Friday, March 7, 2014

U2 delay new album and tour

U2 are delaying the release of their new album to next year as they head back into the studio for new sessions with producers Ryan Tedder (of OneRepublic) and Paul Epworth.

Billboard reports the group had been diligently working with producer Danger Mouse (aka Brian Burton) on an album still described as "unfinished" in mid-February to The Hollywood Reporter.

Billboard has confirmed with multiple sources, however, that the album has now been pushed back until 2015 so the group can work with Tedder and Epworth, with Danger Mouse remaining onboard as the project's central producer.

"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," says a source close to the project. "That magic that the band always seems to capture ... they have yet to capture it."

Billboard has learned that a tour initially on track for a mid-March announcement and September start date, booked by Live Nation's Global Touring division, will now begin in summer 2015.

U2 have been busy in the past couple of months with appearances at the Golden Globes, Academy Awards, a Super Bowl commercial for the (RED) campaign, and the debut episode of The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.

See also:

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