UPDATE (Jan. 11, 12:15 PM ET): The full track list for U2’s Songs of Surrender has been confirmed, and it is divided into four 10-song sides named for each band member. The first full song released from the project is a new, largely acoustic version of “Pride (In the Name of Love).” See the track list below.
Side 1 – The Edge
“Where the Streets Have No Name”
“Stories for Boys”
“11 O’Clock Tick Tock”
“Out of Control”
“Every Breaking Wave”
“Walk On (Ukraine)”
“Pride (In the Name of Love)”
Side 2 – Larry
“Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses”
“Get Out of Your Own Way”
“Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of”
“Red Hill Mining Town”
“Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own”
“The Miracle of Joey Ramone”
“City of Blinding Lights”
Side 3 – Adam
“I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”
“If God Will Send His Angels”
“Until the End of the World”
“Song for Someone”
“All I Want Is You”
“Peace on Earth”
Side 4 – Bono
“With or Without You”
“Sunday Bloody Sunday”
“Lights of Home”
“I Will Follow”
“Two Hearts Beat As One”
“The Little Things That Give You Away”
With Bono poised to continue his solo tour in support of his acclaimed 2022 memoir Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story, U2 is also looking back at its famous catalog with Songs of Surrender, an album consisting of “re-imagined and re-recorded” versions of 40 of its songs. The project will be released on March 17.
Today (Jan. 10), U2 quietly released a trailer for Songs of Surrender, which features images of the band from throughout its nearly 50 years together, soundtracked by a snippet of the new version of “Beautiful Day.” A track list for the album has yet to be announced, but per U2Songs.com, handwritten letters from guitarist the Edge were sent to fans by way of explaining the project.
“The fact is that most of our work was written and recorded when we were a bunch of very young men,” he wrote. “Those songs mean something quite different to us now. Some have grown with us. Some we have outgrown. But we have not lost sight of what propelled us to write those songs in the first place. The essence of those songs is still in us, but how to reconnect with that essence when we have moved on, and grown so much?
“Music allows you to time travel and so we started to imagine what it would be like to bring these songs back with us to the present day and give them the benefit or otherwise, of a 21st century re-imagining,” the Edge continued. “What started as an experiment quickly became a personal obsession as so many early U2 songs yielded to a new interpretation. Intimacy replaced post-punk urgency. New keys. New chords. New tempos and new lyrics arrived. It turns out that a great song is kind of indestructible. Once we surrendered our reverence for the original version each song started to open up to a new authentic voice of this time, of the people we are, and particularly the singer Bono has become. … I hope you like our new direction.”
Songs of Surrender was teased in a recent U2 interview with the Washington Post, during which drummer Larry Mullen Jr. also cast doubt on his ability to play live with the band this year due to lingering elbow and knee injuries. As previously reported, U2 is scheduled to open the new MSG Sphere in Las Vegas with a multi-show residency at some point in 2023.
Earlier this month, Bono revealed a host of additional dates at New York’s Beacon Theatre in support of Surrender, at which he will be backed by Gemma Doherty (harp, keyboard, vocals) and Kate Ellis (cello, keyboard, vocals), as well as musical director/U2 producer Jacknife Lee.
U2 was honored by the Kennedy Center last month, with Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder performing the band’s songs “One” and “Elevation.”
Here are Bono’s Beacon Theatre tour dates: