U2’s steamy stop at Hard Rock Stadium in July on its smash The Joshua Tree Tour offered many things: way cool visuals, Bono’s tribute to a Miami immigration attorney, and the entirety of its 1987 landmark LP.
But the July 11 concert in Miami Gardens didn’t showcase any new material from the Irish rock group’s coming new album, “Songs of Experience.”
U2 fans now have a taste.
On Wednesday, U2 shared a performance video of the new album track “The Blackout” via Facebook Live. The clip, directed by Richie Smyth, was filmed before a live audience on July 28 in Amsterdam before the group’s regular two concert nights on the 29th and 30th.
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The predominantly black and white performance video amplifies an aggressive song with allegorical lyrics depicting a world on the eve of destruction from acts of terror.
Statues fall, democracy is flat on its back, Jack/We had it all, and what we had is not coming back, Zack, Bono sings, before offering a suggested hint of redemption. When the lights go out, it’s all you talk about/The darkness where you learn to see. When the lights go out, don’t you ever doubt/The light that we can really be.
The group is the second major act this week to promote an anticipated album with a video tease. Taylor Swift debuted the video for her polarizing single, “Look What You Made Me Do,” on Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards broadcast. The seventh season finale of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” stole many of MTV’s viewers but Swift still set records.
According to Swift’s publicity team at Rogers & Cowan, “Look What You Made Me Do,” from her “Reputation” album that is due Nov. 10, had the biggest debut of any video in YouTube history. The dark clip, with images of snakes, tombstones and golden thrones, scored 43.2 million views in 24 hours and bested the previous record holder, Psy’s “Gentleman,” which had 36 million views in its first 24 hours in 2013.
Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” video has averaged over 30,000 views per minute in its first 24 hours, with hourly views reaching over 3 million views.
U2 previously teased its 14th studio album with performances of “The Little Things That Give You Away” during encores of several dates on The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 and on Jimmy Kimmel Live — but not the Miami show, which bracketed the 30th anniversary performance of “The Joshua Tree” album with hits.
“The Blackout” is the second advance from the new 12-track U2 album, reportedly due Dec. 1. The official first single, “You’re The Best Thing About Me,” releases Sept. 6.
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