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Title: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: wik73 on December 19, 2014, 09:38:10 AM
U2TourFans is reporting that they have reports that Song of Experience will be released early next year.

http://www.u2tourfans.com/u2-daily-tour-news/new-year-brings-new-music-and-more-

Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: boom boom on December 19, 2014, 09:56:07 AM
I don't think this will happen as Bono was saying when SOI was released that SOE was 18 months away with whatever they are working on with Apple and I-tunes.  Why they are calling it the I&E tour is a mystery that they haven't yet revealed.
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: OptimaX on December 19, 2014, 10:50:43 AM
I'm not surprised about this news. I know about the rumours of a Stadium Tour after the indoor ones the year after, but if they would release SOE after this current leg, then it should be called the Innocence Tour and the stadium tour should be called The Experience tour. The fact that the tour is named after both, kinda suggests that we get to hear tracks of both.
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: codeguy on December 19, 2014, 01:10:13 PM
They might do what they did on the back half of 360 and give us unreleased SOE songs on the early legs, then release SOE for the holiday season in 2015....then in 2016 a stadium tour with SOE material included....
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: Edgedisciple on December 19, 2014, 04:33:02 PM
The title of the tour clearly suggest that album will be released before or during the tour. We'll see.
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: MASTER YODA on December 19, 2014, 05:17:31 PM
The earliest it will ever be is right before the tour, which is highly unlikely
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: EvryPoetisAthief on December 19, 2014, 09:52:19 PM
U2 is full of surprises as they have proven with the release of SOI. Anything is possible.
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: AchtungPop on December 19, 2014, 10:54:31 PM
Ever since the tour announcement I was thinking "Night 1/Innocence" would be songs from SOI plus hits/old songs and "Night 2/Experience" would be songs from SOE plus hits/old songs. But it could just be before the 2016 part of the tour also.

But Bono said it would be longer. Unless he was just trying to throw off, or mentioned a longer timeframe just in case they didn't feel it was ready.
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: very good on December 20, 2014, 12:48:21 AM
2016 at the absolute earliest. Probably 2017 or 2018.
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: Sunchild on December 20, 2014, 01:36:52 AM
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U2 is full of surprises as they have proven with the release of SOI. Anything is possible.

  ;)

Exactly the theme and point of this new U2 era
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: very good on December 20, 2014, 01:41:02 AM
New management won't change their pain staking recording process. Best intentions I'm sure but they are not suddenly gonna start rushing albums.
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: MASTER YODA on December 20, 2014, 07:53:21 AM
I don't think they should wait to release simply because of technology
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: goldtoad on December 20, 2014, 09:10:21 AM
U2 have made some perplexing moves lately, but since the upcoming tour is called the "Innocence + Experience Tour", it seems like they must have plans to finish SOE and release it before or during the tour.  If they are going to do stadiums in the second half of the tour, it make a lot of sense to release it sometime before the stadium shows.  However, even though it makes a lot of sense and 5 songs are reportedly done, U2's slow recording process may force a change of plans. 


Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: THRILLHO on December 20, 2014, 09:10:45 AM
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2016 at the absolute earliest. Probably 2017 or 2018.

nah. they wouldn't call it the innocence and experience tour if it was coming out till after the tour was over.

itll be by summer or at the end of the arena tours.
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: wik73 on December 20, 2014, 09:26:55 AM
I think they have put a time table to finish the album. It will be out before tour starts. These shows will feature songs from both albums.
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: smee on December 20, 2014, 09:35:58 AM
Why call the tour Innocence and Experience Tour if they have no songs from SoE to play. I predict an album prior to tour kick off
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: wildgirl on December 20, 2014, 09:51:07 AM
Maybe SOE was petty much ready before launching SOI and they said 70% just to lower expectations. Maybe both albums were already completed and it is all part of a larger plan. Just my 2 cents. We will see.
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: Siberian Tiger on December 20, 2014, 10:43:05 AM
Songs of Experience: Feb-Mar 2015.
Songs of Ascent: Feb-Mar 2016.
Stadium tour with a new name in 2016.
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: tommyboy6913 on December 20, 2014, 10:50:35 AM
My guess is that SOE will be out in March of 2015.
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: Parsons on December 20, 2014, 02:05:51 PM
I hope U2 will release the next two records SOE,and SOA rapidly in spite of the general populace' s lack of interest and the media's unwarranted disdain for the band and their music.
Unfortunately without a shadow of a doubt I see all this as the final trilogy of my all time favorite band but I believe they will go out with a bang and not a whimper.
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: PowerSurge on December 20, 2014, 04:55:59 PM
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Why call the tour Innocence and Experience Tour if they have no songs from SoE to play. I predict an album prior to tour kick off

