Upcoming Releases

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 is facing a lot of uncertainty right now and the COVID-19 virus is having a huge impact on the music industry, with many acts starting to announce delays in planned releases in light of the virus. We've tried to highlight below what information came to us prior to these concerns, and where they may now be changes.

Last Updated: June 4, 2021

Announced Upcoming and Recent Releases

  • 2021-06-12: U2 single "Fire" [12-Inch Picture Disc for Record Store Day] (More Info)
  • 2021-06-12: Various Artist album Red Hot + Blue [Released for Record Store Day] (More Info)
  • 2021-06-12: Various Artist soundtrack Lara Croft: Tomb Raider [Released for Record Store Day] (More Info)
  • 2021-06-25: New pressing of All That You Can't Leave Behind will be issued in Europe. (More Info)
  • 2021-09-24: Best of Bond...James Bond [Now pushed back again, 2-cd or triple vinyl set, will be released October 8 in North America, updated collection includes Tina Turner's "Goldeneye"]
  • 2021-Fall: Bono's Autobiography rumoured to be released [Date to be confirmed] (More Info)
  • 2021-12-22: Movie Sing 2 [Bono will appear as a character in the movie and is rumoured to contribute to a number of songs.] (More Info)
  • Ongoing: U2 are currently remastering their video catalog for YouTube. More information is available here.
  • Shipping starting in July: U2 Live at the Apollo (Fan Club gift from U2.Com, Downloads have started.) (More Info)

The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 Film: Heartland

  • U2 has worked with Anton Corbijn to film their two shows in Mexico City for a release.
  • We are told that this will be released in theatres worldwide, ahead of a home video release. This is similar to recent theatre debuts for films about Depeche Mode and The Cure.
  • 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.
  • Originally the film was planned for a late 2018 release, but was pushed back to June 2019 and later to June 2020 to allow for the 2019 tour dates to be done ahead of the film. It was further postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are told the band will reschedule the film post-pandemic, and that the plan is still to show the film in theatres.
  • 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.

Songs of Ascent Album or A New U2 Album (Unknown)

  • 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 womens 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.)

Less Likely Releases/Projects:

Zoo TV Anniversary

  • We are told by a number of reliable sources that there will not be any tour to celebrate the Zoo TV anniversary. These sources have previously been very accurate in advance tour information.
  • We have been told that the band are working on a new album (see above) and would like to have that ready prior to whatever tour comes next.
  • In May 2018 Rolling Stone asked tour director Willie Williams "Is any part of your mind plotting out a possible Achtung Baby 30 tour in case they want to do one in 2021?" and Williams answered, "Absolutely. Why not? I was so amazed that they were talking about doing a Joshua Tree album show. I just laughed. Bono told me himself so I knew it wasn’t hearsay, but I just laughed because it seems to be the least likely thing they would ever do. That having been done, all bets are off. Nothing would surprise me now."
  • In July 2020 The Edge was asked by Rolling Stone, "Next year is the 30th anniversary of Achtung Baby. Are you going to do anything to celebrate that?" and he replied, "There have been various ideas, but I don’t think it’ll necessarily be right on the anniversary. It’s one of those very important records in our career. We do want to celebrate it, but we’ll see. I’m not sure yet." And asked if he'd like to play the songs in order, he replied, "It’s on my list. Let’s put it that way. At some point, I’d love to do something again with the Zoo TV idea. It’s weird how it’s come around."
  • Rolling Stone asked Adam Clayton in July 2020 about the possibility of a 30th anniversary tour for Achtung Baby, and his response was, "At this point, we kind of just completed five or six years of quite intensive work. Nobody is really looking too far into the future. I think it’s fair to say that for the immediate future, stadium touring on that scale is somewhat in jeopardy. How that all reforms itself and reboots itself, I don’t really know yet."
  • The band may still mark the anniversary with a broadcast or a release, but our sources have been clear that a tour is not planned.
  • Recently the band has started to remaster the videos from Achtung Baby on their YouTube channel.
  • The 2018 pressing of the album on vinyl just went back to press for a new run, and was reissued in large numbers at the end of April. It should be available in shops now if you missed the original pressing in 2018. It will contain the same catalog number and other identifiers and should be indistinguisable from the earlier pressings, but we are working to confirm any changes. This has been done to keep the 2018 version of the vinyl in stock at stores, as stores have recently been unable to order new quantities of the album.

