U2 to perform ‘Songs Of Innocence’ tracks on ‘Later… With Jools Holland’

The Irish band will be joined by Interpol, Zola Jesus and Sam Smith on the BBC Two programme

U2 are set to appear on Later… With Jools Holland.

The band will be playing songs from their recently released 13th album, ‘Songs Of Innocence’, on the BBC Two show later this month, with the show set for broadcast on Tuesday, October 21 at 10pm and Friday, October 24 at 11.05pm. Sam Smith, Interpol and Zola Jesus will also appear on the long-running live music programme.

Meanwhile, U2’s bassist Adam Clayton recently said that the band have finished ’70 per cent’ of their next album. Speaking to Q, Clayton said that they have already got over half of the material together for the follow-up to ‘Songs Of Innocence’. Their next album will be their 14th and is set to be titled ‘Songs Of Experience’.

He commented: “I think we’ve probably got 70 per cent of the material that we think will go onto it. The 30 per cent that we’re missing I think we’ll be able to generate relatively easily. But the amount of energy it will take to refine the perspective of those songs is hard to predict.”

U2 recently revealed they’ll be touring ‘Songs Of Innocence’ in 2015 – and playing indoor arenas. 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 stadiums 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 told Absolute Radio: “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.”