Upcoming Releases

This section collects information about upcoming U2 releases, their status, and provide news links to updates about these projects. It will also detail information about other projects that the band are involved in such as solo projects, and other expected appearances. Below the updates on each project are links to news stories about upcoming projects where you can find more information about these releases. As things are officially announced, they are moved to their own discography entries on the site.

Last Updated: January 21, 2023

Upcoming and Recent Releases

Please note: We present information below that has sometimes not yet been announced. When choosing to publish advance information we tend to evaluate previous reliability, and wait until we have confirmation from multiple reliable sources. Regardless of this, anything we publish that has not been officially announced is marked a rumour.

Brief updates on dates below, but see below for more information on each project.

  • 2023-03-17: U2 – Songs of Surrender (New Album)
  • 2023-03-17: Bono and The Edge: A Sort of Homecoming (Documentary on Disney Plus)
  • 2023-04: Bono resumes his “Stories of Surrender” tour
  • 2023-September/October Start: Rumoured U2 Residency in Las Vegas
  • 2023-Late: U2 – Rumoured New Album
  • 2024 or Later: Biopic series to debut on Netflix.

Additional Details:

Songs of Surrender Album

This album has now been announced and is available for pre-order. Please see our Songs of Surrender discography entry for all future updates.

“Stories of Surrender” Leg Two

This solo tour by Bono will commence in April and run into May. See our shows page for “Stories of Surrender“ for more information. Additional shows may still be announced.

Album of New U2 Songs: Songs of ?

