U2 will reportedly debut a new song during the Super Bowl, according to fan site @U2. The Irish quartet were in Santa Monica, California not long ago for a video shoot which will be used in a commercial that will air on February 2nd during the telecast of the game.
In addition to music from the new song, the clip will feature the title and release date of the disc, which will be U2's 13th studio album and first since 2009's No Line On The Horizon.
- The group has been working on the new record for much of the past two years with producer Brian Burton, a.k.a. Danger Mouse.
- Meanwhile, U2 performed its first show in three years on Saturday night (January 11th), surprising guests at Sean Penn's third annual "Help Haiti" benefit at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills with a three-song set that included "I Will Follow," "Desire" and "Vertigo."
- Earlier in the evening, singer Bono and guitarist The Edge performed alongside Haitian singer Anaelle Jean-Pierre.
- The benefit raised nearly $6 million for the J/P Haitian Relief Organization and was attended by stars like Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow, Charlize Theron, Sarah Silverman, Idris Elba, and many others.
- U2 also walked away with a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song on Sunday night (January 12th), for the new song "Ordinary Love" from the movie Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.
WHAT DO YOU THINK??
- Do you tune into the Super Bowl for the commercials and trailers as much as the game itself?
- Do you think it's a smart move for U2 to advertise its new album during the Super Bowl? Will that encourage people to seek it out?
- What's the best Super Bowl commercial you remember seeing?
CHECK IT OUT: Watch a collage of video footage from U2's show at the benefit for Haiti:
See the lyric video for "Ordinary Love":
INTERNET COMMENTS at RollingStone.com -- agree or not?
EE wrote: "Nice to see U2 just playing as four guys in a band without a zillion backing tracks (or understage musicians) and a massive stage set, though it appears they feel a little awkward in that respect. I'm sure they could figure it out with a little practice."
Muldfeld wrote: "The fact that the band still thinks 'Vertigo' is even an acceptable song bodes badly for its taste and this upcoming release. Still, I'll buy it. I miss '80s/early '90s U2. (Sigh)"
Wolfman Muldfeld wrote: "Honestly, I don't have high hopes for the new album. Still, as an 'old U2' fan, I truly hope I'm wrong about it."
person wrote: "If U2 really were interested in re-establishing themselves as an authentic live act, they would completely drop the over the top stage shows/stadium tours & do a tour of intimate theaters like Constitution Hall. Yes the ticket demand would be insane, but it's been done."
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