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The Edge gives backstory to new U2 single

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The Edge shed light on U2's new single "You're The Best Thing About Me" from the band's upcoming album, Songs From Experience, which drops on December 1st.

During a chat with Pierre Robert at WMMR, The Edge gave the fans the backstory to the latest fan favorite, explaining, "What we look for is a kind of defiant joy.  That was the starting off point musically, and I know with Bono he was lyrically working with the idea that each song lyric would be like a letter to somebody that was significant in his life. This letter was addressed to (Bono's wife) Ally, but also to himself.  On the surface, it’s a kind of love song."

He went on to say, "The phrase 'best thing about me' was actually lifted from a piece of writing from an Irish journalist who was commenting on Bono, and in a kind of dismissive way, he said, 'Well, Ally's the best thing about Bono!'  So he grabbed that phrase and said, 'I’ll use that in a song to Ally. . .' It’s not a straight-forward love song; it’s kinda got some tension in it. At the same time, it’s just this beautiful, uplifting, melodic piece.”

The Edge told us that the band always looks forward to hearing how songs from a new album translate into a live concert setting: "Something about a band in front of their audience, it's a different thing, it's a different kind of, I suppose it's a communication. You get that instant feedback and it just gives a piece of music a different sensibility completely when you're playing it in front of your audience.”

U2 North American tours dates -- with special guest Beck (subject to change):

September 14 - New Orleans, LA - Mercedes Benz Superdome
September 16 - St. Louis, MO - The Dome At America's Center
September 19 - Phoenix, AZ - University of Phoenix Stadium
September 22 - San Diego, CA - Qualcomm Stadium

Side Notes:

Out now is U2's The Joshua Tree At 30 collection, which has been released in numerous CD, digital, and vinyl formats.

Alongside the 11-track album, the super deluxe collector’s edition includes a live recording of The Joshua Tree Tour 1987 Madison Square Garden concert; rarities and B-sides from the album’s original recording sessions; as well as 2017 remixes from Daniel Lanois, St Francis Hotel, Jacknife Lee, Steve Lillywhite and Flood.

The package also includes an 84-page hardback book of unseen personal photography shot by The Edge during the original Mojave Desert photo session in 1986.

Check it out: U2 - You’re The Best Thing About Me (Lyric Video)

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