Collaboration between Bono, Swizz Beatz and Kanye West (2012)

  • This collaboration has been redone as a collaboration between DMX and Swizz Beatz and Bono. See link above.
  • This one has been on and off of our expected tracks list for years, but now we're putting it back on.
  • The track was first mentioned for Swizz Beatz album Haute Living and later was mentioned for his 2018 release Poison.
  • Swizz Beatz claims that track featuring Bono and Kanye will now appear on an R&B album that he plans to release as a follow up to Poison but we aren't exactly holding our breath as he has four albums in the works and the last one followed 11 years after his first.
  • A snippet of the song was shared in 2012.
  • The full song leaked on October 4, 2019, posted to YouTube, release plans for the song remain unknown, but Swizz Beatz has suggested it will be on his followup to his 2018 album.

"Red Flag Day" / "Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way" Third Man Records Release

  • While the tour was in Nashville, U2 stopped in at the Third Man Records storefront and recorded two songs for an as yet unnannounced single.
  • On Twitter, the project was discussed, including the note "Special limited edition vinyl coming soon."
  • "Love is Bigger" was one of the songs recorded, "Red Flag Day" was the other.
  • Additionally several remixes for "Red Flag Day" were commissioned, and some had been approved and mastered.
  • We are told that the band was unhappy with the results of this session, and this release will not happen in any form.

Finding Home (Innocence + Experience Tour) Documentary - U2 (Not Scheduled)

  • When the initial annoucement was made that the Paris concert would be streamed on HBO there was also a tour documentary announced to air ahead of the concert.
  • The documentary was described as taking a look into the creation of U2’s wildly innovative and widely acclaimed iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE world tour, which began May 14 in Vancouver and currently runs through November. The special will detail how a show of this magnitude is conceived, revealing the blood, sweat and imagination that have gone into making iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE, the tour that would ultimately “reinvent the arena show,” according to Rolling Stone’s opening-night review.
  • Interviews in the documentary include all four members of U2 – Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. – as well as the supporting cast of Willie Williams, who has created tour concepts for the band for more than 30 years, award-winning designer Es Devlin, newly signed on for this tour, production director Jake Berry, audio director Joe O’Herlihy, executive director Gavin Friday, set designer Ric Lipson and others who bring iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE to life around U2’s music, night after night.
  • The special also explores the challenges and setbacks U2 faced in the months before tour rehearsals began in April, including Bono’s serious bicycle accident in New York last fall, and his — and the band’s — hard road getting back into “fighting shape” for their triumphant return with iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE. This exclusive documentary chronicles in detail how these same four friends, who started out as a humble punk band from the Northside of Dublin more than 30 years ago, continue to create magic nightly with the most grandiose, yet most intimate, arena tour ever staged.
  • The documentary is being directed by Davis Guggenheim, who was behind "It Might Get Loud" and "From the Sky Down" and it is tentatively being called "Finding Home"
  • Fans were interviewed for this documentary at various locations throughout 2015
  • HBO told atu2.com that "The one-hour documentary, initially planned for Nov. 7th, is still in development. U2, HBO and Davis Guggenheim look forward to revealing more information about the documentary in the near future."

Unknown Collaboration between Bono and DJ Khaled (2016)

  • DJ Khaled revealed on Snapchat that he was working on a "movie" with Bono.
  • The other "movie" Khaled worked on that day was for a non profit foundation called Get Schooled, so this may be for one of Bono's projects like (RED).
  • DJ Khaled did feature on the (RED) Special on Jimmy Kimmel in December 2016.
  • This may never come out. We'll let you know if we have any updates.

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