iHeartRadio ICONS Live: U2 The Making of Songs of Innocence aired on radio stations across the country on Friday, October 17th. The live broadcast event featured an intimate interview with Bono and Larry Mullen, Jr., discussing the recording process and the inspiration behind the music, with host, iHeartMedia personality, Rod Ryan.
This unique event marked one of the the first times the band shared their experiences and stories about the making of their latest release, Songs of Innocence. Bono and Larry Mullen, Jr. also addressed some of the backlash from the way they released the new album. Check out some of the highlights below!
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Bono on critics who say other bands couldn't release their albums on iTunes for free:
"No one places... more value on music than U2, -- the sacramental value of music. It was not free from us, Apple paid us, and that was part of this. It was a gift to reward people who paid for music. Everyone who is on iTunes -- they pay for music. It was a wonderful and beautiful idea by Apple - a creative company - to thank them. We should be thanking people who pay for music - we're not interested in free music."
Bono on the apology he made for the way the album was released during a recent Facebook Q&A:
What is the point of being in U2 if you can't take these risks? What I was apologizing for is this very nice young woman on Facebook who thought it was rude. I'm sorry she felt that way, of course I am.
Bono on the approach they took on the new album:
Why would anyone want another U2 album, and why would we want to make one? To answer that question, we went back to why we formed the band in the first place, and we listened to the music that made us want to be in a band in the first place. We went back and listened to the punk rock of the late 70s, and some of the glam rock of mid 70s, the electronic music that came in... all kinds of stuff was going on in that period.
On the upcoming tour:
People say songs are like your kids, but actually they are like your parents. They tell you what to do, how to dress, how to behave, how to go out... These songs are telling us what to do with this next live show, and we're going to do something that we've never done before, or anyone's ever done before, because that's what we always want to do.
Larry Mullen on how Apple helped Songs of Innocence:
Getting your music out to 30 million people and them taking it into their lives... 30 million people have downloaded that record. That's a big deal. We're very proud of what we did. Controversy? What controversy?
What took The Joshua Tree 30 years, we did in three weeks with Songs of Innocence.
On the upcoming companion album, Songs of Experience:
For the last few years, we were working on 2 albums. This is the first part of it. And if you think about it, the 11 songs that are on the download that we gave with Apple, there's another 2 new songs on [the deluxe edition], so that's 13, and then we've got more in the can coming hopefully in a year... they kind of add up. It's about where we are and where we've been.
Listen to clips from the interview:
U2 released their new album, Songs of Innocence, in grand fashion - by having it automatically appear in peoples' iTunes libraries. The release announcement was made the same day Apple announced the new iPhone 6.