This section collects information about upcoming U2 releases, their status, and provide news links to updates about these projects. It will also detail information about other projects that the band are involved in such as solo projects, and other expected appearances. Below the updates on each project are links to news stories about upcoming projects where you can find more information about these releases. As things are officially announced, they are moved to their own discography entries on the site.
Please note, that the world continues to face a lot of uncertainty right now due to COVID-19, and the music and film industry have been hard hit. Many acts have started to reschedule things, while others are looking to 2022 or later for rescheduling.
Last Updated: November 27, 2021
Upcoming and Recent Releases
The following list is a list of projects we are following in relation to the band involvement, and includes full band projects as well as solo projects. At the bottom of the page you will find more detailed information about band related projects including information about the new U2 album, and other upcoming U2 releases. Finally at the bottom of the page you are able to find links to news stories in our archive that relate to upcoming projects. This section is updated on a semi-regular basis, and the last updated date above will list when the page was last updated. When a season is referred to it is using the Northern hemisphere seasons.
- 2021-12-17: Sing 2 Soundtrack (Bono appears in the film as a character, “Your Song Saved My Life” by U2 plays over the end credits of the film.) [More Info]
- 2021-12-22: Sing 2 Film (Bono appears in the film as a lion, Clay Calloway, and will be involved in some of the songs in the film. Release dates will vary by country.) [More Info]
- 2022-Midyear: 2022 Gift from the U2.Com Fan Club (Details of gift not currently announced, nor is a release date).
- 2022-Fall: Bono’s Autobiography tentatively scheduled to be released. The book is not ready yet, and has been pushed back from this year. [More Info]
Sing 2 Soundtrack
- Confirmed date: December 17, 2021
- U2 are confirmed to be doing a song for the final credits in the film. It has been released as a digital single, and as a promotional single with additional lyrics.
- The version with the additional lyrics is reported to be the version from the film.
- Some theatres in North America are having advance showings of the film on November 27, 2021.
- Bono is known to be appearing in the film as a retired rock star, recruited to join the main band of characters in a singing competition.
- The film will be released on December 22, 2021 in North America, and at a variety of other dates elsewhere.
- A wide range of tie-in products are expected from toys and posters to a soundtrack album.
Songs of Ascent Album or A New U2 Album (Unknown)
U2 have spoken about three different projects for a next release. Songs of Ascent continues to be mentioned as a possible release, however a new separate album also seems to be in development. The band has also mentioned an acoustic reworking of some of their past material. Quotes from the band and associates about all three projects are listed below.
- Bono has confirmed that Songs of Ascent exists and may one day be released. In Rolling Stone in 2014, the following was printed “There has been no sign of it since, but Bono now sees it as the third part of the trilogy. ‘Songs of Ascent will come,’ he promises. ‘And there are some beautiful songs.’”
- Daniel Lanois confirmed that although “Every Breaking Wave” was due to be on this album, the rest of the songs remain unreleased.
- Adam Clayton on BBC Radio 2 in December 2017 told Chris Evans that “We’ve certainly got lots of leftover pieces, but by the time we come to make another record, I’m sure we’ll start from scratch.” which suggests they may focus on something other than the Songs of Ascent material.
- In July 2018, Adam Clayton further 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.”
- In May 2018, The 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.”
- In November 2018, at the end of the tour, Bono said “I’d like to make a balls to the wall rock album” when talking about what the band would be doing next, which sounds nothing like the descriptions of Songs of Ascent we’ve heard over the years.
- Even Larry when asked about the future said, “You never know. I assume there’ll be another album.”
- We are told that after the 2019 Australian tour the band will take a short period of time off and then are likely to continue working on this new album.
- In September 2019, Ryan Tedder confirmed he has been asked to work with U2 on their next album, in an interview. He stated, “I spoke to them just last week. We will work together on some new pieces when I am in Los Angeles. I think it’s their intention to make a record completely different from the last two. It will be easier. You know, it’s like a pendulum. When you make a very produced album, with so many instruments in it, the next project you want it to be more sparse, and you wonder, what if the disc had the sound of four musicians playing in a room?”
