U2 bassist says new album due ‘sometime early next year’

The release date surrounding U2’s highly anticipated still untitled 13th studio album is a hot topic across the web. In January, drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. stated the band expected to release the CD in September while in March, bassist Adam Clayton gave a September, October, November time frame.

However it was just two weeks ago when Bono spoke with David Letterman indicating the album would be released “when God wants it to be [released]” and that fans expect nothing short of a great album.

But…today (October 10th), bassist Adam Clayton spoke with Ireland’s 98 FM and gave more details regarding the album and the band’s plans.

“We are still at it. We hope to have it finished very, very soon. And it will be out, oh … sometime early next year. But it’s a very exciting bunch of songs right at the moment. But it’s just about to be finished, so it’s hard to know which way they’ll go.”

“We’re in the studio. We’re trying to get these 12 songs absolutely right and get them finished by the end of November, and then we can kind of enjoy Christmas.”

He described the new songs as a mix of old and new U2.

“I think it’s a bit of a return to U2 of old, but with the maturity, if you like, of the U2 of the last ten years. It’s a combination of those two things and it’s a really interesting hybrid.”

On June 3rd, we reported the band was wrapping up work mixing their album with Danger Mouse at Electric Lady Studios in New York City where members of the band had been spotted inside and out of the studio. Apparently, that isn’t the case as Clayton confirms the band is still working on the project.

“We’re in the studio. We’re trying to get these 12 songs absolutely right and get them finished by the end of November, and then we can kind of enjoy Christmas.”

Hear the entire interview below.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.

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