U2 to Participate in Record Store Day Black Friday Event
Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2017-10-08)
U2 and the people behind Record Store Day seem to like working together. When U2 has had a release to promote in the last few years, they’ve often tied into either the November Black Friday event, or the Spring Record Store Day. It is not a surprise then that they would be looking at tying into this event again this year with a new songs and a new album to promote.
At a record label event earlier this week, plans were revealed for U2’s participation in the Black Friday event. U2 will be releasing a version of the song, “The Blackout.” We are told there are plans for it to be a very limited single with less than 2000 copies planned.
We will publish more information on the full track listing when the B-Side is confirmed, and when the format is confirmed.
The single will be aimed at the US market, which is where the bulk of the focus of Record Store Day happens, but there will be international copies available as well.
In 2016, we did a look at U2’s releases for Record Store Day to date, and since that time, they have also issued Red Hill Mining Town as part of this springs releases. To date the items they have released include:
- Wide Awake in Europe (Black Friday 2010, limited to 5000 copies)
- Ordinary Love (Black Friday 2013, limited to 10000 copies)
- North And South of the River Map (Black Friday 2014, Unknown number of copies)
- Songs of Innocence Black Vinyl (Record Store Day 2015, limited to 5000 copies)
- Red Hill Mining Town (Record Store Day 2016, limited to 7000 copies)
This release for Record Store Day’s fall event on Black Friday joins a number of other releases that we have reported on recently which include the annual U2.Com gift featuring four new live versions of “With or Without You,” “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” “Where the Streets Have No Name,” and “In God’s Country.” Another release, the tribute album The Joshua Tree—New Roots will contain a live version of “Red Hill Mining Town.” U2 are also contributing to a T.Rex Tribute album, having recorded an unknown song at a stop in studio in New Orleans. And another single, “Get Out of Your Own Way” is expected prior to the release of Songs of Experience on December 1, 2017.