Achtung! U2 to Release Collaboration Album to Fans Only

Over the last 30 years, U2 have shared the stage and recording studio with a wide array of musical artists, including such notables as Bruce Springsteen, B.B. King, Johnny Cash, Frank Sinatra and Jay-Z. From rock and punk to country, R&B and gospel, U2’s collaborations have spanned many musical genres and introduced their fans to a broad spectrum of music.

U2 are putting the finishing touches on an exclusive package that will put many of these collaborations together in one collection. Titled U2:Duals, the album will be available exclusively to U2’s fans through the band’s official website and will not be available in shops or online.

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U2’s 2011 concert schedule:

February 13 – Johannesburg, ZA – FNB Stadium
February 18 – Cape Town, ZA – Cape Town Stadium
March 25 – Santiago, CL – Estadio Nacional
March 30 – Buenos Aires, AR – Estadio Unico de La Plata
April 9 – Sao Paulo, BR – Estadio Morumbi
April 10 – Sao Paulo, BR – Estadio Morumbi
April 13 – Sao Paulo, BR – Esdadio Morumbi
May 11 – Mexico City, MX – Azteca Stadium
May 14 – Mexico City, MX – Azteca Stadium
May 15 – Mexico City, MX – Azteca Stadium
May 21 – Denver, CO – Invesco Field
May 24 – Salt Lake City, UT – Rice-Eccles Stadium
June 1 – Edmonton, CA – Commonwealth Stadium
June 4 – Seattle, WA – Qwest Field
June 7 – Oakland, CA – Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
June 17 – Anaheim, CA – Angel Stadium
June 18 – Anaheim, CA – Angel Stadium
June 22 – Baltimore, MD – M & T Bank Stadium
June 26 – East Lansing, MI – Spartan Stadium
June 29 – Miami, FL – Sun Life Stadium
July 2 – Nashville, TN – Vanderbilt Stadium
July 5 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field
July 8 – Montreal, QC – Montreal Hippodrome
July 9 – Montreal, QC – Montreal Hippodrome
July 11 – Toronto, ON – Rogers Centre
July 14 – Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field
July 17 – St. Louis, MO – Busch Stadium
July 20 – East Rutherford, NJ – New Meadowlands Stadium
July 23 – Minneapolis, MN – TCF Bank Stadium
July 26 – Pittsburgh, PA – Heinz Field

U2 announce DVD release of ‘YouTube’ Rose Bowl gig

U2’s 2009 ‘YouTube’ gig from California’s Rose Bowl stadium is to come out on DVD.

‘U2360° At The Rose Bowl’ will be the band’s first live release available in Blu–ray, and deluxe editions also feature a new documentary called ‘Squaring the Circle: Creating U2360°’. It’s out on June 7.

The gig, which took place on October 25 last year, was broadcast over YouTube live at the time.

The tracklisting is:

‘Get On Your Boots’
‘Mysterious Ways’
‘Beautiful Day’
‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’
‘Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of’
‘No Line On The Horizon’
‘In A Little While’
‘Unknown Caller’
‘Until the End of the World’
‘The Unforgettable Fire’
‘City of Blinding Lights’
‘I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight’
‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’
‘Walk On’
‘Where The Streets Have No Name’
‘Ultra Violet (Light My Way)’
‘With Or Without You’
‘Moment Of Surrender’


New U2 Album Expected In June

by Paul Cashmere – February 13 2010

Bono is saying the next U2 album will be called `Songs of Ascent’. He should know.

In an interview with Sean O’Hagan, Bono called ‘Songs of Ascent’ the sister album to ‘No Line Of The Horizon’, similar to how ‘Zooropa’ and ‘Achtung Baby’ were bookends. says the album is expected to be produced by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois once again, with additional work by Steve Lillywhite.

Some of the songs are expected to be the leftover tracks from ‘No Line On The Horizon’, but some are older.

Songs expected to be used include ‘North Star’, an unused track from ‘How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb’.

‘Winter’, the song that didn’t make ‘No Line On The Horizon’ but was used in the movie ‘Brothers’ is expected to make the new album and ‘Kingdom Of Your Love’, heard in part of the intro music of the U2 360 Tour is also expected on the album.

Other tracks we might find there are “Every Breaking Wave’, ‘If I Could Live My Life Again’, ‘Love Is All We Have Left’, ‘Mercy’, ‘Lead Me In The Way I Should Go’ and ‘You Can’t Give Away Your Heart’.

Bono told the Irish Independent that the album may be out in June.

U2 To Release 25th Anniversary Edition of The Unforgettable Fire

I’m sure there are stranger ‘press releases’ than the one I have a copy of announcing the latest in U2’s series of remasters and re-issues, but I can’t think of one off the top of my head.  The Unforgettable Fire, U2’s first collaboration with the great Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, turns 25 and the band is prepping it for a re-issue similar to the one they prepared for The Joshua Tree a couple years ago.

