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U2 make fans' Christmas as they reveal plans for their next album

The biggest band in the world is planning a release by June before taking to the road on tour, writes Niamh Horan

Irish Independent, December 27, 2009

By: Niamh Horan

 

IRISH rockers U2 have delivered a late Christmas present to their loyal fans this weekend by promising to release a new album by June.

 

Speaking exclusively to the Sunday Independent at Leopardstown Races yesterday, U2 frontman Bono revealed the band had been working hard on new material in the run-up to Christmas and are hoping to have a new chart-topping album on shelves before the summer.

 

Speaking about the upcoming release, Bono described how the band had been putting in the hard work in the studio in recent weeks: "We are working away and we have a couple of yearlings in the stables that could really turn out to be thoroughbreds in the future," he said.

 

"As a band you are always trying to work on new material and we had some unfinished material from the last album.

 

"I would love to elaborate a bit more but unfortunately it is a democracy -- and sure isn't that the world that we live in?"

 

One person who had no problem elaborating, however, was U2 manager Paul McGuinness.

 

The legendary music mogul described how the world's biggest rock group are confident of having the album released by June.

 

"I have heard some of the stuff the guys have played and, yeah, it is great. Bono is always an optimist but he seems confident of getting a new record out by the end of the next six months. They're talking about June. By that time we will be ready to go back on tour and I think that will give it a different flavour."

 

Mr McGuinness also described how sales of concert tickets "have been incredible" for the band -- despite the current recession.

 

"Most of the shows left are either sold out or close to being sold out, which is terrific. We're defying gravity at this stage -- it's incredible."

 

He also took some time out to offer his support to bassist Adam Clayton following reports last week that he is involved in a court case with his former housekeeper who has allegedly misappropriated €1.8m.

 

"It is very upsetting for him, especially because it is someone that he trusted and let into his life and his home. I didn't council him or advise him or anything like that.

 

"For Adam to discover that someone he had trusted had let him down like that. . . well, it is disappointing.

 

"I suppose though that is life and it could happen to anyone. But I can't really say too much about it because of the legality of it but that the courts are dealing with it."

 

Meanwhile, speaking about his time off over Christmas, Bono said: "We have had a really great Christmas, very homely and lovely and we had a great time. In fact, we have just had the most amazing year."

 

The Irish rocker was continuing what has become an annual tradition for him an his pals, by spending St Stephen's Day at Leopardstown races with his wife Ali.

 

"I did have one bet today but it was more of a sentimental flutter for the year that is ahead of U2.

 

"I put some money on a horse called Happy Reunion but unfortunately it was no good so I can only hope that we will have a bit more success."

 

Also at the races was Dublin publican Charlie Chawke, racing magnate JP McManus, horse trainer Dermot Weld, betting boss Paddy Power, Robbie Fox, Johnny Ronan and Guggi.

 

Over 14,500 people attended the races, while the Tote brought in €404,752 on the day.

© Independent, 2009.

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That is very good news! I hope that they actually do get it finished in time so the new songs can be featured on tour. Hmmmm . . . since I will see them in early June in Anaheim, I wonder if the new material will be out prior???

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I tell you my zootopian friends, Bono is a futuristic man. He can create, extend he is a vast source of "energy" for us.  U2, is "A constant", it is always going foward, they can never get stuck in a rut because Bono is a constant man. He was born to do what he does, and he does it so well, with so much love, and caring and compassion, its not just the money, is the extending of the lifeforce, and the awakening of the masses to a "higher state of conciousness" to be aware and to cause a forced change to help humanity get set for the future that is upon us coming with a whole new way of life, all of this is what  is important. Not only his, but the bandmembers and all the people they are connected to.

 

That is why I was pre setting up in advance the "Tomorrow Gallery", but with this new zootopia website, all the pictures are gone, we have been robbed of U2 by error most likely. The next generation, will cherish U2 and seek it because history will give an account of the revolution that is U2. This generation has been blessed with U2. We need U2, our time is a "heavy time". The state of the existence of humanity is shaky, and U2 leads the way for us all to awakened and stop the current black energy source that is creating an unstable, unfullfiling existence for us all specially the young ones.  So, this news of a new song being prepared, is very good news. I don't want the sweetest Prince to give up on us or the world for that matter. He, Bono is so very much loved, that it does not matter anymore. The truth is the truth. I wish all of U2 endevours continue to force that change in us all that will create a better future for humanity.

 

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I hate to sound cynical but over the last decade or so, whenever Bono proclaims a date for a new album, he's usually 6 to 12 months (or more) too optimistic about getting it done. I would be shocked if there is an official new album from U2 available before November 2010. Perhaps March 2011? I'd rather they delay to polish it off then release something to make an artificial deadline like the start of leg 3. It's about quality rather than quantity for me but perhaps the band feels the pressure of following up a relatively (for U2) low selling album (although I think it's one of their better ones, imho).

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I hate to sound cynical but over the last decade or so, whenever Bono proclaims a date for a new album, he's usually 6 to 12 months (or more) too optimistic about getting it done. I would be shocked if there is an official new album from U2 available before November 2010. Perhaps March 2011? I'd rather they delay to polish it off then release something to make an artificial deadline like the start of leg 3. It's about quality rather than quantity for me but perhaps the band feels the pressure of following up a relatively (for U2) low selling album (although I think it's one of their better ones, imho).

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i get what you're aying, edgeoholic! and you're right about them better taking the time they need to make the album as great as we're used to... but if they would manage to finish it before summer, would be nice cause we're seeing them twice in september...happy.gif

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I hate to sound cynical but over the last decade or so, whenever Bono proclaims a date for a new album, he's usually 6 to 12 months (or more) too optimistic about getting it done. I would be shocked if there is an official new album from U2 available before November 2010. Perhaps March 2011? I'd rather they delay to polish it off then release something to make an artificial deadline like the start of leg 3. It's about quality rather than quantity for me but perhaps the band feels the pressure of following up a relatively (for U2) low selling album (although I think it's one of their better ones, imho).

how do you know that the songs are not polished and the band havent been working on them on the tour already. bono said the songs, some are left over from the horizon sessions, so they could have been recorded, re-worked already and are now ready to record. plus they said they would like to get more new songs in the sets. makes sense to me. or will it be they will chuck in i will follow into the sets to be "daring"

 

will fans still be happy that moment of surrender still closes the shows, or will the band? or could they replace it with something else?

 

i hope they release a new album next year, and if you remember bono said he wanted the album out in nov-dec 2009, you said 6-months? may-june 2010.

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