “Love is Bigger” remixes coming soon. For now, the remix is only available on promotion. Alvarado has created a video for his mix of “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” which he has shared with us further down in this article.

Alvarado grew up in California, and works worldwide as DJ, producer and musician, and has spent over twenty years in the music business. It was our pleasure to talk to Alvarado about his career, his remix for U2, and how it all came about:

How did you get your start DJ’ing?

David: I grew up in Orange County and made my way around the LA area. I started with a buddy of mine whose older brothers were in a low rider car club, they would throw parties monthly and somehow we just ended up getting involved. First helping a guy that was their regular mobile DJ. We’d set up speakers, gear, etc, then it led to mixing a few records while he took a break or something. Eventually he let us take out his gear and do parties, whatever we could find. It eventually led us to start our own thing, do renegade parties, undergrounds, etc. At one point we had a massive sound system that was pretty impressive. That opened the door for me to DJ LA undergrounds and other parties pre-rave days.

What other artists have you remixed?

David: I’ve worked with mostly underground artists in the past, King Britt, Josh Wink, Andy Caldwell, various European artists such as Terry Lee Brown, and other underground electronic artists. Usually I tend to stay away from remix work, I really have to be in to something to want to remix it in the first place. Most remixes I find unnecessary.

Were there any remixers/DJs you looked up to as you were getting into the business?

David: Yes indeed.. I started in an era where people like Little Louie Vega, Patrick Cowley, Chep Nunez, Arthur Baker, really stood out as remixers and producers. From there many of the UK producers/remixers such as Sasha, Nellee Hooper, were people I followed.

A few of us at U2Songs are big New Order fans, and couldn’t help but notice you played at the Hacienda club they used to run, how was that experience?

David: It was a great experience, it was actually one of my first trips to perform in the UK and you couldn’t have asked for a better place to land on your first trip over. I had already known quite a bit about Hacienda and Factory Records so being there was like a kid’s first trip to Disneyland. That trip really left a massive impression, the city, everything about being there left a deep impression that inspires me still to this day. 

Are you a U2 fan?

David: Yes.. I’m a huge fan, since the Boy album, from day one. Orange County had a huge indie/punk/postpunk community, while LA/Hollywood was still obsessed with hair bands, Orange County’s live music scene was thriving. I believe U2 played their first Southern Cal live show in a small place in Anaheim. For me The Joshua Tree album was and is an amazing work of art. I also loved the title track they did for the Batman movie that was produced by Nellee Hooper, I was a fan of his work at the time and still think it’s one of the most underrated U2 songs. 

Is this your first time working with U2?

David: Yes. It’s my first time remixing U2.

How did you get involved in the remix for “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way”?

David: Most of the contact was done through a friend whose promotion company has worked with Madonna in the past and had great success with the dance remixes they did, it was through them U2 approached me. They reached out to me because they felt they wanted a more “underground” mix not so focused on a commercial dance sound. They just felt my sound would bring a different flavor to the table. It was actually done on spec to see if I could produce something that would fit the vision they were going for, in the end it was accepted and became a part of the release.

How did you receive the stems? Some of the producers mentioned just getting the vocals? Others got instruments as well – did you get both?

David: I only received vocals, from that I put my idea together, taking key phrases, things that fit in the context of what I was hearing in my head.

Did you do multiple versions of the mix?

David: To be honest, this was my only pass at the mix, it actually came together rather quickly.. it was like a matter of hours. I think I sent a sample of the mix out for approval a day later. I heard some of the melodies, hooks, etc and decided that I wanted to do something more stripped down.. it came together fast from there.

Did you have to put a lot of work into it to get to the final mix? Was it a challenging project?

David: What was most challenging to me was to not be tempted to just take an accapella and put a beat on it, try to call it a day. So many remixes I find tend to be that way, that’s why I am usually opposed to doing remixes. I think a remix should really be a departure from the original otherwise whats the point. I think there is enough of a connection to the original without being obvious, but yet something that sounds like me, my signature, meshed together with U2.

Was any guidance given as to what sort of mix the band wanted?

David: I was only told to do my thing, they wanted a dance release. I envisioned something that could be played at something like a Hacienda, or any club anywhere. 

From the preview it seems to focus on the “you’ve just begun” line of the song? Why choose that one?

David: Usually I like to take artifacts, samples, things that are interesting and give them life. My tracks tend to have lots of “space,” “depth” sonically. Taking artifacts or tails of vocals, outtakes, things that fit in between the gaps with other elements is typical of what I do. I also knew that most of the people remixing would probably take the vocal/bridge/chorus structure of the song and use it as is. I wanted to strip it down and find something that spoke to me and fit in the context of what I had envisioned. After all I was told to run with it so I did, nothing to lose. 

Most releases are digital-only these days. U2 fans are always complaining about the death of the commercial single. Are you aware of any plans to do a physical release with these “Love is Bigger” remixes?

David: Not to my knowledge. I’d have to agree with fans.

Have you seen the video released for “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way”? What are your thoughts on the video?

David: I thought it was an interesting video, it certainly fit the original song… oddly enough I cut and produced my own version and got the green light from U2’s management to put it up on Youtube. I just felt the mix was different enough to warrant a different video. 


