For the first time exclusively on U2’s YouTube channel, for 48 hours only, U2: The Virtual Road, a series of four concerts will broadcast. This marks the first time that three of these concerts – Slane, Red Rocks, and Mexico – have been made available digitally.
The first concert will broadcast on March 17, 2021, with U2 Go Home: Live From Slane Castle. The performance celebrates the band’s return to the legendary Irish concert site on 1st September 2001 for their first performance on the banks of the River Boyne in over twenty years. In an exclusive YouTube performance, Dermot Kennedy will open the show with a solo performance recorded last week outside Los Angeles.
On March 25 fans can tune in to see U2: Live At Red Rocks recorded on June 5, 1983, at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado on the band’s War Tour. A career-defining show, the rain-soaked performance at the iconic venue helped establish U2’s reputation as one of the greatest live acts in the world. The Grammy-nominated Fontaines D.C. will open the show with a performance recorded in their hometown last year.
April 1 will show The PopMart Tour in Mexico City in December 1997 and will see Carla Morrison open for the band, only on YouTube, for a very special one-off performance ahead of Popmart: Live From Mexico City.
In December 2015, U2 returned to Paris less than a month after the November 13 terrorist attacks on the city for two rescheduled shows. iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE: Live in Paris marked the final performance on the tour, an unforgettable evening which included an emotional performance of Patti Smith’s “People Have The Power.” On April 10, YouTube will broadcast the show for the very first time, with the French band Feu! Chatterton on support.
“Every show is memorable for us but these four particularly so… It’s exciting to be on the road again… Embracing all the wonder of the virtual road… And especially exciting to be joined by such a brilliant line-up of fellow travellers in Dermot Kennedy, Fontaines D.C., Carla Morrison and Feu! Chatterton,” shared the band.
Dan Chalmers, Director of YouTube Music for EMEA said, “It’s fantastic that YouTube is partnering with U2 for this exclusive broadcast. The four concerts featured in The Virtual Road are the most memorable and iconic in the band’s history, and indeed rock history at large. As one of the world’s best-selling music artists, U2 have been at the top of the global rock scene for the past four decades. When they perform, the world takes notice – their performances are always a landmark moment for music lovers around the world. We’re proud to be providing the platform for an artist that has come to embody the definitive live music experience.”
Sam Lunn, Head of Campaign Strategy, Island Records added, “One of the reasons U2 remain one of the greatest and most interesting bands in music is their desire to always break new ground. No band has managed to combine emotion, ambition, innovation and spectacle to produce such consistently brilliant live shows. With the announcement of The Virtual Road, and this hugely exciting partnership with YouTube, U2 are once again leading the way with this incredibly exciting virtual concert series.”
In September last year, YouTube, Island Records, Interscope, UMe, and Universal Music Canada, announced the relaunch of U2’s Official YouTube Channel with weekly releases of the band’s most iconic music videos and never before seen content on YouTube, all remastered at the highest possible standard. The coming year will see the band’s music video catalog remastered in HD and launched exclusively on YouTube.
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