U2 just launched its new U2:UV Achtung Baby Live at Sphere residency at Las Vegas’ extravagant new venue the Sphere at the Venetian, and in addition they have released the new song “Atomic City.” along with a video filmed on the Vegas Strip.
Atomic City is the band’s first new tune since “Your Song Saved My Life,” which appeared on the Sing 2 soundtrack in 2021. U2 frontman Bono says of the song, which was produced by longtime collaborators Steve Lillywhite and Jacknife Lee: “It’s a love song to our audience …’where you are is where I’ll be.’”
The video for Atomic City, directed by Ben Kutchins, was shot in the same area where U2 filmed its clip for “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” more than three decades ago. While the video features drummer Larry Mullen Jr., he will not perform with the band during the residency as he recovers from a medical procedure. These are the band’s first live performances without the drummer, who is being replaced by Bram van den Berg for their run of residency shows.
U2 launched the residency over the weekend, and will play 25-shows through Dec. 16. The band performed all 12 songs from their 1992 album Achtung Baby, and acoustic versions of four songs from Rattle & Hum. A related interactive fan experience, Zoo Station, is also open at the Venetian and will offer a retrospective of Anton Corbijn’s band photography and videos, a pop-up shop with exclusive merchandise, and intimate theater screenings of rare U2 footage curated by the Edge.
Take a look at the video for Atomic City – here.
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