"The emotions that are on this record are very abstract, out of focus, fragmented, its words are gray. But that is exactlywhat it should be."
-- Bono, on War
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We're still in the process of moving everything from U2tours.com to our new home here on @U2. As you use the site, you might find some bugs and you'll probably find missing information -- particularly setlist details like snippets. We'd love your help as we continue to work on the site! Please see the "welcome guide" web pages for an overview of the new site, as well as details on how to join the effort to finish building the site -- either casually or as a member of the @U2 staff. Thanks!
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Latest U2 Concert
October 24, 2014
Bono and the Edge, after performing in Germany earlier in the day, return to Dublin for a performance on "The Late Late Show" on RTÉ Television. They speak with host Ryan Tubridy prior to performing two songs acoustically. Edge played acoustic guitar for "The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)" and played piano on "Every Breaking Wave."
Latest U2 Tour News & Rumors
U2 is still thinking about doing two distinct types of concerts when the band goes on tour in 2015. That idea first came up in the recent Q magazine cover story, and it was mentioned again when the band spoke with Rolling Stone magazine for its current cover feature.
RS has published some of the interview quotes that didn't make it into Brian Hiatt's print story, and those excerpts include this mention of how next year's tour might be structured:
The band is weighing a two-night structure for their 2015 tour.
In the article, Bono also seems to mention wanting to be able to converse with his younger self during the live show, since some of the songs are a conversation like that. There are also lots of album and song nuggets you probably didn't know about yet. It's a good read.
Bono and The Edge closed out a full Friday with their visit to Dublin's The Late Late Show, where they sat down for an interview with host Ryan Tubridy. The video below contains the full appearance (spoiler alert: the two perform an acoustic set including "The Miracle (Of Joy Ramone)" and "Every Breaking Wave.")
It's a busy Friday for U2 as the band performed six songs and sat for a brief interview for Germany's Radio NRW's Unplugged & Talk event. German comedian and long-time U2 friend Michael Mittermeier interviewed the band after they performed. "The Miracle" was performed twice because Bono said it was "schysse." According to our friends at U2Tour.de, it will broadcast on Oct. 27. The full song recap is posted on the @U2 Tours page.
Some Twitter photos from the event:
Earlier today, Dublin's TodayFM aired a teaser for the station's 1-hour pre-recorded interview, scheduled for Monday at 3 pm Dublin time. (Teaser starts at the 43 minute mark). In it, Larry shares why Errol Brown is thanked in the Songs Of Innocence liner notes - his chocolate brown labrador shares the same name as the lead singer of Hot Chocolate, famous for the song "Sexy Thing." Bono also shared his thoughts on karaoke.
Musician and TV host Jools Holland had one of his wishes come true tonight when U2 made its first appearance and performance on his BBC 2 TV show, Later With... Jools Holland. The band opened the 30-minute live show with the first performance of "Volcano," and then closed the show with "Every Breaking Wave."
You can catch videos of both songs and full concert details on @U2 Tours.
On Friday, a recorded, 60-minute version of Later With... will air, and that should include an interview with U2 and possibly a third live song.
Next up for U2 is a performance/interview on Friday in Germany in front of a live audience, although at this point the venue and city have not even been announced.
UPDATE: Via @U2UKFanFeed, who were at the show tonight, U2's third song was the first live performance of "California (There Is No End To Love)."
UPDATE 2: Video of "California (There Is No End To Love)" is now available here:
The Songs Of Innocence promo tour continued Thursday as U2 participated in a recording of this week's The Graham Norton Show on BBC One. During the taping, the band did two full, electric versions of "The Miracle" and then did an acoustic version of "Song For Someone" from the couch when Norton asked the band to do one more song.
Here's the recap on @U2 Tours.
The show will air Friday evening on BBC One. And, for our US readers, BBC America will air the program on October 25 at 10:00 pm.
UPDATE: While it lasts, here's video of U2's two songs.
Two new tracks from Songs Of Innocence had their live premieres Wednesday night as U2 spent almost the full two hours on Jo Whiley's show on BBC Radio 2.
The band performed "Cedarwood Road" and "Song For Someone" for the first time, with both songs getting some help from an in-studio string quintet. Five songs were performed overall -- the others being acoustic versions of "The Miracle" and "Every Breaking Wave," along with "Stuck In A Moment" with Edge playing piano.
There wasn't much news to come from the interview segments, but near the end of the show, The Edge had this to say about U2's tour plans for 2015: "We are definitely going out on the road with this album next year. We don't know exact dates yet. Indoors. Definitely starting smaller. This is about the songs -- this album and this tour."
(Thx to U2.com for use of the photo.)
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