TOKYO (CelebrityAccess) – U2 has announced that it is teaming with SiriusXM to launch a new dedicated channel called U2X Radio.
The announcement, which was livestreamed on Facebook, was made by U2, live from The Joshua Tree Tour stage at the Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo, Japan, earlier this morning (Dec. 4).
The new radio show is slated to kick off in 2020 and will feature conversations with the rock icons as well as exclusive live recordings, interviews, and more. There will also reportedly be a U2 playlist curated by individual band members, which will not only include personal influences but celebrate their Dublin roots.
Speaking about the announcement, Bono said: “Generally when I open my mouth people prefer if I’m singing, but on U2X RADIO, maybe they’ll forgive me the odd interruption.”
Adam Clayton added: “I’m not entirely sure what this is but what it isn’t is an opportunity to hear some bass solos… U2 24/7. Welcome to the last 43 years of my life.”
Larry Mullen said: “It all sounds exhausting to me but if people really want to listen to us for 24 hours a day, this is the way to do it.”
The Edge added: “So I get to sit around having a laugh with my musician friends and playing our favorite music. As I always say, I have the best job in the world!”
Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM said: “U2 has unparalleled influence as musicians, social activists and global cultural icons. The band’s ability to evolve has enabled it to create a large and diverse library of hit songs, as well as four-plus decades’ worth of renowned live performances.
He added: “U2X RADIO and the offering on Pandora will provide listeners new access and insights into one of the world’s most accomplished bands. We could not be more excited to welcome Bono, The Edge, Adam and Larry to the SiriusXM family.”
Unfortunately, U2X Radio will only be available to SiriusXM subscribers and Pandora listeners.
You can rewatch the livestream announcement below: