U2 hint at both 'intimate' and 'explosive' gigs for next tour


U2’s next tour may see them playing two gigs in each city: one “intimate” and acoustic, the other “loud [and] explosive”.

Despite declaring their intention to “start small” in 2015, the Irish band could double up for their sequel to the biggest tour of all time.

“There is talk of doing two different kinds of shows,” bassist Adam Clayton told Rolling Stone. “One night would be a kind of loud, explosive rock’n’roll kind of event and then the other night’s show take the acoustic arrangements of some of the songs, and kind of present those songs in a much more intimate way. But we don’t really know how that’s going to sound and look.”

This format would reflect U2’s decision to record acoustic versions of most of the tracks on Songs of Innocence; these were included on the physical version of the release. But U2 have also revealed that these acoustic renditions were rather rushed. They recorded them in just a week, hoping to “test [Bono’s] theory” that the new songs would work with minimal arrangements. “I saw the Edge with his head in his hands, and he said, ‘It’s taken us three years to finish this album, and you’re saying we have to do another album in a week?’” Bono recalled. “I said, ‘Edge, all the work over the last three years is going to mean that we can do it.’”

Elsewhere in Rolling Stone’s latest U2 story, the Edge praises Future Islands, Cage the Elephant and Skrillex, but refers to Neutral Milk Hotel as “strange hippie stuff” that isn’t “great”. Rock’n’roll is “very mild and meek” right now, he added, and “the songwriting has been better in electronic dance music”.

U2 also recently divulged that Songs of Innocence is the first part of a trilogy: Songs of Experience, due in “about 18 months”, is “a celebration of sorts”, while the third part, Songs of Ascent, is filled with “beautiful songs”. While these records will not be offered in the same way, appearing free on iTunes users’ devices, U2 are again collaborating with Apple. They will reportedly partner on an interactive, digital music format that “can’t be pirated”.

After debuting at No 6 on the UK album charts, the physical edition of Songs of Innocence has slipped to No 13.

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