It looks like we can say with some certainty that U2's recent re-recording of "Sunday Bloody Sunday" is for Agit8, a new campaign from ONE that uses iconic protest songs as a call for action on extreme poverty prior to the G8 Summit in Northern Ireland. Bono is quoted this way in the ONE announcement:
"This week we are reminded of the words of the great agitator Nelson Mandela –
"Like slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome. Millions of people… are trapped in the prison of poverty. It is time to set them free. Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that great generation."
Since the 1970s Nelson Mandela has called upon artists and bands to use their platform to fight injustice. We were honoured then, we're honoured now."
The Agit8 website lists the numerous artists that are part of the campaign and the songs they've sung. There are a couple covers of U2 songs -- "Sunday Bloody Sunday" by Cali and Steve Nieve 20/20, "Pride" by Chris Daughtry and Michael W. Smith -- but U2's recent version of "Sunday Bloody Sunday" isn't on the list. That said, several clips from U2's performance on May 31 in New York City are in the promo video for Agit8:
Our guess is that U2's version of SBS will make its way to the ONE/Agit8 website soon enough.