U2 will release their new album later this year.
The four-piece rock band - made up of lead singer Bono, guitarist The Edge, bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen Jr. - are said to be planning to release their currently unnamed thirteenth studio album, this November.
It is believed the band - who are set to play at one of the iTunes Festival gigs at the Roundhouse in Camden, North London, in September - could even have their new material ready to debut at the
The album is the first to be released by the group in five years and will follow their 2009 work 'No Line On The Horizon'.
However, it has been a difficult time for singer-songwriter Bono, 54, who is believed to have suffered from writer's block throughout the production process.
A source told The Sun newspaper: "The U2 comeback is very much on for this year. This album has been a real struggle for them to make.
"It's taken a long time and Bono didn't find it easy.
"But they feel very confident now and are convinced the wait has been worth it."
(Thanks to U2mp3 for the link)
U2 have unveiled their first song for at least three years as part of the trailer for the forthcoming Mandela biopic A Long Walk To Freedom.
An excerpt from the song indicates Ordinary Love is a mid-tempo piano-driven ballad. It features the lyrics: “We can’t fall any further and/We can’t feel ordinary love/ We can’t reach any higher/ We can’t deal with ordinary love.”
The song was specially written for the movie, so it is unclear whether or not it will appear on the new U2 album.
A Long Walk To Freedom producer Harvey Weinstein said the band were asked to contribute a song to the film. “It was the fastest ‘yes’ I have ever received. The band saw various cuts of the film over the summer and worked diligently to write a song that truly reflects Nelson Mandela. I think they did a brilliant job, honouring the man and the leader they have known for over 20 years,” he said.
The film stars Idris Elba as Mandela and Naomie Harris as Winnie Mandela, and is based on the former South African president’s bestselling autobiography about his time in Robben Island as a political prisoner.
The film had its world premiere earlier this year at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.
Ordinary Love will be unveiled in full on the U2.com website on October 30th, and also on YouTube.
The band are currently recording their follow-up to No Line On the Horizon, which was released to mixed reviews in 2009.
No release date has been set for the new record but it will not before Christmas.
A Long Walk to Freedom will go on general release on November 29th.
There are two conflicting things going on here for mine.
The first is track selection. On the release of U2's "Best Of's" there was always great debate about which songs were selected and which were not. The 80's compilation was probably a little too hit laden, but an accurate reflection of the bands work in the 80's. However, the 90's release wasn't as good a reflection of U2's most ambitious decade. I always thought it took the safe route after the back lash of Pop. More than once I thought I could do better, making sure more ambitious and important material like The Fly, Lemon and Mofo were included. You see, I know better! In more recent times, this type of debate has moved to Internet forums from almost every corner of the globe. Fans putting forward their suggestions for set-lists in the lead up to opening night of tours. We've all seen them: why not forget Pride and New Year's Day and open the show with Acrobat followed by Lady with the Spinning Head? Sound familiar? You see, we ALL know better. We should pick the set-list!
Secondly, as Bono will tell you, the sum is, when U2 is at its best, bigger than the parts. U2 concerts for many of us are a living breathing thing, merging 22-24 tracks into one big, loud and passionate celebration/experience. Think Red Rocks. Think Zoo TV Live in Sydney. Think post September 11 shows in New York. For that reason, U2's tour related releases are usually documented from a single show that illustrates this almost unrivaled skill. U2 are the best at this and a compilation CD will surely lose this? I never liked INXS Live Baby Live CD, for instance, as unlike the fantastic Wembley only video release, the CD was a mish-mash from several concerts on the tour; it just didn't work as well.
So here we are with U22, a fan voted fan club release so WE can select the best songs of the tour. Great idea, but will it be a cohesive document of the tour? Will it work? Does it matter?
Enough of that for the time being, it is all about the songs we picked. Can you think of a U2 live release that sounds better both technically (well done Declan/Joe) and performance wise? It sounds awesome and illustrates that despite advancing years, U2 still sound GREAT. The version of Bad, for instance, reaffirmed what I thought when we were lucky enough to hear it played in Melbourne and Sydney on 360. I left those shows thinking they were the best versions of Bad EVER, but put that down to after-concert glow. But you know what? They were playing Bad really well on 360 and this stunning version from Rome surely proves it. The segue into All I Want is You is fabulous, but does make the next track, All I Want is You, jar a little! But hell, we were there when they played All I Want is You/Love Rescue Me - and the thrilling two minute Michael Hutchence tribute in-between made this Australian spine tingle.
From the storming start of the re-imagined Even Better Than the Real Thing from Mexico, to the Frank Sinatra tinged Until the End of The World, it is a strong fast paced start. There are great performances perfectly mixed everywhere. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For and Stay change the mood, both showing Bono's pipes still work. The fans know their stuff, why wouldn't U2 play Stay every night after hearing this? I suspect nearly everyone voted for One Tree Hill too. Us fans know what we are talking about, clearly.
Other highlights are another brilliantly performed track on 360, The Unforgettable Fire. UF segues perfectly into the next track, Zooropa, despite never being played together and being played two years apart on two different continents! Big tick here, especially when City of Blinding Lights follows almost seamlessly. Remarkably, the track placement ebbs and flows in a manner that makes it still feel like a cohesive concert. We are however reminded that it is not when the crowd chants the Pride coda in the Zagreb tribute to Aung San Suu Kyi despite Pride not being played. A perfect version of MLK into Walk On follows to distract us from this. The Unforgettable Fire album does very well on this release, as it did on the tour. Also we can't forget to mention Ultraviolet, a 360 theme song of sorts, sounding fantastic on the back of Where The Streets Have No Name - no easy feat! I personally miss earlier versions of With or Without You but, no matter how it is played, it still sounds great and always will. Probably should always be after Ultraviolet too!
