After months of speculation about a release date and album title, U2 has finally announced the release of its 12th studio album entitled ‘No Line On the Horizon’. The new U2 album will drop on March 2, 2009. The album features the services of some familiar faces for U2 including Brino Eno and Daniel Lanois.
With the album release date no longer a mystery the next question on fans’ minds is, ‘when can we expect a U2 tour’? While 2009 U2 tour rumors have been floating around no official plans have been revealed and no U2 tickets have gone on sale yet. There is no doubt that a U2 tour will follow the new album. Expect U2 to play some familiar stops including the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, and Madison Square Garden in New York. U2 is also expected to play the new O2 Arena in Dublin.
The Edge and Bono revisited a familiar site when they dropped in on the new O2 Arena in Dublin over the weekend. The new arena was built on the site of the old Dublin venue, The Point. The Point was a simple venue that was converted from a railway depot. U2 fans will remember the venue from the Rattle and Hum movie. The band performed Desire and Van Diemen’s Land at The Point for the Rattle and Hum movie. They were the first band to play the venue.
In keeping up with tradition Bono and the Edge were technically the first to play the new O2 Arena Dublin reprising their past performances during Rattle and Hum. The performance certainly got many fans anxious about the new U2 album and 2009 U2 tour. No details for a tour have been released but speculation about U2 planning their tour is underway.
“Not like anything we’ve done before”, is how the Edge described U2′s tentatively titled ‘No Line on the Horizon’ album, set for release in February 2009. The Edge spoke with Mojo magazine about the album and the sound U2 fans can expect to hear. Even after all these years of working with Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois the collaboration still has new material and new directions to explore. The Edge, finding it hard to put the sound into words, could only describe some of it as very 21st century sounding.
When Bono spoke about the album last month we heard about the dozens of songs that could possibly make the final cut. The Edge did reveal to Mojo that all of the songs U2 worked with Rick Rubin on, have been shelved for this album. U2 isn’t writing them off entirely, but they won’t make this upcoming album. It’s likely that the material just doesn’t fit with the newer stuff that Eno and Lanois contributed to.
The band is in London putting the finishing touches on the album. Although they expect to work right up until deadline, U2 fans should expect the album sometime in February. Once that is out of the way, we should get some news about a 2009 U2 tour. Let’s hope!
Twenty years after recording and performing When Loves Comes To Town with U2, B.B. King, Bono and the Edge gave a repeat performance on October 27. Bono and the Edge were on hand to honor B.B. for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Founders Award.
You can view footage of the performance here at U2.com. The video is definitely worth checking out. If you’re a U2 fan than it will certainly get you thinking about their upcoming album and subsequent tour in 2009. While no new details have been released yet, be sure to check back here for info about U2 tickets and a U2 tour.
With U2′s next album tentatively scheduled for release in early 2009, plans and/or rumors are starting to build about their upcoming 2009 tour. According to the Daily Mirror, U2 will kick off their tour in the U.S. in early 2009 and have several large shows planned for their hometown crowd at Dublin’s Croke Park. It is said that U2 could be performing live for up to 80,000 fans a night with 3-5 shows in the works. Despite the large capacity of Croke Park, the demand for U2 tickets is such that 3-5 shows are expected to easily sell out.Although they are expected to start their tour in the U.S. no details about possible dates or venues have been revealed. Their new album (No Line on the Horizon) will first need a scheduled release date before any firm plans for a U2 tour are made. In the meantime U2 fans can enjoy the upcoming release of the “Live Under a Blood Red Sky” concert DVD.
Update 9/21/08: New U2 Shows Scheduled?
There have been some reports that U2 will play the inaugural show at the new O2 Arena in Point Village, Ireland. The arena is scheduled for completion by December 2008. The O2 Arena lends itself nicely to a U2 concert. No word on any dates or when U2 tickets might become available.
Update 12/18/08: ’No Line On the Horizon’ Release Date
U2′s newest album, ‘No Line On the Horizon’ will be released on March 2, 2009.
Update 1/6/09: Album Tracks Discussed, U2 Tour in the Works?
With a release date set for their new album, U2 has been discussing the new tracks with Rolling Stone magazine and Q magazine. Check out the latest issues of each mag for the low down on the new songs. If you are still waiting for news of a 2009 U2 tour, unfortunately no details/rumors have been released recently. Expect some notification soon and don’t be surprised if the O2 Arena Ireland rumor turns out to be true. Bono and the Edge already became the first to play the venue this past December. Granted there was no audience.
Update 1/9/09: U2 Tickets Not Yet Available Despite Some Reports
U2.com posted a warning yesterday regarding reports that U2 tickets were already on sale for 2009 shows. As stated on U2.com there are no confirmed 2009 U2 shows in the United States, Europe or anywhere for that matter. U2 tickets were reportedly being offered on a ticket broker website for various 2009 dates. Aceticket.com strongly urges fans not to buy any U2 tickets until shows are formally confirmed and announced. 2009 U2 tour and ticket information should be available shortly. Once announced shows are confirmed, U2 tickets will be available from Aceticket.com.
Despite some early reports that a new U2 album would be ready by November of 2008, it looks like 2009 would be more accurate. Speaking with U2. com Bono gushed about the band’s songwriting streak. With around 60 new songs in production the band is in no rush to settle on the final album cuts.
“We’ve hit a rich songwriting vein. It gets a bit dark down here but looks like we’ve found diamonds not coal. I thought a while back we might have the album wrapped by now, but why come up above ground now if there’s more priceless stuff to be found” Bono reported.
If what Bono says is true, U2 fans should be in for a nice treat. Bono is comparing the upcoming shift in musical direction to the shift the band took between the ‘Joshua Tree’ and ‘Achtung Baby’. In any event it sounds like we’ll hear some new U2 in early 2009. Expect the band to follow the album release with a 2009 U2 tour.
No, U2 has not set any 2008 or 2009 tour dates yet. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some live music from Bono and the gang. U2 is set to re-release their 1st recorded concert movie, “Live at Red Rocks: Under a Blood Red Sky” in September of 2008. This U2 concert was previously available on VHS but will get its first DVD treatment on this release. U2 will also be re-releasing the album “Under a Blood Red Sky”.
The U2 Red Rocks show was recorded on June 5th, 1983. Look for the album and DVD re-release on September 29, 2008. Also expect some news soon on the new U2 studio album and possible U2 tour for 2008-2009.
While fans anxiously await the upcoming new studio album from U2, the band has been distracting them with remastered re-issues of their first three albums, ‘Boy’, ‘October’ and ‘War’. The re-issues mark the 30 year anniversary of U2′s first single. The remastered albums will also contain alternate versions of songs and previously un-released U2 cuts.
Information on the new studio album by U2 has been hard to come by and is mainly speculative. What is known is that U2 will be teaming up with their favorite producers from past albums, including Brian Eno, Steve Lillywhite and Daniel Lanois. The album is scheduled for a November release in North America. Many online U2 fan sites predict the album title will be ‘No Line on the Horizon’ which is also the name of a new song on the album. Whatever they call the album it is almost sure to be a hit.
Stay tuned for information on an upcoming U2 tour. After the album release in 2008 many expect U2 to embark on a tour in late Fall of 2008. Once plans are set and tour dates announced check back with aceticket.com for U2 tickets.