U2 teamed up with the BBC today with a special concert to debut their new material – and Bono took the opportunity to pledge that U2 will try and price their tickets lower because of the recession.
The Irish rock band blitzed the BBC today (Feb. 27) with appearances on national top 40 station Radio 1’s Jo Whiley show, including a live set broadcast from the 300-capacity BBC Radio Theatre in London this afternoon. It was followed by appearances on Simon Mayo’s show on talk radio network Radio 5 Live and Chris Evans’ show on AC network Radio 2.
The band is also due to perform on “Tonight With Jonathan Ross” on BBC One tonight ahead of the March 2 release of their long-awaited new album “No Line On The Horizon” (Island/Universal)
Competition winners were able to see U2 in the intimate setting for Whiley’s ‘Live Lounge’ session. Three songs were broadcast including the live debut of “Breathe” from the new album, as well as single “Get On Your Boots” and former hit “Beautiful Day.” The new song “Magnificent” was also performed for later broadcast.
Asked about live plans, Bono commented: “We’ve got something very special planned, it’s something we’ve been working on for many years, a whole way of trying to do shows outdoors and making them very intimate. And also we are trying to work on some cheaper ticket prices because this is the recession.”
He also joked that there would still be some “very expensive ticket prices” and said live dates would happen in “early summer.”
However, Bono did rule out headlining the Glastonbury festival – at least for this year. “One day we are going to do it because it is the most extraordinary moment for music in these islands,” he said. “It’s just an incredible thing.”