U2 fans got a little taste of new music with the charitable release of the track Invisible last weekend, but they’ll have to wait a little longer to hear the band’s upcoming 13th studio album.
Speaking to Zane Lowe on his BBC 1 radio program, frontman Bono said the Irish rockers are still working on the new crop of tunes.
“Until it’s on the radio or online, it’s not real,” said Bono. “With U2, our album isn’t finished until it’s in the stores. It’s tricky getting us four boys across the line. But we are very thrilled with ‘Invisible.’ I’m just delighted that there are still people that are interested in us. We’re at nearly two-and-a-half million downloads and there were one million downloads in one hour Sunday. You never really know. With all singers, insecurity is your best security. That’s why we’re such loud people and why we walk all funny. You think, ‘Are people interested?’ But I think our band has something and they know we don’t just put albums out. We do think about it.”
The as-yet-untitled album was originally scheduled for an April release, but has now been pushed back until the summer.
Bono revealed a small tour nugget, saying that they plan, at least in the initial stages of their upcoming jaunt, to play smaller venues.
“We love those big outdoors shows, but for these tunes, we’re going to start indoors,” said Bono.
He also claims the band went through a mid-life career crisis of sorts, questioning their relevancy in the ever-changing and fickle music world.
“We were trying to figure out, ‘Why would anyone want another U2 album?’ And then we said, ‘Well, why would we want one?’ There was some unfinished business. We felt like we were on the verge of irrelevance a lot in our lives. How you get through is to make stuff that’s relevant to you and you have to make an honest account of what you’re going through,” Bono revealed.
“I think ‘Invisible’ is a great song, but I don’t know how accessible it is. We’ll find out if we’re irrelevant. I’m perfectly prepared for people to try and blow us off the stage. We’re just not going to make it easy.”