Before we get into the details on The Unforgettable Fire — because there are few — let’s take a look at this ‘press release’ and glean as much from it as we can. First, we can now be certain the band is going to re-issue its entire catalog.  I’m guessing it will be awhile before No Line On The Horizon gets re-issued, but the point is they aren’t going to stop any time soon.  They have already issued The Joshua Tree, Boy, War, October and Under a Blood Red Sky.  U2 hasn’t gone about this chronologically, but when The Unforgettable Fire is issued it would make Rattle & Hum the oldest U2 album not to be re-done.  Following it would be ’90s classics Achtung Baby and Zooropa.


In the case of The Joshua Tree, multiple packages were offered.  The album was remastered and issued on its own.  A 2-CD package was offered, pairing the remastered album with a disc of B-sides, live cuts, and rarities.  A Super Deluxe edition was offered, packaged in a box that included both CDs of the deluxe and an added DVD.  From the information printed on this merchandise bag, it appears the same will be true of The Unforgettable Fire. Continue reading

U2 get Magnificent in Morocco

Irish rockers U2 have released the video for their second single, “Magnificent”, off of their successful new album “No Line on the Horizon”.

Unlike the video for the first single “Get on Your Boots”, which had images of outer space and sexy girls in military uniforms, “Magnificent” takes a softer approach.

Directed by Alex Courtez (who also directed “Boots”), the band is seen walking through the streets of Fes, Morocco with the desert sun beating down on them. They walk with the locals as white sheets drape the surrounding buildings. Also, they are seen playing in a Moroccan house. Their guitars and amps are propped against the mosaic walls.

As per their official website,, “Magnificent” will be remixed an astounding four times. Versions of the song by Soha, Adam K, Redanka, Peter Tong, and Fred Falke are available for downloading.

U2 are no strangers to the mythical city of Fes. They recorded parts of their new album there and on the song “Fez: Being Born”, the Moroccan vibe is evident.

Let’s hope they bring a little bit of Morocco with them on their upcoming tour! But for now, satisfy your U2 craving with their “Magnificent” video.


Marriage to Bono can be tough but Ireland keeps us grounded

st_alihewson1Bono’s wife, Ali Hewson, has said that she couldn’t imagine living anywhere but Ireland.

The down-to-earth wife of the U2 singer said she feels that staying in Ireland has given the family the stability they needed.

Ali (48) described her life at home as “rounded but frantic” but said it is important her family grew up here.

“It helps for us to live here, where we’re part of the community,” Ali said. “Ireland is what keeps us grounded — the Irish are no-nonsense and we’re Irish and it’s home.”

And the founder of the EDUN fashion label said that it helps that family and friends all live relatively close to the couple’s mansion in Killiney, Dublin. Continue reading

U2’s ‘Horizon’ premieres with sky-high sales numbers

U2’s No Line on the Horizon takes a vertical leap to No. 1 on Billboard’s album chart after selling 484,000 copies its first week, the biggest opener since Britney Spears’ Circus sold 505,000 in early December.

Though lower than U2’s last studio disc, sales for the band’s 12th album and seventh chart-topper met expectations, says Keith Caulfield, Billboard’s senior chart analyst.

How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb started with sales of 840,000 during 2004’s Thanksgiving week, “always a big shopping time,” Caulfield says. “It’s unfair to compare it to an album released in March. (Horizon’s tally) is very impressive, especially for a band that’s been around as long as U2. Albums don’t sell the way they used to.”

Taylor Swift’s Fearless, nearing sales of 2.8 million, falls to a distant second with 52,000, and Neko Case’s Middle Cyclone enters at No. 3 with 44,000, trailed by Lady GaGa, Nickelback, Jamie Foxx, The Fray, Beyoncé, the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack and T.I., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Despite a lukewarm reception to single Get on Your Boots, Caulfield expects Horizon to enjoy “a long chart life and long shelf life. There will be endless singles. They’ve got a big tour coming. U2 is a no-brainer.”

Few doubt that piracy, a plague on all album sales (down 11.5% this year compared to 2008), siphoned profits from Horizon, which leaked online 13 days early. It was downloaded at least 445,000 times before its release, according to peer-to-peer monitoring firm BigChampagne.

Piracy grates on Bono, yet he’s reluctant to lead a rebellion “because people think people like me are overpaid and overnourished, and they’re not wrong,” the U2 singer says. “What they’re missing is, how does a songwriter get paid? There’s no space for a Cole Porter in the modern age.

“It’s not the place for rich rock stars to ask for more money, but somebody should fight for fellow artists, because this is madness. Music has become tap water, a utility, where for me it’s a sacred thing, so I’m a little offended.”

The Internet has emasculated rather than liberated artists, he says, noting that the record industry has lost billions in value.

“From punk rock to hip-hop, from heavy metal to country, musicians walk along with a smile and jump like lemmings into the abyss,” he says. “The music business has been thrown to the dogs legislatively.”

That indifference will vanish once “file-sharing of TV shows and movies becomes as easy as songs,” Bono says. “Somebody is going to call the cops.”

– USA Today