U2 to release unearthed songs from ‘The Unforgettable Fire’ sessions

Bono and The Edge give fans a sneak preview of one of the rarities

U2 have said they want to release a number of previously unreleased tracks recorded during the band’s sessions for their 1984 album ‘The Unforgettable Fire’.

Bono and The Edge said that a number of tracks have been rediscovered by the band recently, when they were revisiting the LP to remaster it for a 25th anniversary reissue later this year.

Speaking on BBC Radio 1 yesterday (August 19), The Edge admitted he’d been listening to several unreleased tracks that are likely to feature on the expanded new version.

“I listened to some tracks that we’re gonna release with the new ‘Unforgettable Fire’ reissue, some new songs that we discovered that we’d recorded, back in that era – the ’80s – that we’re gonna put out. And they sound amazing.”

Bono continued by hailing one track, called ‘Disappearing Act’, as “incredibly special”, before asking if The Edge had a copy with him. The guitarist replied saying he did, and later in the programme, a clip of the track was played.

Speaking about ‘Disappearing Act’, The Edge said U2 had put the finishing touches to it in France recently.

He said: “Well, it was originally called ‘White City’, and it was a track we started with Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois back in 1983 when we were recording ‘The Unforgettable Fire’. And we discovered it about six months ago, and we dug it out and did some work on it in France a few weeks ago, and it’s now finished.”

Bono continued: “It’s 25 years ago, the drums, the bass and the guitar. And now, the voices. It is a strange, weird thing. And it’s going out with ‘The Unforgettable Fire’ reissue, but no one’s heard it.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Bono and The Edge confirmed that work on their rumoured ‘Spider-Man’ musical is currently underway.

The duo described the production, which is due to hit stages in 2010, as “not a straight take on the myth” of ‘Spider-Man’. The Edge also confirmed that U2 had written new “unusual” music for the production, adding that it is not a traditional musical.

He added: “It touches on opera, it touches on rock ‘n’ roll. There are some real character-driven songs as well, very unusual song types for us.”