U2 announced the launch of a dedicated SiriusXM channel dubbed U2X Radio on Wednesday (Dec. 4). The creative partnership with the satellite radio giant will include the channel and exclusive content available only to SiriusXM subscribers and Pandora listeners. The reveal of the channel was made by the band during their Joshua Tree tour stop at the Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo, Japan when singer Bono cut into the Howard Stern show to acknowledge the new deal.
According to a press release, the news lit up the show's massive 200x40 foot screen with a video tribute to radio just before a performance of "Elevation," while a Facebook Live stream let fans around the world hear the announcement as it happened. "Generally when I open my mouth people prefer if I'm singing, but on U2X RADIO, maybe they'll forgive me the odd interruption," Bono said in a statement about the channel, which will launch in 2020.