Chi non muore purtroppo si rivede. Cosi quattro anni dopo il dodicesimo (osceno) ‘No Line on the Horizon’, gli U2 nella persona di Adam Clayton, a marzo annunciavano l’imminente ritorno discografico. L’album vede la formazione irlandese collaborare con Danger Mouse per un disco che sarà fuori: “very much want to have a record out by the end of the year, September, October, November. That kind of time”. Il bassista continua e si sofferma sul produttore: “He’s on it. He’s excited. It’s a great team and feels very liberating at the moment anything goes. We have an abundance of riches, we could make three or four different records and justify that to ourselves, but to make the best record you can, you have to steer away from the ones you can make easily. We’re really trying to get into territory that we’re not comfortable in. If that makes sense…”. Ali Hewson, signora Bono, al Guardian aveva rivelato: “They’re well down the road on the new album and it sounds good. That’s all I’m saying”.
Recentemente Adam Clayton ha dichiarato: “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 10 years. It’s a combination of those two things and it’s a really interesting hybrid. 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”. The Edge aggiunge: “We always try to bring out something different, every time we’re in the studio. But it’s the fans who decide that really”. Dunque “U2 Close To Finishing New Album”. E la giornata è rovinata.
13 novembre. Il nuovo album sarà fuori ad aprile (Paul McGuinness – il manager – has entered negotiations to sell his Principle Management company to Live Nation, which is also in talks to purchase Maverick, owned by Madonna’s manager Guy Oseary). La band è a New York negli Electric Lady Studios assieme a Danger Mouse.