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U2 on Later... With Jools Holland

Today U2 performed on Later... With Jools Holland as part of their promo tour for Songs of Innocence. A live half-hour episode was broadcast, and on Friday night an hour-long episode with additional footage will be aired.

U2 bookended tonight's broadcast with the opening and closing songs. In between were performances by Sam Smith, Zola Jesus, Interpol, the Alvin Brothers, and Slaves. U2 began the episode with the live debut of "Volcano". It was performed by the full band in electric form. Of course, "Volcano" has kind of been played live before - it borrows some elements from "Glastonbury", an unreleased song performed live in 2010.

U2 wrapped up the show with "Every Breaking Wave". It was played on piano like at previous promo shows, beginning with just Bono and Edge. They were soon joined by a string section like on Jo Whiley's show last week, and then Adam and Larry joined in for the final part of the song.

A third song was not broadcast tonight, but should appear in the extended Friday episode. It was the live debut of "California (There Is No End to Love)". The debuts of "Volcano" and "California" tonight bring to six the total number of Songs of Innocence songs played live. This equals How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb's record for most new songs performed on a promo tour.

Watch the live debut of "Volcano" below:

If you want to see "Every Breaking Wave", the good folks at U2Spain have posted a video.

As noted above, there should be extra footage of U2 on Friday's episode. Our database listing for this performance is here.

 Posted by Axver on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 @ 23:46:25 UTC | permalink | Comments

Video of U2 on The Graham Norton Show

We now have video of U2 performing live on The Graham Norton Show. If you have been hanging out for the band to play a song in full electric form rather than acoustically, then this performance of "The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)" is what you have been waiting for. "Song For Someone" was played in abbreviated form by the whole band during the interview segment and was done acoustically.

Both songs are featured in the video below:

U2 - The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone) + Song for... by eidurrasmussen

Reports suggested that U2 did at least a bit of "Desire" too, but it did not make it to broadcast. Our database entry for this performance is here.

You can watch the full episode on the BBC's website here - but only if you live in the UK. If you live in the rest of the world you can only watch it if you have the know-how to get around the geoblock. A Google search may be your friend in this case.

U2's next live performance will be on Tuesday next week when they appear on Jools Holland's show.

 Posted by Axver on Saturday, October 18, 2014 @ 06:15:38 UTC | permalink | Comments

U2 on The Graham Norton Show - Updated

Tomorrow's episode of The Graham Norton Show was filmed today in London, and U2 were one of the guests alongside Stephen Fry, Robert Duvall, and Robert Downey Jr.

Graham Norton's website billed U2 as performing "The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)", and it was indeed played. In fact, U2 did the song twice. For the first time since the 9th of September it was played by the full band in electric form, not acoustic. One of these performances will be chosen for the broadcast.

Later in the show, at Norton's request, U2 did an acoustic version of "Song For Someone". This is only the second live performance of "Song For Someone", which made its live debut yesterday on Jo Whiley's radio show. So like previous promo tour performances there was an acoustic component to this set. There was also reportedly at least "a bit" of "Desire" played; we don't yet know if this was a snippet or something more.

One photo of the stage shows the band's setup with both electric and acoustic guitars. Our database listing for this concert is here.

 Posted by Axver on Friday, October 17, 2014 @ 00:27:09 UTC | permalink | Comments

U2 on Jo Whiley's show on BBC Radio 2

Today, U2 performed on Jo Whiley's BBC Radio 2 show as part of their Songs of Innocence promo tour. This time, unlike the Italian and French TV performances, the whole band were in the studio. They were joined by a string quintet, who contributed to the second, third, and fourth songs. If you missed the show you can stream it via the BBC here.

The live performances occurred throughout Whiley's two-hour show. They were interspersed with brief chat and broadcasts of other songs. U2 performed the following set:

  1. The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)
  2. Every Breaking Wave
  3. Cedarwood Road
  4. Song For Someone
  5. I Walk The Line (snippet) / Stuck In A Moment / Fool To Cry (snippet)

Our database listing for the show is here. This set included the live debuts of "Cedarwood Road" and "Song for Someone". The only old song to be featured was "Stuck in a Moment", last performed on 23 July 2011. The band decided to play it only an hour or so before the broadcast; Whiley indicated this may have been at her request.

Late in the show, Whiley asked U2 about when they would tour next. Edge said that he's "not sure the precise dates" but they will definitely be touring next year. Whiley pressed for a more specific timeframe but all Edge would say is that the band will be "buying new luggage in the spring". Bono joked that the tour would be in pubs, and when Edge replied seriously that the venues would be arenas, Bono dubbed them "mega pubs".

Some of the other songs broadcast during the show were selected by U2. They chose "Glad to See You Go" by the Ramones first - a song they used to perform live in their early days. After "Virginia Plain" by Roxy Music was played, Edge expressed jealousy that Brian Eno got to appear on the comedy Father Ted. Bono selected "Take Me to Church" by Hozier, describing the song as "a miracle". Larry, "under the influence of The Edge", chose Patti Smith's "Because The Night" and spoke about having the honour of playing it live with her.

U2's next promo performance is in two days, on The Graham Norton Show. See you then!

PS If you missed Bono's interview on NPR's World Cafe yesterday, you can listen to it here. Although the promo blurb said Bono would "perform" songs, three studio songs from the new album constituted the only music played during the interview.

 Posted by Axver on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 @ 21:55:51 UTC | permalink | Comments

Bono and Edge on French TV

The Songs of Innocence promotional tour continued today with another acoustic performance on French TV show Le Grand Journal. Just like last Sunday's set on Italian TV, only Bono and Edge appeared for the interview and performance; Adam and Larry were not present on stage.

After a preliminary discussion with the show host, Bono and Edge performed "The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)". The show continued after a short break with some more talk and another acoustic performance of "Every Breaking Wave" with Edge on piano. Below are some screenshots of the interview and a video of the performances:

If you just want to skip to the songs in the video below, "The Miracle" starts at 8:20 and "Every Breaking Wave" at 16:10:

Le Grand Journal 14/10/14 U2

Our database entry for this performance is here.

 Posted by Macphisto on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 @ 20:41:51 UTC | permalink | Comments

Previous articles:

· Today: U2 on French TV, Bono on US radio October 14th, 2014
· Tour rumour: U2 to play Milan and Rome next year October 13th, 2014
· Bono and Edge on Italian TV October 12th, 2014
· A round-up of U2's upcoming promo appearances October 12th, 2014
· Axver's Tour Predictions: Pop October 11th, 2014
· U2 to perform on German radio October 10th, 2014
· Another forthcoming performance on British TV October 9th, 2014
· U2 to perform on British radio and TV October 8th, 2014
· U2 to perform on French TV October 8th, 2014
· Axver's Tour Predictions: Zooropa and Passengers October 7th, 2014

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