U2 Set 2018 Tour: Listen to ‘Songs of Experience’

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The Songs of Experience album cover features an image by Anton Corbijn of band-members’ teenage children Eli Hewson and Sian Evans

On Aug. 29, U2 announced they’d soon be offering details about their upcoming album Songs of Experience. The next day, they posted the performance video for “The Blackout,” a song from the album and throughout September continued the mammoth teaser campaign.

On Nov. 1, the band not only offered complete details of Songs of Experience, their 14th studio album, coming Dec. 1 via Interscope Records, and unveiled a new song. (Hear it below.) They also announced through Live Nation details of their 2018 eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour, which will begin in North America in May.

Just as Songs of Experience serves as a companion piece to 2014’s Songs of Innocence, the eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour will continue to serve as a sequel to 2015’s iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour. There are many days off in between dates, so it’s expected that many venues will get additional dates. Full itinerary below.

Listen to “Get Out of Your Own Way”

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.

Watch the video for the new album’s “You’re the Best Thing About Me,” released Sept. 27

Tickets for the eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE North American tour 2018 go on sale Monday, Nov. 20 at 10 a.m. exclusively through Ticketmaster Verified Fan® by registering here.

Citi cardmembers can take advantage of a special presale for U.S. tour dates. Citi cardmembers can register now through Nov. 14 to unlock access to tickets and use their Citi card to complete the ticket purchase if verified. The Citi Presale begins Thursday, Nov. 16 at 9 a.m. and will continue through Saturday, Nov. 18 at 5 p.m. To register, visit here. Tickets for the general public are available here and here.

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. Produced by Jacknife Lee and Ryan Tedder, with Steve Lillywhite, Andy Barlow and Jolyon Thomas, the album features a cover image by Anton Corbijn of band-members’ teenage children Eli Hewson and Sian Evans.

Song of Experience Track Listing (Pre-order the deluxe edition here)

Love Is All We Have Left
Lights of Home
You’re The Best Thing About Me
Get Out of Your Own Way
American Soul
Summer of Love
Red Flag Day
The Showman (Little More Better)
The Little Things That Give You Away
Landlady
The Blackout
Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way
13 (There is a Light)

Deluxe Edition Also Includes:

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)

On Nov. 16, U2 released “American Soul”

U2 2018 Tour Dates

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
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

U2 celebrated the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree with a massive North American stadium tour in 2017, which was followed by a European tour. Our recap of the tour’s May 12 opening night.

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