U2 perform two ‘Songs Of Innocence’ tracks on ‘Later… with Jools Holland’ – watch

Band performed 'Volcano' and 'Every Breaking Wave' live on BBC 2 last night

U2 performed material from their new album ‘Songs Of Innocence’ live on Later… with Jools Holland last night, including the first televised performance of their song ‘Volcano’.

The band appeared on the weekly music show alongside fellow guests including Zola Jesus, Sam Smith and Slaves. Bono and his band performed twice on the night, with an extended version of the show set to air on BBC2 on Friday (October 24).

Earlier this week ‘Songs Of Innocence’ charted at Number Six on the Official UK Albums Chart this week following its ‘free’ release on iTunes in September.

The album was released physically on October 13 and was chart-eligible for the first time when the Official Album Chart was announced on October 19. The album entered behind albums by Jessie J, George Ezra, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran and this week’s Number One, ‘Chapter One’ by Ella Henderson.

U2’s manager, Guy Oseary, hailed it as a victory considering how many people had access to the album for nothing. U2 and Apple ‘gifted’ 500 million iTunes users with their new album without consent in September. The move sparked widespread controversy. Following complaints over the unconventional release of ‘Songs Of Innocence’, Apple released a tool to allow its customers to remove ‘Songs Of Innocence’ from their devices with just one click.

Last week it was reported that just five per cent of iTunes subscribers – 26 million people – downloaded the album Apple placed on their customers’ devices on September 9. Although the figure is a small percentage of iTunes’ 500 million customers, it would still make ‘Songs Of Innocence’ rank in the Top 40 best-selling albums of all-time, in joint 32nd place alongside Britney Spears‘ 1999 album ‘…Baby One More Time’.