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U2 Announce Details of New Album Songs of Experience and The eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour 2018

Songs of Experience
New Studio Album Out December 1st
via Interscope Records

Tickets on Sale to the Public Monday, November 20th
Pre-Sale Tickets Available Thursday, November 16th

New Track “Get Out of Your Own Way”
Available Now

Songs of Experience, the 14th studio album from U2, will be released December 1st, 2017 by Interscope Records in the U.S. and via Universal Canada on CD, vinyl, digital download and across streaming platforms. Accompanying the announcement of the Songs of Experience release, Live Nation has confirmed that U2’s eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour will begin in North America in May 2018.

Just as Songs of Experience serves as a companion piece to 2014’s Songs of Innocence, the eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour will serve as a sequel to 2015’s iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour which saw “U2 reinvent the arena show” (Rolling Stone) and was named the #1 concert of 2015 by The New York Times. The tour will kick off on Wednesday, May 2nd 2018 in Tulsa at the BOK Center. Full itinerary below.

Pre-order of Songs of Experience is available now and across all digital platforms and will include three instant grat songs: The previously unreleased “Get Out of Your Own Way,” first single “You’re The Best Thing About Me” which was released on September 6th, and the album version of “The Blackout,” previously released as a performance video in August. All three songs are available now to stream across all platforms. Fans who pre-order the deluxe version of the album will also receive the Kygo remix of “You’re The Best Thing About Me.”

Stream “Get Out of Your Own Way” by U2 via Spotify:

In addition to unveiling album artwork by Anton Corbijn, U2 has revealed the final tracklist of Songs of Experience which was completed earlier this year. The lyrical approach of the album was greatly inspired by Irish poet, novelist and Trinity College, Dublin Professor Emeritus Brendan Kennelly’s advice to Bono to “write as if you’re dead’, resulting in a collection of songs in the form of intimate letters to places and people close to the singer’s heart – family, friends, fans, himself.

Tickets for the eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE North American Tour 2018 go on sale Monday, November 20th @ 10:00 am exclusively through Ticketmaster Verified Fan®. In keeping with their commitment to ensure tickets get into the hands of fans, not scalpers or bots, U2 has partnered with Ticketmaster to use its Verified Fan platform. Verified Fan will power all ticket sales, providing fans who truly want to attend the show with the best opportunity to get great tickets.

U2.com fan club subscribers receive first access and can register at http://www.u2.com/subscribebeginning today until Sunday, November 12th. U2.com subscribers will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets beginning Tuesday, November 14 at 10:00 am and running through Thursday, November 16th at 5:00 pm.

Citi® is the official credit card for the U2 eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour, and as such, Citi cardmembers can take advantage of a special, first-ever Citi Presale powered by Verified Fan opportunity for tour dates in the United States. Citi cardmembers can register now through November 14th to unlock access to tickets and use their Citi card to complete the ticket purchase if verified. The Citi Presale begins Thursday, November 16th at 9:00 am and will continue through Saturday, November 18th at 5:00 pm. To register for the Citi Presale powered by Verified Fan visit: citiprivatepass.com

Tickets will also be available for the Verified Fan public sale that begins on Monday, November 20th at 10:00 am. All fans must register by Saturday, November 18th for the opportunity to unlock access to tickets. To begin, visit u2.tmverifiedfan.com.

Songs of Experience is the companion release to 2014’s ‘Songs of Innocence’, the two titles drawing inspiration from a collection of poems, Songs of Innocence and Experience, by the 18th century English mystic and poet William Blake. Produced by Jacknife Lee and Ryan Tedder, with Steve Lillywhite, Andy Barlow and Jolyon Thomas, the album features a cover image by Anton Corbijn of band-members’ teenage children Eli Hewson and Sian Evans.

Track List:

1. Love Is All We Have Left
2. Lights of Home
3. You’re The Best Thing About Me
4. Get Out of Your Own Way
5. American Soul
6. Summer of Love
7. Red Flag Day
8. The Showman (Little More Better)
9. The Little Things That Give You Away
10. Landlady
11. The Blackout
12. Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way
13. 13 (There is a Light)

U2 2018 TOUR ITINERARY

May 2 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
May 4 – St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center
May 7 – San Jose, CA SAP – Center
May 11 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
May 15 – Los Angeles, CA The Forum
May 22 – Chicago, IL – United Center
May 26 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
May 28 – Atlanta, GA – Infinite Energy Arena
June 5 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
June 9 – Uniondale, NY – NYCB Live, Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
June 13 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
June 17 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
June 21 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
June 25 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
June 29 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center

Itinerary subject to change.
For complete U2 Tour & Ticket information, VIP Travel Packages and more visit: U2.com.

U2 Release Performance Video For ‘The Blackout,’ The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 Continues September 3rd with Special Guest, Beck

U2 have shared a performance video of new album track “The Blackout” via Facebook Live. The performance video was directed by Richie Smyth and filmed in front of a live audience of fans in Amsterdam.

Watch the performance video below:

Following performances of “The Little Things That Give You Away” during encores of several dates on The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 (as well as a TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live), “The Blackout” is the second advance offering from U2’s upcoming 14th album Songs of Experience.

September 6th will see the release of the first single, titled “You’re The Best Thing About Me,” from the new album.

In the meantime, The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 continues on September 3rd in Detroit, with special guest Beck.

