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Anybody got any more news on the new album?

It's not that I am craving new tunes already, I think NLOTH is the best thing they've released this decade!

It's just that if they release a new album they will hopefully bring the tour back to the UK and I can have one of the greatest live experiences of my lifeagain.

Here's hoping.

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You're not the only one with withdrawl symptoms. I was lucky enough to see 5 of the shows. Despite that I'm pacing the living room in anticipation ofthe next tour. The bootlegs help though.


I did hear that 'Kingdom' - their walk-on music is a track from the forthcoming Songs Of Ascent. Any truth in that?

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Hi here's some info in the Songs of Ascent album I found on tinternet.

ALBUM NAME: Bono told Rolling Stone the album will be called Songs Of Ascent

PRODUCER(s): unknown, but likely Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, with additional production by Steve Lillywhite since the songsare expected to be unused tracks from No Line On The Horizon

ALBUM RELEASE DATE: Depends what you read. In this Observer article and this NY Times article, it's said the next album will be out in 2009. But in the March 17 issue of RollingStone, they give 2010 as the date. And in this more recent Irish Independent article, they sayit won't be released in 2009.

FORMATS: unknown

TRACKLIST: unknown


These are two types of songs listed below:

  1. songs mentioned in the buildup to U2's new album
  2. songs believed to be unused from previous albums

It's possible that some of these titles were changed and have already appeared under a different name. It's also possible that, as song titleschanges, some of these may be referring to the same song.

[*]"Kingdom" - this is apparently the name of the song U2 is using as the intro music when the band takes the stage on the U2 360 Tour

[*]"Tripoli" (unused from No Line On The Horizon)

[*]"Winter" (unused from No Line On The Horizon)

[*]"Every Breaking Wave" (Bono told Rolling Stone this is a "surging anthem" and would be the first single.)

[*]"If I Could Live My Life Again" - Bono says this song is "inspired by the great Argentinian poet Jorge Luis Borges." Bono said he had just begun the song while speaking with author Michka Assayas in December, 2005. Their interview appears as the extra material in the paperback version of Bono in Conversation with Michka Assayas.

[*]"Love Is All We Have Left" - a song Bono named during his May, 2006, trip to Africa as one that he had recently written. "It's like an old Broadway tune. I thought it was a Frank Sinatra song," Bono said.

[*]"North Star," a song from the How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb sessions which included a guest organ appearance from Michael W. Smith. In this CCM article, Smith describes the song as a tribute to Johnny Cash.

[*]"Mercy", one of the last songs to get cut from How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, described in Blender magazine as "a six-and-a-half-minute outpouring of U2 at its most uninhibitedly U2-ish"

[*]"Lead Me In The Way I Should Go" -- a contender for Atomic Bomb first mentioned in this February, 2003, interview with Bono in Grammy Magazine

[*]"You Can't Give Away Your Heart" - a contender for Atomic Bomb first mentioned in SPIN magazine


August 12, 2009: As we reported here, Sam O'Sullivan (Larry's drum tech) told fans inZagreb that the band will stay in Vancouver after the 360 Tour ends in October to finish work on Songs of Ascent. He says the album should be out inDecember or early 2010. There are also other reports that Songs of Ascent will be the first (or one of the first) albums released on a new digital album formatbeing created by the four major record labels.

July 20, 2009: Edge talks about the next album in the current issue of Hot Press:

There was talk of a possible new U2 album before the end of the year. Is that on the cards?

The Edge: It is still on the cards, but we don't really have plans that we can sign up to that far out. We would love the idea of the next record being sooner rather than later. We certainly have the material for it, but it's about whether we have the time to finish it. It depends on how the touring progresses. And there's the Spiderman musical which will be early next year, starting in New York, so Bono and I have a fair amount of work to do on that early in the year. It'll be a first for us. We are very excited about it, but it's a steep learning curve.

You can read more from the interview at ScatterO'Light.

June 21, 2009: This Irish Independent article seems todash any plans for releasing the album in 2009:

"While a spring release date had been mentioned, Bono seems to damping down that expectation now, saying that while they have nine pieces of music that they think are really special, the album will only come out if and when it is as good or better than No Line. And it certainly won't come out, as was reported in some media, this year. Bono is unashamedly clear that he wants
No Line on the Horizon
to be the U2 product that gets bought this Christmas."

March 24, 2009: In an interview with Hot Press magazine, Paul McGuinness expresses doubts over U2 releasing a newalbum in 2009:

"I can't see how, but we did that once before on the Zoo TV tour - the Zooropa album came out. But I remember the sheer effort of flying back to Dublin every night of the European tour to work on that album and then fly out again a day or so later - it nearly killed the band. They should remember that period if they think about doing it again. Nothing would surprise me, but it's certainly not something I would have expected."

March 3, 2009: The March 17 issue of Rolling Stone quotes Bono saying the next album will be calledSongs Of Ascent, and that it will be released in 2010.

Songs Of Ascent
will be quieter than
No Line
in many ways, it's that ghost album of hymns and Sufi singing. We're making a kind of heartbreaker, a meditative, reflexive piece of work, but not indulgent."

February 28, 2009: A New York Times article says that"U2 expects to release a companion album, which band members say will have a more meditative and processional tone, before the end of the year."

February 15, 2009: This Observerarticle reports that U2 is planning to release another album before the end of 2009. Bono describes it as "a more meditative album on the theme ofpilgrimage."

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Was looking for that Kingdom song online n found this thread. In an interview Larry said they were gona release possibly two or three albums in the next five years or so...! Songs of Ascent sounds brilliant too! Can't wait to hear it. Hope they come back over here soon! Saw them in Dublin this year n it was amazing. Desperate for another fix though!

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NOT SO GOOD NEWS.............


U2 debating over Songs of Ascent

Posted: November 04, 2009

By: m2


Rolling Stone magazine's Brian Hiatt posted on Twitter last night after a phone interview with Edge. On the bright side, Hiatt posted that Edge says "Kingdom Of Your Love" -- the U2 360 tour intro song -- is a "potential Songs of Ascent track." On the not-so-bright side, Hiatt also posted that "Songs of Ascent remains an idea more than an actual album at this point, a subject of debate within the band. No release plans yet."


You can find this and all of our other Songs of Ascent updates in the U2's new album page here on @U2.

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