U2 are nothing if not great at keeping our attention. The band was reported in 2013 to have an album coming out last fall, but by November, it seemed that a spring release was more likely. Earlier this year, Bono said, “We want [the new album] to come out this summer, but you don’t want to let anyone down.” Now, U2 are reportedly delaying the release of their next album until 2015. WHAT THE &!#%, GUYS?
The band says that these delays are happening so they can schedule new recording sessions with producers Ryan Tedder and Paul Epworth. Uh-huh, sure. We’re only kidding here though, because we believe anything U2 says. Also, we really want to believe that new music is coming as soon as possible, and so we will keep on nodding our heads for you, Bono.
A source close to the project told Billboard recently: “It seems to be taking longer for them to finish an album as they get older, but the great thing about U2 is that the whole of a record is always better than the sum of its parts. That magic that the band always seems to capture. . . they have yet to capture it.” According to this report, the group had scheduled a tour that would’ve kicked off in September, but that concert promoter Live Nation is now rescheduling it for summer 2015. The group’s last big trek, the 360 Tour, was also delayed, but went on to become the highest-grossing tour ever, earning $737 million in 2010 and 2011.
Recently, Bono told BBC, “Until it’s on the radio or online, it’s not real. With U2, our album isn’t finished until it’s in the stores. It’s tricky getting us four boys across the line. I think our band has something and [fans] know we don’t just put albums out. We do think about it.”
In February, drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. blamed the album’s delay on the group dropping everything to record a song for the movie Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. The track, “Ordinary Love,” earned the group an Oscar nomination and Golden Globe win. It has sold 115,000 copies to date and peaked at Number 99 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Number 45 on the Digital Songs chart. Guitarist the Edge told Rolling Stone earlier this year that the group had “about 30 songs we’re really excited about, in various states of being finished.” He also said that six or seven of those tracks were “mixed and ready to go.” At the time, he said the group had a few titles in mind and underscored that there was no release date set. “But we’re getting there,” he said. “We’re not, as we say in Ireland, up our own arse. But we do not want to let go of anything if we are not 100 percent happy with it.” Only time will tell how long the happy will take.