Expected Date: Late 2023

  • This project has not been officially announced.
  • We have been told that U2 have been working on an album of new material.
  • Rumours shared with us suggest this follow-up to Songs of Surrender would be scheduled for a release in late 2023. The date appears to be in flux. We are told it will follow the residency in Las Vegas and likely will be close behind those shows.
  • The title for this album has not been selected. But it will likely have a title which starts with “Songs Of…” as the band still plan on releasing Songs Of Ascent sometime after this album of newer material. See below for more information about Songs of Ascent and where it stands.
  • The band was recently working on this album in the early months of 2022 in the Bahamas and California, and the album is said to be “substantially complete”.
  • It was shared with us that some work was being done on the new album in July 2022 in Dublin, and The Edge was in Belfast in late October 2022 doing some recording as well which may be for this album.
  • Adam Clayton on BBC Radio 2 in December 2017 told Chris Evans that “We’ve certainly got lots of leftover pieces, but by the time we come to make another record, I’m sure we’ll start from scratch.” which suggested they may focus on something other than the Songs of Ascent material, and this has now been confirmed.
  • In November 2018, at the end of the Experience and Innocence tour, Bono suggested “I’d like to make a balls to the wall rock album” and Larry Mullen speaking about the future said “You never know. I assume there’ll be another album.
  • Ryan Tedder in an interview in September 2019 shared, “I spoke to them just last week. We will work together on some new pieces when I am in Los Angeles. I think it’s their intention to make a record completely different from the last two. It will be easier. You know, it’s like a pendulum. When you make a very produced album, with so many instruments in it, the next project you want it to be more sparse, and you wonder, what if the disc had the sound of four musicians playing in a room?”
  • In Hozier’s Cry Power podcast in October 2019, Bono spoke at length about Songs of Ascent (see below) and then shared, “I’d also love to do just a straightforward-fuck-off-rock-and-roll album with this band. Because on this last tour, they’ve got to a place, I mean they’ve been there before, I think they’ve always had greatness in them, but we do a lot of very good in between the great. I felt like I just caught up to them on this last tour. And there were moments on the circular stage, the e-stage, on the Experience and Innocence tour, and they hit some powerful stuff. I’d like to find songs that could contain that fire.”
  • In November 2019, Dallas Schoo, guitar tech for The Edge, told fans at an event in Australia that U2 were making a new album, and he thought that the fans would like it.
  • In July 2020, The Edge was asked in Rolling Stone if they were working on a new album. The Edge replied, “I’m always working on new songs. I’ve not stopped since we came off the road, so yes. The question, I suppose, is whether we have a plan to finish or release it. Not so far. But there’s a lot of exciting music being created.”
  • In July 2020, Adam Clayton was interviewed in Rolling Stone and asked about if the band was working on a new album. Adam replied, “We are. There’s always something on the go, as I’m sure Edge mentioned. We did some recording last year that got us some really great starting points and complete songs. There’s an album ready to go, we’re just not quite sure when we want to press that button. When I say ready to go, I mean ready to be completed. Let’s put it that way.” Rolling Stone clarified, “So the songs are written, but you have to record them and get them right?” and Adam replied “Exactly.” Adam also went back to the idea that this new album being developed is not Songs of Ascent but something new, “It’s very, very fresh. We’ve cut everything quite quickly. We’re coming to things in a shorthand way. The feedback we get from that is pretty good. We want to be quick, down and dirty with the next one.”
  • The Edge spoke to Jo Whiley in September 2020, and mentioned “I was actually working on some new songs with Bono and I had a decision, am I going to go to Dublin or am I going to head to California where my wife was, so I opted to head for the wife which I think was the right call. Cause literally within two days they’d shut all flights into America, so I snuck in and spent the first part of lockdown with Morleigh in California, and then came to Dublin for early May and was in Dublin for a while.”
  • In a January 2021 aired discussion between The Edge and Daniel Lanois on U2 X-Radio, the Edge spoke about new material. He said “I’m working on a lot of new songs at the moment. We have a bunch that are…we haven’t figured out what to do with them yet. For me the lockdown has been quite a creative period for me.”
  • On May 31, 2021, Steve Lillywhite appeared on Talk Radio in the UK and revealed he’s been speaking with U2 regarding new music they’ve been working on in studio in London at that time. Lillywhite said the band are quite excited about the material.
  • Adam Clayton speaking on the Rockonteurs podcast on July 25, 2021 spoke again about the acoustic project as well as where they stand on a new album, “But at the same time, we have ambitions, once we can see a reason to put out another record. There are songs being siloed that will be brought out when we are ready to do a record.”
  • In November 2021, Adam Clayton spoke to O Globo while promoting the 30th anniversary of Achtung Baby. He said one of the projects that the band is working on is the sessions from which that song evolved. “We have new songs and we’re hoping to release an album in a couple of years, but we can’t talk much about it yet. I will just say that some of the tracks fill us with pride.”
  • In November 2021, The Edge did an interview with Rolling Stone promoting Achtung Baby. The Edge mentioned the band is “locked in the tower of song and working away on a bunch of new things. I’m just having so much fun writing and not necessarily having to think about where it’s going to go.” He revealed that the band has yet to settle on any producers for the new material.
  • In November 2021, Bono appeared on The Today Show promoting Sing 2. He said of the new material, “It’s nice to work without a purpose. Which is to say, it’s not like somebody is coming up and saying we have to have a U2 album or we have to have a U2 tour. We’ve been talking, and are excited to work together again. In the next few weeks there will be some recording.”
  • In December 2021, Adam Clayton was interviewed in Le Figaro and spoke about the band’s plans going forward, “At 50 we said to ourselves that there were good reasons to stay together and to continue working together. We have a great history after all. Today we are all in our 60s and we can’t wait to enter a new chapter in our history. We are working to rearrange some of our tracks in acoustic versions, to reveal new emotions. In addition, we are preparing new songs, for an album which should be released in 2023. And if circumstances allow it, we will go on a world tour at that time. It’s been a long time since we last performed in public.”
  • In January 2022, Alice Cooper in an interview with Eddie Trunk on SiriusXM revealed that U2 were working with producer Bob Ezrin.
  • Bono and The Edge recorded in Dave Stewart’s studio in the Bahamas in January 2022, which is after the album Songs of Surrender was said to be finished. (More)
  • In April 2022, the band spent some time in California recording, possibly at Ryan Tedder’s studio. (More)
  • In October 2022, Bono told The New York Times that although the band is nearly finished Songs of Ascent they will release another album first. “We have almost finished this album called Songs of Ascent, which we’re not putting out. We’re going to put out a rock ‘n’ roll album.” Bono also shares, “A noisy, uncompromising, unreasonable guitar album” is what is planned, “In among that unreasonableness, it is likely that I will put the part of me, the anger that hasn’t been managed to good use.”
  • In October 2022, Bono told The Irish Times “The band wants to make an ‘uncompromising, balls-to-the-wall, transcendent rock’n‘roll album, with unreasonable guitars, like properly aggressive as the times deserve” and spoke about wanting to recreate the band’s live experience in the studio, and that they want to start recording the final album by the end of the year. Bono also shared he believed the band have their best album in them still, but getting it out might “cost us a lot.”
  • Bono also shared with The New York Times in October 2022, “Now we need the firepower of rock ‘n’ roll back. I don’t know who is going to make our [expletive]-off rock ‘n’ roll album. You almost want an AC/DC, you want Mutt Lange. The approach. The discipline. The songwriting discipline. That’s what we want.”
  • Although it sounds like the band has not started an album from that last interview, we believe significant work is already complete on the songs, and the band are in a similar position to where they were in 2017 when they went back into the studio to re-record Songs of Experience after delaying it from an October 2016 release.
  • We’re told this one will likely arrive in late 2023 at the earliest, and will likely come after the Las Vegas residency is wrapped.
  • More Information:

New Performance Plans (Las Vegas, 2023)

