Thursday, August 6, 2015

U2 grants rare long-form interview to podcasting duo

NEW YORK CITY - One of the world’s most powerful bands didn’t grant its latest long-form interview to MTV, Rolling Stone or Howard Stern — instead it sat down with a pair of comedians with microphones.

U2 is getting in on the podcast revolution.

The latest episode of “U Talkin’ U2 to Me?” — a U2-themed podcast co-hosted by actor Adam Scott and comedian Scott Aukerman — sees the show’s hosts chatting at length with the band in New York City. The episode premiered this morning and is now available free to download or stream at

“Putting two talented superfans like Scott and Adam together with their favorite band produced a truly unique conversation full of unforgettable insights,” said Chris Bannon, chief content officer of the Earwolf podcast network. “It was a lot of fun … I know U2 fans will be [thrilled].”

In the 60-minute interview, the bandmates talk about their plans for releasing a new album in 2016. Also in the show, singer Bono talks about requiring further surgeries to fix his hand after a bicycle accident in November.

Scott is perhaps best known for his long-running role on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” while Aukerman hosts IFC’s “Comedy Bang! Bang!” and has won an Emmy Award for his work as a television producer. The duo has hosted “U Talkin’ U2 to Me?” since February 2014, producing 21 episodes in that time.

U2’s decision to sit down for a podcast interview continues a pattern of top-level celebrities and politicians giving their time to the burgeoning medium.

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