U2: New Song, ‘Ahimsa,’ Ahead of First-Ever Concert in India

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Looking back to the opening night of U2’s The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, BC Place Vancouver Canada, May 12 (Photo: Danny North; Used with permission)

U2 has released a new track, “Ahimsa,” a collaboration with composer A.R. Rahman ahead of the band’s first ever performance in India.

“Ahimsa” – the Sanskrit word for non-violence – celebrates the spiritual diversity of India and connects the ethos of U2 with the mastery of A.R. Rahman. The song, release Nov. 21, comes less than a month ahead of The Joshua Tree Tour arriving in Mumbai on Dec. 15.

Working with A.R, said The Edge, had been “an absolute joy.” He’s “a superstar and a talent both towering and generous. India has been on our bucket list for a very long time, the principles of ahimsa have served as an important pillar of what our band stands for since we first came together to play music.”

Listen to “Ahimsa”

Following the highly successful 2017 tour in celebration of the band’s classic album, the 2019 edition of The Joshua Tree Tour has seen the band make a much anticipated return to New Zealand and Australia for the first time since the U2 360° Tour in 2010, as well as the first Tokyo shows since the Vertigo Tour in 2006. This tour will also bring U2 to Singapore, Seoul and India – for the first time ever.

Many of the dates are sold-out, but Tickets may be available here and here.

Bono said “It’s only taken me 30 years to learn how to sing these songs and it’s great to be able to say that I’ve finally caught up with the band. Our audience has given The Joshua Tree a whole new life on this tour. Doing these shows has been very special for us, a lot of emotion… From the despair of how relevant some of the dark songs still are, to the joy, pure fun of the staging… it’s quite a ride.”

The Joshua Tree Tour 2019 kicked off in Auckland on Nov. 8.

Watch U2 perform a favorite on opening night

The Joshua Tree was released to universal acclaim on March 9, 1987 and featuring hit singles “With Or Without You,” “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and “Where The Streets Have No Name.” The LP went to #1 around the world, selling in excess of 25 million albums.

Watch U2 perform “Bad” on Nov. 12 in Brisbane, Australia

U2 2019 Tour Dates

Nov 27 – Perth, AU – Optus Stadium
Nov 30 – Kallang, SG – National Stadium
Dec 01 – Kallang, SG – National Stadium
Dec 04 – Tokyo, JP – Saitama Super Arena
Dec 05 – Tokyo, JP – Saitama Super Arena
Dec 08 – Seoul, KR Gocheok Sky Dome
Dec 11 – Manila, PH – Philippine Arena
Dec 15 – Mumbai, IN – DY Patil Stadium

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