Thursday, February 13, 2014

U2 continue work on new album

U2 are continuing work on a new album, which was originally expected this spring but now has a tentative summer release scheduled.

"The album won't be ready till it's ready,” Bono tells The Hollywood Reporter. “But right now, people are walking a little differently - well, they're not walking, they're running as if to a finish line. There's a couple of songs that are part of the story we haven't quite finished. We know we have to spend a couple of years taking these songs around the world, so they'd better be good."

Production on the new album got sidelined when the band were invited to write a song for the feature film, “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom” – which turned out to be “Ordinary Love.”

"When we got the call from [film producer] Harvey [Weinstein] to say, 'It's happening, are you in?,' it was like, 'Oh man, really? Now?'" explained The Edge. "But we just had to do it, with the history that we have with the man and the cause."

"It was hard to stop what we were doing," noted drummer Larry Mullen Jr. "We were on a roll - it was clear where we were going. And a decision was made to abandon ship, more or less, to focus on this."

"This was the one project you just couldn't say no to," added Adam Clayton. "For our generation, South Africa was a real illustration of how music could affect change in the world, and it was a rite of passage in terms of our political awareness."

Read more with U2 at The Hollywood Reporter here.

U2 will perform the live debut of their Oscar-nominated song, “Ordinary Love,” at the 86th Annual Academy Awards next month.

Last month, U2 picked up a Best Original Song Golden Globe Award for “Ordinary Love” and were on hand to pick up the honor – read more about it here.

See also:

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