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2017-07-16: Songs of Experience Listening Sessions

Imagine going to see U2 in a stadium, and being moved into a small room before the show. You are surrounded by DJs and music personalities. You’ve all been gathered to listen to some new songs by U2. U2 has invited you to be the first to hear songs from Songs of Experience.

It’s not only your chance to listen to the songs ahead of the rest of the world. It’s also your chance to give...

2017-07-15: The Joshua Tree Tour Poetry

U2 is using poetry on their latest tour, The Joshua Tree 2017, to add an element to the production while attendees wait. Before and after the opening acts appear on stage, the lights are lit and we see projections of words on the screen to the right of the screen. The inclusion of these poems were tipped ahead of the show when news that Parliament of Canada’s Poet Laureate George Elliott...

2017-07-11: U2 Recording / Filming in London

Update: U2 was filming at the Groucho Club, in Soho. Their location was confirmed by the exit by which they left, and it now appears that they were indeed doing a interview, with Zane Lowe, which will air Thursday at 11AM (Los Angeles), 2PM (New York City) and 7PM (Dublin) on Beats1.com. This is confirmed by a photograph of the full band with Lowe taken inside the Groucho Club.

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2017-07-08: The Luminous Icons of Ultra Violet: Leg Two

Warning: Spoilers ahead for the U2 Joshua Tree 2017 Tour.

This is an update of an earlier story, which covered up to the end of the first leg of the tour. For information about the first leg of the tour see our earlier story here. This story is up to date as of the shows in Rome.

One of the visual pieces that accompanies the tour is a set of photographs of women which play on the...

2017-06-29: The History Mix: Canada 150

It’s Canada’s 150th birthday this weekend, and Bono and The Edge will be joining thousands of people celebrating this historic day on Parliament Hill in our nation’s capital city, Ottawa, ON. They are expected to play one song, near the start of the festivities. Canadian Heritage says that the event annually attracts about 350,000 people, although the 2011 event including the Duke and...

2017-06-28: Alice Cooper Talks Larry Mullen Jr.

In advance of Alice Cooper’s new album, Paranormal being released in July, U2Songs.Com had the opportunity to ask Cooper a question as part of a webchat hosted by The Guardian.

Aaron: What were the highlights of working with a drummer like Larry Mullen? Did he help develop the songs or was it more a “here play this” type arrangement? How many days did you work with Mullen?

Alice Cooper: I...

2017-06-27: Jane Scott for Ultra Violet

We would like to take a moment to ask you to help us remember a friend. ONE is accepting nominations for the screen for the Ultra Violet presentation of “HerStory” during the current Joshua Tree 2017 tour, and we would like to ask you in joining us to nominate Jane Scott for the screen during the Cleveland concert.

Jane Scott born in Cleveland, Ohio. You may not know the name, but she was...

2017-06-26: The Crystal Ball: What the Future Holds

In case you missed it, as part of the announcement of the final show in Brazil, to be held October 22, 2017, U2.Com included a carefully worded announcement:

A third and final night in Brazil, at Estadio Do Morumbi, has been set for Sunday October 22nd  - and it’s also confirmed that this will be the final date of #U2TheJoshuaTree2017.

Final date. As in the last stop of the tour. That’s...

2017-06-26: The Women of Ultra Violet: Light My (Mysterious) Ways: Leg 1

Warning, spoilers ahead for the U2 Joshua Tree 2017 Tour! This is an update of our earlier story, updated with new information about the source of the images, and bringing things up to date as of the end of the first leg of the tour.

One of the visual pieces that accompanies the tour is a set of photographs of women which play on the background screen while U2 perform “Ultra Violet (Light...

2017-06-25: TheJoshuaTree2017 Pre-Show and Post-Show Music (Update)

One of our favourite things to do for each U2 tour is to track the soundtrack of the day, and we have been, right back to the PopMart Tour. If you are interested, we maintain Spotify playlists and lists of these songs for past tours in one location. On past tours such as Vertigo and U2360, the music heard in the stadiums was compiled by Gavin Friday and is usually the same for each show but...

2017-06-15: The Joshua Tree and JVC

If you’re a collector of U2 on CD, you’ve probably got an original 1987 copy of The Joshua Tree. If you’re lucky (or maybe just willing to pay a high price on the secondary market), you might also have the 1996 gold CD remaster from Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (discussed in greater detail in our recent article on MFSL discs). And of course, you snatched up the 2007 Joshua Tree remaster as...

2017-06-12: Deezer Launches New U2 Playlist

Deezer, a music streaming service, has launched a new playlist titled, “The Joshua Tree & Influences”. The playlist contains all of the tracks from U2’s The Joshua Tree, mixed with songs that they say are “some of the ones that inspired the band whilst they were writing the album”. The playlist is created by “Deezer Artist Editor” who has been previously responsible for playlists of artists...