Bono and company stirring up anticipation for expected 2014 album
U2 performed live last night (Jan. 11) for the first time in four years, surprising guests at Sean Penn's third annual Help Haiti benefit in Beverly Hills' Montage Hotel.
The charitable event coincided with this weekend's Golden Globes festivities. U2's brief full-band set in the hotel ballroom featured "I Will Follow," "Desire," and "Vertigo." Earlier that evening, Bono performed alongside the Edge on guitar with Haitian singer Anaelle Jean-Pierre.
Watch a montage of U2's performances last night:
U2 is expected to release its untitled follow-up to 2009's "No Line on the Horizon" in April 2014. In November, Billboard learned the brand was exploring potential brand partners to formally announce a new album via a Super Bowl commercial.
At that same time, Live Nation was negotiating a massive deal to buy U2's management company, Principle. U2's day-to-day affairs, including brand partnerships, are being overseen by Guy Oseray, who also manages Madonna, another artist whose management Live Nation was seeking to purchase in the deal.
Bono and company recorded the new album primarily in New York's Electric Lady Studios, with Danger Mouse handling production duties. The release will be U2's first since 1997 for original label Island Records.
The benefit raised nearly $6 million for the J/P Haitian Relief Organization and was attended by the likes of Bette Midler, Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow, Charlize Theron, Piers Morgan, Chelsea Handler, Sarah Silverman, Idris Elba, and Kathryn Bigelow.