Agreed.

Its easy to forget that the power of the album is long gone; its all about singles. SOI is a really solid ALBUM, but doesn't really have any stand out SINGLES. If they feel that SOE has some more stand out singles, then it would only make sense to release it pre tour. This isn't 1993 anymore. Bands don't have the luxury to slowly spit out 4-5 singles over the course of a year or so to promote album sales....its one and done these days. It doesn't surprise me the least bit that they would consider flooding the market with music at a moment when people still kind of give a $#!t about the band; good or bad.
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: miryclay on December 20, 2014, 04:58:07 PM
They should just continue to do what they did on the 360 which is record, tour, promote and when its done its done.
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: The Edges Cat on December 20, 2014, 05:13:33 PM
I'm confident SoE will be out early next year. With SoI's promotion disrupted by Bono's injury I don't think U2 will want to play catch up with that, they'll jump to the next phase and won't look back. They've seemed fairly blasé about releasing a single, too, which might mean they'll push one heavily next month and then segue from that to SoE. We've heard from the band and others they plan to release SoE fairly quickly anyway, a one-two punch.
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: boom boom on December 20, 2014, 05:35:57 PM
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Why call the tour Innocence and Experience Tour if they have no songs from SoE to play. I predict an album prior to tour kick off
Just a theory, but they may have decided to call it the I&E tour rather than just the Innocence tour in anticipation of the full blown stadium tour in 2016/17(with the album coming out near the end of 2015) which will be more extensive.  Remember this is just a limited run of just 19 cities, (9 in North America, an 10 in Europe).  Hardly a tour in terms of U2 standards.  The stadium tour will be playing to much more cities that were missed and even revisiting cities already been to, probably similar to the 360 tour schedule of the cities played.  If they named it the Innocence Tour then they would have to rename it in 2016 to the I&E tour.  This way also all the gross sales will come under one tour rather than two if they had to rename it, which they might have been thinking of if they were somehow considering breaking the 360 tour record which doing it this way just might be possible maybe making it the first billion dollar tour?  Knowing U2, they are probably thinking of this.  Also, it might be possible they might release SOE just before the Dublin shows which haven't been announced yet.  They did say the were planning something special for these shows.  We will wait and see.  However, they might play one or two teasers from SOE on the 2015 tour just to give us a taste.
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: MASTER YODA on December 20, 2014, 09:08:20 PM
^^^agreed. We got plenty of time
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: Parsons on December 20, 2014, 09:27:31 PM
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Why call the tour Innocence and Experience Tour if they have no songs from SoE to play. I predict an album prior to tour kick off
Just a theory, but they may have decided to call it the I&E tour rather than just the Innocence tour in anticipation of the full blown stadium tour in 2016/17(with the album coming out near the end of 2015) which will be more extensive.  Remember this is just a limited run of just 19 cities, (9 in North America, an 10 in Europe).  Hardly a tour in terms of U2 standards.  The stadium tour will be playing to much more cities that were missed and even revisiting cities already been to, probably similar to the 360 tour schedule of the cities played.  If they named it the Innocence Tour then they would have to rename it in 2016 to the I&E tour.  This way also all the gross sales will come under one tour rather than two if they had to rename it, which they might have been thinking of if they were somehow considering breaking the 360 tour record which doing it this way just might be possible maybe making it the first billion dollar tour?  Knowing U2, they are probably thinking of this.  Also, it might be possible they might release SOE just before the Dublin shows which haven't been announced yet.  They did say the were planning something special for these shows.  We will wait and see.  However, they might play one or two teasers from SOE on the 2015 tour just to give us a taste.
It all sounds good but will they find enough people to fill stadiums after all their having trouble selling tickets in some areas now  ?
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: DulmoU2 on December 20, 2014, 10:13:23 PM
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They might do what they did on the back half of 360 and give us unreleased SOE songs on the early legs, then release SOE for the holiday season in 2015....then in 2016 a stadium tour with SOE material included....

