U2 has been on the road performing The Joshua Tree anniversary tour and is currently in Europe. Somehow, the iconic band has managed to squeeze in time to work on Songs of Experience, the follow-up to 2014's surprise release Songs of Innocence. Throughout 2017, the band has continued to discuss the progress of that album and where it stands and it seems fans are getting one step closer to having the next installment of the Songs series. On July 30, the band performed in Amsterdam letting fans know that there would be video footage being recorded for the song "Best Thing."
The sign read, "We are currently filming a music video entitled 'Best Thing,'" and then proceeded to give the legalities fans surrender upon entering the venue including the use of their likeness in the video and any media that may arise from the filming.
Though U2 did not perform the song live in Amsterdam, video footage was filmed including a female fan who was planted in the venue wearing a tattered jacket that read, "The best things are easy to destroy." She was spotted waiting in line with a camera crew beside her and was later brought on stage, something U2 has been doing with diehard fans on tour for some time. The camera crew also had been following her around the stadium to capture video footage.
"Best Thing" was originally titled "You're the Best Thing About Me" and is expected to be the first single from Songs of Experience. However, plans can easily change as U2 is notorious for talking about projects and pushing back releases (it took five years for Songs of Innocence to be released when the band planned on releasing Songs of Ascent following 2009's No Line on the Horizon).
It's not the first piece of information last week that has prompted fans to get revved up for the new album. On July 28, U2 performed an intimate show with roughly 300 attendees following an announcement earlier in the week via the band's official website. U2 performed a new song several times that is believed to be titled "Blackout" and after filming was complete, fans heard a second new song via the PA system after Bono had received permission from Island Records to play the track, U2's distribution label. The setup was similar to the recording of 2014's "Invisible" which was released during the Super Bowl with several days of proceeds going to the (RED) campaign.
Earlier on The Joshua Tree tour, U2 performed "The Little Things That Give You Away" and presented it to the public on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" in May.
U2 will conclude the European leg of the tour in Brussels on Aug. 1 and will head back to the U.S. to play a string of additional dates including a show at Detroit's Ford Field on Sept. 3. AXS has tickets to Ford Field and they can be purchased here.