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U2 have confirmed details of their Songs Of Innocence album, which is being released on December 1 and will be followed by an extensive world tour. Recorded in Dublin, New York and Los Angeles with Jacknife Lee, Ryan Tedder, Steve Lillywhite, Andy Barlow and Joylon Thomas sharing production duties, the standard version features ‘Love Is All We Have Left’, ‘Lights Of Home’, ‘You’re The Best Thing About Me’, ‘Get Out Of Your Own Way’, ‘American Soul’, ‘Summer Of Love’, ‘Red Flag Day’, ‘The Showman (Little Bit Better)’, ‘The Little Things That You Give Away’, ‘Landlady’, ‘The Blackout’, ‘Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way’ and ‘13 (There Is A Light)’.

The cover once again features Bono and Edge’s teenage children, Eli and Sian.

‘You’re The Best Thing About Me’ received its worldwide premiere last week courtesy of BBC Radio 2’s Simon Mayo. Very similar in style to All That You Can’t Leave Behind’s

‘A Beautiful Day’ – Larry obviously wants

U2 to soundtrack the Premier League goals round-up again – it features a spoken word contribiti­on from Kendrick Lamar who got Bono to sing earlier this year on his blockbuste­r Damn album.

Meanwhile, 2018 will be another busy year on the live front with an American arena tour running through most of May and June. People purchasing tickets through the Verified Fan system, which has been reasonably successful in stopping Springstee­n on Broadway ones being touted, will get a free copy of the album.

Although dates have yet to be announced, there will definitely be a European run-out with anyone pre-ordering from by the end of November able to avail of a special ticket pre-sale.

While there’s been lots of talk about U2 returning to Páirc Uí Chaoimh where famous gigs were played in 1987 and 1993, it seems that the tour will generally be a lot more stripped down than the Joshua Tree 30th anniversar­y one, which grossed $316 million from 50 gigs. The last four this month in

Sao Paolo, which were attended by 278,000 people, brought in $32m alone.

Finally, the band have addressed the concerns of fans who supported their 2000 campaign to have pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi freed from house arrest in Myanmar. Going on to become the country's leader, she's been widely criticised for the recent violence directed at the country's minority Rohingya population by the army, police and vigilantes.

"We would like you to know that the band are deeply alarmed by the continuing crisis and devastatin­g reports about what is happening to the Rohingya people," they say in an open letter. "Bono has signed the open letter to the UN Security Council calling for urgent action, and has been speaking to Amnesty Internatio­nal, the UN and people close to the ground in Myanmar where 600,000 Rohingya have been displaced. He has a call in with Aung San Suu Kyi this week and next week will report back with more on this catastroph­e.”

See for our report into the Rohingya refugee crisis in neighbouri­ng Bangladesh.

Having played a stormer at the inaugural Samhain festival at Westin Airport – see page XXX for Pat Carty’s ringside report – Liam Gallagher has confirmed a June 15, 2018 visit to Malahide Castle where tickets are €49.50.

His post-Oasis band, Beady Eye, may have died on their collective arses but Liam has regained his rock ‘n’ roll Midas touch with his debut solo offering, As You Were, the UK’s biggest selling vinyl of the past 20 years.

His 45,000-capacity Finsbury Park show sold-out last week in precisely five minutes, which puts it up to his brother Noel whose Who Built The

Moon? collection drops on November 27.

Also Malahide-bound on June 5 are LCD Soundsyste­m who are asking €69.50 for the pleasure of your company and Gorillaz who are bound for the north shore on June 9 with their usual posse of special guests who’ll be announced in the New Year.

In other big news, Morrissey gives his soon-to-be-released Low In High

School album a live airing on February 20, with tickets also priced from €69.50.

If you happen to be in either Los Angeles or London from November 17-19, there are Morrissey pop-up shops on Melrose Avenue and in Camden Market selling test pressings of the opus and other limitededi­tion merch.

Two days later finds Kygo bringing his Kids In Love tour to the 3Arena with Gryffin, Blackbear and Seeb making sure there’s no let up in the dancefloor action.

The superstar Norwegian DJ has crossed over to the mainstream with his cover of U2's ‘You’re The Best Thing About Me’.

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