Bono and The Edge surprised commuters in Berlin, Germany performing a 15 minute set that included "Get Out of Your Own Way", "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and "One" in the "Deutsche Oper (Berlin U-Bahn)" subway station on Wednesday. We found the best video clip online for you to watch and enjoy.
U2 debuted "American Soul" for the very first time in front of a live audience last night in New York City. The band performed "Get Out of Your Own Way" as well. Watch the complete performances below:
The rock icons come to grips with the future - with flashes of their past - on 'Songs of Experience'
**** 1/2 (four and a half stars out of 5)
By David Fricke, Rolling Stone
It is nearly business as usual. "Nothing to stop this being the best day ever," Bono declares in "Love Is All We Have Left," at the start of U2's sequel to 2014's Songs of Innocence. But the singer's delivery is striking in its restraint: like cautious prayer or a fragile wish, suspended over the rippled-sea strum of the Edge's guitar and Adam Clayton's bass-guitar gravity. Bono quickly straps on his bravado in "Lights of Home": "One more push and I'll be born again," he crows, framed by the Edge's skidding-blues licks and drummer Larry Mullen Jr.'s rock-grip twist on hip-hop stride.
You hear near-fatal reckoning too. "I shouldn't be here 'cause I should be dead," Bono admits in that song's first line, alluding to his recent "brush with mortality" (as the Edge put it in a recent interview). If Songs of Innocence was rock's most persistently hopeful band looking back in wonder at its punk-rock origins and unlimited dreaming in late-Seventies Dublin, Songs of Experience is U2 in late-middle age coming to grips with an inevitable reality: They no longer have all the time in the world.
**** (Four stars out of 5)
By Neil McCormick, music critic, The Telegraph
U2's 14th studio album opens with one of the most vulnerable and fragile songs of their 41-year-career. Love Is All We Have Left swells on trembling strings and synths, with Bono's close, cracked vocal blending into digital auto-tune as he conjures a space age lullaby for an impending apocalypse. "This is no time not to be alive," he sings.
It's a short, strange, sparse vignette, its spectral beauty interrupted by a gnarly distorted guitar riff as the veteran band turn on the power, and roll exultantly into Lights of Home, a chunky anthem brushing off near-death experience ("I shouldn't be here cos I should be dead") to reach for the light at the end of the tunnel. "Free yourself to be yourself," choral voices command in a coda purpose built for mass singalongs. This is surely closer to the idea that most listeners have of U2 as an upbeat, inspirational, anthemic rock band. And Songs of Experience is full of such moments: big meaty hooks matched by singalong aphorisms ("Get out of your own way!" "Love is bigger than anything in its way"). But the sound of a man in conflict and crisis also runs through the centre of this highly personal collection of songs, undercutting and ultimately deepening the spirit of can do positivity.
On Sunday at the 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) in London, U2 accepted the Global Icon Award from actor Jared Leto. The band was honored for their dedication and achievements in the music industry throughout the band's career.
Leto said in his introduction speech: "U2 changed my life. I discovered their seminal album 'The Joshua Tree' and it became the soundtrack of my youth. U2 isn't just a band, it's a way of life. Their songs are prayers, their concerts a church. They challenge us, they inspire us and they remind us that every moment in our lives is an opportunity to rise above and be part of the possibilities of life, rather than its problems. They teach us it's okay to mix art and politics, and sometimes - even better - to start a revolution and say fuck you. 157 million records sold, 22 Grammys and the highest-grossing concert tour in the history of the world. One love, one blood, one life."
Bassist Adam Clayton dedicated the award to Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, who signed the band 40 years ago.
Drummer Larry Mullen Jr. stated: "...MTV, after 35 years, and U2 are still making history. Thanks to Bob and Bruce and thank you."
As official recipients of the Global Icon award at the 2017 MTV EMAs, U2 will be performing tomorrow night in London.
Their special live performance will take place in London's historic Trafalgar Square with an expected crowd of 7,000 people.
According to Bruce Gillmer (Head of Music and Music Talent, Global Entertainment Group, Viacom), the 22-time Grammy Award-winning band will be honored for their "Contributions to music, pop culture and social issues around the world. For over four decades and counting, they've entertained, influenced, and inspired fans around the globe and we're thrilled to announce that they are this year's Global Icon."
Sadiq Khan, London's Mayor said: "London is one of the live music capitals of the world, with an unrivaled music heritage. It is fantastic to host the EMAs in our city for the first time in 21 years. What better way to showcase this than one of the world's greatest rock bands performing to Londoners from all backgrounds, for free, in the heart of our great city?"
On November 24 for Record Store Day's "Black Friday" event, U2 will release "The Blackout" on a single 12" vinyl record.
The limited edition single is being distributed as part of Jack White's "Third Man Records" label. It will contain the album version of "The Blackout" as well as a remix from Irish producer Jacknife Lee. Black vinyl versions will be sold at various independent record stores participating in RSD Black Friday, while even more rare colored vinyl copies will be limited for sale only in the cities of Nashville and Detroit (where Jack White's Third Man's stores are located). Additionally, two yet unnamed retail stores in the U.K. and Ireland will also carry the copies of colored vinyl).
In an interview conducted in September with Rolling Stone Magazine, Bono stated that the song "started off its life about a more personal apocalypse, some events in my life that more than reminded me of my mortality but then segued into the political dystopia that we're heading towards now."
U2's forthcoming album "Songs of Experience" is set to be released on December 1, 2017 worldwide.
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A few days ago U2 released a new music video for "You're the Best Thing About Me". The video was shot on the streets of New York City when they recently performed there and features many iconic shots of the city including the Statue of Liberty, while telling a story of U2 having a fun night in Times Square. This official video, directed by Jonas Åkerlund, accompanies the release of U2's new single "You're the Best Thing About Me" that will be available on the band's forthcoming album "Songs of Experience".
Also earlier this month, Norwegian DJ Kygo (https://www.kygomusic.com/) released a remix/promo video of "You're the Best Thing About Me" here:
If you didn't see the lyric video released on September 6, here it is as well:
Written by James Viator, A freelance writer
Back in September of 2016, it looked like U2 was going to announce itself as a powerful voice of opposition to then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. Granted, this would be a fair expectation for anyone who knows the inclusive and generally liberal views of Bono and the band. But at the iHeart Radio Festival, U2 made a bold statement, blasting Trump with the simple question, "what do you have to lose?" accompanied by some video content. Clearly referring to the possibility of a Trump win, Bono declared the answer to that question to be "everything."
It's worth putting this performance in context. The concert was on the eve of the first presidential debate, when Hillary Clinton had a lead and many expected it to widen as she got the opportunity to expose Trump's policy ignorance face-to-face. For the most part, over the course of the next month and three debates, Clinton would do just that - and her lead in the polling did indeed increase. By late October, about a month after U2's performance, many were predicting a landslide, and even notoriously cautious bookmakers declared it a done deal that Clinton would win the White House. This is why, when Trump won in early November, there was genuine shock throughout the United States and the world.
Now, this is not at all to suggest that U2 contributed to that widening gap in the polls, but merely to suggest the band was riding a wave. September of 2016 was not a time for anti-Trump people to make desperate arguments or chew their fingernails nervously. It was a time to drive home the last surge of enthusiasm in a contentious campaign that looked as if it was finally going to turn out okay. It felt the same as watching Clinton dominate the third debate, or seeing her appear alongside LeBron James in Ohio.