VIDEO: David Alvarado’s video for his remix of “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way”

If you had an opportunity to go back to U2’s entire catalog and remix any track which would you pick?

David: I would probably choose “In God’s Country” from the Joshua Tree album.

If you had an opportunity to remix any current or past artist, do you have someone in mind you’d love to remix?

David: Massive Attack, maybe Bjork. Most of those have already achieved perfection so it’s kind of hard to imagine how I could add anything to it.

What projects do you have coming up?

David: Just completed a remix for Icelandic group GusGus, of which I’m a huge fan and happy to have the opportunity to work with. Also a new album project under my alias “Machines Can Talk.” 

For more information about David Alvarado and his career, you can find information on davidalvarado.com, as well as on his Facebook page.

This is our fourth interview with the DJs involved with remixing “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way.” For the other interviews please see the links below:

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Media Reviews of eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-05-23)

Original Story Published May 4, 2018 | Last Updated: May 23, 2018

U2’s iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour started in Tulsa on on May 2, and there’s been a rush of reviews of the show from different publications over the last few days. We gathered together a collection of links for you below if you want to catch up on what the press is saying about the first show of the tour, as well as later reviews from each city.

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Andy Greene for Rolling Stone: “U2 Dig Deep at Transcendent ‘Experience’ Tour Opener in Tulsa. Skipping most of their most famous songs, U2 fought the easy lure of nostalgia while showcasing hidden corners of their past.”

Jon Pareles for the New York Times: “For decades, the band has treated arenas and stadiums as havens of community through shared songs. This time, the singalongs are mixed with warnings and pleas to save an endangered American Dream”

Pat Carty for Hot Press: “On the opening night of the eXPERIENCE & iNNOCENCE 2018 tour, U2 sprang a number of surprises. Well, what did you expect from the biggest, and most ambitious, rock band in the world?”

Jennifer O’Brien for The Times: “They predicted they would ruffle feathers, and U2’s performance in Oklahoma delivered far more than music, causing quite a stir among the 18,000-strong crowd.” (Requires a subscription to read full article)

Jimmie Tramel for Tulsa World: “Let’s get straight to the point: U2’s first concert in Tulsa in 35 years was a sold-out group hug that lasted two and a half hours (no opening act) and 27 songs.”

Cathleen Falsani for U2.Com: “It was an evening rich in spectacle and surprises with the live debut of songs from band’s new album Songs of Experience, classics from the its epic oeuvre, and a few deep cuts that absolutely thrilled longtime fans.”

Barry Egan for the Irish Independent: “U2’s opening night of eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour in Tulsa review: ‘One of the bravest, most powerful and even angriest performances U2 have ever done’”

Neil McCormick for The Telegraph: “U2 interview: ‘What drives us is to try and disprove the naysayers. People don’t hate us enough’” (Requires registration to read full article)

Tanya Sweeney for The Irish Times: “U2 mix memories of Dublin childhood with politics on opening gig of world tour. High-octane visuals help the Irish band deliver a rousing live show in Oklahoma”

Demeiza De-Burca for The Irish Mirror: “U2 promise to thrill fans at Irish gigs as they kick off Experience and Innocence world tour in Tulsa”

St Louis, MO

Mike Sorensen for The Herald-Whig: Superstar rockers U2 delivered on a promised show Friday at the Scottrade Center, following a cancellation last September.

Kevin C. Johnson for St. Louis Post-Dispatch: U2 delivers unmatched extravaganza during Scottrade Center concert

San Jose, California

Tim De Lisle for Event Magazine (Mail Online): Bono – now in high definition! The phenomenal visuals are the highlight as U2 kick off their Experience + Innocence tour in California

Jacob Nierenberg for The Stanford Daily: Can U2 reclaim its punk heritage without relying on past hits?

Jim Harrington for Mercury News: Review: You won’t believe what U2 didn’t play

Joshua Huver for The Bay Bridged: Review and Photos: U2 at SAP Center

Las Vegas, Nevada

Jason Bracelin for the Las Vegas Review-Journal: U2 returns to Las Vegas with unsettling ‘Experience’

Monica Acuna for Vegas Seven: U2’s ‘Experience and Innocence’ Tour Was the Show We Needed

Los Angeles, California

Billl Keveney for USA Today: “Fresh U2 embraces the present in concert tour, but still plays some greatest hits”

Roy Trakin for Variety: U2 Light Up the Forum on Experience + Innocence Tour When it comes to performing live, the band remains the gold (and platinum) standard.

Philip Cosores for Uproxx: After A Major Injury And A Near-Death Experience, U2 Are Making The Most Out Of Their Touring Years

Steve Baltin for Forbes Magazine: Why U2, Four Irishmen, Might Be America’s Greatest Band Ever

Peter Larsen for Los Angeles Daily News: U2 brings ‘Experience + Innocence’ to the Forum for a terrific show

Rozette R for Time Out Los Angeles: U2 embraces augmented reality and ’90s nostalgia at the Forum

Mikael Wood for the LA Times: At the Forum, U2 had the 1990s — when Bono was MacPhisto — on its mind

Xochitl Pena for The Desert Sun: Poignant, powerful, political and pushing the limits, U2 proves they still know how to rock

Shawn Perry for Vintage Rock: Whenever U2 show up in Southern California, it’s an event.

