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Ordinary Love at the Oscars
Today, U2 performed at the 86th annual Academy Awards. If you are waiting for a delayed broadcast in your part of the world, look away now to avoid spoilers.
The band performed Ordinary Love in acoustic fashion. This was the second live performance of the song, following its performance on the Tonight Show last month. If you live in the US, you can watch today's performance here
. If you do not, it is already on YouTube. Might not last long, so get in quick:
Unfortunately, Ordinary Love did not win the Oscar for Best Original Song. As predicted by many, including Bono, the award went to Let It Go from Frozen.
Our database entry for this performance is here
A Concert Unlike Any Other
A bitterly cold winter may have encased much of North America in ice and snow, but the U2 machine is heating up in anticipation of a new album and tour expected sometime this summer and fall or winter respectively. Hopefully, U2's two appearances
on the first episode of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon is just the beginning.
Watching U2 perform on one of my favorite television programs, on a rooftop no less, was pretty special, it was even more incredible to see it in person. No, you (sadly) won't see me if you watch the performance of Invisible over again, as the footage that aired was shot on Monday, like the Ordinary Love performance was. I was in attendance for Sunday's
taping of the song.
Live debuts of Invisible and Ordinary Love on the Tonight Show
U2 have been busy in New York the last few days, performing for the first episode of the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
. They performed at the Top of the Rock, high above New York City, on both the 16th
of February. Both times they ran through Invisible twice with extra percussion from the Rutgers University marching band. They recorded across two days as a backup in case of poor weather.
Then, back in the NBC studios, U2 appeared with Fallon ostensibly for an interview. However, this segment turned into an acoustic performance of Ordinary Love. Edge very briefly teased the notes of Stairway to Heaven at the start, and at the end The Roots, Fallon's house band, joined in the performance.
This was the live debut of both songs. Please note that Invisible is currently listed on our database as a non-album song, even though it will be on U2's forthcoming 13th album. Once we know the new album's title, we will update Invisible's status on the database. Speaking of the album, atu2 are reporting a rumour that Edge's guitar tech Dallas Schoo informed a fan that the album will be out in April - but most other reports suggest June. We'll have to wait and see. An April release would fit with some vague hints we have received that U2 will do more promotional performances in the US in March. No further details at this stage; take this rumour with the most massive grain of salt you have.
Footage of the two songs on the Tonight Show is below. These may not be up long, so get in quick:
U2 Perform, Continue Work on New Album in New York City
These past two weeks certainly have been busy ones for the band, and New York City, specifically the famous Electric Lady Studios, has been the center of all the action. Let's recap:
Bono Performs In New York City
With a new U2 album and tour
potentially on the horizon, Bono has been on the road recently. Last month, he took to the stage at a party outside Coachella
and paid homage to Frank Sinatra in Las Vegas
and he's at it again this month.
This past Monday, Bono appeared at the Robin Hood Foundation's 25th anniversary gala
at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City alongside Mary J. Blige. They performed just two songs, beginning (unexpectedly) with Moment of Surrender and ending with One, a song the duo has performed together a handful of times dating back to the Vertigo Tour.
The videos of each song can be found below, and to summarize, Bono appears to be fine form vocally. The backing house band supported Bono and Blige on both songs, with Bono playing an acoustic guitar during One. One was expected, but as for Moment of Surrender, it was the first performance of the song by a member of U2 since the 360 Tour's final concert in 2011, so it's nice to see that it hasn't been forgotten about. It will be interesting to see if it remains in the setlist when U2 hits the road once again.
Previous articles:· News Regarding U2's Next Album and Tour April 23rd, 2013· The Road to Sarajevo: Part One – Bosnia and Bill Carter October 7th, 2012· Bono, Edge, and A Decade of Difference October 16th, 2011· U2Gigs podcast now available! October 7th, 2011· Bono sings in Cape Town October 6th, 2011· From The Sky Down documentary on BBC and Showtime October 6th, 2011· Pretend U2's Dublin setlist, 06/08 October 5th, 2011· U2360PRE in Dublin! October 5th, 2011· Stump Ax: the first batch of answers August 5th, 2011· Thank you from U2gigs July 31st, 2011For older news, see our Archive.