“The essence of these songs remains to be in us,” stated The Edge on reimagining their Songs of Surrender hits

U2 goes again to the eighties — and bringing their most iconic songs into 2023. On Friday, the band launched a reimagined model of their 1987 hit “With or Without You,” the group’s first No. 1 hit in America.

The tune is about to be featured on the group’s upcoming LP Songs of Surrender, the place they’ll rework a number of of their songs for at present.

The upcoming album is about to accompany Bono’s memoir Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story. The album was introduced earlier this month, alongside a trailer.

Additionally, some U2 followers have began receiving handwritten letters from the band that supply a bit extra perception into Songs of Surrender. One letter, signed by the Edge and shared on the fan account, U2Songs, reads partly: “The reality is that the majority of our work was written and recorded once we had been a bunch of very younger males. Those songs imply one thing fairly totally different to us now. Some have grown with us. Some we’ve outgrown, however we’ve not overlooked what propelled us to jot down these songs within the first place.”

Bono additionally teased the challenge on the finish of his e-book (which was launched final November), writing that the classes for Songs of Surrender happened throughout lockdown.


The challenge “gave me an opportunity to reside inside these songs once more as I wrote this memoir,” he defined. It additionally meant I may take care of one thing that’s been nagging me for a while. The lyrics on a couple of songs that I’ve all the time felt had been by no means fairly written. They at the moment are. (I feel.)”

Back in a November 2021 interview with Rolling Stone, the Edge stated, “We are firmly locked within the tower of tune and dealing away on a bunch of latest issues. I’m simply having a lot enjoyable writing and never essentially having to consider the place it’s going to go. It’s extra about having fun with the expertise of writing and having no expectations or limitations on the method.”

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