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"We gave up": the giant band U-2 took a surprising and unexpected step Israel today


The veteran Irish band re-recorded 40 songs from across their career, which will accompany Bono's autobiographical book, the band's lead singer • All details

The U-2 band re-recorded 40 songs from across their career.

The new versions (or "reimagined", as they prefer to define it) will be released on March 17 as part of an album called "Songs of Surrender".

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The record will "complete" the autobiographical book of the band's lead singer Bono, which was released last November under the name "Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story".

The Irish group announced the album yesterday (Tuesday) in a minute-long video uploaded to YouTube.

The video contains clips from different periods in the history of the old band, and is accompanied by an "atmospheric" version of her huge hit from 2000 "Beautiful Day".

While the band did not publish the list of the 40 songs they re-recorded, it can be assumed that there will be a match between them and those appearing in Bono's book.

In addition, selected fans were surprised to receive letters signed by the band members and which contain information about the project.

One of the letters, written by the band's iconic guitarist, The Edge, and posted online, reads: "The fact is that most of our compositions were written and recorded when we were a bunch of young men.

These songs have a different meaning for us now.

Some of them grew up with us and some of them we grew up and moved on.

But we haven't lost the vision of what brought us to write these songs in the first place.'

Bono, photo: I.P.I

 The Edge says in the letter that the project actually began as an experiment, but soon became an "obsession", since so much early U-2 material craved a new interpretation.'

The musician also wrote: "Post-punk energy has been replaced by intimacy."

New chords, new rhythms and new words have arrived.

From the moment we 'gave up' (in English the word also means 'surrender', like the name of the album; p.p.) on our tendency to the old versions, each song began to open up to the spirit of these times, to the people we are today, and especially to the singer that Bono has become."

The Edge in a famous photo from 2005, photo: Reuters

The new versions of the old songs were recorded during the quarantine months brought about by the Corona epidemic.

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