Clips & Pix: U2/The Blackout

The Blackout is from U2’s upcoming 14th studio album Songs Of Experience, which after multiple delays is now set to appear next Friday, December 1. According to NME, the band also released a limited edition 12-inch vinyl single of the tune in the U.S. today to coincide with Record Store Day Black Friday.

Initially released in August as the first track from the forthcoming album, The Blackout “started off its life about a more personal apocalypse, some events in my life that more than reminded me of my mortality, but then segued into the political dystopia that we’re heading towards now,” Bono told Rolling Stone in September. The first part of the statement refers to a bad bicycle accident the U2 singer had in November 2014, while the second part alludes to political changes in Europe and the US in late 2016. The latter were one of several reasons why U2 decided to delay the release of their new album.

Sources: NME, Rolling Stone, YouTube

15 thoughts on “Clips & Pix: U2/The Blackout”

  1. No breakthrough in their sound here but sounds like a good tune. My guess is that’s not a real concert in the video but likely an invited crowd who watched them do it a hundred times.

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    1. I’m with you here. While the tracks from the upcoming album, which are already available on iTunes, certainly aren’t bad, I think I’ll always prefer the old U2 – pretty much everything from 1980’s “Boy” to “The Joshua Tree” (1987).

      BTW, talking about history, in case you didn’t know, tonight PBS airs two Beatles documentaries back-to-back: “Eight Days A Week: The Touring Years” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Musical Revolution.” It all starts at 8:00 pm ET – my kind of binge watching!

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      1. Completely forgot about their opt-in model. To tell you the truth, even for a Beatles nutcase like me, four hours were a bit heavy, especially when the good folks at PBS told you for 1,000th Time why you should become a “sustaining member!”😀

        Also, as I was listening to Howard Goodall peel apart the tracks on Sgt. Pepper and marveling about the brilliance of their compositions, I kept wondering to what extent The Beatles consciously did the kind of things he pointed out. After all, none of them had an educational background in music.

        In my opinion, it mostly was a combination of them wanting to experiment and pushing the envelope AND George Martin (who of course had a background in classical music) and his team of brilliant studio engineers enabling all of it!

        While I did enjoy it, the detailed analysis sort of reminded me of my school days when the teacher asked us to analyze a novel, asking the question, ‘what did the author intend.’ And then the class had to come up with all sorts of clever explanations!😀

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      2. Wow. The fact somebody can do this and it appears even make a living from it is yet another indication how after all these decades so many people are still fascinated by The Beatles and their music.

        While I find that impressive, I certainly wouldn’t buy these DVDs either. At some point, the analysis gets too much. The bottom line is I simply enjoy listening to Beatles music. I don’t necessarily need an explanation from somebody else why!

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