U2 on TFI Friday
This story has been updated on 17 October 2015.
U2 were guest of honour at last night’s TFI Friday chat show with host Chris Evans and fellow guests, Take That, Steve Coogan, Slaves, Sound of the Siren and Saoirse Ronan.
After 15 years off-air TFI Friday, the iconic 90’s nonsense chat show, returned to Channel 4 with its ginger-haired host Chris Evans for a series of seven episodes before Evans will take over BBC’s flagship show, Top Gear in 2016.
A blistering live rendition
U2 jet-setted into the London television studio between their headline concerts in Belgium and Germany to open the show with a blistering live rendition of Raised By Wolves – a song off their latest album, Songs of Innocence before the show’s expected mix of chats, live performances and comedy stunts.
The Irish rockers performed a total of four songs, two of which were aired last night; the aforementioned Raised by Wolves and Vertigo off their 2005 multi Grammy Award-winning album How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb.
U2 fan site @U2.com reports that the two remaining performances, their current single Song for Someone and Out of Control, a punky up-tempo number off their 1980 debut Boy, were performed after the show and were aired on Saturday at 11pm (GMT) on Channel 4.
Watch U2 perform Raised By Wolves live on TFI Friday
U2 on TFI Friday – the full setlist
- Raised By Wolves
- Song For Someone
- Out Of Control
The band also joined Chris Evans for a chat in which they admitted it took U2 almost their entire 40-year-career to become as good of a live act as they’re now.
In 27 years the band will have invented immortality. – U2’s The Edge
Asked how much longer they believe the band can go on, U2 guitarist The Edge quipped that “in 27 years the band will invent immortality” and go on forever.
New album this Christmas and 2016 tour dates
U2 fans lucky to get tickets to see the band in the intimate surroundings of the TV studio managed to speak to long-time U2 guitar tech Dallas Schoo who revealed the possibility of a Christmas release for the follow-up album to Songs of Innocence.
U2 fan network U2NT posted the news gathered by fan Ali709 to their Facebook page.
Saw (…) Dallas (…) And he gave us two pieces of information: 1. Next year is arenas Europe and US (said the show is made for arenas) – Stadiums in South America. 2. Most of the songs of the new album are mixed, they’re hoping to release before Christmas! Hope he’s right!! – Ali709
The songs on the new album, widely expected to be titled Songs of Experience, are said to be largely mixed.
The current iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour which is coming to a spectacular close over two shows in Paris in November is scheduled to continue in the new year.
Dallas Schoo said the band will continue playing arenas in the US and Europe but plans large outdoor stadium gigs for South America.
The stakes to bring back a show with such legacy – like TFI Friday – are high.
TFI Friday briefly returned for a one-off pilot this summer with guests including Blur and Oasis members.
During its 90’s heydays TFI Friday rode on the Britpop wave and last night’s show felt once again like a time travel back to the 90’s.
But expectations were equally high for U2.
Last night’s appearance was U2’s second-only on British television since the release of Songs of Innocence at the end of 2014.
Bono’s much-talked about bike accident at the end of last year put a halt on the band’s album promo campaign and briefly put the current tour into jeopardy.
Luckily the B-Man is back on form and yesterday’s performance was prove to this. Bono’s theatrical stage act during Raised By Wolves hinted at his restless younger self.
Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen are set to return to the UK and Ireland at the end of this week and continuing throughout November for a series of sold-out live residencies at arenas in London, Glasgow, Belfast and Dublin.
Chris Evans teased fans in the days leading up to the show of what’s in store for TFI Friday’s return and hinted at the long relationship between him and the band.
It wouldn’t be the first episode of TFI without one of the biggest bands in the world, if not the biggest. We’re over the moon that we’ve got U2 on the show. – Chris Evans (2015)
U2 and TFI Friday: There’s history
The TFI Friday and U2 connection goes back a long way. The two moments many UK fans will recall are Bono and The Edge’s acoustic performance of the Salman Rushdie-penned song The Ground Beneath Her Feet in 2000 and the legendary TFI Friday special from 1997.
For the TV special Chris Evans dedicated an entire show to his Irish pals ahead of U2’s mind-boggling PopMart tour.
The TV special, filmed at New Jersey’s Giants Stadium and appropriately named A Grand Madness, features Chris Evans and his TFI team “trying” to interview U2 inside their mobile mirrorball lemon – yes, you read that correct. It was U2’s “transport of choice” at the time.
It’s almost 20 years since A Grand Madness was first aired but it’s worth revisiting those hazy, crazy 90’s.
Grab a pint – or a coffee if you prefer, sit back and enjoy the full 16 minutes of brilliant nonsense.
You might find out about Irish supermodel Michelle Rocker, who the people are that try to kill Bono in his dreams and what happened between Larry’s kitchen and the lemon.
Watch Chris Evans’ TFI Friday special A Grand Madness with U2 from 1997
I still haven’t found … my U2 tickets
Apologies for the terrible pun, but when U2 tickets went on sale earlier this year for the upcoming U2 iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour dates in the UK and Ireland, tickets sold out in record time.
If you missed out or have just discovered how amazing U2 are, you can still find tickets for U2 on Seatwave.com. Seatwave is a secure marketplace that allows fans to list tickets for events they can’t attend any longer.
U2 iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE UK and Ireland Tour 2015
- The O2, London (25, 26, 29, 30)
- The O2, London (2, 3)
- The SSE Hydro, Glasgow (6, 7)
- 3Arena, Dublin (23, 24, 27, 28)