Jack White, Patti Smith Cover U2 for Achtung Baby Tribute Album

September 9, 2011

In honor of the 20th anniversary of U2′s Achtung Baby LP, Q Magazine has compiled a forthcoming covers album set to include new recordings by Jack White, Patti Smith, Damien Rice, and others to be announced. Speaking at the Toronto International Film Festival, where U2 are premiering a new Davis Guggenheim-directed film about the band titled From the Sky Down, Bono revealed news of the tribute record (via Rolling Stone):

Jack White does “Love Is Blindness,” Depeche Mode do “So Cruel,” Patti Smith did “Until the End of the World,” Damien Rice does “One.” It just goes on. And it’s strange, because when I hear the album, when U2 do it, all I hear is what’s wrong with it. But when I heard all these artists doing it, I thought, “It’s really good.”

White’s appreciation for U2 certainly doesn’t come out of the blue, as he appeared with the Edge in another rock doc helmed by Guggenheim back in 2008, It Might Get Loud. Meanwhile, the arrival of White’s new Hank Williams tribute is imminent next month.

We’ll let you know when the LP surfaces, but in the meantime, here’s a clip of Patti Smith singing with U2 (and the man behind today’s cover song roundup) at the Rock Hall of Fame:

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