Songs of Experience, the 14th studio album from U2, will be released December 1, 2017 by Interscope Records in the U.S. and via Universal Canada on CD, vinyl, digital download, and across streaming platforms. (Naturally, we here at HRAC hope a hi-res version of is part of the digital release rollout.)
Live Nation has also confirmed that U2’s eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour will begin in North America in May 2018.
Just as Songs of Experience serves as a companion piece to 2014’s Songs of Innocence, the eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour will serve as a sequel to 2015’s iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour, which saw “U2 reinvent the arena show” (Rolling Stone) and was named the #1 concert of 2015 by The New York Times. (Your HRAC CCO saw this tour at Madison Square Garden in New York that summer, and can concur it was a spectacular aural/visual experience indeed.)
The tour will kick off on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 in Tulsa at the BOK Center. (Full itinerary below.)
Preordering Songs of Experience is available now across all digital platforms and will include three instant grat songs: The previously unreleased “Get Out of Your Own Way,” first single “You’re the Best Thing About Me,” which was released on September 6, and the album version of “The Blackout,” previously released as a performance video in August. All three songs are available now to stream across all platforms. Fans who pre-order the deluxe version of the album will also receive the Kygo remix of “You’re the Best Thing About Me.”
In addition to unveiling album artwork by Anton Corbijn, U2 has revealed the final tracklist of Songs of Experience, which was completed earlier this year. The lyrical approach of the album was greatly inspired by Irish poet, novelist, and Trinity College, Dublin Professor Emeritus Brendan Kennelly’s advice to Bono to “write as if you’re dead,” resulting in a collection of songs in the form of intimate letters to places and people close to the singer’s heart: family, friends, fans, himself.
Songs of Experience is the companion release to 2014’s aforementioned 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. Produced by Jacknife Lee and Ryan Tedder, with Steve Lillywhite, Andy Barlow and Jolyon Thomas, Songs of Experience features a cover image by Anton Corbijn of band-members’ teenage children Eli Hewson and Sian Evans (as seen above).
Tickets for the eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE North American Tour 2018 go on sale Monday, November 20 at 10:00 am exclusively through Ticketmaster Verified Fan. In keeping with their commitment to ensure tickets get into the hands of fans, not scalpers or bots, U2 has partnered with Ticketmaster to use its Verified Fan platform. All fans must register by Saturday, November 18 for the opportunity to unlock access to tickets. To begin, visit u2.tmverifiedfan.com.
U2.com fan club subscribers receive first access and can register at http://www.u2.com/subscribe now until Sunday, November 12. U2.com subscribers will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets beginning Tuesday, November 14 at 10:00 am and running through Thursday, November 16 at 5:00 pm.
U2 eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour 2018 is produced by Live Nation Global Touring and Powered By Salesforce.
1. Love Is All We Have Left
2. Lights of Home
3. You’re The Best Thing About Me
4. Get Out of Your Own Way
5. American Soul
6. Summer of Love
7. Red Flag Day
8. The Showman (Little More Better)
9. The Little Things That Give You Away
11. The Blackout
12. Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way
13. 13 (There is a Light)
U2 2018 TOUR ITINERARY
May 2 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
May 4 – St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center
May 7 – San Jose, CA SAP – Center
May 11 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
May 15 – Los Angeles, CA The Forum
May 22 – Chicago, IL – United Center
May 26 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
May 28 – Atlanta, GA – Infinite Energy Arena
June 5 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
June 9 – Uniondale, NY – NYCB Live, Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
June 13 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
June 17 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
June 21 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
June 25 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
June 29 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
Itinerary subject to change.
For complete U2 Tour & Ticket information, VIP Travel Packages and more visit: U2.com.