U2 News: Lettermen, Jehovah’s Witnesses, El Salvador & Tour Dates

Starting March 2nd, U2 will perform on CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman for five nights in a row. This is the first time Lettermen has booked a guest for an entire week.

Conveniently, U2’s latest album, No Line On The Horizon, drops on March 3rd. The album is produced by Brian Eno, Danny Lanois and Steve Lillywhite. U2 traveled the world making this album. The band recorded in places like Morocco, Dublin, London and New York.

No Line On The Horizon will be available in five formats:

  • A standard jewel case, with album CD and 24 page booklet.
  • Limited edition digipak format with album CD, 32 page color booklet and fold out poster.
  • Limited edition magazine format with album CD and 64 page magazine.
  • Limited edition box format containing digipak format album CD, DVD of Anton Corbijn’s exclusive film, a 64 page hardback book and a fold out poster.
  • Limited edition LP with 2 black vinyl discs, a gatefold sleeve and a 16 page booklet.
Artwork for U2's No Line On The Horizon is by Japanese artist and photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto.
Artwork for U2’s No Line On The Horizon is by Japanese artist and photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto.

Here’s the album’s full track listing:

  1. No Line On The Horizon
  2. Magnificent
  3. Moment of Surrender
  4. Unknown Caller
  5. I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight
  6. Get On Your Boots
  7. Stand Up Comedy
  8. Fez – Being Born
  9. White As Snow
  10. Breathe
  11. Cedars Of Lebanon

In other U2 news, the band will not have a Vienna show this year thanks to Jehovah’s Witnesses.
The religious group is holding an event at Vienna’s 51,000-seat Ernst Happel Stadium on August 7 and 8—the only days the band can perform in the city.

The event prohibiting U2’s return to the Austrian capital is a mass christening.

The "U2,Veni" is the campaign to bring U2 to El Salvador.

The “U2,Veni” is the campaign to bring U2 to El Salvador.

How would you like to watch a U2 concert with a crowd of just three people?

That’s what recently happened to three U2 fans from Central America.

The fans delivered a 60,000-name petition asking U2 to play in El Salvador. Not only were the trio rewarded with frequent flier miles, they were also rewarded with a private U2 concert.

In mid February, the three fans met with U2’s publicist in Dublin to discuss the petition. The publicist immediately whisked the fans into the studio where U2 played two songs from their new album.

In El Salvador, there’s a national campaign called “U2 Veni” or “U2, come here”. The band in very popular in El Salvador because of their song, “Bullet the Blue Sky,” and the fact the band dedicated it to the people of El Salvador and their plight through a bloody civil war.

U2 declined to comment on whether they would actually perform in El Salvador (probably because they don’t want to deal with Ticketmaster).

Recently, U2 kicked off the Grammys and the Brit Awards by performing “Get On Your Boots,” the first single off their new album. A second song from No Line on the Horizon, also called “No Line On The Horizon,” was leaked to the public the day before Valentine’s Day.

However, there is some debate whether the song is actually from the album or just the “b-side” to “Get On Your Boots.”

U2 has yet to announce a tour to promote No Line On The Horizon, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t catch the band in concert.

U2 will be in Boston in 2009. You can also catch U2 in New York. In addition to those cities, U2 will perform in Philadelphia. U2 fans in Los Angeles won’t be left out either as the band plans on visiting the City of Angels.

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