Sonicnet Music News
U2 will follow the late October release of its stripped-down new album, "All That You Can't Leave Behind," with a brief U.S. tour of indoor arenas.
The Irish rock group said it plans to approach touring cautiously this time around rather than mounting a massive outing like the costly "Zoo TV" and "PopMart" tours of the '90s that played stadiums and coliseums.
"We're gonna take it easy and see how the land lies," U2 drummer Larry Mullen said Thursday as he and singer Bono headed into Radio City Music Hall for the MTV Video Music Awards.
The tour is not expected to begin until early 2001, according to an Interscope Records spokesperson. While there are no plans to emerge from a giant lemon during the new tour, as the band did in each "PopMart" show, U2 still hopes to retain some of the lighthearted spirit of its '90s tours, Bono said.
"It was all about reaching out to the audience, keeping an open heart,"
he said. "We're going to have some fun, go indoors for the first time in years."
U2, which also includes guitarist The Edge and bassist Adam Clayton, was re-energized by the simplified process of recording "All That You Can't Leave Behind," Mullen said. The album focuses on the band's live musicianship rather than the electronic add-ons that characterized the band's sound on its three most recent albums, "Achtung Baby," "Zooropa," and "Pop."
"We went into the record like it was Tamla-Motown," Mullen said. "It was an exciting record to make, and it should be exciting to take on the road."
Bono said his band wasn't worried about competing with rap-metal bands and teen-pop acts. "We are the men," he said. "They are the boys."
"Beautiful Day," the first single from "All That You Can't Leave Behind," recalls the band's '80s sound and is beginning to get airplay on rock radio.
In March, U2 released two new songs, "The Ground Beneath Her Feet"
and "Stateless," for the soundtrack to the movie "Million Dollar Hotel," which Bono co-wrote. Neither song will be included on the band's new album (see "U2 'Can't Leave Behind' Details Of New Album").