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Bono, The Edge show Dave Letterman Dublin in ‘A Sort Of Homecoming’ trailer

The Disney+ documentary arrives St Patrick's Day to coincide with the release of U2's new album ‘Songs Of Surrender’

By Hollie Geraghty

Bono and The Edge in the post for ‘A Sort Of Homecoming’
‘Bono & The Edge: A Sort Of Homecoming, With Dave Letterman’ (Picture: Disney+).

The trailer for a new U2 documentary special called Bono & The Edge: A Sort Of Homecoming, With Dave Letterman has been released – watch it below.

The new Disney+ film, out March 17, sees Bono and The Edge return to their hometown of Dublin with US talk show host David Letterman, where they reflect “on their journey as musicians and friends”.

“Traditional storytelling is part of Dublin,” Bono says in the trailer. “It’s in our music. Our songs, they’re still growing, they’re still emerging.”

 “The question became, what is left when everything is stripped away? Where do you take it?” The Edge adds.

Watch the trailer below.

For Letterman’s first ever visit to Ireland, the musicians take him to famous locations like the Forty Foot swimming spot on the south side of Dublin, along with a ride on Dublin’s DART train from county Wicklow.

Letterman – who has a 25 year relationship with U2, but has only ever spent time with them in the US – also joins the band for an intimate performance at the former Ambassador Cinema building at the top of O’Connell Street.

Described in a press release as “part travel adventure plus a whole lot of Bono and The Edge, with Dave’s humour throughout,” the documentary also features musicians like Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová from the film Once, Imelda May, Loah, Saint Sister, Grian Chatten of Fontaines D.C., and Dermot Kennedy.

The band are preparing to release new album Songs Of Surrender – also out March 17, St Patrick’s Day – a collection of 40 seminal songs from the band’s career that have been reimagined and re-recorded.

They have already released new versions of ‘Pride (In The Name Of Love)’ and ‘With Or Without You’, which exclusively featured along with other snippets in Bono’s new autobiography audiobook, Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story.

In a letter written to fans, The Edge explained that most of the band’s songs were “written and recorded when we were a bunch of very young men” and that the songs had changed to “mean something quite different to us now”.

“Some have grown with us,” he continued. “Some we have outgrown, but we have not lost sight of what propelled us to write those songs in the first place. The essence of those songs is still in us. But how to reconnect with that essence when we have moved on and grown so much?”

U2 also recently announced their return to the stage with a Las Vegas residency based around their 1991 album Achtung Baby.