Omaha, Nebraska

L. Kent Wolgamott for the Lincoln Journal Star: U2 offers powerful, uplifting show

Kevin Coffey for Omaha World Herald: In Omaha, U2 puts on a show that’s immersive, unifying and unlike any other

Chicago, Illinois

Jeff Elbel for the Chicago Sun Times: U2 delivers music – and messages – at United Center

Greg Kot for the Chicago Tribune: U2: Beauty and bombast at United Center

Andy Argyrakis for the Illinois Entertainer: U2 provided the bookend to the coming of age journey, stacked with rallying cries against injustice, candid observations of the ills plaguing a fractured society and a shout-out to women’s empowerment.

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“Love is Bigger” Promotion Starts

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-05-22)

U2’s newest single is “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” and the song was tied into the LGBTQ community through a video that premiered in April that focused on that community in Dublin, filmed by director David Mushegain. Mushegain spoke about the video, “Proud to say that my first music video will come out tomorrow. It was so awesome to be able to combine two subjects that are very close to my heart, Dublin youth culture and the LGBTQ scene,” telling Vogue, “Part of the idea that I wanted to convey is that all of them are part of that community, that it’s not exclusionary.”


But the ties into the LGBTQ community don’t stop with the video. U2 is continuing to promote the single in that community. New artwork promoting the single feature the title, “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” on the front against a rainbow background. The rainbow flag is a symbol of gay pride and reflect the diversity present within the LGBTQ community. The flag is used worldwide in Pride celebrations and was first introduced in 1978. The rainbow featuring predominantly in the artwork of the new single is no mistake.

The band is also working with a number of producers to remix the single. This includes a number of DJs who are also members of the LGBTQ community, as well as a number of DJs who will be playing major events for Pride in various cities in the upcoming month of June throughout North America and indeed the world. These are the tastemakers which will be choosing the music for these worldwide events this summer. DJ Offer Nissim is using his remix of U2’s “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” for advertisement of a pride celebration at Ganei hata’arucha in Tel Aviv, being held on June 9, 2018, where he is expected to spin his new mix of “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way”. The full version of the song is expected to be delivered for promotion soon. The remixes released so far have reached #49 on the Dance Club Songs chart on Billboard, the first U2 to reach those charts since “Magnificent” hit there in 2009.


PHOTO: Promotional Fans of “Love is Bigger”

The promotion doesn’t stop there. We are told that U2 will have a presence at Pride events worldwide this summer through the distribution of promotional material. The Long Beach pride event on Sunday in California featured people handing out fans to those gathered for the Long Beach Pride Dance Tent, with the slogan “Love Is” on one side against a rainbow background, and “Bigger Than Anything in its Way” on the backside in black and white, along with information about the single. We are told that these fans, as well as posters for the single will be given out at Pride events throughout June. The event at Long Beach is the first where these have been given out that we are aware of, but look for events where the DJs who have remixed the song are appearing, its likely these fans will be given out there as well as at parades and other events through the summer.


PHOTOS: Courtesy of Orlando Puerta, “Love Is” at Long Beach Pride, May 20, 2018

The song was also recently performed on television on the Ellen Degeneres show. Degeneres, a well known activist for LGBTQ human rights, recently featured on The Joshua Tree tour as part of their presentation of women pioneers during “Ultra Violet” titled HerStory, including prominent lesbian and transgendered human rights crusaders among those who had lead the charge for women’s rights.

It isn’t the first time U2 have been supportive of the LGBTQ community. In 1995 they donated a track to the compilation album, “Out Loud: For the Human Rights of Freedoms of Lesbians and Gays“. More recently, in 2015 when Ireland was voting on gay marriage, U2 posted an image which said “in the name of love…#VoteYes” urging those at home in Ireland to support the gay marriage vote. These are just two examples of decades of support they have shown for the community throughout their career, they’ve also spotlighted the work of prominent gay artists such as David Wojnarowicz (cover of “One“), Keith Haring (throughout PopMart) and Peter “Troy” Davies (appearing on one of his Ecco Homo single) and others over the years.

#voteYES

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We’ve been interviewing DJs who have taken a turn at remixing the new U2 single, including the following:

You can also find out more information on the remixes released to date and what’s coming next in the discography entry for “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way“ which we are updating as new information is found. Below is the Will Clarke version of the song set to the Mushegain video for the new single:


VIDEO: “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” (Will Clarke Edit)

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MacPhisto’s Tales #U2eiTOUR

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-05-21)

Updated: May 17, 2018

MacPhisto made his return in Tulsa, and has since appeared in St. Louis as well. MacPhisto is a devilish demon that Bono created for the 1993 legs of Zoo TV. We recently took a deep look at the history of this character that Bono has returned to throughout the years.

We’ve had a few questions about what he is seeing in concert, so we present his words for the shows so far. The speech so far has been very similar each night, but we expect as time goes on it will shift even more.

