Thursday, February 12, 2009

U2 Release Hype Continues To Build: Grammy Performance, Track Clips, Letterman Residency

As No Line On The Horizon's March 3rd release date slowly creeps nearer, so do the number of U2's press items. Specifically, news related to the album content and the band's public appearances is starting to reach a fever pitch (but really, are you surprised?).

The band opened Sunday's Grammy awards (clip above) with their latest single "Get On Your Boots". Then 30-second clips of the album's tracks made their way on to the web. Now it's been announced that the band will be playing a one week residency on David Letterman in honor of the album's release.

If you're a U2-hater, then it's probably your worst nightmare that the U2 media machine is back on the scene. However, if (like us) you still believe the band has something left to offer, then this is just what you've been waiting for. While the Grammy performance wasn't exactly mind blowing (does Bono really need those lifts?), we tend to be willing to excuse the shortcomings of the live-awards-show-performance for being simply what it is.

The new tracks are thankfully diverse. With the exception of "I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight", the band appears to have escaped the rock-ballad vibe that so painfully dominated the last record. Of course, they're only clips, which makes them ultimately less-than-telling as to the final product.

That's exactly why we're so excited about the Letterman performances: not only do we get to watch the band live for an entire week, but it'll give a real insight as to where these tracks come from, and how they hold up in a live environment. Like it or not, the new U2 record is knocking at your door.