Sources tell Billboard the band plans to release their album in December, although nothing has been confirmed.
Late last week, all four members of U2, Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr., were spotted at Electric Lady Studios in New York where Danger Mouse is mixing the next U2 album. The untitled project is rumored to be released this fall although no release date has been announced. The band initially had planned to release “Songs of Ascent,” a companion to 2009’s No Line On The Horizon, but have since scrapped those plans for a complete new album.
The band has apparently finished recording songs for the album and hasn’t done any recording at Electric Lady, just mixing. Island Records founder Chris Blackwell has heard parts, if not all of the album, and Tweeted to fans last week on how great it was.
Reports also indicate that Coldplay’s Chris Martin arrived to the studio in between members of U2. However, Martin has denied being there with the group despite reporters seeing him with Mullen Jr. in the studio and being filmed leaving the premises.
A reporter for atu2.com claims to have heard drum tracks from outside, but no full songs while record producer Daniel Lanois, who has previously worked with U2, tells The Globe and Mail writer Brad Wheeler that the album is reminiscent of 1991’s “Achtung Baby.”
Of course, that album reinvented the band and brought them new found fame and they haven’t been “pure rock and roll” since. But Wheeler claims Lanois is familiar with a couple of the tracks.
The band reportedly began working on the project before their 2009-2011 massive U2 360 Tour wrapped.
On Friday (May 31st), the band took time out from inside the studio to shoot a video of an acoustic version of “Sunday Bloody Sunday” on the studio roof for Inside Out, a global art project transforming messages of personal identity into works of art.
We will have more details on U2’s next album as it becomes available.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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