But first, with thanks to U2gigs, you can watch his performance in St. Louis for yourself:


VIDEO: “Acrobat” by U2 in St. Louis by Fantie for U2Gigs.Com

Tulsa, May 2, 2018

Desire, greed, lust, deceit, vanity — all the essentials for a showman in all his forms, and of course a license to just look in the mirror.Oh! I haven’t seen this guy in quite a while. Oh! Oh! Age brings beauty and a spot of bother. Ha! Is there a dermatologist in the house? Is there a slight blemish I see? I’ve been a busy little devil – oh yes! But you’ve all made it so much easier for me these days. I told Stalin, that one day that people would bug themselves. Oh yes, and here we are. The truth is dead, and the KKK are out on the streets of Charlottesville without their silly costumes. Who’d have thought? Tulsa, Tulsa…When you think I don’t exist, that’s when I do my best work.

Don’t believe what you hear
Don’t believe what you see
Just close your eyes
You can feel the enemy.

St. Louis, May 4, 2018

Desire, greed, lust, deceit, vanity — all the essentials for the showman in all his forms and of course a license to just look in the mirror. Oh! I haven’t seen this guy for a while. Oh! I haven’t seen this guy for a while. Oh! Oh! I see a little blemish. Is there a dermatologist in the house? I feel busy for a devil, but you’ve all made it so much more easy for me. I told Stalin all those years ago people would be spying on themselves with their telephones. The truth is dead and the KKK are alive out on the streets of Charlottesville without their silly costumes on. Who’d have thought? Oh St. Louis, when you think I don’t exist, that’s when I do my best work.

Don’t believe what you hear
Don’t believe what you see
Just close your eyes
You can feel the enemy.

San Jose, May 7, 2018

Desire, greed, lust, deceit, vanity — all essentials for the showman in all his forms, and of course a license to just look in the mirror. Oh! Haven’t seen you in quite a while. Oh! Oh! Age brings beauty and a spot of bother. Is there a dermatologist in the house? I have a little blemish. How the hell are you California? I hear you’re a little backed up on the 101. Who do you think turned the 680 into the 280? Hello? I do love highways. My absolute favorite is the information superhighway. I love information on people. I was just today at the coronation of Comrade Putin, my old protege. I remember telling him back in his days in the KGB, soon people will actually spy on themselves. So here we are, the truth is dead and the KKK are out on the streets of Charlottesville without their silly costumes. Who’d have thought? Oh San Jose. When you don’t believe we exist, that’s when I do my best work.

Don’t believe what you hear
Don’t believe what you see
If you just close your eyes
You can feel the enemy.

San Jose, May 8, 2018

Desire, greed, lust, deceit, vanity — all essentials for the showman and of course a license to just look in the mirror. Oh. Very revealing. Oh. Please allow me to introduce myself. I’m a man of wealth and taste. I’ve been around for many a long year. Stole many a man’s soul to waste. I was there in Charlottesville when the KKK sieg heiled together. They made sure the president’s hands were full with stormy weather. Pleased to meet you. Hope you guessed my name. My name is actually Mr. MacPhisto, sometimes I try to be Mick Jagger. Oh San Jose. It’s when you don’t believe that I exist, that’s when I do my best work.

Don’t believe what you hear
Don’t believe what you see
Just close your eyes
You can feel the enemy. Enemy.

Las Vegas, May 11, 2018

Desire, greed, lust, deceit, vanity — all the essentials for a showman in all his forms, and of course a license to just look in the mirror. Oh yeah. Oh yeah. Oh. Very revealing. Age, age, can bring a spot of bother, no? Is there a dermatologist in the house? Tell them MacPhisto is on fire. So is everyone else with the Iranians on hold to blow up the world. The truth is dead. The truth is dead and the KKK are out on the streets of Charlottesville without their silly costumes. Who’d have thought? Oh Las Vegas. When you don’t believe I exist, that’s when I do my beset work.

Don’t believe what you hear
Don’t believe what you see
Just close your eyes
You can feel the enemy. Feel the enemy.

Las Vegas, May 12, 2018

Desire, showoffishness, deceit, lust, vanity — all the essentials for a showman like myself. Guilty of all! And of course a license to just look in the mirror. All very revealing. Please allow me to introduce myself. I’m a man of wealth and taste. I’ve been around for many a year and stole many a mans soul to waste. I was there in Charlottesville when the KKK sieg heiled together, made damn sure the president’s hands were full with stormy weather. Who could make this shit up? Seriously? Pleased to meet you, hope you guessed my name. Name’s MacPhisto actually. I sometimes dress up as Mick Jagger. Oh excuse me Las Vegas. Just one thing. When you don’t believe in me, that’s when I do my best work.

Don’t believe what you hear
Don’t believe what you see
You just close your eyes
You can feel the enemy.

Los Angeles, May 15, 2018

Desire, greed, showoffishness, deceit, lust. All of the essentials for a showman like myself. Guilty of all of them. Vanity. Of course a license to just look in the mirror. How revealing. Oh. Oh. Please allow me to introduce myself. I’m a man of wealth and taste. I’ve been around for a long long years. Stole many a man’s soul to waste. I was in Charlottesville when the KKK sieg heiled together. Made damn sure the president’s hands were full with stormy weather. Ha! You can’t make this shit up. I’ve so little to do these days. Pleased to meet you, hope you guessed my name. My name is MacPhisto actually. I sometimes dress up as Mick Jagger. Oh excuse me Los Angeles, its when you don’t believe I exist that I do my best work.

