The long-gestating new U2 album has just been – you guessed it – pushed back again.
The band had originally had it scheduled for release last fall, then it was delayed until next month, and now comes word that it won’t be out until 2015, so they can schedule new recording sessions with producers Ryan Tedder and Paul Epworth, says Billboard. Danger Mouse is still on board as the central producer, according to the report.
“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,” a source close to the project told Billboard. “That magic that the band always seems to capture… they have yet to capture it.”
The report also indicated that a world tour, which was set to begin this September, will now kick off in summer 2015.
Frontman Bono hinted at yet another delay last month, while chatting with BBC’s Zane Lowe: “Until it’s on the radio or online, it’s not real,” he said emphatically. “With U2, our album isn’t finished until it’s in the stores. It’s tricky getting us four boys across the line.”
The delay could possibly have to do with the rather lukewarm response to the new music they’ve put out in the last few months. They released the track, Ordinary Love, for the the movie Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, and the charitable release, Invisible, which was given a big launch during the Super Bowl. Both tunes have failed to even come close to the top of the charts.