Bono was just featured on the Cry Power Podcast with Hozier a few days ago. Listen to the full podcast at this link and hear what Bono had to say about the next possible U2 albums (Songs of Ascent as well as a "straightforward f***off rock-and-roll album").
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On Saturday you'll be able to purchase a special 12 inch vinyl 3 track single of "The Europa EP" at participating record shops in select countries around the world.
With only 5,000 copies in circulation, The Europa EP features artwork inspired by Charlie Chaplin's 1940 film "The Great Dictator" mixed with U2's 1993 Zooropa album. The cover art also features the figure 130, in celebration of Chaplin's 130th birthday which falls on April 16.
Side A features the previously unreleased opening from the recent eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE European Tour - Charlie Chaplin's final speech from the movie The Great Dictator, underscored with a unique musical mash up of 'Love Is All We Have Left' with 1993 classic 'Zooropa' - which leads into a 'live' performance of New Year's Day from Dublin in November 2018. Side B has two 'Euro'-tinged remixes: St. Francis Hotel's mix of 'New Year's Day' and Jon Pleased Wimmin's Euromantic mix of 'Love Is All We Have Left'. The artwork is an eXPERIENCED Chaplinesque homage to the artwork of the Zooropa Album.
Record Store Day is an annual event created in 2008 and held on one Saturday every April and every "Black Friday" in November to "celebrate the culture of the independently owned record store". Music fans, artists, and thousands of independent record stores across the planet take part in the celebration.
More information can be found here: https://recordstoreday.com/SpecialRelease/10883
Last Sunday, May 27, U2 recorded a couple of tunes at Jack White's Third Man Records studio in Nashville, TN.
The songs U2 performed were recorded directly to acetate vinyl for a special forthcoming limited edition single.
Here's their live, stripped-down acoustic take of "Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way" (this was recorded via Facebook Live).
Also, they performed an acoustic version of "Red Flag Day" and here is a snippet below:
On November 24 for Record Store Day's "Black Friday" event, U2 will release "The Blackout" on a single 12" vinyl record.
The limited edition single is being distributed as part of Jack White's "Third Man Records" label. It will contain the album version of "The Blackout" as well as a remix from Irish producer Jacknife Lee. Black vinyl versions will be sold at various independent record stores participating in RSD Black Friday, while even more rare colored vinyl copies will be limited for sale only in the cities of Nashville and Detroit (where Jack White's Third Man's stores are located). Additionally, two yet unnamed retail stores in the U.K. and Ireland will also carry the copies of colored vinyl).
In an interview conducted in September with Rolling Stone Magazine, Bono stated that the song "started off its life about a more personal apocalypse, some events in my life that more than reminded me of my mortality but then segued into the political dystopia that we're heading towards now."
U2's forthcoming album "Songs of Experience" is set to be released on December 1, 2017 worldwide.
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by Anna Gaca, SPIN
Several U2 fan club members report they've received a mysterious letter from the band, apparently promoting "Blackout," a rumored title of an unreleased U2 song.
The letters include a paragraph about William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience, the collection of poetry that inspired the titles of U2's 2014 album Songs of Innocence and its forthcoming counterpart, Songs of Experience. Most of the text is blocked out by a silhouette of Bono's son and the Edge's daughter, revealing only the words, "Blackout ... It's ... clear ... who ... you are ... will ... appear ... U2.com."
At the bottom of the page, a partially blacked-out line of text reads, "U2 will announce ______________ on ______."
U2 are currently on a break before the second North American leg of their Joshua Tree anniversary tour. They'll head back out on the road with Beck in September. See a few of the "Blackout" letters below.
© 2017 SPIN.com.
Original article: https://www.spin.com/2017/08/u2-blackout-songs-of-experience-rumors/
"We didn't know if we could pull off a tour that honors 'The Joshua Tree' without it being nostalgic," the frontman says. "That's an oxymoron"
By Andy Greene, Rolling Stone
Until U2 kicked off their Joshua Tree 2017 Tour at Vancouver's BC Place stadium on May 12th, they honestly weren't sure they had a concept that would work. Here was a show built around an album that came out during the final years of the Ronald Reagan administration by a band that had spent their whole career refusing to cash in on their past. "It's so not us to throw ourselves a birthday party," says Bono. "We didn't know if we could pull off a tour that honors The Joshua Tree without it being nostalgic. That's an oxymoron."
But by the time Bono called into Rolling Stone three shows into the tour he had no doubt the group had a winning formula, one that took The Joshua Tree out of 1987 and firmly planted it in 2017. We spoke to the U2 frontman about how the band got to that place, and where he hopes they go from here.
By Jim Harrington, [email protected], Bay Area News Group
The Joshua Tree" changed everything for U2.
Released in 1987, the album took the band to the top of the U.S. pop charts for the first time and brought Bono and the boys their first Grammy Awards. It soared to global sales of more than 25 million, making it one of the best selling albums of all time.
This fifth studio effort -- the follow-up to 1984's "The Unforgettable Fire" -- made U2 the biggest band in the world. And the group has been in pole position pretty much ever since.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame act is celebrating the 30th anniversary of "Joshua Tree" with a giant tour that touches down May 17 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara. And the best news is that, for the first time, the group will be performing the album in its entirety at each stop on the tour.
In honor of the occasion, we are taking a long look back at this landmark rock album. Here are 30 things you should know about U2's signature album.
by Zach Schonfeld, Newsweek
During the 1980s, U2 became entranced by America. Especially Bono. Though born and raised in Ireland, the singer obsessively mined the United States for lyrical inspiration. His gaze fell frequently on lingering injustice: civil rights struggles, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s murder, greedy televangelists. On Rattle and Hum, the band's messy 1988 sorta-soundtrack, the obsession expanded to include gospel ("Angel of Harlem") and blues ("When Love Comes to Town") and high-profile guest appearances from an older, more settled generation of classic rockers: Bob Dylan, B.B. King, even Jimi Hendrix's ghost (in the form of a "Star Spangled Banner" excerpt).
During the 2010s, Kendrick Lamar chronicled the bruised and broken promises of life in White America on rap albums drenched in jazzy paranoia. On 2015's To Pimp a Butterfly, he set his ruthless critiques to sprawling, sputtering funk-inspired beats. On tracks like "Alright," Lamar nodded to the Black Lives Matter movement and the swell in public attention to police shootings of black men. Butterfly inspired everyone from David Bowie to Kanye West to Barack Obama, who publicly expressed admiration for "How Much a Dollar Cost."
Now it's 2017 and lyrics about racial injustice are still disturbingly relevant and U2 is among that settled generation of classic rockers making high-profile guest appearances. Here's proof: Kendrick Lamar--who was not yet born when The Joshua Tree first came out--has gone ahead and featured U2 on his anticipated and enigmatic new album, DAMN.