Probable...
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: Pocket Merlin on December 21, 2014, 12:07:58 AM
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Bands don't have the luxury to slowly spit out 4-5 singles over the course of a year or so to promote album sales....its one and done these days.

OneRepublic seems to be pretty good at it. Maybe Ryan Tedder can share with U2 the secret of making it happen, ha ha.
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: markt on December 21, 2014, 04:08:03 AM
They can also do a show having fun playing around with "idea" of experience without releasing SoE... they have a massive back catalogue of songs that could represent experience.

I don't see the hard dependency between the name of the tour and SoE being released before it can start. I agree with the comments above that the whole tour is called Innocence and Experience which encompasses a 2016 stadium tour.  I think it's more likely SoE will come out late 2015 to drive 2016 ticket sales.

I have to admit one thing though... if they don't play any SoI songs during the "experience" arena shows then it means those shows wouldn't contain any new material which seems odd.  Unless they play them before SoE is released.  Dunno what to think really :-)
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: boom boom on December 21, 2014, 06:26:08 AM
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Why call the tour Innocence and Experience Tour if they have no songs from SoE to play. I predict an album prior to tour kick off
Just a theory, but they may have decided to call it the I&E tour rather than just the Innocence tour in anticipation of the full blown stadium tour in 2016/17(with the album coming out near the end of 2015) which will be more extensive.  Remember this is just a limited run of just 19 cities, (9 in North America, an 10 in Europe).  Hardly a tour in terms of U2 standards.  The stadium tour will be playing to much more cities that were missed and even revisiting cities already been to, probably similar to the 360 tour schedule of the cities played.  If they named it the Innocence Tour then they would have to rename it in 2016 to the I&E tour.  This way also all the gross sales will come under one tour rather than two if they had to rename it, which they might have been thinking of if they were somehow considering breaking the 360 tour record which doing it this way just might be possible maybe making it the first billion dollar tour?  Knowing U2, they are probably thinking of this.  Also, it might be possible they might release SOE just before the Dublin shows which haven't been announced yet.  They did say the were planning something special for these shows.  We will wait and see.  However, they might play one or two teasers from SOE on the 2015 tour just to give us a taste.
It all sounds good but will they find enough people to fill stadiums after all their having trouble selling tickets in some areas now  ?
Agreed, the prices for the stadium tour will have to come down.  There will probably be more price levels at more reasonable ranges and probably drop the 300 dollars to at least what they were charging on 360 tour which was $250 for the top price, maybe even lower it to $220.
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: PowerSurge on December 21, 2014, 08:56:59 AM
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Bands don't have the luxury to slowly spit out 4-5 singles over the course of a year or so to promote album sales....its one and done these days.

OneRepublic seems to be pretty good at it. Maybe Ryan Tedder can share with U2 the secret of making it happen, ha ha.

