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Bono & The Edge perform on Berlin subway platform
Bono and The Edge gave German fans a surprise on Wednesday (December 6th) by performing a private acoustic gig on Berlin's U2 subway line.
Billboard reported, "Some 200 fans were on board a private train hired by label Universal Music to an exclusive meet and greet event to promote U2's new album, Songs Of Experience." The fans weren't told that one half of the band would be joining the, on the route and at the final stop at Deutsche Oper station they would give an impromptu performance. Bono and The Edge performed "Get Out Of Your Own Way," from the new album -- along with the classics, "Sunday Bloody Sunday," and "One."
Bono told us that he's never been ashamed or embarrassed by U2's popularity and commercial success: "In Europe, it was ‘against the law’ to be at Number One. To sell records, sell a lot of records, was to sell out or something; there was that attitude. And thankfully, certainly in the UK and, and in Ireland, that attitude’s over, because it led to a kind of miserablism.”
U2 tour dates (subject to change):
May 2 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center
May 4 - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center
May 7 - San Jose, CA - SAP Center
May 11 - Las Vegas, NV - T-Mobile Arena
May 15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum
May 22 - Chicago, IL - United Center
May 26 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
May 28 - Atlanta, GA - Infinite Energy Arena
June 5 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
June 9 - Uniondale, NY - NYCB Live
June 13 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
June 17 - Washington, DC - Capital One Arena
June 21 - Boston, MA - TD Garden
June 25 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
June 29 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
Songs Of Experience is the followup to U2's 2014 collection Songs Of Innocence. The album stalled at Number Nine on the Billboard 200 in large part due to the set being issued for free via iTunes.
In addition to a public backlash against having a new, free album automatically appearing in users collections, the giveaway backfired with Songs Of Innocence selling a paltry 28,000 copies in its first week.