Wednesday, March 12, 2014

U2 say new album out later this year

Recent media reports had suggested that the band had decided to push their long-awaited new record and world tour back to 2015. 

However, a spokesperson for the group yesterday reportedly confirmed that their 13th studio album is still on course for release later this year. 

The spokesperson told The Guardian: “U2’s album is planned for this year, is still on track, and touring plans haven’t been confirmed yet.” 

According to a report in Billboard last week, the Irish band had booked new sessions with producers Paul Epworth and Ryan Tedder that would push the new LP and planned supporting tour back to 2015. 

The reported release date of the record has been put back on several occasions since bassist Adam Clayton predicted a November 2013 release. 

In an interview with USA Today earlier this year, frontman Bono also hinted at possible future delays when he said: “We want [the new album] to come out this summer, but you don’t want to let anyone down.” 

In another interview with Rolling Stone magazine, guitarist The Edge said the four-piece had around 30 songs in various states of completion that the band were happy with. 

He said the record was inspired by the Dublin group’s original mid- and late-70s influences. 

He told the music magazine: “That’s a rich period, one we’ve visited many times in the past. But it’s a very Dublin-centric record lyrically.” 

The veteran guitarist also said that the group had a few titles in mind, but indicated that they had not set a release date. 

He said: “But we’re getting there. We’re not, as we say in Ireland, up your own arse. 

“But we do not want to let go of anything if we are not 100% happy with it.”

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