U2 has just wrapped its Joshua Tree 2017 tour and brought in $316 million in box office revenue from 2.7 million tickets, but the Irish quartet is not stopping. The band’s Songs of Experience is out December 1 and a 2018 tour is also now confirmed.

The long-awaited “companion” album to 2014’s Songs Of Innocence album was due to be released late in 2016, but the band had a change of heart. Singer Bono said of the delay, “the new songs were about ready to go, and then the world changed. We just had one of those moments where you go, ‘Let’s step back from this for a second.’ It is a very personal album, and it’s not gonna become a political album overnight. But it has to now go through the filter of what’s happened in the rest of the world.”

The album features the previously released tracks “You’re The Best Thing About Me” and “The Blackout” as well as “The Little Things That Give You Away,” which U2 debuted during their Joshua Tree 2017 tour. As widely reported, Kendrick Lamar features on the album. He has a featured vocal on “Get Out Of Your Own Way”, and “American Soul” is a fleshed-out version of “XXX”, the band’s collaboration with Lamar that featured on his album Damn.

The digital and CD deluxe edition version of the album features four additional tracks. Fans who preorder Songs Of Experience will also receive the just-released album track “Get Out Of Your Own Way” as an instant download.

The album is U2’s fourteenth. The Edge is the current recipient of Gibson’s Spirit Of Les Paul Award.

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The full U2 Songs of Experience track list is:

  1. "Love Is All We Have Left"
  2. "Lights Of Home"
  3. "You’re The Best Thing About Me"
  4. "Get Out Of Your Own Way"
  5. "American Soul"
  6. "Summer Of Love"
  7. "Red Flag Day"
  8. "The Showman (Little More Better)"
  9. "The Little Things That Give You Away"
  10. "Landlady"
  11. "The Blackout"
  12. "Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way"
  13. "13 (There is a Light)"

Deluxe Edition Tracks:

  1. "Ordinary Love (Extraordinary Mix)"
  2. "Book Of Your Heart"
  3. "Lights Of Home (St Peter’s String Version)"
  4. "You're The Best Thing About Me (U2 vs Kygo)"

U2 has also announced a 2018 tour with the confirmed North American dates being:

May 2 - Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center

May 4 - St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center

May 7 - San Jose, CA @ SAP Center

May 11 - Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena

May 15 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum

May 22 - Chicago, IL @ United Center

May 26 - Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena

May 28 - Atlanta, GA @ Infinite Energy Arena

June 5 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre

June 9 - Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

June 13 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center

June 17 - Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena

June 21 - Boston, MA @ TD Garden

June 25 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden

June 29 - Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center