Don’t believe what you see
Don’t believe what you hear
Don’t believe what you see
Just close your eyes
You can feel the enemy. Feel!

Los Angeles, May 16, 2018

Desire, greed, lust, showoffishness, deceit, vanity — all the essentials for a front man like myself. Guilty of all. And of course, a license to just look in the mirror. Oh. Very revealing. Age brings a spot of bother. Is there a dermatologist in the house? My name is Mr. MacPhisto. I have always been with you, though its nice when I get a chance to dress up. It feels like I’m making a comeback. Do you get that feeling? You’ve made it all so much easier for me with your telephones and your zeros and ones. I’m so proud of you Comrade Putin, dearest Vlad, I told you one day people would spy on themselves. The truth is dead. And the KKK are out on the streets of Charlottesville without their silly costumes. How very honoured. Get with it, Vladdy Vlad. Polonium ???? seems a little old school. Oh. And soon Angels, you should know when you don’t believe I exist, that’s when I do my best work.

Don’t believe what you hear
Don’t believe what you see
Just close your eyes
You can feel the enemy.

Omaha, May 19, 2018

Desire, greed, showoffishness, deceit, lust, vanity — all the essentials for a showman like myself, guilty of all of them. And of course vanity is a license to just look in the mirror. Oh. Oh. It’s you again. Very revealing. Please allow me to introduce myself. I’m a man of wealth and taste. Been around for many a year, stole many a man’s soul to waste. I was there in Charlottesville when the KKK sieg heiled together. Made damn sure the president’s hands were full with stormy weather. Hahaha. You can’t make this shit up. Seriously. There’s nothing for me to do! Pleased to meet you, hope you guessed my name. Actually my name is MacPhisto, sometimes I dress up as MacPhisto. Oh excuse me Omaha, because it’s when you don’t believe I exist that I do my best work.

Don’t believe what you hear.
Don’t believe what you see.
You just close your eyes.
You can feel the enemy

Note: The screen in Omaha displayed differently than we saw previously. Now there is a number of icons running along the bottom of the screen including six different devils and three angels. The first three devils are the MacPhisto we’ve all become used to in increasing levels of detail. In Omaha the second was chosen, so MacPhisto may get more realistic yet. The next two devils are without a hat, with darker horns, and the final one is also without a hat, but with down turned horns. The three angels have varying facial expressions, and different tilts to their halos.

If you are interested in more information about the character of Bono’s we just put together a long look at MacPhisto’s history since his debut in May 1993, right up to his appearance in Tulsa. Thanks to Robb for assistance with the above, and to Justin Kent who took a great photo of Bono that inspired us recently.

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Love is Bigger: DrewG Interview

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-05-18)

DrewG (Drew G Hanser) is a DJ based in California, and works on his own, as well as part of the group Dirty Pop. He is among the artists who have been tapped for a second round of remixes of U2’s new single, “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way.” The first set of mixes was released on May 4, 2018 as a 3-track digital EP. Now a number of new remixes are being sent around for promotion to DJs, and we are told there are plans for a commercial release for a number of these, although that won’t be today as we had originally hoped. But the DrewG. Remix has been sent out for promotion.

The remix by DrewG can be heard below:

We recently had an opportunity to speak with DrewG about his career and his remix of “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way,” and how it all came about.

What can you tell us about yourself?

Drew: Got my start in the industry in the mid 90s. My father was working for Van Halen back then and I got my initial kick into the Industry from there. More along the guitarist side of things than production though. Currently I live in San Diego, CA with my husband and 2 dogs.

Maybe you could tell our audience about some of the artists you have remixed?

Drew: Lol at this point it’s more like who haven’t I remixed lol jk, well kinda. Madonna, Cher, Gaga, Linkin Park, Beyonce, Leann Rimes…

Were there any remixers/DJs you looked up to as you were getting into the business?

Drew: Being that I started DJing in the early 2000s I was cutting my teeth during the same period that many huge NYC producers were already giants: Junior Vasquez, Peter Rauhofer, Victor Calderone.

Are you a U2 fan? Do you have a favorite U2 song? What about a favorite remix of a U2 song, either vintage or more recent?

Drew: Johnny Vicious did some great remixes of “Where the Streets Have No Name” if I remember correctly. My favorite U2 song is “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m looking For.” Initially my attraction for U2 did stem from the Edge’s guitar work tho. He’s one of the more underrated guitar players of our time I feel.

If you had an opportunity to go back to U2’s entire catalog and remix any track which would you pick?

Drew: Of course it would be my fav song named earlier.

Is this your first time working with U2?

Drew: Yes

How did you get involved in the remix for “Love is Bigger”?

Drew: I was told that my agents had been contacted and they submitted a few different clips of mine and my group “Dirty Pop” for consideration. There is a Dirty Pop mix as well coming, produced by myself and Brian Cua (whom also has a remix solo on the project.)