- In a podcast titled “Cry Power“ featuring Bono and Hozier, recorded in 2019, Bono once again brought up the Songs of Ascent album, as well as the possibility of doing something new as the next album. “We have this beautiful, ecstatic album called Songs of Ascent, I don’t know if we’ll finish it soon or if it will take forever – it’s about forever – that’s its subject – Songs of Ascent are 15 psalms, they’re named after the 15 steps from the women’s chamber up to the Temple of Jerusalem. It’s an old idea. I’m obsessed with David, King David in the bible, who turns out was right bollocks, but he was kind of an interesting figure, he was brutally honest with God at all times, even about himself being a bollocks. I’d love to do that. I’d also love to do just a straightforward-fuck-off-rock-and-roll album with this band. Because on this last tour, they’ve got to a place, I mean they’ve been there before, I think they’ve always had greatness in them, but we do a lot of very good in between the great. I felt like I just caught up to them on this last tour. And there were moments on the circular stage, the e-stage, on the Experience and Innocence tour, and they hit some powerful stuff. I’d like to find songs that could contain that fire.”
- In November 2019, Dallas Schoo, guitar tech for The Edge, told a U2 Conference event that U2 were making a new album, and he thought that the fans would like it.
- In July 2020, The Edge was asked in Rolling Stone if they were working on a new album. The Edge replied, “I’m always working on new songs. I’ve not stopped since we came off the road, so yes. The question, I suppose, is whether we have a plan to finish or release it. Not so far. But there’s a lot of exciting music being created.”
- In July 2020, Adam Clayton was interviewed in Rolling Stone and asked about if the band was working on a new album. Adam replied, “We are. There’s always something on the go, as I’m sure Edge mentioned. We did some recording last year that got us some really great starting points and complete songs. There’s an album ready to go, we’re just not quite sure when we want to press that button. When I say ready to go, I mean ready to be completed. Let’s put it that way.” Rolling Stone clarified, “So the songs are written, but you have to record them and get them right?” and Adam replied “Exactly.” Adam also went back to the idea that this new album being developed is not Songs of Ascent but something new, “It’s very, very fresh. We’ve cut everything quite quickly. We’re coming to things in a shorthand way. The feedback we get from that is pretty good. We want to be quick, down and dirty with the next one.”
- The Edge spoke to Jo Whiley in September 2020, and mentioned “I was actually working on some new songs with Bono and I had a decision, am I going to go to Dublin or am I going to head to California where my wife was, so I opted to head for the wife which I think was the right call. Cause literally within two days they’d shut all flights into America, so I snuck in and spent the first part of lockdown with Morleigh in California, and then came to Dublin for early May and was in Dublin for a while.”
- In November 2020, Adam Clayton was interviewed by Forbes Magazine. He spoke about the work on the new album when asked if there were any links from All That You Can’t Leave Behind to what they are doing now. Adam answered, “One of the things that I think we absolutely mastered on All That You Can’t Leave Behind was a song that was very much close to Edge’s heart, which was “Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of.” [It’s] essentially a gospel song in a very church tradition. It’s a piano, bass song, and he spent many, many hours fiddling with those chords and adjusting notes in them to get them just right. I think that is a sound and an approach that you will hear on the new material, I think there’s a direct line from that song to where we’re going now.”
- In a January 2021 aired discussion between The Edge and Daniel Lanois on U2 X-Radio, the Edge spoke about new material. He said “I’m working on a lot of new songs at the moment. We have a bunch that are…we haven’t figured out what to do with them yet. For me the lockdown has been quite a creative period for me.”
- On May 31, 2021, Steve Lillywhite appeared on Talk Radio in the UK and revealed he’s been speaking with U2 regarding new music they’ve been working on. The band did some work in studio when they were in London earlier this month to celebrate Bono’s birthday. Lillywhite said the band are quite excited about the material. (Bono and Edge also filmed footage for the video for “We Are The People” as well as performance footage to be used for the opening of the Euro 2020 tournament.)
- In an interview recorded in early May, The Edge spoke to his cousin Ciara on Ciara’s Pink Sparkle Podcast saying, “We just finished five years of touring together. We’ve all been enjoying a little bit of a break to pursue our own personal projects and just recharge our own batteries, so that when we come back together we’re fully enthusiastic about working with U2.”
- In a Record Store Day Special for U2 X-Radio, Adam Clayton spoke with Rocky O’Riordan about what was coming next, “Well, you know we are playing around with rearranging some of the songs that we have and setting them in a more acoustic environment. Edge got a bit of a bee in his bonnet and said you know, no pun intended, said lets look at these songs and imagine them in a different context. So we are playing around with that. He’s putting a lot of work into changing the keys, and moving them onto piano and that sort of thing. And hopefully we will have something towards the end of the year that will show a different light on U2. I think it’s an opportunity to explore different versions of the band in a way. Because it’s very much the early days, it’s embryonic, it could go somewhere between Leonard Cohen or Johnny Cash – very stripped down and bare – towards something that is very lush. Very hard to say where it will end up or if it will all end up with the same tone across it, or if each song will be treated differently. I’m excited to see how the songs could exist in a different universe.”