  • Rumours were shared with us that the crew were being asked to keep the back-half of 2023 open and that U2 would perform in 2023.
  • An article in Billboard suggests that U2 will be the first act to play the new MSG Sphere in Las Vegas.
  • We are told that Willie Williams met with the band in July 2022 in France to discuss the upcoming plans for these possible shows at the Sphere, and is actively working with the team constructing the Sphere, to have U2’s stage built as part of the construction.
  • Billboard shared that the band will do a residency, with multiple nights at the venue, stretching over several months, but confirmed they will not be doing back to back shows
  • The sphere is due to open in the latter part of 2023. (It will be open by November 2023.) The U2 shows are expected to start in September or October, depending on when final construction is complete.
  • In October 2022, U2 crew confirmed that the next time we would see U2 perform are these Las Vegas shows, and that there is no plans for a 2023 tour.
  • In December 2021, Adam Clayton was interviewed in Le Figaro and spoke about the band’s plans going forward, “At 50 we said to ourselves that there were good reasons to stay together and to continue working together. We have a great history after all. Today we are all in our 60s and we can’t wait to enter a new chapter in our history. We are working to rearrange some of our tracks in acoustic versions, to reveal new emotions. In addition, we are preparing new songs, for an album which should be released in 2023. And if circumstances allow it, we will go on a world tour at that time. It’s been a long time since we last performed in public.”
  • An interview with the Washington Post revealed that Larry Mullen is facing surgery, and U2 may have to perform without him if shows in 2023 are planned. “He’s blunt — he says if the band plays live in 2023 it will probably be without him, as he needs surgery to continue playing” The writer of the piece expanded on the article on Twitter and shares that Larry wants to drum again, and needs to have surgery to do so. It is not known if the Las Vegas plans will be affected by any such surgery. We do not believe there were any tour plans for U2 besides the Las Vegas shows for 2023.
  • If there are any stadium bookings it may be for a one-off-style show, and does not appear to be for a tour.
  • A rumour shared directly with us that a Dublin venue had been booked, was incorrect, and it is another band that booked the venue in question. We have additionally confirmed with multiple sources that U2 do not have a Croke Park booking for 2023. (As of November, 2022)
  • More Information:

Album of U2 Hymns: Songs of Ascent

Expected Date: Unscheduled

  • This album has not been officially announced.
  • Yes, Songs of Ascent is still a thing. The band do intend to finish this work at some point down the road. It has been mentioned as recently as October 2022 by Bono.
  • This is not the next album coming out (expected in late 2023) but would follow that album at some undefined point in the future.
  • This album has been in the works since 2008, when it was first mentioned as the second half of No Line on the Horizon
  • The band decided not to release the material on No Line on the Horizon as a double album, and the extra material was put aside for a second album, Songs of Ascent with plans to release it shortly after the No Line on the Horizon album.
  • Although they return to the material recorded with Eno and Lanois from time-to-time, the albums released since, Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience were both developed from original ideas, and it appears that the band are once again looking to do something new instead of developing the Songs of Ascent material at this time. (See above)
  • Bono has confirmed that Songs of Ascent exists and may one day be released. In Rolling Stone in 2014, the following was printed “There has been no sign of it since, but Bono now sees it as the third part of the trilogy. ‘Songs of Ascent will come,’ he promises. ‘And there are some beautiful songs.’”
  • Daniel Lanois has confirmed that most of the songs developed for Songs of Ascent remain unreleased with the exception of “Every Breaking Wave” which was developed for Songs of Innocence, “Mercy” which was released on the live EP “Wide Awake in Europe” and “Soon” which was used in concert, and released in the boxed set of the Rose Bowl concert.
  • “North Star” has also been heard in concert and can be heard in one of the Transformers films. Recent news mentions that Bono and The Edge will be also involved in the soundtrack to Jim Sheridan’s biopic North Star.
  • In Hozier’s “Cry Power“ podcast in October 2019 Bono once again brought up the Songs of Ascent album, as well as the possibility of doing something new as the next album. “We have this beautiful, ecstatic album called Songs of Ascent, I don’t know if we’ll finish it soon or if it will take forever – it’s about forever – that’s its subject – Songs of Ascent are 15 psalms, they’re named after the 15 steps from the women’s chamber up to the Temple of Jerusalem. It’s an old idea. I’m obsessed with David, King David in the bible, who turns out was right bollocks, but he was kind of an interesting figure, he was brutally honest with God at all times, even about himself being a bollocks. I’d love to do that.” He also made it clear the band might work on other projects first.
  • In October 2022, Bono spoke about the album in The New York Times sharing a new song with the interviewer, “My phone here is packed with new songs. We were tempted to put them out – out of competition. But we felt that the material was so strong that it deserved time to make sure people heard about them as well as heard them. When we’re in the room together with Larry and Adam, it’s great. I’ll play you one. This is a great one. Honestly, there’s about 20 of them finished. This is my favourite at the moment. It’s called ‘The Bard’s Last Breath.’ We almost finished this album called Songs of Ascent which we’re not putting out. We’re going to put out a rock ‘n’ roll album. So we’re not putting this out, but I’m telling you it’s awesome.
  • The song includes lyrics “It’s a matter of degrees, but the bard was never pleased to wake up in the morning/And he said, ‘Rise, rise, the sun will rise and will set/It will rise, rise, and it hurries to forget.’/He said ‘Rise! Rise! All are leaving just not yet.’/He said, ‘Rise! Rise! With his very last breath.”
  • Bono calls the song pure joy, and also shares another song called “Smile”
  • Of “Smile” Bono tells The New York Times that “it’s a very cool, Beatle-y thing, a ridiculous pop sort of Rubber Soul isn’t it?”
  • The lyrics of “Smile” mentioned include “You make me smile, It’s been a while, You put a smile, Back on my face, back on my face.”
  • Upon questioning by The New York Times Bono clarified the album is not scrapped, “Didn’t scrap it, just held it. It’s called Songs of Ascent.
  • The album remains in the vault at this time, and like 2014 and 2017, it appears the band are once again looking at other ideas which are likely to be released first. Bono does still bring the album up as existing as a separate album from the more recent work, and it appears that it’s being held for release some day.