Although not surprised that I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight wasn't selected (I didn't vote for it either), a 360 collection sounds strange without it. It makes it a relief that Moment of Surrender, another key track of 360, is included. Reflective and moody, just like the end of a U2 concert should be. Think Red Rocks. Think Zoo TV live in Sydney. But of course, we are fans and we ALWAYS want one more. So we voted for Out of Control, didn't we? Because we know, don't we?
In the end, what makes this special is that we got a chance to have input. And sure, not everyone's selections will have made it. I'm still crying about NLOTH not being included and where was Acrobat? But the ones that did get selected sound great. The fact that it is largely cohesive and as good a live compilation as you will hear is because we picked it and U2 played it. I just listened to One again. I don't know what I was worried about.
We've just been informed about a U2 tribute band performance that's coming up later this month on Queensland's Gold Coast. We don't know much about it at this stage, other than the promotional poster below and this short blurb that's been sent to us:
Love U2? Come see this amazing Aussie tribute band at RSL Southport on the Gold Coast on the 20th of July from only $10!
These shows are always great fun, so, if you're going to be in the area, why not get along and have a great night out?!
NZ Coverband Supersystem have a U2 and Green Day show at Auckland's Shadows Bar on the 2nd of August.
The guys are hiring the venue and putting on a show with the full lighting, video and sound rig! Some Details and two free tickets on offer in our forum.
Remember to keep us informed of any upcoming U2 related events in New Zealand or Australia
U2 star Adam Clayton placed his absolute trust in a former personal assistant accused of stealing 2.8 million euro ($3.5 million) from him, a court has heard.
The bassist revealed he was so concerned for Carol Hawkins's welfare when she confessed to taking more than 13,000 euro from him that he found her a therapist because she claimed to be suicidal.
His former employee denies 181 counts of stealing cheques from him between 2004 and 2008.
Giving evidence against the 48-year-old defendant at her trial on Thursday, Clayton claimed he was in court because he trusted people.
"She had my absolute trust," he told the Circuit Criminal Court in Dublin on Thursday.
"We had been together a long time; working together. She had been very conscientious. I felt she looked after my money and on many occasions accused others of being greedy, so I was extremely surprised."
Hawkins, a mother-of-two who worked for the musician for 17 years, listened attentively as Clayton, dressed in a navy jacket and grey shirt, was grilled about their working relationship and his bank details.
The defendant was a signatory on two of his bank accounts from which it is alleged she wrote 181 cheques and lodged into her own account, as well as a joint account with her then husband John Hawkins and a credit card account.
The funds bought 22 horses, with more than 400,000 euro in cash listed as horse and horse expenditure, while thousands of euro were spent on exotic holidays and in designer boutiques in New York, such as Roberto Cavalli, the court heard.
Hawkins also bought a Volkswagen Golf for her son Joe, it was claimed, and paid for fashion and film courses which Clayton suggested may have been for her son and daughter.
The alleged deception emerged in 2008 when she confessed to booking herself between 13,000 euro and 15,000 euro-worth of flights on his account to visit her children in the US and London, the rock star told the jury of seven men and five women.
"She also mentioned that she had been suicidal and had taken an overdose," he told the packed courtroom.
"I was concerned for her health and recommended she see a therapist. I got her a therapist locally.
"In the matter of the money, I accepted she was a distressed woman. Her marriage broke up; her children had gone away.
"I said we would have to verify the amounts she had been claiming."
Clayton said he removed Hawkins, who worked for him since 1992, as a signatory to his accounts but kept her as an employee until 2009.
She had carried out her duties "efficiently and well" when she worked for him, he said, adding that he only ever hired people capable of doing their job to look after his affairs.
"I trusted people and that's why we're here today," he said
After what seems like months, U2.com has announced the tracklisting for the 'U22' subscriber voted CD:
2. Where The Streets Have No Name
6. Even Better than The Real Thing
7. With or Without You
8. Beautiful Day
9. City of Blinding Lights
10. The Unforgettable Fire
11. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
12. All I Want is You/Love Rescue Me
13. Moment of Surrender
14. Until The End of the World
15. The Fly
16. One Tree Hill
17. Stay (Faraway, So Close)
18. Walk On
21. Out of Control
22. Mysterious Ways
U2.com are also promising a download bonus.... Let's hope it is a track that didn't make the CD!
From memory, Moment of Surrender is from Perth, All I Want is You/Love Rescue Me from Sydney and One Tree Hill from it's home in Auckland.
U2 were awarded the 'The Greatest Act of the Last 25 Years' in an online poll celebrating Q Magazines 25 year anniversary at the Q Awards overnight. The entire band turned out at the awards with Edge doing a short interview. Historically, Q has always been in the U2 camp when other elements of the UK music press have not always been quite so positive about U2's commercial success and size.
As a part of the Achtung Baby re-release Q have a U2 cover story in their October edition as well as a cover CD, 'AHK-toong BAY-bi Covered' . The CD has a wide array of bands and performers performing Achtung Baby tracks. CD's accompanying Q magazine releases are typically available in Australia/NZ when the magazine eventually comes out downunder a few months later. If you want the disc and don't want to risk missing out you can buy copies from the U2.comshop.