Some of the producers we’ve spoken with mentioned just getting the vocals? Others got instruments as well – did you get both?

Drew: All the stems. Vocals. Instruments each etc. I got the stems in January and finished it within a few days. I don’t let projects sit around.

What was the process for getting the mix approved? When did you know it would be released?

Drew: I didn’t know til I got the promo email. lol. That’s typically how it is.

Did you do multiple versions of the mix? Or was it just the one? If you did multiple mixes, why do you feel the one released stands out?

Drew: I always do 3 versions. Two I keep for my own sets just to keep it different live. And I dunno, Bono actually asked me just last week to add some more parts to that remix, so the one you heard was the promo version. The newer one has more vocals and I imagine will appear on iTunes soon…

Was any guidance given as to what sort of mix the band wanted?

Drew: Nope, just do your thing I was told.

How did you get started with this mix?

Drew: I opened up abelton and just started messing around til it felt right. I don’t even have a game plan with this stuff.

You chose to include most of the lyrics for the song where other DJs have just focused on one particular line of the song. Any reason why you chose to feature the full song?

Drew: I tend to be a more vocal Dj live so I like to be able to sing along when I play tracks.

When you posted that you were doing the remix you mentioned “So honored that U2 has chosen me to be an official remixer of their new hit #loveisbiggerthananythinginitsway ! Just in time for pride!” Have you seen the video? Are you aware of the ties this song has made to the LGBTQ community in Dublin?

Drew: I have not seen the video actually but I will take some time to watch it later today. I love Dublin actually and I was just working on some gigs there …

Do you know if this version of the song will get a commercial release?

Drew: Yes… I would imagine soon

Most releases are digital-only these days. U2 fans are always complaining about the death of the commercial single. Are you aware of any plans to do a physical release with these “Love is Bigger” remixes?

Drew: I am not currently. Trust me I love nice framed vinyls on my wall just as much as the last producer lol.

If you had an opportunity to remix any current or past artist, do you have someone in mind you’d love to remix?

Drew: Would of been amazing to have been producing during Michael Jackson’s time

What projects do you have coming up?

Drew: Madonna, Cher just to name a few.

Where can people find out more information about your career?

Www.officialdirtypop.com
Or just Wikipedia me lol!

This is our third interview with the DJs involved with remixing “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way.” For the other interviews please see the links below:

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Love is Bigger: Will Clarke Interview

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-05-16)

Will Clarke is a world renowned DJ based out of both the UK and USA. His remix of “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” is the lead track on the recently released 3-track digital EP of remixes of that song. Prior to remixing “Love is Bigger,” Clarke was also approached to remix U2’s “Get Out of Your Own Way.” However, the band’s promotional plans changed, and the remix of that song was not released.

Clarke is currently touring his live DJ sets. He also runs his own radio show, The Barber Shop. And he has also created his own clothing line. U2Songs was happy to have a chance to interview Clarke and ask a few questions about the remix and how it all came about.

You are currently based in the UK?

Will: Yes I am from the UK but currently living between Bristol and Detroit in the USA.

How did you get your start as a DJ?

Will: I started when I was 9 years old as a hobby and decided to take it full time along with music production.

What was your first big remix?

Will: My first big remix was of an artist who is now a close friend of mine called Claude VonStroke. He signed me to his record label called Dirtybird back in 2014 and he asked me to remix one of his records.

What other artists have you remixed?

Will: Probably too many to list, however, the big ones are Rihanna, U2, MK, Becky Hill, Big Gigantic and the list goes on.

Did you approach U2 to work with them or did they approach you?

Will: No, this came via my management so I was originally asked through my team to do the remix.

We’ve seen that you’ve done a remix of “Get Out of Your Own Way” as well, was that submitted to the band for consideration for the last single?

Will: Haha, yes I’m impressed that you have found this remix. So when I first got asked to remix U2 I was sent the parts to “Get Out.“’ I completed the remix and everyone was super into it; however, U2’s team changed their mind on what needed being remixed so they gave me the parts to “Love Is Bigger.” I actually love both remixes if I’m honest so i play both of them in my sets


AUDIO: Will Clarke Remix of “Get Out of Your Own Way”

Are you a U2 fan? If so can you tell us a bit about what you like about U2 and maybe what your favorite songs are?

Will: Of course i am who isn’t haha. It was an absolute honour being asked to remix the band. If I’m totally honest its a tough call to name what is my favourite record is, however id have to say “Where the streets have no name.”

When did U2 reach out to you to work on this particular remix? How about the “Get Out of Your Own Way” remix if they approached you?

Will: Like i mentioned earlier on it came through my management although after i did the “Get Out” remix and then being asked to do the “Love Is Bigger” i only had 2 days to turn it in so it was a quick heads down in the studio.

How did you receive the stems? Was it just the vocals or did they send instruments as well?

Will: I got sent everything all vocals and instruments smile.

What was the process for the band approving the remix?

Will: Well first of all it went through their American team then to the UK team then to the band, honestly i didn’t even think the band was going to listen but when i was told Bono loved the remix it put a huge smile on my face…

Was it a challenging project?

