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U2 surprises fans with the release of new single “Atomic City”

Author Hernan Osuna - 29.9.2023

Dublin-born rock legends U2 are back with “Atomic City,” their first original new song in two years. You can watch the official music video below.

The track’s title served as a nickname for Las Vegas in the 1950s when nuclear power took over the nation and the city promoted itself as a centre for atomic tourism. The single is a homage to the magnetic spirit of 70s post-punk and a tribute to Blondie, whose pioneering work with Giorgio Moroder inspired and influenced the band.

Atomic City” was recorded at Sound City Studios in Los Angeles and produced by Jacknife Lee and Steve Lillywhite. The song’s accompanying video was filmed on Fremont Street in Las Vegas, the same location the video was shot for their late ’80s classic “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”.

The band kicks off a 25-date U2 UV Achtung Baby Live at Sphere tour today (September 29) in Las Vegas, which runs until mid-December. The tour celebrates the band’s groundbreaking 1991 album “Achtung Baby”.

Irish rock band U2 is one of the world’s best-selling artists. The 22-time Grammy-winning band’s latest studio album, “Songs of Experience”, was released in 2017.

The last time the band released completely new music was in 2021 when they recorded “Your Song Saved My Life” for the animated film Sing 2. In March, U2 released the compilation album “Songs Of Surrender”, for which the members recorded and re-recorded 40 songs from their 40-year career.