U2 Biopic on Netflix

Expected Date: In 2-3 Years

  • Although not officially announced, the producer of the project has confirmed it is in the works.
  • In March 2022 it was announced in Variety that U2 are working on a multi-year series on Netflix to document their career.
  • The show isn’t written, and isn’t cast. It is still a number of years away.
  • It is expected that there will be at least three seasons, and that the actors cast as the band will be recast as the series moves to later years.
  • JJ Abrams is the executive producer of the project and is working with writer Anthony McCarten (Bohemian Rhapsody) on scripts.
  • If this is being eyed as a replacement for “The Crown” when it finishes new season, we likely won’t see a first season until 2024.
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Additional Solo Projects:

Adam: Kristel

  • Adam Clayton worked with Kristel, who hail from Madagascar on their 2021 EP, “Take It Easy
  • Adam was credited with advising the band on mix and arrangements.
  • Adam was recently pictured back in studio with Kristel and producer John Reynolds. Kristel are working on a follow up release.
  • More info about what we know

Bono and Edge: North Star

  • Bono and Edge are said to be close to signing on to do work on the score for the film North Star
  • Part of that deal would also include writing a song “North Star” for the film.
  • Filming is said to start in 2023, so this one is likely some time off.
  • More info about what we know

The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 Film: Heartland

Expected date: On Hold

  • Editing on the film was completed in late 2018, with plans to show it in theatres in June 2020, but was pushed back due to the COVID pandemic. At this point there seems to be little discussion about the film release happening and other projects seem to be taking priority.
  • A concert film from the 2017 tour was filmed by Anton Corbijn over two nights in Mexico City, with additional footage filmed at other tour stops.
  • The film will also include additional material at the start and end of the film, including opening with footage of U2 performing “Heartland” in the desert. That song gives the film its name.
  • The band has a distribution contract that would see the film debut in select theatres before a wider streaming release.
  • Additional filming was done in South America and in the USA in 2017 for this video. We are told the footage from San Diego of the opening songs at the b-stage is being used in the film with the footage from Mexico City.
  • Steve Lillywhite mixed the sound for the film. Initial work was completed in late 2018, but additional work was done in mid-2019.
  • The film was said to be complete in September 2019. No footage of the 2019 tour dates is expected to be used in the film itself, but could be used in bonus footage on an eventual home video release. Anton Corbijn confirmed in September 2020, and again in late 2021 that the film is complete, and is with the band ready to be distributed.
  • Photo shoots were done with Anton Corbijn in Mumbai and Tokyo in 2019. It is not known if those photos were for this project or possibly another.
  • Bono told Q Magazine in June 2020: “A couple of years ago we filmed a piece with Anton Corbijn for his film Heartland and we played U2’s song “Heartland” for the very first time at the foot of one of the great yuccas.” A photograph from that day by Ross Stewart was used in promotion of the 2019 tour.

Unlikely to Happen

Zoo TV 30 Tour

  • It looks likely that this will be done as part of the Las Vegas Residency (See above)

Finding Home (Innocence + Experience Tour Documentary)

  • A documentary celebrating the 2015 was being filmed by director Davis Guggenheim, and was advertised as airing on HBO prior to the stream from Paris of that concert.
  • The documentary was due to include interviews with Es Devlin, Willie Williams, Jake Berry, Gavin Friday, all four members of the band, and fans.
  • The special was also said to still be in development and was not shown in 2015. Little has been heard about the documentary since that time. A home video release of the concert film did not include the documentary.

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