U2 give away album for free

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 10 September 2014
U2 singer Bono

U2 singer Bono

U2 are letting fans download their new album, 'Songs Of Innocence', for free

U2 are giving away their 13th studio album for free.

The Irish rockers - made up of Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr - have made their latest offering 'Songs Of Innocence' available cost-free to over a half a billion U2.com subscribers and all iTunes Music Store customers.

The autobiographical record features collaborations with Ryan Tedder, Lykke Li, Danger Mouse and Paul Epworth and is intended to reflect the band's varying styles and influences over the decades.

The album kicks off by paying homage to the early influence of The Ramones on the band in their track 'The Miracle', before revisiting a Clash gig they attended in 1977 in 'This Is Where You Can Reach Me'.

'California' is a nod to The Beach Boys, while 'Song for Someone' was written for the rockers by Bono's wife, Ali, whom he met when he was just 12-years-old, reports The Daily Star newspaper.

It is also thought the band will play a series of smaller gigs in place of their usual arena shows to go along with the album's physical release on October 13.

U2

The legendary Irish rock group – comprised of Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr – perform a number of shows as part of the eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour.

Manchester Arena

Fri 19 Oct

£35–£190 / 0844 847 8000

Sat 20 Oct

£35–£190 / 0844 847 8000

The O2 Arena, London SE10

Tue 23 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 856 0202

Wed 24 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 856 0202

The SSE Arena, Belfast

Sat 27 Oct

£38–£185 / 028 9073 9074

Sun 28 Oct

£38–£185 / 028 9073 9074

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