U2 announce Innocence and Experience 2015 tour dates

December 3, 2014

Despite Bono’s recent spill and untold recovery time, U2 have chosen to roll the dice and announced dates for the Innocence and Experience tour, set to begin May 14th in Vancouver. The first two legs of the tour will, unsurprisingly, cover 19 cities in North America and western Europe. It is unknown whether the tour will be extended beyond these two legs, or if the titular Songs of Experience will be released in conjunction with the tour.

It’s also unknown whether or not the plans to perform electric sets one night and acoustic sets the other throughout these lengthy residencies will be implemented. In fact, a lot of things are unknown. But you can purchase your tickets as early as December 4th via presale, or December 8th in the general sale.

The tour itinerary is as follows:

NORTH AMERICA 2015
May 14th Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena
May 15th Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena
May 18th San Jose, CA, SAP Center at San Jose
May 19th San Jose, CA, SAP Center at San Jose
May 22nd, Phoenix, AZ, US Airways Center
May 23rd, Phoenix, AZ, US Airways Center
May 26th, Los Angeles, CA, Forum
May 27th, Los Angeles, CA, Forum
May 30th, Los Angeles, CA, Forum
May 31st, Los Angeles, CA, Forum

June 12th, Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
June 13th, Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
June 24th, Chicago, IL, United Center
June 25th, Chicago, IL, United Center

July 6th, Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
July 7th, Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
July 10th, Boston, MA, TD Garden
July 11th, Boston, MA, TD Garden
July 18th, New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
July 19th, New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
July 22nd, New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
July 23rd, New York, NY Madison Square Garden

EUROPE / UK 2015
Sep 4th, Turin, Italy , Pala Alpitour
Sep 5th, Turin, Italy, Pala Alpitour
Sep 8th, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Ziggo Dome
Sep 9th, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Ziggo Dome
Sep 16th, Stockholm, Sweden, Globe
Sep 17th, Stockholm, Sweden, Globe
Sep 24th, Berlin, Germany, O2 World
Sep 25th, Berlin, Germany, O2 World

Oct 5th, Barcelona, Spain, Palau Sant Jordi
Oct 6th, Barcelona, Spain, Palau Sant Jordi
Oct 13th, Antwerp, Belgium, Sportpaleis
Oct 14th, Antwerp, Belgium, Sportpaleis
Oct 17th, Koln, Germany, Lanxess Arena
Oct 18th Koln, Germany, Lanxess Arena

Oct 25th, London, UK O2
Oct 26th, London, UK O2
Oct 29th, London, UK O2
Oct 30th, London, UK O2

Nov 6th, Glasgow, UK, The SSE Hydro
Nov 7th, Glasgow, UK, The SSE Hydro
Nov 10th, Paris, France, Bercy
Nov 11th, Paris, France, Bercy

Head of Interscope Confirms 2014 U2 Album Release; Music Video in the Works

August 21, 2014

It has been an arduous year (decade?) for U2 fans desperate for new music. Earlier this year, U2 Interference published an article citing a Rolling Stone piece that claimed a 2014 release was unlikely and very little that followed in the first two quarters of the year called that into question. Indecision, producer changes and the occasional promising tweet – always immediately deleted – were all fans had to go on.

In the wake of recent vague reports from the Irish Independent about an imminent release, as well as short-lived tweets from Universal Music Venezuela and Universal Music Columbia, U2’s loyal fanbase has finally been blessed with something bordering on concrete news.

On the 19th, Rolling Stone retracted their previous claims that the album would be delayed until 2015, stating that “a spokesperson for the band has told Rolling Stone that that timing is inaccurate: ‘We’ve always said an album is expected this year.’” Later that day, John Janick, head of Interscope Records was cited by Ultimate Music as saying that an album would be released by the band in 2014.

In addition to the above, French newspaper Nice-Matin has recently stated that U2 wrapped up the shooting of a music video in Nice for a single that we can safely presume will be for the lead single that the Irish Times claimed would be out in September.

Are the pieces finally beginning to fit together? Is there a light at the end of the tunnel? Surely there must be. The band’s release methods have drawn ire from their fanbase for years, with no choice being as cooly greeted as their decision to release “Invisible” in February 2014 without an album attached to it.

