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U2 debut track at Radio 1 gig
U2 in Radio 1's Live Lounge
U2's new album, No Line On The Horizon, is released on 2 March

New U2 track Breathe, from the band's forthcoming album, has had its live debut at an intimate Radio 1 gig.

It was part of a special three-song Live Lounge set on Jo Whiley's mid-morning show, which also included vintage track Beautiful Day.

Bono also revealed that the band would be touring in "early summer" and were working on cheaper ticket prices because of the recession.

The band's new album No Line On The Horizon is out in the UK on 2 March.

The Irish rockers opened the BBC Radio Theatre set in London to rapturous applause with Get On Your Boots - the first single from their new record.

Bono told the assembled crowd: "This is a great honour. This is the first time we've played these songs to people, so we hope we don't screw it up."

Ticket prices

Jo Whiley quizzed the U2 frontman on the band's plans for touring and he revealed they had something new in mind.

He said: "We've got something very special planned, something we've been working on for many years, a whole way of trying to do shows outdoors and make them very intimate.

"We're trying to work on some cheaper ticket prices because this is the recession. We're also going to have some very expensive ticket prices because rich people have feelings too!"

The band also said they wouldn't be playing Glastonbury this year but didn't rule out a future appearance.

Bono added: "I know lots of people who love music want us to play that. It's something we're working up our whole life to do. I think that we can commit that we really, really want to do this."

The gig was streamed live on the Radio 1 website and included an audience made up of lucky recipients who applied for free tickets online earlier in the week.

No Line On The Horizon is U2's 12th studio album.

It's their first release since 2004's How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb which sold more than nine million copies worldwide and scooped eight Grammy awards.

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