It seems like a blink of an eye, but it was 20 years ago that U2 dropped its 10th studio album “All That You Can’t Leave Behind.” It was “kind of an innocent time,” lead guitarist The Edge says. “You know, it was pre-9/11. It was free of this sort of strange shift into political tribalism that we have seen happening since so, yeah, it does seem, in some ways, like it was yesterday, but so much has changed.”
To mark the anniversary, members of the iconic Irish rock group — Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge and Larry Mullen Jr. — are re-releasing the album on Friday — 20 years to the day since it debuted. All 11 original tracks have been remastered and fans will find a bonus track, “The Ground Beneath Her Feet.”
“It’s the most complete U2 record,” The Edge (real name David Evans) tells USA TODAY. “From beginning to end, you feel like there’s not one moment where you’re like, ‘This is filler.’ ” The special release includes a new, 51-track deluxe box set that comes with a 32-page hardback book.