I love raw demos because they offer insight into the creative process. And the bigger the band the better.
Fan site U2songs.com have uncovered some U2 demos for the No Line on the Horizon sessions. I quote:
“In late February 2009, No Line On The Horizon was released. This album went on to power the U2360 Tour, the world’s most successful Rock’n‘Roll tour of all time. A record that took 8 years to beat! I still remember queueing up for the midnight release at Dublin’s HMV on Grafton St, even though the album had already leaked online in its entirety.
“Speaking of leaks, there have been a few. Who can forget ‘Mercy,’ that Bono handed over to a fan on a CD-R copy of How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, or the infamous Eze Beach clips, or the leaked demo of ‘Discotheque’ back when the internet was still relatively young. Or, pre-dating the world wide web, The New U2 or Axtung Beibi 5xLP of leaked master tapes from recordings and rehearsals for Achtung Baby. The list goes on.”
“U2, however, learned to embrace, and play with this concept. And the fans remained loyal, and even though we usually get our hands on a new release early, we still go out and buy the official releases.
“In that vein, today’s offering comes from a while back. Darren Keen, a long-time U2 fan and great musician from Kidderminster England, has decided to share with us some of his treasure from 2009’s No Line On The Horizon‘s recording sessions from the Olympic Studios in London.”
Curious? Go here.