U2 Premiere "Father Christmas" to Kick Off (RED)WIRE

December 3, 2008 9:05 AM ET

U2 promised they'd release new music in early 2009, but Christmas has literally come early for their fans. The band has revealed a new video for their cover of Greg Lake's "I Believe in Father Christmas." The song is the band's first contribution to Bono's (RED)WIRE, the new download service that will raise money to buy medicine for people living with HIV in Africa. The service also features exclusive tracks from the likes of R.E.M., Coldplay, Bob Dylan and Jenny Lewis. According to iLike, who debuted the "Father Christmas" video, the song was recorded in a London studio. In the meantime, U2 continue to comb through those 50 to 60 songs they recorded for their new album, due out in the first quarter of '09.

Related Stories:
New U2 Album Has Title, No Rick Rubin Tracks
U2 Pen "50 to 60" Songs, New Album Pushed to 2009
Bono Launches Download Service for Africa

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Santa Monica”

Everclear | 1996

After his brother and girlfriend both died of drug overdoses, Art Alexakis -- depressed and hooked on drugs himself -- jumped off the Santa Monica Pier in California, determined to die. "It was really stupid," said the Everclear frontman, who would further explore his personal emotional journey in the song "Father of Mine." "I went under the water. Then I said, 'I don't wanna die.'" The song, declaring "Let's swim out past the breakers/and watch the world die," was intended as a manifesto for change, Alexakis said. "Let the world do what it's gonna do and just live on our own."

More Song Stories entries »