Will: When you are working with such talented musicians its never really that hard everything is at the highest of quality and its just up to me to transform that in to something respectful to the original artists but also fitting in what i do as an artist.

Did what U2 give you to start with work right out of the box? Or did you have to put a lot of elbow grease into putting the mix together?

Will: As soon as i heard the vocal i knew what i was going to do with it, i did the remix in a day and did finishing touches the day after. It had to be a quick process due to deadlines so it made me work harder.

Did you do several versions of the Love is Bigger remix? If so, what made this one stand out? If you did other versions what can you tell us about them?

Will: I didn’t have the time to do any other versions i think the thing i changed the most was the mix down after it had been ok’d.

Most releases are digital only these days. U2 fans are always complaining about the death of the commercial single. Do you think we’ll ever see these remixes physically released?

Will: I would love this release to be put on vinyl it would mean the world to me however like you said in this day and age i honestly think it will just be digital.

Do you treat your remixes differently if you are remixing for a physical format like vinyl?

Will: No the remixes stay the same however the finishing of the record such as mix down and mastering may vary if its going on to vinyl as you can’t have the record as loud on a vinyl when cutting them.

Have you seen the video for “Love is Bigger”? What do you think?

Will: I absolutely love it, its a powerful video.

If you had an opportunity to go back to U2’s entire catalog and remix any track which would you pick?

Will: I’m happy with the two i have done if I’m honest, sometimes if i was to pick one of their classics it would be hard to do it justice.

What other projects do you have coming up?

Will: I have some original records being released, my latest on Dirtybird Records came out a couple of weeks ago called “Take A Seat.” I have a release on Sola Records coming up in the summer. Also I am starting my own record label called “Doing It Records.”

Do you work on your own music as well? What projects do you have coming up? Any chances there will be more U2 in your future?

Will: Yes I work on lots of original music often people can check all my music out on Spotify just type in Will Clarke and look for the bearded dude… On instagram I’m djwillclarke, on Twitter I’m djwillclarke and on Facebook I’m willclarkedj. All of my tour dates are at www.djwillclarke.com. Also i run a clothing brand called Doing It For The Cuddles which you can check out at www.doingitforthecuddles.com.

Interested in hearing Will Clarke’s version of “Love is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way”? Take a listen below:


VIDEO: Will Clarke’s remix of “Love is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way

This is our second interview with the DJs involved with remixing “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way.” For the other interviews please see the links below:

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New Remixes of “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” Coming This Week

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-05-16)

This week sees the debut of a number of new remixes of “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” – including remixes by Moodyboy, Vibeposse, Robbie Rivera, DrewG, and David Alvarado.

On May 9, two additional remixes were sent to DJs for promotion of “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” including one by David Alvarado (07:54) and one by DrewG. (03:36). On May 15, three additional remixes by Moody Boy, VibePosse, and Robbie Rivera were shipped to DJs for promotion. It is expected that some of these will be released through iTunes and other digital storefronts in the near future, possibly even May 25, 2018. The remixes will be available to stream at the same time.

On May 12, another remix, was sent out by Twisted Dee. This remix wasn’t served up as a promotional item but was leaked by the DJ herself. A second remix by Offer Nissim has also partially leaked. These are part of this remix push being done for the single, but have yet to be officially released.

These follow the release of an “Acoustic Version” of “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” on Friday May 11, 2018 on streaming services and digital storefronts. On May 15, 2018, Bono and The Edge appeared on the Ellen Degeneres show, and performed an acoustic version of the song.

On Friday May 4, 2018, three other remixes were released to streaming services and digital storefronts including remixes by The Funk Hunters, Daybreakers, and Will Clarke. You can read our interview with Daybreakers about their remix here.

We are updating the discography entry for “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way“ as we get more information about these releases.

The release schedule for this single so far has been:

  • On April 23, 2018, the song was being pushed at AAA Radio stations in North America, with digital delivery of the song starting on April 11, 2018.
  • On April 26, 2018, an Instagram Stories campaign was launched, teasing the new video for “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” through eight different images from the video.
  • On April 27, 2018, the video for “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” was released.
  • On May 4, 2018, a three track “Remixes Single” of “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” was commercially released, including remixes by Will Clarke, The Funk Hunters and Daybreakers.
  • On May 4, 2018, a three track promotional release of “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” was also done including the same remixes by Will Clarke, The Funk Hunters and Daybreakers.
  • On May 4, 2018, a video of “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” set to an edit of Will Clarke’s remix was released
  • On May 9, 2018, remixes by David Alvarado and DrewG were sent out to DJs digitally.
  • On May 11, 2018, a one track “Acoustic Version” of “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” was commercially released.
  • On May 12, 2018, remix by Twisted Dee was leaked on Facebook.
  • On May 15, 2018, remixes by Moodyboy, Vibeposse, and Robbie Rivera were sent out to DJs digitally.
  • On May 21, 2018 the song will be pushed at Hot AC radio stations in North America using the album version of the song.
  • On May 25, 2018 it is expected that further remixes mayl be commercially released including one by David Alvarado, and one by DrewG., both have already been sent to DJs for promotion.

