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April 30, 2016
The Edge performs four songs with a choir backing him at The Sistine Chapel in Vatican City. He is the first modern musician to perform there.
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Edge helped close the conference Saturday night by performing at least one song ("Ordinary Love") inside the Sistine Chapel. Those in attendance were saying that it's the first contemporary music performance inside the famous building, which opened in 1483. Here's a short clip of Edge's performance.
UPDATE: NBC News reports Edge also played "Yahweh," "Walk On" and Leonard Cohen's "If It Be Your Will." A young Irish choir joined him with backing vocals. Edge said, "When I was asked to perform in the Sistine Chapel I didn't know what to say, because usually there's 'this other guy' who sings (referring to Bono) ... So it took me at least, well, 30 seconds to agree to it."
Bono accepted the We Are Family Foundation's Humanitarian Award at a gala event Friday night in New York City, and took the stage to perform four U2 songs, too. The award is given to "a person in the public eye who has made tremendous efforts and inroads into making the human condition better throughout the world." Previous recipients include Sir Elton John, Peter Gabriel, Sting and Trudie Styler and others.
But the highlight of the night was when Bono joined Nile Rodgers (the foundation's founder) and Chic for a four-song set featuring some of U2's biggest hits: "Pride," "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," "Beautiful Day" and "Mysterious Ways."
@U2's Karen Lindell was at the event taking photos and providing fans with a Periscope livestream of the live performance. Here are a couple of her tweets/photos, and you can visit @U2 Tours for more on the show and links to videos from the event.
U2 may be back on the road later this year as planned, but it sounds like it may not be in support of a new album.
The Edge tells RollingStone.com that the band is "still in the weeds" as it works on Songs Of Experience, and says, "We're not booking the pressing plant, so to speak, just yet." He does confirm that U2 is sticking with plans to release its next album as a companion to 2014's Songs Of Innocence but, Edge says, "It's really hard to say at this point when it will be done."
He describes the new music that was included in a recent Fender guitars promotional video as an early demo -- one of 50 ideas that he's been working on.
"Including a lot of my really rough demos -- I'm not suggesting they're finished, by any means -- there's actually 50 pieces of music that I've put time into," he says with a hearty laugh. "Some of them have not been arranged or performed by the band, but there's 50 ideas, and probably about 20 that we're actually really excited about. So we've got some ways to narrow it down, but we're in good shape."
That seems like a step back from the band's recent quotes in Q magazine, when Edge said U2 could probably finish recording its new material in four to six weeks. In the same article, Adam told Q that the band 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." Edge told Hot Press magazine in November that U2's plan was to finish Songs Of Experience in early 2016. (See our new album page for a timeline of recent news and statements about the band's progress.)
U2's plan, as Adam described in that Q magazine article, was to restart the Innocence + Experience tour later this year with new material. But today's Rolling Stone article says that plan may be changing.
Although the band is working on the record, it's possible that fans may see U2 live again before they hear a new album. Although Edge wasn't specific on timing, he said the band hoped to get back on the road "sooner rather than later" and that its intention was to make an announcement "fairly soon."
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.
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