In the darkness where we learn to see

U2
THE JOSHUA TREE TOUR 2017 

9/03/17 – Detroit, MI – Ford Field*
9/05/17 – Buffalo, NY – New Era Field*
9/08/17 – Minneapolis, MN – US Bank Stadium*
9/10/17 – Indianapolis, IN – Lucas Oil Stadium*
9/12/17 – Kansas City, MO – Arrowhead Stadium*
9/14/17 – New Orleans, LA – Mercedes Superdome*
9/16/17 – St. Louis, MO – The Dome At America’s Center*
9/19/17 – Phoenix, AZ – University of Phoenix Stadium*
9/22/17 – San Diego, CA – Qualcomm Stadium*
10/03/17 –  Mexico City, Mexico – Foro Sol~
10/04/17 –  Mexico City, Mexico – Foro Sol~
10/07/17 – Bogota, Columbia – Estadio El Campin~
10/10/17 – Buenos Aires, Argentina -Estadio Ciudad de la Plata~
10/11/17 – Buenos Aires, Argentina -Estadio Ciudad de la Plata~
10/14/17 –  Santiago, Chile – Estadio Nacional~
10/19/17 – Sao Paulo, Brazil – Morumbi Stadium~
10/21/17 – Sao Paulo, Brazil – Morumbi Stadium~
10/22/17 – Sao Paulo, Brazil – Morumbi Stadium~
10/25/17 – Sao Paulo, Brazil – Morumbi Stadium~

~ with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
* with Beck

U2’s Joshua Tree tour at the Rose Bowl

U2
Joshua Tree Tour (night two)
Rose Bowl – Pasadena, CA
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Crowd – Image courtesy of Guillermo Prieto/IROCKPHOTOS.NET”

Often times, one can’t expect to go to see a band in a 92,000 plus seat arena and experience a simple, authentic and intimate performance like one would see at a much smaller venue or nightclub. While U2 has always been (for the most part) about grand, sweeping and often theatrical gestures, their saving grace is their strong and memorable songs that are political, universal, personal and spiritual in nature. Their vast musical catalog has touched and resonated with fans on a personal level for many years, with songs that have become commercial and critically-acclaimed anthems. So, at the Rose Bowl on May 21st — the second of a sold-out, two night stint — U2 managed to transcend the liability which comes with a large venue. Despite physical distance from a massive audience, they achieved intimacy on a huge scale.

Image courtesy of Guillermo Prieto/IROCKPHOTOS.NET”

U2 continue to be relevant by writing and recording new, original music. Over the course of their 35-year history, they have successfully evolved their image and style to keep up with changing times, even experimenting with different musical genres. Now in concert, U2 is looking back. They are reflecting and celebrating what they originally introduced to stadiums in 1987. “The Joshua Tree” was the centerpiece of this two-plus hour sold out show focusing on the LP’s 30th anniversary. Breathtaking panoramic visuals showcased stunning, picturesque visual landscapes, diversity of cultures and people, as well as a variety of politically charged images. U2 also performed a number of songs pre- and post-Joshua Tree including “New Year’s Day” and “Sunday Bloody Sunday”– songs which have not lost their potency and send messages that are just as important as they were when they first came out. There was also a timely and moving tribute to singer/songwriter and guitarist Chris Cornell (Soundgarden and Audioslave), who committed suicide on May 17. U2 performed “Running But Standing Still” in Cornell’s honor, and Bono spoke briefly about the heartbreak and tragedy of addiction.

Image courtesy of Guillermo Prieto/IROCKPHOTOS.NET”

Musically, the band sounded fresh and dynamic. There was never a static moment during their exciting performance. The thrill is still there, and U2 never once seemed like they were just going through the motions. The onstage chemistry and magic between The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullin, Jr. were apparent during the live performance. Bono, the charismatic frontman, was passionate, engaged and dramatic. Bono’s vocals were not always consistent, however; he seemed to struggle to reach the heights of his renowned raw, soaring range. Often, Bono sang in a lower register, perhaps to compensate for the challenges his voice could no longer frequently accommodate. “Bullet The Blue Sky” was an example of this mixed effect, and it felt a bit less inspired and compelling. Still, Bono managed to rise to the occasion and give satisfying power to the songs in the gripping way which draws in fans.

Image courtesy of Guillermo Prieto/IROCKPHOTOS.NET”

Earlier this year, U2 was set to release a follow-up album to their 2014 LP, “Songs of Innocence,” titled “Songs of Experience.” The new album’s release was shelved to give U2, according to The Edge, “A chance to think about these songs and make sure they’re really what we want to put out.” When Donald Trump won the presidential election, the band decided to, “put the album on ice.” In the meantime, they decided to tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of “The Joshua Tree.” It was probably a good choice for the time being as the band is in a state of flux creatively. The timing couldn’t have been better, as The Edge himself stated, “Things have come full circle since the 80’s. It was a period when there was a lot of unrest…it feels like we’re right back there.” The band’s instincts are apparently right given the tense and uncertain political climate in the U.S. The music of “The Joshua Tree” has the pulse on that feeling, and concertgoers loved the show. It may have seemed nostalgic and crowd-pleasing on the surface, but no one in the audience seemed to mind. The fans happily stood often and sang along to their favorite songs at the top of their lungs.

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