Beyond the remixes mentioned above, the DJ Offer Nissim has used his version of a remix of “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” in promotion for a Pride event on Facebook. The Dirty Disco group has also remixed the song, but it has yet to be sent for promotion. And DJ Junior Sanchez has seen his remix of “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” being promoted on “Twilight Pulse”, Christian Homan’s show on the RTE radio network since late March.

Below we have some preview clips of these new remixes that have started to emerge:

Robbie Rivera Remix:

DrewG Remix:

David Alvarado Remix (Preview):

Twisted Dee Remix (Preview Leak):

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Love is Bigger: Interview with Daybreakers

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-05-11)

Last week a three-song EP of remixes of U2’s new single was released, “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way.” Daybreakers, The Funk Hunters, and Will Clarke each contributed a remix of the track to the release. It has been our pleasure to speak to Daybreakers about their contribution to the remix EP.

Daybreakers is a duo with one half from the UK (Ric Scott) and the other half from Canada (Alex Hush). Their first big remix together was for Erasure, and the project went so well they continued to work together.

So you’re a duo that hails from the UK and Canada? How did you get together and start working on music together?

Ric: Alex approached me to work on a remix for him back in 2013, we gelled well and worked on various other projects together, the rest is history.

How did you get your start DJ’ing?

Ric: Hard work and determination, getting my name known which led to guest appearances and on from there. It took a few years to get my name about which involved spending a year plying my trade in Corfu (in 1996). Spending time with other DJs from around the world and learning little tricks off them, we all shared tips and tricks as we all had slightly differing styles of DJing. I started a Podcast in 2010 called Skycasting which was an hour long Trance podcast which also featured other DJs from all over the world from time to time.

Your first big remix together was for Erasure. How did that come about? Have you worked on other remixes before that outside of Daybreakers? How did you get started doing remixes?

Alex: Koishii & Hush (myself and Simon Langford) had done several remixes for Mute in the past so we already had a relationship and they liked what we did. [Mute is Erasure’s long-time record label.]

What other artists have you remixed?

Alex: Between the two of us we have been involved with remixing Joshua Ryan, Warp Brothers, Ian Van Dahl, Paul Van Dyk, Neo & Ferina, Moogwai, Lady Gaga, Lionel Richie, Paul Hardcastle, Hemstock & Jennings, Pet Shop Boys, Mick Jagger, INXS, Dannii Minogue, Yazoo, and more.

Are you both U2 fans? If so, can you tell us a bit about what you like about U2 and maybe what your favorite songs are?

Ric: I wouldn’t call myself a ‘super’ fan but I’ve always had an interest in their work. “Elevation” is one of my favourites along with the Perfecto mix of “Even Better than the Real Thing.”

Alex: Loved The Joshua Tree album and saw them in concert during the Zoo TV Tour when they were in Toronto. Always been a fan. Fave songs would be hard to pick but “Bad” and “One” are up there.

How did you receive the stems?

Alex: We received the vocal stems as a digital file transfer.

What was the process for the band approving the remix?

Alex: Once the mix was done, we sent it over and it had to be approved by the band and their management. You will notice that in our mix Bono added some additional vocal effects, which was a big thrill for us. He really liked the vibe and suggested an idea which worked out great.

Was it a challenging project?

Ric: When you are approached to do a remix, you listen to the original track and, ideas of what you can do and use come through as you listen.

Every track you do as a remixer/producer has its own challenges. The biggest challenge is getting the ideas out of your head and turned into music.

Did what U2 gave you to start with work right out of the box? Or did you have to put a lot of elbow grease into putting the mix together?

Ric: All we had to work with were the vocal stems, so once they were compressed to our working time signature, it was a case of working a track around which of the vocals we wanted to use.

Did you do several versions of the remix? What made the mix that ended up on the EP stand out? If you did other versions what can you tell us about them?

Ric: The feel and the sounds of the track make it stand out.

We also did a more commercial/crossover club mix using the full vocal as well as the mix that ended up on the EP.

Most releases are digital-only these days. U2 fans are always complaining about the death of the commercial single. Do you think we’ll ever see these remixes physically released?

Alex: Not sure but that would be great! Would love to have more mixes on vinyl and cd. I also miss those days but I suppose it is just a sign of the times. Always liked that the “Lemon” 12” was yellow.

Do you treat your remixes differently if you are remixing for a physical format like vinyl?

Ric: I have always approached a remix in the same way whether it’s for vinyl, cd, or digital only.

Alex: Same.

Have you seen the video for the song you’ve remixed? What do you think?

Ric: I have seen the original video. It’s very poignant to the music. It shows that love conquers all, no matter what boundaries are in the way.

If you had an opportunity to go back to U2’s entire catalog and remix any track which would you pick?

Ric: I would like to remix “Elevation.” I think the track has a really good feel about it.

Alex: “With Our Without You” would work really well as a progressive house or trance mix.

What other projects do you have coming up?

Alex: We have a few of our own projects on the go as well as some remixes we are discussing. Too soon to mention at this point though.

Where can people find out more information about Daybreakers?

Alex: We just launched any social media as this is our first remix project together, but we can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

This is our first interview with the DJs involved with remixing “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way.” For the other interviews please see the links below: