U2 Detail Songs of Experience, Release "Get Out of Your Own Way" Feat. Kendrick Lamar

They also announced a 2018 North American tour that kicks off in May.

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U2 Detail <i>Songs of Experience</i>, Release "Get Out of Your Own Way" Feat. Kendrick Lamar

We’ve known about U2’s Songs of Experience for a couple of months now. They’ve been gradually giving us bits and pieces of the album—namely the singles “The Blackout” and “You’re the Best Thing About Me” and their visual accompaniments—and now, they’re giving us a huge chunk of information. The rock veterans officially announced the details of their forthcoming album, sharing the tracklist and cover art, and unveiling another cut called “Get Out of Your Own Way.”

Like any great rock ‘n’ roll anthem, the song builds and builds from start to end, and features a chorus that anyone, even the rest of the band, can sing along to. The track is laced with words of encouragement—”Fight back / Don’t take it lying down / You got to bite back”—and, as if it wasn’t already powerful enough, culminates in a spoken-word outro from Kendrick Lamar, who returns the favor after Bono appeared on “XXX” off Lamar’s DAMN.

But wait, there’s more: U2 are going on tour. They’re bringing Songs of Experience to life in arenas across North America in 2018, kicking off their run in Oklahoma come May and finishing up in New Jersey by the end of June. Tickets go on sale on Nov. 20, and you can see the full itinerary below.

The album’s title, along with its 2014 companion Songs of Innocence, draws inspiration from Songs of Innocence and Experience by 18th-century English poet William Blake. Lyrically, it serves as a collection of intimate letters to places and people near and dear to Bono’s heart after he received advice to “write as if you’re dead.” The album comes out Dec. 1 via Interscope Records. Below, listen to its newest cut, check out the cover art and tracklist, and watch a U2 performance from the Paste Cloud.

Songs of Experience Cover Art:

U2 Songs of Experience.jpg

Songs of Experience Tracklist:
01. Love Is All We Have Left
02. Lights of Home
03. You’re The Best Thing About Me
04. Get Out of Your Own Way
05. American Soul
06. Summer of Love
07. Red Flag Day
08. The Showman (Little More Better)
09. The Little Things That Give You Away
10. Landlady
11. The Blackout
12. Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way
13. 13 (There is a Light)

U2 Tour Dates:

May
02 – Tulsa, Okla. @ BOK Center
04 – St. Louis, Mo. @ Scottrade Center
07 – San Jose, Calif. @ SAP Center
11 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ T-Mobile Arena
15 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Forum
22 – Chicago, Ill. @ United Center
26 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Bridgestone Arena
28 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Infinite Energy Arena

June
05 – Montreal, Quebec @ Bell Centre
09 – Uniondale, N.Y. @ NYCB Live, Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
13 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Wells Fargo Center
17 – Washington, D.C. @ Capital One Arena
21 – Boston, Mass. @ TD Garden
25 – New York, N.Y. @ Madison Square Garden
29 – Newark, N.J. @ Prudential Center

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