Wednesday, September 6, 2017

U2 reveal another new song; will perform it Sept. 7 on The Tonight Show

photo: Sam Jones
"You’re The Best Thing About Me," the first single from U2’s highly anticipated 14th studio album, Songs of Experience, has just been released. 

Accompanied by exclusive art, the new single features a sleeve image of The Edge’s daughter Sian Evans, photographed by Anton Corbijn.

To see the band's first-ever performance of “You’re The Best Thing About Me," tune in Sept. 7 to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Songs Of Experience is the companion release to 2014’s Songs Of Innocence, the two titles drawing inspiration from a collection of poems, ‘Songs of Innocence and Experience’, by the 18th century English mystic and poet William Blake. While Songs of Innocence charted the band’s earliest influences and experiences in the late 1970s and early 80s, the new album is a collection of songs in the form of intimate letters to places and people close to the Bono’s heart; family, friends, fans, himself.

In an interview with Jon Pareles of The New York Times,
Bono asked, “You’re putting out a song about your girlfriend when the world is on fire?,” anticipating one reaction. “Yes. Joy is an act of defiance.”

For a closer behind-the-scenes look on the making of Songs of Experience, read Pareles’ feature on the band’s upcoming album here.

The release of "You're The Best Thing About Me" follows last week’s surprise “The Blackout” performance video, another track from the upcoming album.

Songs of Experience will be available on CD, vinyl and digital download on Dec. 1. The Joshua Tree tour continues across North and South America throughout the fall.

Tour dates:

9/08/17 – Minneapolis, MN – US Bank Stadium*
9/10/17 – Indianapolis, IN – Lucas Oil Stadium*
9/12/17 – Kansas City, MO – Arrowhead Stadium*
9/14/17 – New Orleans, LA – Mercedes Superdome*
9/16/17 – St. Louis, MO – The Dome At America’s Center*
9/19/17 – Phoenix, AZ – University of Phoenix Stadium*
9/22/17 – San Diego, CA – Qualcomm Stadium*
10/03/17 – Mexico City, Mexico – Foro Sol~
10/04/17 – Mexico City, Mexico – Foro Sol~
10/07/17 – Bogota, Columbia – Estadio El Campin~
10/10/17 – Buenos Aires, Argentina -Estadio Ciudad de la Plata~
10/11/17 – Buenos Aires, Argentina -Estadio Ciudad de la Plata~
10/14/17 – Santiago, Chile – Estadio Nacional~
10/19/17 – Sao Paulo, Brazil – Morumbi Stadium~
10/21/17 – Sao Paulo, Brazil – Morumbi Stadium~
10/22/17 – Sao Paulo, Brazil – Morumbi Stadium~
10/25/17 – Sao Paulo, Brazil – Morumbi Stadium~
~ with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
* with Beck

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