Atomic City

29 September, 2023
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Produced by long-time U2 collaborators and friends Jacknife Lee and Steve Lillywhite, the band recorded 'Atomic City' at Sound City in Los Angeles. The single comes ahead of the band's run of  Las Vegas dates between now and December 16 — a celebration of their seminal 1991 album Achtung Baby in the massive, state-of-the-art multimedia Sphere.

Atomic City is a three-and-a-half-minute homage to the magnetic spirit of the 1970s post-punk era with a nod to Blondie, whose pioneering work with Giorgio Moroder inspired and influenced the band. 

“It's a love song to our audience,” Bono says, adding “'where you are is where I'll be'.”

While Las Vegas is perhaps better known by its unofficial nickname 'Sin City,' in the 1950s it was known by another moniker: 'Atomic City'. At a time when nuclear fascination swept the nation, the city promoted itself as a centre of atomic tourism due to its proximity to the Nevada Test Site. The infamous mushroom clouds could be seen in the distance from the Vegas strip.

Ben Kutchins directed the 'Atomic City' video, with creative direction by Tarik Mikou of Moment Factory Music, which captures U2's late-night surprise performance of the track on Fremont Street just last week in downtown Las Vegas' historic section (including 'Glitter Gulch') and is the same location where Bono,  Edge, Adam  and Larry. filmed that unforgettable video for 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For' more than 36 years ago.

When the band kick off 'U2:UV Achtung Baby Live At Sphere' tonight, they'll be launching the world's brand new most state-of-the-art venue. The shows celebrates 1991's Achtung Baby, and its industry-defining ZOO TV Tour, which established their reputation for consistently pushing the boundaries of live performance, with stage shows that embrace the latest in technology and innovation.

Released Date:
29 September, 2023
Produced By:
Jacknife Lee and Steve Lillywhite
Recorded At:
Sound City, Los Angeles
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