I guess I should have been more specific...ROCK bands don't have the luxury of doing that ;)  I honestly don't consider OneRepublic to be a rock band, but yes, they do it well indeed.
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: mc on December 21, 2014, 10:15:15 AM
SOE.....released xmas day?? That would be cool
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: dontwantwhatideserve on December 21, 2014, 10:15:42 AM
The tour may not be the same from beginning to end (think Zoo TV/Zooropa). Could be Innocense, bkth regular a d acoustic ...with that mixed approach to the back catalog. The u doubtlessly have a lot of. Ew unreleased material that im expecting to edgier and more experimental. Tgat can be teased and tested...also allows them to gauge the responses. The album may take longer, but we may become familiar with the songs. Then, SOA is released for the extension of the tour and namechange..all speculation. I definitely don't expect Bono to bullfight with Edge or climb the scaffolding.
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: mhr1983 on December 21, 2014, 10:37:51 AM
I would love it if I woke up and found SOE in my iTunes!
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: MASTER YODA on December 21, 2014, 10:49:38 AM
Christmas wouldn't even make me ready lol as much as I'd love to hear it
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: Dali on December 21, 2014, 12:36:02 PM
I don't believe in another U2 new album release before the tour - unless it's the already released album expanded with a bonus disc and sold as a 2 CD set at the price of a 2CD set, like "Fame Monster" and "Nothing But the Beat 2.0" by you know who or maybe not.

The biggest reason for the delay may be Bono's unfortunate bicycle accident. Here's hoping he is doing a lot better by now.
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: danlougee on December 21, 2014, 04:40:53 PM
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I hope U2 will release the next two records SOE,and SOA rapidly in spite of the general populace' s lack of interest and the media's unwarranted disdain for the band and their music.
Unfortunately without a shadow of a doubt I see all this as the final trilogy of my all time favorite band but I believe they will go out with a bang and not a whimper.

I think Bono said a couple of months ago that he would like to keep U2 going into their seventies.  I don't see them calling it quits anytime soon.
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: The Unknown Caller on December 21, 2014, 06:36:45 PM
I very much doubt we are getting it before winter 2015-16. I'm not sure there's a single instance in recent U2 history that the band have brought out an album much sooner than their early estimates; Hell, they usually miss them entirely.
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: Siberian Tiger on December 21, 2014, 11:30:21 PM
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I very much doubt we are getting it before winter 2015-16. I'm not sure there's a single instance in recent U2 history that the band have brought out an album much sooner than their early estimates; Hell, they usually miss them entirely.

I thought exactly the same thing when Bono started speaking of Songs of Experience just days after releasing Songs of Innocence. I thought, "really Bono, can't you just let us get used to this album before promising us another one?!"

It is exceedingly frustrating to be given so many promises about new albums and to have them consistently, well "broken".

But, the announcement of the Innocence and Experience tour, seems to be a very concrete thing to do. I think in many ways it means Songs of Experience has to come out before the tour, especially since Bono wants to have a conversation between Innocence and Experience on the tour.
At the very least Songs of Experience has to come out at some point during the tour, otherwise the name is absolutely pointless and would even be a marketing disaster.

Maybe, they have finally given themselves a deadline that they can not delay.
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: The Unknown Caller on December 22, 2014, 06:57:09 AM
I agree they've definitely upped the ante, but I think that hearing a few of the songs during the 2015 leg / releasing the album in winter 2015/16 before returning to stadiums makes more sense for lots of reasons, including;

1) They are clearly very proud of this album and want to give it some live spotlight; if SOE were released first, it *would* short-change SoI live without a doubt, no matter how the rotating nights work. Similarly they'll want to spotlight SOE when it comes out
2) From what's been said, SOE is more of a big 'outdoors' album anyway so it again makes sense to release it for the stadium shows
3) The back half of a long tour is now where they tend to run out of steam on the new material so it would make sense to have a second album to launch
4) Commercially it makes more sense to wait so people aren't thinking "But they JUST released one"
5) Above all, and it can't be stressed enough, it is totally out of keeping with U2 to say the album will be out in eighteen months and then release it much earlier; there is no precedent for anything close. They have never given us any reason to believe that they could do it.
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: Miami66 on December 22, 2014, 10:10:55 AM
I still don't understand why they called it the Innocence + Experience tour if they don't intend to have SOE out in the next 6 months. I don't think they'll have a "Innocence" night and "Experience" night. They didn't market it as such. They just had pairs of shows in each city. I think they'll have both albums being played/marketed and as a result less of the older music will be played. The difference in the shows will probably be the different old songs being played on each night rather than the new. I also think that there won't be an acoustic night and an electric night. Again they never marketed the shows as such.

