The special is packed with classic hits and new songs from Irish rockers, as well as a cozy talk about how four friends from the Dublin school have managed to shake the world for almost 40 years. In the great show, there are also exclusive images in the back room, with the presenter Cat Deeley, who followed the band touring Brazil.
TONIGHT, U2, ON THE BBC, LIVE, WITH ORCHESTRA. U2 The Abbey Road concert will be broadcast by Movistar. We already commented a few days ago: U2 was last month at the Abbey Road Studios in London recording a special for the BBC that is going to be broadcast.
Acting with choir and orchestra, they played songs from Songs of Experience, spoke with presenter Cat Deeley about the composition of the album ... and performed a few songs from her repertoire, including a beautiful version of 'All I Want Is You'.
"The Abbey Road studios have been home to the best and greatest musicians, from classics to modern. Everyone from Pink Floyd and The Beatles, to Amy Winehouse and The Drifters at some point created some musical magic within these sacred walls. Now it's U2's turn to make history "(Cat Deeley).
For fifty minutes, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen JR, Bono and The Edge perform their classical songs and some of their latest work, 'Songs of Experience', accompanied by an orchestra and a choir, offering their most intimate concert in decades.
"Why do not you write as if you were dead," the Irish poet and novelist Brendan Kennelly advised Bono. The idea seduced him. A great challenge as a composer. The possibility of giving another dimension to the lyrics of the new U2 album, Songs of Experience.
The writer and Bono met in the early '90s. The singer had been interested in one of his works: "The book of Judas". It was written from the point of view of Judas, one of Jesus' apostles, and who betrayed him. The rocker read it during the recording of the album Aschtung Baby and was the trigger for the song "Until The End Of The World".
For Songs of Experience, with the idea of playing with death, Bono raised it as a collection of letters in song format, with intimate messages to people and places close to the heart of the singer: family, friends, fans and even him same.
"Nothing will prevent this being the best day of my life, nothing prevents us from knowing where we should be, I wanted the world, but you knew it better, and all we have is immortality," he starts singing in "Love Is All We Have Left ", the first track of the disc.
In "Get Out Of Your Own Way", one of the cuts, the musician was inspired by his daughters, but at the time changed his mind and the topic took another course. "It ended up being about me, in the end you preach what you want to hear, it's also a portrait of a girl in love," she said.
"You're The Best Thing About Me" has to do with Bono's deepest feelings. The love of a couple The singer is about his relationship with his wife Ali. "I started going out with her the same week that I joined the band, I was 16. "You're the best of me, the best thing that's ever happened to a boy, I'm the kind of problem you enjoy," (You're The Best Thing About Me). The harshness of the world, the sufferings, and even the political decisions, do not escape the world of U2. In this new album we find "Summer of love" and "Red flag day", where Bono got involved in the refugee crisis in Europe.
"I was thinking about the West Coast, not the one everyone knows about, I'm sick of living in the shadows, we have one more chance before the light goes away, for a summer of love" ("Summer of Love)". "American Soul", another of the songs on the album, pays tribute to the United States. A country that marked the greatness of U2 at the end of the '80s. "America is an idea, and that idea is based on justice and equality for all, I do not think Donald Trump is a Republican, I think he appropriated the party and is trying to appropriate the idea of America, and that is really dangerous." Bono counted in a note to PBS.
"Blackout", has a look similar to the previous song. After Trump's victory, the band decided to finish the song. "The main thing was written in early 2016, and now, I think they'll agree, the world is very different," guitarist The Edge told Rolling Stone magazine.
Recorded in Dublin, New York and Los Angeles, Songs of Experience was finished at the beginning of the year. It was produced by Jacknife and Ryan Tedder, with Steve Lillywhite, Andy Barlow and Jolyon Thomas. The cover is an image of Bono's teenage sons (Eli Hewson) and The Edge (Sian Evans) taken by Anton Corbijn.
This fourteenth work, along the 13 songs, shows a group in the highest, with an important production, but at the same time simple. Bono took the challenge. Thanks to his imagination, he could see reality "from the dead".