The fate of “Invisible” and “Ordinary Love” remains to be seen, especially after the as-yet-untitled album’s revolving door of producers (Paul Epworth, Danger Mouse, will.i.am, Ryan Tedder, etc.) is finished having their say, but a timely release announcement would do a great deal to provide an exciting finish to what has been an otherwise uneventful year for U2 fans.

“Invisible”: A Weekend in Sum

February 4, 2014

For U2 fans everywhere, this past weekend was one of the most highly anticipated occasions in years, allowing us to hear “Invisible,” a preview of what we can expect from the untitled upcoming album, as well as an opportunity to raise money for (RED) with free downloads via contributions from Bank of America. By all accounts, the song was a rousing success. Let’s first recap the numbers.

InvisibleWeekendInitially, Bank of America promised to pony up $2 million if “Invisible” could reach that many downloads. U2 and (RED) can sleep easy knowing that they more than exceeded that goal, reaching an impressive 3 million downloads over the course of 36 hours. In fact, the goal was reached so quickly, Bank of America chose to continue matching each download until the end of the day Monday. Along with the $10 million Bank of America contributed prior to the release of the song, this partnership raised a staggering $13,144,477 for (RED).

So that’s great. But there are other implications that this song holds for the band itself. While it reflects well on them to support a worthy cause, the track itself has received praise from media outlets such as LA Times and The Guardian. Neil McCormick commented on the song’s immediately surprising electronic elements: “the first fruits of their labours suggest that U2 are scaling down their rocky sound for a contemporary pop world of small speakers and social network song sharing where digital genre bending electronica reigns supreme.”

The future for “Invisible” is murky. As far as we’re aware, the track will be part of the album and, currently, it is available for $1.29 on iTunes and Amazon, with proceeds going to the Global Fund. Whether or not it will be performed on the Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show premiere is unclear, though it is a safe and logical bet. It is also unclear what role the success of “Invisible” will have on expediting  the release of the new album. Based on fan and critic reactions to “Invisible,” it seems that album release news will be greeted very warmly.

U2 to Premiere (RED) Charity Track “Invisible” During Super Bowl Ad

January 23, 2014

Let’s get it out of the way first: it is not known whether “Invisible,” an upcoming track released to raise funds for (RED) will be included on U2′s upcoming, Danger Mouse-produced album, due sometime in 2014.

What is known is that, for the second time in a matter of months, U2 fans have new music to listen to. They should be momentarily satiated.

Invisible

The content of the ad and the future of the limited edition single are still in question. What is certain is that this will be a highly lucrative campaign, one that will get U2′s name in the minds of listeners without actually saying a word about the new album, which even Danger Mouse himself is not allowed to discuss publically.

It’s an interesting time to be a U2 fan. Stay patient for these next 10 days and let’s hope “Invisible” gives us some inclination of what’s ahead.

U2 Performs Surprise Gig at Haiti Benefit

January 12, 2014

U2 fans starved for news had a terrific weekend. Beyond reports of a new album-related Super Bowl advertisement, as well as leaked clips from the Danger Mouse sessions that may or may not have been broadcast in a hangar of some sort – if you got creative, you could make out an aircraft nearby – U2 also made an appearance at Sean Penn’s third annual Haiti benefit. Consistently hosted on the eve of the Golden Globes, last night’s gala was a particularly lucrative benefit, raising an impressive $6 million for the J/P Haitian Relief Organization and U2 kept spirits high with performances of “I Will Follow,” “Vertigo” and “Desire.”

Haiti ”It’s been a while since we played a hotel lounge,” Bono quipped to the crowd at the Montage Hotel, which included stars such as Julia Roberts, Uma Thurman and a likely thrilled Chris Martin. “”I think the last time was a bar mitzvah.”

In general, this was the first time U2 had performed as a full band in quite some time; their last performance was in May, an unplugged take on “Sunday Bloody Sunday” performed from the rooftop of Electric Lady Studios. In the meantime, most U2-related appearances simply featured Bono, Edge or both. The duo did also perform separate of U2 last night, alongside Haitian singer Anaelle Jean-Pierre.

Though Bono joked last weekend at the Palm Springs International Film Festival that the band “doesn’t get out much,” it appears that this may be a baby step in returning to the spotlight before the release of their new album.

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