U2 release anthemic ‘Atomic City’ single ahead of history making Vegas shows


Atomic City

U2 are back with a new single called ‘Atomic City’. The track launches alongside the debut of their U2:UV Achtung Baby Live at Sphere shows in Las Vegas.

The new single was produced by Jacknife Lee and Steve Lillywhite and recorded at Sound City in LA.

A statement about the song describes it as a “homage to the magnetic spirit of ’70’s post punk with a nod to Blondie, whose pioneering work with Giorgio Moroder inspired and influenced the band”.

Vocalist Bono sings about freedom (“I’m free/ I see what’s in front of me/ And your freedom is contagious/ What you’ve got I wanna be,”) and nods to “Atomic City” aka Las Vegas, the city in which the accompanying music video is set, as somewhere to find it.

It’s not known whether the song, which is U2’s first since 2021 when they released ‘Your Song Saved My Life‘ for the Sing 2 soundtrack, will feature on an as-yet-unannounced album. The band have teased a record that prioritises a “guitar music” sound.

‘Atomic City’ has arrived the same day (September 29) that U2 kick off their residency at Las Vegas’ new MSG Sphere venue.

The run of shows, which are the first to be played at the new venue, will see them play their 1991 album ‘Achtung Baby’ in full.

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