U2 have hinted that they may tour new album ‘Songs of Innocence’ by playing two gigs in each city they visit, one acoustic and one “loud and explosive.”
Adam Clayton revealed the plan in a new interview with Rolling Stone, with the bass player saying that “There is talk of doing two different kinds of shows.” The band previously said they’ll be touring their new album in 2015 with a series of indoor arena shows planned.
Explaining the idea, Clayton continued: “One night would be a kind of loud, explosive rock’n’roll kind of event and then the other night’s show take the acoustic arrangements of some of the songs, and kind of present those songs in a much more intimate way. But we don’t really know how that’s going to sound and look.”
The move marks a scaling-back for the band, whose last major tour was the U2 360° Tour of 2009 to 2011, which saw the band play 110 shows in outdoor arenas and stadia around the world in support of 2009’s ‘No Line On The Horizon’. They performed in the round from within a bespoke, four-legged structure nicknamed ‘The Claw’, which had a wraparound video screen and multi-directional sound system.
Of the plans to tour next year, Bono recently said: “We’re going to be touring. We’re going to start next year. We’re going try and play The O2 [in London] and places like that, more indoors than outdoors this time, but we’ll see where it takes us.”
U2 and Apple ‘gifted’ 500 million iTunes users with their new album in September. Following complaints over the unconventional release, Apple released a tool to allow its customers to remove ‘Songs Of Innocence’ from their devices with just one click.