Wednesday, October 22, 2014

U2 - Every Braking Wave (live later with Jools Holland)

U2.COM : 'Here For You'

'The first time I've ever had the whole band sitting in front of me.'

Latest broadcast interview is with Zane Lowe for BBC Radio 1 in the UK. All four band members were in the studio to talk about how the album began to emerge during the last tour and how it was finished... days before last month's release.

Listen again here.

And if you're in the UK, did you catch the band performing tonight on Later With Jools Holland,  along with Sam Smith, Interpol and Zola Jesus?

A debut live performance for 'Volcano' was a bit special, as was  'Every Breaking Wave' with the whole band and a string section. Here's Volcano.

Let us know what you think in the comments below.

U2 - The Graham Norton Show [videos]

Friday, October 17, 2014

U2.COM : The Making Of...

'U2 The Making of Songs of Innocence', produced by iHeartRadio,  will air across the US tonight,  Friday, October 17th.

'The live broadcast event will feature an intimate interview with Bono and Larry Mullen, Jr., discussing the creative process and meaning behind the music of their new album with host, iHeartMedia personality, Rod Ryan.'

The broadcast will air across iHeartMedia's AAA, Alternative, Mainstream and Classic Rock radio stations across the country at 7/6c as well as online and on the iHeartRadio app on The Alt Project at 7pm ET and 7pm PT.

More here

Thursday, October 16, 2014

U2.COM : Live On The BBC

The band were guests of Jo Whiley on her BBC Radio 2 show tonight, introducing live debuts for 'Cedarwood Road' and 'Song For Someone'.

The four band members were joined by a string quintet in the legendary setting of the BBC's Maida Vale recording studio.  'The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)' and 'Every Breaking Wave' were the other tracks from the new album, and as well as an extended conversation with Jo, the band finished up with 'Stuck In A Moment'.

 Catch the stream of the show - and add to the comments below.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014

U2.COM : On CD/Vinyl Today - Songs of Innocence

To mark this week's release of Songs Of Innocence on CD/Vinyl - along with bonus tracks, acoustic sessions, hidden songs and special formats - the band are playing some of their new songs on TV and radio stations around Europe.

Last night it was Milan, Italy for the RAI TV show, Che Tempo Che Fa.

Today's  physical release of Songs of Innocence  comes in three formats which are available to order here and through Island Records, and U2.com (Don't miss the cool bundle offers just launched - Songs Of Innocence Deluxe CD set & T-Shirt ).

Pre-order digital here.

Deluxe, 2 CD Format which comes with 2 x 16 page booklets, the 11 track album on CD1 plus additional tracks on CD2 including a 6-song acoustic session along with Lucifer's Hands, The Crystal Ballroom, The Troubles (Alternative Version) and Sleep Like A Baby Tonight (Alternative Perspective Mix by Tchad Blake).

2 LP 180gram White Vinyl Format featuring the 11 track album on sides 1, 2 & 3 with bonus track The Crystal Ballroom 12" Mix on side 4.

Single CD Format with a 24-page booklet along with the 11 track album.

U2 "Every breaking wave" live @ Milano by StephaneLecureuil
U2 "The Miracle" live unplugged @ Milano by StephaneLecureuil

Sunday, October 12, 2014

U2.COM : 'The Job Of Art'

Dorian Lynskey's interview with the band in The Observer newspaper in the UK today, is a great read. Here's some  highlights.

On the album release through iTunes
''We were already annoying people, it was already divisive, it was already, 'I can't stand them, I want to kill them.' It's the job of art to be divisive.' (Bono)

'I absolutely had my doubts about it before we did it, and after, but it was the right thing to do. It was an opportunity that will only ever come around once for anybody. I don't think anyone would want to do it again.' (Edge)

'The plan wasn't to be controversial. In today's world there is so much chatter, so in order to get through the chatter I'm afraid we are destined to make a very loud noise ourselves.' (Adam)

On Losing A Mother
'If someone were to do an analysis of the singers and writers in rock'n'roll, you'd be shocked by how many lost their mother. You're just at the age where you're discovering girls and the woman who brought you into the world exits stage left in a very dramatic way. But what's more interesting is the rage that follows grief. Where do you put it? Music arrives in my life as an emancipation and punk rock gives me a place to howl. It's literally turning your shit into gold records.' (Bono)

'Everything I thought that would be was no longer. Everything was broken, Like home, that was just gone, everything was gone. So my thing was to find somewhere else to go. I needed another family and the band became that for me and it was a refuge. ...'   (Larry)

On Punk
'People were either turned on by it or completely repulsed. It was something that defined you.  It makes me start to twitch when music is smooth, like a beautiful soundtrack to your life. Music has become wallpaper, a commodity, something going on in the background. That's why I love Kanye West because he's like, 'Take this! I'm with him. Let's not make it comfortable...' (Edge)

On Being In A Band
'The reason that  we do this is because we are incomplete and being in the band allows people who are slightly broken to feel fixed for that period of time.' (Larry)

On Being In The Middle of A Howling Argument
'Why do I write songs about political violence? Where is that coming from. It's very disturbing to think that my teenage life was largely dominated by memories of violence and that my worldview was shaped by that. It might mean some sort of psychological flaw in me, but I feel most comfortable in the middle of the biggest, noisiest, most chaotic howling argument.' (Bono)