I suppose we'll find out once the tour starts :)
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: markt on December 22, 2014, 01:48:18 PM
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I don't think they'll have a "Innocence" night and "Experience" night. They didn't market it as such. They just had pairs of shows in each city.

I think it is this quote from Bono in the official announcement on U2.com which led people to the conclusion that there will be an innocence night and experience night.

"We are going to try to have a completely different feeling from night one to night two,” said Bono, “and have some fun playing with the idea of innocence and experience. More to be revealed!”

It's not 100% clear what exactly they do mean but you can see why many people are assuming that the difference between night 1 and 2 is innocence or experience.
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: Miami66 on December 22, 2014, 03:06:05 PM
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I don't think they'll have a "Innocence" night and "Experience" night. They didn't market it as such. They just had pairs of shows in each city.

I think it is this quote from Bono in the official announcement on U2.com which led people to the conclusion that there will be an innocence night and experience night.

"We are going to try to have a completely different feeling from night one to night two,” said Bono, “and have some fun playing with the idea of innocence and experience. More to be revealed!”

It's not 100% clear what exactly they do mean but you can see why many people are assuming that the difference between night 1 and 2 is innocence or experience.

That would mean that they'd have both albums out then.
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: The Unknown Caller on December 23, 2014, 06:20:19 AM
I think that's very much an assumption people are leaping to rather than the obvious conclusion, especially since they've flat out said it won't be out until later. Is it really likely that something happened between September and December to make them move *up* the album release, given it's basically certain they got no progress on it during that time what with the SoI release and later promo stuff?
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: mc on December 23, 2014, 08:14:43 AM
I am hoping SOE is released before the tour....BUT....the Experience part could just be referring to the classic back catalogue. ie SOI mixed in with a few experienced sounding classics
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: PowerSurge on December 23, 2014, 03:45:51 PM
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I think that's very much an assumption people are leaping to rather than the obvious conclusion, especially since they've flat out said it won't be out until later. Is it really likely that something happened between September and December to make them move *up* the album release, given it's basically certain they got no progress on it during that time what with the SoI release and later promo stuff?

Just curious...when did they flat out say anything at all?

To my knowledge, there hasn't been any confirmed reports or an official time table for the release of the next album. I could be totally wrong, but all we've got is some non committal banter from Bono and some other conjecture posted on various fan sites. 
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: danlougee on December 24, 2014, 01:38:13 PM
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I think that's very much an assumption people are leaping to rather than the obvious conclusion, especially since they've flat out said it won't be out until later. Is it really likely that something happened between September and December to make them move *up* the album release, given it's basically certain they got no progress on it during that time what with the SoI release and later promo stuff?

Just curious...when did they flat out say anything at all?

To my knowledge, there hasn't been any confirmed reports or an official time table for the release of the next album. I could be totally wrong, but all we've got is some non committal banter from Bono and some other conjecture posted on various fan sites.

All we got was "12 - 18 months" from Bono. 
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: J_Rock321 on December 24, 2014, 02:39:43 PM
And Adam said about 70% is done
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: popeyebonaparte on December 26, 2014, 10:34:44 AM
Hopefully we'll get a double of the two...
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: The Unknown Caller on December 26, 2014, 10:59:53 AM
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I think that's very much an assumption people are leaping to rather than the obvious conclusion, especially since they've flat out said it won't be out until later. Is it really likely that something happened between September and December to make them move *up* the album release, given it's basically certain they got no progress on it during that time what with the SoI release and later promo stuff?

Just curious...when did they flat out say anything at all?

To my knowledge, there hasn't been any confirmed reports or an official time table for the release of the next album. I could be totally wrong, but all we've got is some non committal banter from Bono and some other conjecture posted on various fan sites.