- Adam Clayton speaking on the Rockonteurs podcast on July 25, 2021 spoke again about the acoustic project as well as where they stand on a new album, “We have been recording acoustic versions of some of our catalog in different keys and different tempos just as a challenge. We’ve a track in the next Sing 2 movie. There’s things bubbling along. We’re just seeing what happens more than anything else. But at the same time, we have ambitions, once we can see a reason to put out another record. There are songs being siloed that will be brought out when we are ready to do a record.”
- We have spoken to a source close to the band who confirm that the band is currently reworking songs from their entire catalog of albums in this acoustic manner, not just songs from one specific album.
- Adam Clayton speaking to Rocky O’Riordan on SiriusXM in mid-October added, “We’re looking at going back into the studio and recording. We haven’t fixed anything. It feels like the right time now. It feels like we need to do another record.” Asked any plans to perform live Clayton answered, “You know I think live, it’s not clear how that’s going to work. You look at – and these are not direct comparisons – you look at the Stones working in America at the moment, and Genesis trying to do a tour and they’ve had to close it down because of COVID I don’t think we’re out of the woods yet, and if we were looking at touring it wouldn’t be until next Spring anyway.”
- In November 2021, Adam Clayton spoke to O Globo while promoting the 30th anniversary of Achtung Baby. He said one of the projects that the band is working on is the sessions from which that song evolved. “We have new songs and we’re hoping to release an album in a couple of years, but we can’t talk much about it yet. I will just say that some of the tracks fill us with pride.” He also mentions a second project that the band is working on which is the work he’s spoken about in the past where the band is recording older songs in different keys and arrangements. He says that the reinterpretations “breathe new life into the songs.” He says that at this time the plans for releasing this work is unsure, and that it may be something they release at once, or they may do it in a series of events.
- In November 2021, The Edge did an interview with Rolling Stone promoting Achtung Baby. The Edge mentioned the band is “locked in the tower of song and working away on a bunch of new things. I’m just having so much fun writing and not necessarily having to think about where it’s going to go.” He revealed that the band has yet to settle on any producers for the new material. Of the new song he mentions that Sing 2 “is a movie about great songs and we felt very comfortable in the company that we were keeping there.”
- In November 2021, Bono appeared on The Today Show promoting Sing 2. He said of the new material, “It’s nice to work without a purpose. Which is to say, it’s not like somebody is coming up and saying we have to have a U2 album or we have to have a U2 tour. We’ve been talking, and are excited to work together again. In the next few weeks there will be some recording.”
The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 Film: Heartland
- Rumoured date: June 2022 [Still tentative, not scheduled]
- Anton Corbijn filmed two shows in Mexico City on U2’s Joshua Tree 2017 tour for a theatre release.
- Acts such as Depeche Mode and The Cure have recently debuted films in theatre prior to a home video release. Anton Corbijn was involved in the Depeche Mode film.
- The film has been delayed a number of times. Originally it was worked on for a late-2018 release, but was pushed back to June 2019, and later June 2020 to allow for The Joshua Tree tour to continue. It was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic at that time.
- The band will reschedule the film post-pandemic, and the plan is to still show the film in theatres first.
- Additional filming was done in South America and in the USA in 2017 for this video. We are told the footage from San Diego of the opening songs at the b-stage is being used in the film with the footage from Mexico City.
- Steve Lillywhite mixed the sound for the film. Initial work was completed in late 2018, but additional work was done in mid-2019.
- The film was said to be complete in September 2019. No footage of the 2019 tour dates is expected to be used in the film itself, but could be used in bonus footage on an eventual home video release. Anton Corbijn confirmed in September 2020 that the film is complete, and is with the band ready to be distributed.
- Photo shoots were done with Anton Corbijn in Mumbai and Tokyo in 2019. It is not known if those photos were for this project or possibly another.
- Bono told Q Magazine in June 2020: “A couple of years ago we filmed a piece with Anton Corbijn for his film Heartland and we played U2’s song “Heartland” for the very first time at the foot of one of the great yuccas.” A photograph from that day by Ross Stewart was used in promotion of the 2019 tour.
- We’ve been told that this project will still debut in theatres first.