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January 22, 2016
Bono sings with Hawaiian guitarist LT Smooth during a Salesforce-hosted luncheon at the World Economic Forum. Bono is in the audience (speaking with Arianna Huffington) as Smooth begins the song, and then joins Smooth at the microphone. The exact location of the performance is unknown.
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U2 played almost every track from Songs Of Innocence during the band's 2015 Innocence + Experience tour, and the fan favorite of all those new songs probably won't surprise many of you: "Cedarwood Road" took the honor decisively, earning more than 23 percent of all votes that were cast. The race for second place was closer, with "Raised By Wolves" beating out "Iris" and "Song For Someone." Those four songs, along with "Every Breaking Wave," were the only ones to get more than 10 percent of the votes cast.
"Lucifer's Hands" and "The Troubles" had the fewest votes, but that's not too surprising consider that they were only played three and four times, respectively, during the tour. (For a count of all Songs Of Innocence songs that were played on the tour, see @U2 Tours.)
Our poll question included all of the album tracks that U2 played during the year, including those that only appeared on the deluxe version of Songs Of Innocence. Here are the full results:
Our current poll question is asking you to predict when U2's next album, Songs Of Experience, will be released. Vote on our home page!
U2's Innocence + Experience tour was the No. 4 tour of 2015 in terms of overall ticket sales. That's according to Pollstar's year-end tour chart listing the top 20 tours of the year around the world and across musical genres.
The I+E tour's 76 shows grossed a total of $152.2 million, for an average of about $2 million per show. The tour sold a total of 1,286,416 tickets, for an average of just under 17,000 per show and more than 58,000 per city. The average ticket price was $118.35, making it the sixth most-expensive show on average. The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Madonna, Fleetwood Mac and Elton John all had higher average ticket prices.
The top five tours of the year overall were Taylor Swift ($250.4 million), AC/DC ($180 million), One Direction ($158.8 million), U2 and Foo Fighters ($127 million).
The full list of top tours is shown below.
Adam Clayton has told Q magazine that U2 is planning to restart the Innocence + Experience tour -- with new material -- "towards the end of the year," a reference to 2016. The quote, along with a couple song titles that we haven't seen mentioned anywhere else, appears in the just-published February 2016 issue and serves as part of the magazine's 2016 preview.
You can read the full article via the scan below, but here's the relevant quote from Adam about the band's new album and its timing with more concert dates:
"The intention was always that we started on the Innocence album and go through to the Experience album. We'll start the show up with additional material towards the end of the year. We like the idea that there's a rounding of the circle."
Speaking of the new album, Adam says U2 is "really optimistic that we're on top of our game and we can finish this one quickly, but you never know until you get under the bonnet and get the screwdriver out." The Edge is quoted as saying U2 still has some songwriting to do, but could probably finish recording the existing songs in "four to six weeks."
The article also mentions two song titles -- "Landlady" and "Where The Shadows Fall" -- that we haven't seen anywhere before. We'll be adding them shortly to our U2 new album page.
After having to sit out in 2014 due to his bike accident and recovery, Bono was back on Grafton Street this Christmas Eve (Thursday) for a charity busking session with several other Irish artists. Glen Hansard was there (as per usual), and the list of performers also included Hozier, The Script, Kodaline and Imelda May. As we've noted on @U2 Tours, Bono showed up for three songs: "When Love Comes To Town," "Every Breaking Wave" and "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer." (Setlist fanatics will note it's Bono's first public performance of "Rudolph.")
Haven't found video of the latter, but here are the two U2 songs he sang with the all-star buskers.
With the world's media watching, and the HBO TV cameras rolling, U2 wrapped up the 2015 Innocence + Experience tour with a powerful and emotional show Monday night in Paris. The band continued to honor the city and all of France for its resilience after last month's terrorist attacks, and Bono took advantage of the spotlight to even deliver messages that were directed toward terrorists (see image above). The most poignant moment of the night came at the end when U2 invited Eagles Of Death Metal -- the band whose gig last month at the Bataclan concert hall was attacked -- to join them on stage for "People Have The Power." When that song ended, Bono bid the crowd "au revoir" and U2 walked off, leaving the Eagles to play one of their own songs on U2's stage to U2's audience. It was a supremely classy move. Well done, U2.
The show, as you likely know, was also broadcast Monday night on HBO (and will be seen later in a few other countries) in its entirety, aside from the intermission ("The Fly") being cut. In case you missed all of that, or just want to read our lengthy show recap, here's the set list:
Next up for U2? Nothing! Well, the I+E tour is over for this year and there's nothing yet announced for 2016, but we suspect that a certain singer will be seen busking on the streets of Dublin on Christmas Eve, as he's wont to do when his health allows.
U2 made an emotional return to Paris Sunday night, playing the first of the two shows that were postponed after last month's terrorist attacks. "Vive la France!," Bono shouted as he took the stage -- the first of many tributes to the city and country throughout the show. Perhaps the most poignant tribute came during "City Of Blinding Lights" when the arena was bathed in the colors of the French flag and the names of the terrorist attack victims scrolled on the video screen. See the tweet embedded below for a short bit of that. Missed the show? Here's the set list link:
Next up? One more show in Paris on Monday night ... the final show of the 2015 I+E tour and the one that will be shown later in the evening on HBO.
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