Bono's comment of '12-18 months' seems to be pretty flatly saying it'll take at least a year. There are multiple reasons to think that's optimistic (Including U2's modern history of wildly optimistic estimates, the fact that Bono said it and he's typically the most optimistic of all and his injury) and literally no reasons thus far to think that it was an overestimate.
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: The Edges Cat on December 26, 2014, 08:24:02 PM
What if the video for the rumoured January 12th single is in fact for SoE? Hmm? Hmm?!  ::)

SoE will be out sooner rather than later. By June, at least. With SoI's momentum killed by Bono's injuries, and the Christmas break (and all of that overshadowed by the Apple brouhaha), I can't see U2 playing catch up next year. These guys don't look back, they keep moving forward. Expect an Innocence single in January, and then a one-two punch with SoE and the tour by June.
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: paddyattitude on December 27, 2014, 11:49:32 AM
There is another option i haven't seen mentioned here, maybe i have read the thread too quickly, but it is possible that they play some of the songs live before they release Songs of Experience at the end of the tour.
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: very good on December 27, 2014, 12:46:50 PM
I'd be hugely surprised if we get it before 2016
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: danlougee on December 27, 2014, 01:48:05 PM
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I'd be hugely surprised if we get it before 2016
Well, were you surprised when SoI came out?
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Post by: very good on December 27, 2014, 06:43:45 PM
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I'd be hugely surprised if we get it before 2016
Well, were you surprised when SoI came out?

I was (pleasantly) surprised by the immediacy of it but not by an album release.  I can't see them rushing the recording process. 2016 at the absolute earliest for me.
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: Zooropean on December 28, 2014, 03:30:29 AM
U2 have talked about releasing a live album of original songs a few times, so whats to say SOE won't be a live album recorded on the arena leg? the songs are 70% complete.

Long shot, but who knows?
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: Miami66 on December 28, 2014, 08:26:16 AM
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U2 have talked about releasing a live album of original songs a few times, so whats to say SOE won't be a live album recorded on the arena leg? the songs are 70% complete.

Long shot, but who knows?

Eww I hope not. I'd be pi**ed if they did that.
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: markreed on December 28, 2014, 11:15:28 AM
Personally I think they'll drop the album either just at the end of the US shows, or a week before the Euro Tour kicks off - it'll be a year since SOI came out - and, at the same time, announce stadium dates for 2016.
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: miryclay on December 28, 2014, 12:00:37 PM
I think the word campaign is important. If the tour keeps going so will the music.
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: markreed on December 28, 2014, 12:11:07 PM
I would go so far as to predict :

Feb-April 2016 Australia, Japan, South America Stadium shows
Late April-June 2016 US Stadium shows
July-September 2016 European Stadium shows, possibly ending in Dublin.
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: MPare1966 on December 28, 2014, 12:55:50 PM
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U2 is full of surprises as they have proven with the release of SOI. Anything is possible.

Yes indeed. Don't count anything out. (but I have a feelling this one won't make its way to ALL itunes account automaticaly)
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: an tha on December 28, 2014, 06:07:26 PM
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U2 have talked about releasing a live album of original songs a few times, so whats to say SOE won't be a live album recorded on the arena leg? the songs are 70% complete.

Long shot, but who knows?

Wouldn't be the worst thing, unlikely I reckon but certainly not the worst...

I know they are getting on a bit now so it would be a big ask, but I would like it if they worked on SOE whilst on tour and maybe let the live performances bleed into the arrangements, two of the best albums of the 90's for me namely Zooropa and REM's New Adventures in hifi were records recorded whilst on tour and influenced by touring and in a good way.

Whether they could do it now is debatable but I would be interested in hearing what they might do, I genuinely believe bands are more potent whilst touring, closer to their craft and the essence of being a band and importantly for u2 less time to overthink and overpolish
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: SlyDanner on December 29, 2014, 12:33:44 AM
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U2 have talked about releasing a live album of original songs a few times, so whats to say SOE won't be a live album recorded on the arena leg? the songs are 70% complete.

