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.
Please note that the world is facing a lot of uncertainty right now and the COVID-19 virus is having a huge impact on the music industry, with many acts starting to announce delays in planned releases in light of the virus. We've tried to highlight below what information came to us prior to these concerns, and where they may now be changes. Last Updated: January 14, 2021
Announced Upcoming and Recent Releases
- Dec. 1, 2020: Red Hot + Blue Release on Digital Platforms [News Story]
- Mar. 26, 2021: Although originally listed with a Dec. 4, 2020 release date, it looks like the new vinyl pressing of Red Hot + Blue won't be released until March 2021 now.
- Apr. 2, 2021: Best of Bond...James Bond 2xCD, and limited triple gold vinyl (Updated collection includes Tina Turner's "Goldeneye")
- Feb. 26, 2021: Larry Mullen has been listed as contributing to the new Alice Cooper album Detroit Stories. It is not expected that he will contribute to as many songs as he did on Cooper's last album where he played on the majority of tracks.
- Dec. 22, 2021: Bono will appear in the movie Sing 2 and is rumoured to contribute to a number of songs in the film.
The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 Film: Heartland
- U2 has worked with Anton Corbijn to film their two shows in Mexico City for a release.
- We are told that this will be released in theatres worldwide, ahead of a home video release. Similar to recent theatre debuts for films about Depeche Mode and The Cure.
- 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.
- Originally the film was being worked on for a late 2018 release, but was pushed back to June 2019 to allow for the possibility of some screenings in theatres. It was further pushed back when U2 decided to finish the tour with additional dates in 2019 and is not expected to be released until the 2019 tour dates are complete.
- Steve Lillywhite mixed the sound for this film, with work initially completed in late 2018, but additional work was being done in mid-2019.
- Film 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.
- The film is said to be complete as of September 2019. No footage is expected of the 2019 tour in the main film itself, but could be used for bonus footage on an eventual home video release.
- 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.
- We had been told in December 2019 that the theatre release had been scheduled for "June or July" 2020. And that a home video release would follow a few months after the theatre run. The COVID-19 virus has since shut down theatres worldwide, and few movies were released in that time frame. We have been told that the film is not currently scheduled, but WILL still debut in theatres when possible.
- In September 2020, Anton Corbijn confirmed the film is complete, and is with the band and ready to be shown when it is scheduled.
Songs of Ascent Album or A New U2 Album (Unknown)
- 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 confirmed that although "Every Breaking Wave" was due to be on this album, the rest of the songs remain unreleased.
- 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 suggests they may focus on something other than the Songs of Ascent material.
- In July 2018, Adam Clayton further revealed, “This is the end of a four-year cycle of work and we really have no plans going into next year. We have got to the point where this is a full stop at the end of this project. We're looking at next year as being a year of regrouping.”
- In May 2018, The Edge revealed "I think there’s been three tours that have been on each other’s heels pretty quickly. I would say that we’ll probably take a little bit of a break at the end of this tour and regroup. There’s lots of ideas for the next records, but I think a bit of time off just to listen to music and to really feed our creative instincts is in order."
- In November 2018, at the end of the tour, Bono said "I'd like to make a balls to the wall rock album" when talking about what the band would be doing next, which sounds nothing like the descriptions of Songs of Ascent we've heard over the years.
- Even Larry when asked about the future said, “You never know. I assume there’ll be another album.”
- We are told that after the 2019 Australian tour the band will take a short period of time off and then are likely to continue working on this new album.
- In September 2019, Ryan Tedder confirmed he has been asked to work with U2 on their next album, in an interview. He stated, "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 a podcast titled "Cry Power" featuring Bono and Hozier, recorded in 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 womens 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. 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 a U2 Conference event 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 November 2020, Adam Clayton was interviewed by Forbes Magazine. He spoke about the work on the new album when asked if there were any links from All That You Can't Leave Behind to what they are doing now. Adam answered, "One of the things that I think we absolutely mastered on All That You Can't Leave Behind was a song that was very much close to Edge's heart, which was "Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of." [It's] essentially a gospel song in a very church tradition. It's a piano, bass song, and he spent many, many hours fiddling with those chords and adjusting notes in them to get them just right. I think that is a sound and an approach that you will hear on the new material, I think there's a direct line from that song to where we're going now."
- 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."
Zoo TV Anniversary
- There has been a lot of discussion online from fans about a 30th anniversary tour of Achtung Baby following on the heels of a similar tour for The Joshua Tree. Much of this discussion has come from three interviews conducted by Andy Greene at Rolling Stone where he asks about the tour. (See below.)
- We have been told that the band are working on a new album (see above) and would like to have that ready prior to whatever tour comes next.
- In May 2018 Rolling Stone asked tour director Willie Williams "Is any part of your mind plotting out a possible Achtung Baby 30 tour in case they want to do one in 2021?" and Williams answered, "Absolutely. Why not? I was so amazed that they were talking about doing a Joshua Tree album show. I just laughed. Bono told me himself so I knew it wasn’t hearsay, but I just laughed because it seems to be the least likely thing they would ever do. That having been done, all bets are off. Nothing would surprise me now."
- In July 2020 The Edge was asked by Rolling Stone, "Next year is the 30th anniversary of Achtung Baby. Are you going to do anything to celebrate that?" and he replied, "There have been various ideas, but I don’t think it’ll necessarily be right on the anniversary. It’s one of those very important records in our career. We do want to celebrate it, but we’ll see. I’m not sure yet." And asked if he'd like to play the songs in order, he replied, "It’s on my list. Let’s put it that way. At some point, I’d love to do something again with the Zoo TV idea. It’s weird how it’s come around."
- Rolling Stone asked Adam Clayton in July 2020 about the possibility of a 30th anniversary tour for Achtung Baby, and his response was, "At this point, we kind of just completed five or six years of quite intensive work. Nobody is really looking too far into the future. I think it’s fair to say that for the immediate future, stadium touring on that scale is somewhat in jeopardy. How that all reforms itself and reboots itself, I don’t really know yet."
Collaboration between Bono, Swizz Beatz and Kanye West (2012)
- This one has been on and off of our expected tracks list for years, but now we're putting it back on.
- The track was first mentioned for Swizz Beatz album Haute Living and later was mentioned for his 2018 release Poison.
- Swizz Beatz claims that track featuring Bono and Kanye will now appear on an R&B album that he plans to release as a follow up to Poison but we aren't exactly holding our breath as he has four albums in the works and the last one followed 11 years after his first.
- A snippet of the song was shared in 2012.
- The full song leaked on October 4, 2019, posted to YouTube, release plans for the song remain unknown, but Swizz Beatz has suggested it will be on his followup to his 2018 album.