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 later dates for rescheduling.
Last Updated: February 6, 2022
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.
- 2022-01-21: Now That’s What I Call Punk and New Wave (Pink vinyl and CD, includes U2’s “I Will Follow”)
- 2022-02-22: Alice Cooper Paranomal (White vinyl release, includes Larry Mullen on several tracks) [More Info]
- 2022-04-23: Record Store Day 2022 (We are told U2 may participate, but have not been provided any details which we have had in previous years)
- 2022-06-04: Repressings of The Unforgettable Fire, Songs of Innocence and Under A Blood Red Sky on vinyl [More Info]
- 2022-Midyear: 2022 Gift from the U2.Com Fan Club U2 Achtung Baby 30 Live (Single CD) [More Info]
- 2022-Fall: Bono’s Autobiography tentatively scheduled to be released. The book is not ready yet, and has been pushed back from 2021.
- 2022: Album of reinvented U2 Songs [More Info]
- 2023: Album of new U2 Material
- Unknown: A soundtrack album for “The Busk” was being discussed, which may feature Bono’s version of “Running to Stand Still” [More Info]
Album of Reinvented U2 Songs
Expected Date: 2022
- It has been shared with us by reliable sources that U2 are putting together an album of new recordings of older U2 songs, including alternate versions and acoustic recordings.
- This material has all been newly recorded since the band ended their most recent tour in December 2019.
- We have been told that U2 are working with various producers on this material, including the producers they worked with initially on the songs in some cases.
- This may be the compilation of material that was originally discussed with us in relation to the U2 Exhibition in Dublin. The Exhibition appears to have not been developed during COVID.
- In July 2021, Adam Clayton mentioned this project in an interview with Rocky O’Riordan on U2 X-Radio, “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.”
- On July 25, 2021 Adam Clayton appeared on the Rockoneteurs podcast, and spoke about the project as well, “We have been recording acoustic versions of some of our catalog in different keys and different tempos just as a challenge.”
- In November 2021, Adam Clayton spoke to O Globo and mentioned this project. 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.
- Bono has been speaking in a number of interviews related to Sing 2 about his voice and how he thinks he’s found it more recently, and struggles to listen to his voice on early U2 songs.
- We have spoken to a source close to the band who confirm that the band is currently reworking songs from across their entire catalog of albums in this acoustic manner, not just songs from one specific album.
- We have been told the songs will be collected as an album and released later this year.
Next U2 Album
Expected Date: 2023
- The next full-length album of new material is unlikely to be Songs of Ascent – it appears U2 have been developing another second project instead. See below for more information about Songs of Ascent and where it stands.
- Ryan Tedder in an interview in September 2019 shared, “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 November 2018, at the end of the Experience and Innocence tour, Bono suggested “I’d like to make a balls to the wall rock album” and Larry Mullen speaking about the future said “You never know. I assume there’ll be another album.
- In Hozier’s Cry Power podcast in October 2019, Bono spoke at length about Songs of Ascent (see below) and then shared, “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 fans at an event in Australia 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 in studio in London at that time. Lillywhite said the band are quite excited about the material.
- 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, “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.”
- 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.”
- 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.
- 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.”
- In December 2021, Adam Clayton was interviewed in Le Figaro and spoke about the band’s plans going forward, “At 50 we said to ourselves that there were good reasons to stay together and to continue working together. We have a great history after all. Today we are all in our 60s and we can’t wait to enter a new chapter in our history. We are working to rearrange some of our tracks in acoustic versions, to reveal new emotions. In addition, we are preparing new songs, for an album which should be released in 2023. And if circumstances allow it, we will go on a world tour at that time. It’s been a long time since we last performed in public.”
- In January 2022, Alice Cooper in an interview with Eddie Trunk on SIriusXM revealed that U2 were working with producer Bob Ezrin.
Songs of Ascent Album
Expected Date: Not Scheduled
- Songs of Ascent was material that was developed during the sessions for No Line on the Horizon and at one point U2 considered releasing a double album.
- The band decided not to release the material as a double album, and the extra material was put aside for a second album, Songs of Ascent with plans to release it shortly after the No Line on the Horizon album.
- Although they return to the material recorded with Eno and Lanois from time-to-time, the albums released since, Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience were both developed from original ideas, and it appears that the band are once again looking to do something new instead of developing the Songs of Ascent material at this time. (See above)
- 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 has confirmed that most of the songs developed for Songs of Ascent remain unreleased with the exception of “Every Breaking Wave” which was developed for Songs of Innocence and “Mercy” which was released on the live EP “Wide Awake in Europe”.
- “Soon” was also planned for the album, and was released in the boxed set of the Rose Bowl concert. “North Star” has also been heard in concert and can be heard in one of the Transformers films.
- In Hozier’s “Cry Power“ podcast in October 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.” He also made it clear the band might work on other projects first.
- The album remains in the vault at this time, and like 2014 and 2017, it appears the band are once again looking at other ideas which are likely to be released first. Bono does still bring the album up as existing as a separate album from the more recent work.
- 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.
The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 Film: Heartland
Expected date: Not Scheduled
- A concert film from the 2017 tour was filmed by Anton Corbijn over two nights in Mexico City, with additional footage filmed at other tour stops.
- The film will also include additional material at the start and end of the film, including opening with footage of U2 performing “Heartland” in the desert. That song gives the film it’s name.
- The film is planned for a theatre release, and we are told the plan is to show the film in theatres before a home video release if it becomes possible post-pandemic.
- Editing on the film was completed in late 2018, with plans to show it in theatres in June 2019. It was pushed back a year when plans were finalized to continue the tour. It was once again pushed back prior to being announced due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- 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, and again in late 2021 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.
Unlikely to Happen
Zoo TV 30
- Bono has put this rumour to bed. Asked about the possibility of a Zoo TV Anniversary tour in January 2022, he answered, “It was my fault — blame it on me or give me some credit for the “Joshua Tree” tour, the retreading of that, because I wanted to honor the album. And I thought it’d be like a couple of months and do it, just really make sure, because people forget. And it’s a shame not to be able to do it with… I don’t even know if we would have done it, but you can’t now, for “Achtung Baby” [which had its 30th anniversary last year], because it is an incredible album.” He finished by sharing his thoughts on anniversary tours, “But I’m for people doing those album-type tours. I think it’s something you did and you should take it around as a retrospective. But we did a lot of it.”
- We have been told from reliable sources since the 2019 shows ended that there have been no plans for a tour, and the plan was even before COVID hit, to take some time off and then go out on tour when a new album is ready.
- During the January 2022 Bourbon Street Experience for Music Rising, The Edge confirmed they had spoken about a possible revival of Zoo TV with their team, but it had not gotten beyond a discussion stage.