Long shot, but who knows?
I genuinely believe bands are more potent whilst touring, closer to their craft and the essence of being a band and importantly for u2 less time to overthink and overpolish

+1
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: emalvick on December 29, 2014, 02:21:45 PM
My guesses:

1. SoE is actually already complete or at least recorded (perhaps mixing and editing is left)
2. They'll play a handful of SoE songs perhaps corresponding to potential singles that will be dropped here and there throughout the first leg(s) of the tour.
3. With the tour and new songs being played, the anticipation of SoE will be large and they'll release it next fall.

They don't need to release the album to play from it.  They don't even need to be totally done with it.  But, I am guessing that as far as song structure goes, they finished before Bono ever dropped a hint of it.

I also think that people might be thinking too far ahead for a SoA release.  I doubt that will ever happen unless it gets released as a B-Sides type compilation in the future.  If they had liked what they had for SoA, they probably would have released it back when they said they might.
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: Vox on December 29, 2014, 02:26:40 PM
I'll just copy and paste what I said back here: http://forum.atu2.com/index.php/topic,25372.msg1497028.html#msg1497028

First night = plugged-in hits and fan favorites from the 80's, with a large acoustic set consisting of 5-6 songs from Songs of Innocence.
Second night = plugged-in hits and fan favorites from the 90's and 21st century, with a large acoustic set consisting of 5-6 songs from Songs of Experience. 

Since U2 has ignored entire albums from the late 90's and 00's (I'm looking at you, Pop), this would even out the hits and fan favorites for each night.   It's clear now that Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience are a sort of double-album. 

I'm going on record as saying Songs of Experience will be be released on itunes out-of-the-blue one day next spring (but you've gotta pay for it, kids).   A few weeks later, it will also come as a deluxe version with a strong acoustic bent.  And the cover will be Larry looking at the camera, with his son embracing him.
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: Flying_Leg_Kick on December 30, 2014, 03:39:26 PM
It's at that point where I'm indifferent and don't care when it comes out, as long as it comes out.  SoA, or whatever the follow-up to NLOTH was (SoA and the dance album?), what...2011?  2012?  13?  At this point, for me at least, it'll be a surprise for the wrong sort of reasons.

I know that it coming out before the tour, or so soon into it, would go a long way in the band seeing this customer/fan showing back up into an arena for them.  As is, without the album, it seems like a bit of a tease.  Like, we know there's a SoE thanks to Bono's Apple gaffe, but let's contort it to mean something else...we've got enough diehards who won't give a flip either way.

What I hope doesn't happen is that if the album isn't done by the tour's start, that they don't track shop at shows if they do reveal some new material.  Like, whatever songs get the bigger pops, those show up on the album.  If they go over like a fart in church, album gets the nebulous treatment again or something.
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: The Edges Cat on December 30, 2014, 06:09:46 PM
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If they go over like a fart in church, album gets the nebulous treatment again or something.

Mercy 2.0. I swear you could see the "WTF?" thought bubbles above people's heads.
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: PowerSurge on December 31, 2014, 08:51:52 AM
I think with SOE, U2 should put the CD in a milk bottle and literally leave it on our front stoop  ;D
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: markreed on December 31, 2014, 03:21:52 PM
Personally I'm bored of U2's slovenly workrate and the known large number of U2 songs that still haven't come out. One album in six years? Pathetic.
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: The Unknown Caller on January 05, 2015, 06:18:51 AM
Given Bono's new years letter, I think we can safely put this idea to bed.
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: wik73 on January 05, 2015, 07:00:29 AM

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Given Bono's new years letter, I think we can safely put this idea to bed.

Why?
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: miryclay on January 05, 2015, 07:43:52 AM
Health and other reasons but it will be out when its ready
Title: Re: Song of Experience to be Released Early 2015
Post by: MASTER YODA on January 05, 2015, 09:07:58 AM
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Given Bono's new years letter, I think we can safely put this idea to bed.

Why?

That's all we'll pretty much hear from him until the tour, he said.