U2: New release Wide Awake In Europe

So obviously this is a confirmed release for Record Store Day. The question for me now becomes, when will get a cd/digital download? I am hoping that will be before Christmas though not holding my breath!

The cover I posted before was the real thing.  Now here’s the back cover (thanks to atu2.com):

Wide Awake in Europe 2

You can see the u2.com official announcement here.

Update from Variety:
Read the original article here.
U2 to issue live EP
Three-song release part of Black Friday pushBy CHRISTOPHER MORRIS
U2 will issue a limited edition three-track live EP, “Wide Awake in Europe,” including a previously unreleased song, as an exclusive item for independent record stores on Nov. 26.
Top-selling Irish band’s piece will be the key title for “Back to Black Friday,” an indie retail event mounted by the organizers of the annual Record Store Day. Nearly 1,400 stores participated in RSD in April this year.

Promotion is designed to build traffic at indie outlets on the Friday following Thanksgiving, the day Christmas shoppers typically crowd mass merchants and mall chain stores.

Limited to 5,000 copies, U2’s 12-inch vinyl release will include a version of the concert favorite “Mercy,” recorded live in Brussels on Sept. 21. Set will also feature “I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight” (cut in Dublin in July 2009) and “Moment of Surrender” (captured in September in Paris).

Exclusive product – most of it on vinyl — from Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, Jimi Hendrix and Cee Lo Green, among others, is also earmarked for the Black Friday promotion. EMI Music previously announced a new vinyl boxed edition of George Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass” for the event.

Availability of unique product has spurred lineups at RSD stores in the past, since small allocations of the exclusive collector-oriented titles are quickly depleted. This year’s draws included vinyl from Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, John Lennon, Elvis Presley, R.E.M., the Velvet Underground, the Sex Pistols and Sonic Youth.

Rumour has this as the cover. If true, very cool.

More rumours have this as vinyl only, 3 live tracks (Mercy, I’ll Go Crazy and Moment of Surrender). I have a hard time believing this. No cd? And 3 tracks for $11? I can’t see it. But who knows?

So my previous predictions of a new album by now have proven me consistently wrong! This is nothing new for me as my predilection for spewing my mouth off opens me up for such self-ridicule!

Anyway, I was touring around the web on the weekend and I discovered this lovely entry:

Wide Awake in Europe [Single, EP]
U2 (Artist) | Format: Vinyl

List Price: $10.98
Price: $10.43 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25. Details
You Save: $0.55 (5%)

This title will be released on November 22, 2010.
Pre-order now!
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Product Details

Vinyl (November 22, 2010)
Format: Single, EP
Label: Interscope Records

You can see the entry here.

So it would appear that Adam’s prediction of an EP was the truth. Live tracks from the just completed leg of the European tour. So at least we have something to look forward to before Christmas!

With that, will anything on this release be new material? I expect so. I also expect we MAY get studio single released with it to help motivate sales. If I was going to wager, I’d put my dollar on Mercy. What do you all think?

And since that dastardly Paul McGuiness decided to drop the bomb that the new album won’t be released until early next year in this Irish Times article, we’ll have to live with what we get!

The good news is that we get something now and again later! I’ll publish details of the EP as they become available!

UPDATE Oct 21:
This article from atu2.com asks the question is Songs of Ascent dead. And while I never believed the new album would be titled that, it is interesting to see who they are working with…

“Is Songs Of Ascent dead? That’s the U2 album that has repeatedly been reported as the next release — a collection of songs leftover from the No Line On The Horizon sessions when Eno, Lanois, and Lillywhite filled the producer role. But Bono has told Australia’s The Age that the next U2 album is likely to come from songs that the band has been working on with Danger Mouse producing:

More ambitiously, he has revealed his band is working on three new albums.

The first, which is likely to be released early next year, is being produced by Danger Mouse, the alias for American production ace Brian Burton (Gnarls Barkley, Gorillaz).

“We have about 12 songs with him,” Bono said. “At the moment that looks like the album we will put out next because it’s just happening so easily.”

Bono says a second album is the “club”-sounding one, and that features Will.I.Am, David Guetta, and Lady Gaga collaborator RedOne. The final album would involve some of the Spider-Man songs, but Bono says Adam and Larry aren’t sure about turning them into a U2 album.”

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