Interscope RecordsU2 has unveiled full details of their upcoming studio album, Songs of Experience, which will be released December 1, and has also announced a 2018 North American leg of their eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour.
Songs of Experience will be available on CD, vinyl, digitally and via streaming services, while a deluxe version including four extra tracks also will be released on CD and as a digital download. The Songs of Experience cover features a black-and-white photo, taken by Anton Corbijn, of Bono‘s son Eli Hewson holding hands with The Edge‘s daughter, Sian Evans.
If you pre-order Songs of Experience now, you’ll instantly receive free downloads of three tracks — the previously released “You’re the Best Thing About Me” and “The Blackout,” plus “Get Out of Your Own Way.” The latter song has just been issued in conjunction with the announcement of the album and tour details. If you pre-order the deluxe version of the record, you’ll also receive a free download of the Kygo remix of “You’re the Best Thing About Me.”
According to a statement, Bono’s approach to writing the tunes on Songs of Experience was inspired by advice given to him by Irish poet, novelist and teacher Brendan Kennelly, and resulted 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.”
U2’s eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE North American Tour 2018 kicks off May 2 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and is scheduled through a June 29 show in Newark, New Jersey. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, November 20 at 10 a.m. local time through Ticketmaster Verified Fan service. Visit U2.com for more details.
Here is the full track list for Songs of Experience:
“Love Is All We Have Left”
“Lights of Home”
“You’re the Best Thing About Me”
“Get Out of Your Own Way”
“Summer of Love”
“Red Flag Day”
“The Showman (Little More Better)”
“The Little Things That Give You Away”
“Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way”
“13 (There Is a Light)”
“Ordinary Love” (Extraordinary Mix)*
“Book of Your Heart”*
“Lights of Home” (St. Peter’s String Version)*
“You’re the Best Thing About Me” (U2 vs. Kygo)*
* = only on deluxe version.
And here are all of the confirmed dates for the eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE North American Tour 2018:
5/2 — Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
5/4 — St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center
5/7 — San Jose, CA, SAP Center
5/11 — Las Vegas, NV, T-Mobile Arena
5/15 — Inglewood, CA, The Forum
5/22 — Chicago, IL, United Center
5/26 — Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
5/28 — Atlanta, GA, Infinite Energy Arena
6/5 — Montreal, QC, Canada, Bell Centre
6/9 — Uniondale, NY, NYCB Live – Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
6/13 — Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
6/17 — Washington, D.C., Capital One Arena
6/21 — Boston, MA, TD Garden
6/25 — New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
6/29 — Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
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