|The Edge helped start the Music Rising campaign to raise
funds to help return music programs to schools in New Orleans which had
been devestated in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina. For this organization,
U2 joined forces with Green Day to cover the Skids song, "The Saints are
Coming". The song also contains a short piece of "House of the Rising
Sun". This song would be used on the new U2 compilation album 18
Singles, and would also be released as a commercial
and a promotional single.
Prior to the release of a studio version of this song, U2 and Green
Day performed on September 25, 2006 at the opening game of the New Orleans
Saints football team. During that performance, The Edge joined Green
Day on stage to peform "Wake Me Up When September Ends", and then the whole
band with Green Day performed "The Saints are Coming", and then a short
performance of "Beautiful Day".
Prior to that performance, Rhapsody posted a version of "The Saints
are Coming" which appears to be a live recording of the song with crowd
noise and all. Shortly after the performance was complete, the actual
live version of the song as recorded from the performance that night replaced
the other version once it was mixed and ready to go. It is believed
that the version initially for download was taped during the rehersals
for the show. This version is no longer commercially available.
Only the actual live version can be purchased at this time.
Both versions available through Rhaspsody have additional horns, and
lyrics which point towards it not just simply being the studio version
with crowd noise added. It is the live version of this song which
is expected on the forthcoming commercial single.
It is not expected that the rehersal version will ever be released in any