In support of their newly released album, 'Songs of Experience'
U2 were the latest musical guest on SNL, appearing on last night’s show (2 December) alongside guest host and fellow Ireland-native Saoirse Ronan.
The band first performed ‘American Soul’, which featured a pre-recorded spoken-word opening from collaborator Kendrick Lamar.
They later returned to the stage to play ‘Get Out Of Your Own Way’. Both tracks are taken from their new album ‘Songs of Experience’. You can watch both performances below.
NME‘s Mark Beaumont writes of ‘Songs Of Experience’: “U2 have built a stadium rock cruise liner they’ve zero interest in rocking, and ‘…Experience’ is 50 minutes of very plain sailing indeed.”
- Read more: ‘Songs of Experience’ – The full NME review
Meanwhile, U2 frontman Bono teamed up with Coldplay‘s Chris Martin on Jimmy Kimmel Live earlier this week to cover ‘One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)’, with a special cameo from actor Sean Penn.
The US late-night show aired a special episode on Tuesday (November 28) in support of AIDS charity RED. During the episode, Bono and Martin covered the Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer song that was popularised by Frank Sinatra.
Earlier this month, it was announced that U2 were to become the first band to use Ticketmaster’s ‘Verified Fan’ system to sell all of the tickets for their forthcoming North American arena tour.