U2’s “Ordinary Love” to be unveiled on Youtube and U2.com October 30th. This the first song for the band and is part of a movie “Mandela biopic A Long
Walk To Freedom.”
An excerpt from the song
indicates Ordinary Love is a mid-tempo piano-driven ballad. It features
the lyrics: “We can’t fall any further and/We can’t feel ordinary love/
We can’t reach any higher/ We can’t deal with ordinary love.”
The song was specially written for the movie, so it is unclear whether or not it will appear on the new U2 album. A Long Walk To Freedom producer Harvey Weinstein
said the band were asked to contribute a song to the film. “It was the
fastest ‘yes’ I have ever received. The band saw various cuts of the
film over the summer and worked diligently to write a song that truly
reflects Nelson Mandela. I think they did a brilliant job, honouring the
man and the leader they have known for over 20 years,” he said. The film stars Idris Elba as Mandela and Naomie Harris as Winnie Mandela,
and is based on the former South African president’s bestselling
autobiography about his time in Robben Island as a political prisoner.
The boys spotted this week filming in Bray, CO Wicklow yesterday with fans praying that the band would be shooting a new album cover. The band has been held up at teh Bray Head Hotel before filming a segment. “Desire” could be heard along the seafront.
The boys performed an impromptu set for select passerby who just happened to be at the right place at the right time. Locals may be included in the video.
As we reported earlier in the week the back released their first song in three years. The
track appears in the trailer for the upcoming biopic movie on the life
of Nelson Madela called ‘Mandela: Long walk to freedom’. However the track may not appear on the band’s new album, as it was specifically written for the Mandela movie.
U2 fans anxious for fresh music can now hear the group’s first new song in three years — at least some of it.
A little more than a minute of a song called Ordinary Love is included in the trailer for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, a biopic about South African leader Nelson Mandela.
sea wants to kiss the golden shore/The sunlight warms your skin,” Bono
sings over a piano track. “All the beauty that’s been lost before wants
to find us again.” In the sample, the music eventually swells to a
masssive, choir-based chorus.
There’s no word if Ordinary Love, written specifically for Mandela, will be included on the group’s next album, tentatively slated for a 2014 release.
bassist Adam Clayton recently told an Irish radio station that the
group hopes to have 12 songs for a new album completed by the end of
“I think it’s a bit of a return to U2 of old, but with
the maturity, if you like, of the U2 of the last 10 years,” Clayton
said. The new album would be the group’s first since 2009’s No Line on the Horizon.
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,
starring Idris Elba and directed by Justin Chadwick, premiered at the
2013 Toronto International Film Festival and will be in theaters Nov.
Adam Clayton let some hints slip while on Irish station 98 FM’s Dermot and Dave show.
“We are still at it. We hope to have it finished very, very soon. And
it will be out, oh . . . sometime early next year,” Clayton said. “But
it’s a very exciting bunch of songs right at the moment . . . it’s just
about to be finished, so it’s hard to know which way they’ll go.
Pretty much what we heard was that Adam and the boys are back in Dublin working in the studio on 12 songs to get them finished by the end of November so that everyone can go on holiday and that we can expect a new U2 album early next year.
U2 could headline the World Cup’s opening ceremony in Brazil 2014.Insiders are open to having U2 open the FIFA
concert in Sao Paulo on Jun 12 2014. ( So far no source has been able to confirm this )
So far FIFA has set a side 15M for the show.
News around Brazil suggests this is a done deal.
A source said: “For something as big as a World Cup opening ceremony they would
want a massive name given it will be seen by millions and U2 would fit that bill perfectly – especially as they are liked and
listened to in countries across the world.”
FIFA have already signed up top-class director Franco Dragone to produce the
show, following his success with Cirque du Soleil and Celine Dion’s live Las
And it is claimed U2 would take over the majority of the show if they were
to sign up, which is likely to be their first new tour date.
U2 spokeswoman told the Irish Mirror they had no information to give out on
the band’s plan to take part in the World Cup opening ceremony.
Industry sources yesterday revealed that their follow-up to No Line on the Horizon would not now be
released until spring 2014, which would fit perfectly with a World Cup
U2 have almost finished the so far untitled record but are working on finalizing
art, videos and other elements that will be needed for the release.
Bono said: “We have a deal with our audience, they give us a great life and
they expect us to be great and that’s tricky. As you get better you get very
good and very good is kind of the enemy of great.
“You can mistake it for great. People don’t get excited about us being very
good. Who needs a new U2 album?
“There are loads of them out there. We have to make a great U2 album and
they don’t care waiting as long as it’s great.”