Sep 4, 2008
caroline

U2′s new album set for ‘early 2009′ release

U2.com reveals the new album won’t see the light of day until next year. The band has decided to continue working on the 50 to 60 new songs they’ve written.

Bono: ‘I’m always the one who underestimates how easy it is to simply ‘put out the songs now’, if it was just up to me they’d be out already! But early next year people will be able to start hearing what we’ve been doing. We want 2009 to be our year, so we’re going to start making an impression very early on …’

Up till now many fans had assumed a 2008 release in time for Christmas. Says Bono: “It has to be our most innovative, our most challenging … or what’s the point?”

Read more at U2.com.

78 Comments

  • are you f*cking kidding me?????? WTF.

  • are you f*cking kidding me?????? WTF.

  • I suggest ‘patience’ as the album name!

  • I suggest ‘patience’ as the album name!

  • With 50 to 60 songs… guys, why not make it a double, eh?

    Don’t worry about the lesser songs… with so many fans there’s always someone who’ll like ‘em. At least I’m sure there’s people out there who enjoy Grace. Or Wild Honey. *grin*

  • With 50 to 60 songs… guys, why not make it a double, eh?

    Don’t worry about the lesser songs… with so many fans there’s always someone who’ll like ‘em. At least I’m sure there’s people out there who enjoy Grace. Or Wild Honey. *grin*

  • can anyone confirm that they delivered a finished album to the record company a few weeks ago, ready for a full on fall release – only to be told by said record company the record was err… (guessing) ‘rubbish’ and come back when you’ve got something releasable.. ? funny how this rumour fits in with the details now…

  • can anyone confirm that they delivered a finished album to the record company a few weeks ago, ready for a full on fall release – only to be told by said record company the record was err… (guessing) ‘rubbish’ and come back when you’ve got something releasable.. ? funny how this rumour fits in with the details now…

  • they probably need more time for Steve Lillywhite to mix the songs into total blandness

  • they probably need more time for Steve Lillywhite to mix the songs into total blandness

  • @rmg: I don’t know. I mean, they’ve got enough folks working with them who know how to make a “hit” record that I don’t think it would get to the record company before someone would say it stinks.

    @Caroline: Agreed – on the double album idea. Or at least do a Zooropa and come out with another album during the tour. I’ve always liked Grace but have skipped Wild Honey more often than not.

  • @rmg: I don’t know. I mean, they’ve got enough folks working with them who know how to make a “hit” record that I don’t think it would get to the record company before someone would say it stinks.

    @Caroline: Agreed – on the double album idea. Or at least do a Zooropa and come out with another album during the tour. I’ve always liked Grace but have skipped Wild Honey more often than not.

  • New album, 50 or 60 songs??
    If that is the case, release a double album instead of saving unreleased tracks for the next album in four years.
    Break from the norm boys!

  • New album, 50 or 60 songs??
    If that is the case, release a double album instead of saving unreleased tracks for the next album in four years.
    Break from the norm boys!

  • It seems as though they are trying to avoid competition from Oasis, who, at the present time will release a stonking new single, probably album and then tour the world.
    I love U2 to bits, but if there are that many tracks finished or are ‘work in progress’ then come on lads think about the fans, stop going commercial by filling in the gaps with ‘everybody has got them’ old albums….War and October amongst the latest.

  • It seems as though they are trying to avoid competition from Oasis, who, at the present time will release a stonking new single, probably album and then tour the world.
    I love U2 to bits, but if there are that many tracks finished or are ‘work in progress’ then come on lads think about the fans, stop going commercial by filling in the gaps with ‘everybody has got them’ old albums….War and October amongst the latest.

  • The rules of band marketing:

    1) Put out the record when you think you can sell the most units/downloads.

    2) See rule #1

    With so many other big names have albums out for the Christmas cycle, U2 may be holding off until the spring to get a wider play.

    When the band is ready to put it in the shops, I am ready to go buy it.

    Murph’ – St. Louis

  • The rules of band marketing:

    1) Put out the record when you think you can sell the most units/downloads.

    2) See rule #1

    With so many other big names have albums out for the Christmas cycle, U2 may be holding off until the spring to get a wider play.

    When the band is ready to put it in the shops, I am ready to go buy it.

    Murph’ – St. Louis

  • When Bono says “early” 2009, does he mean January early or springtime early? That’s what I want to know.

  • When Bono says “early” 2009, does he mean January early or springtime early? That’s what I want to know.

  • Hi all,
    Yes, read it at U2.com yesterday.
    Anyway, please someone clear this up: where can I find firm info that it’s going to be a Springtime release? So far it’s been said it’s going to be early 2009.
    Thanks

  • Hi all,
    Yes, read it at U2.com yesterday.
    Anyway, please someone clear this up: where can I find firm info that it’s going to be a Springtime release? So far it’s been said it’s going to be early 2009.
    Thanks

  • Sorry, I think the ‘Spring’ bit was my overactive imagination?

  • Sorry, I think the ‘Spring’ bit was my overactive imagination?

  • I fear that your imagination might be right on this Caroline….(january is not really a month for big releases, is it?). And I think delay is not a good thing, because now they get lots of time to ‘overcook’ and overpolish the songs and loose a lot of spontaneousness (sorry, difficult word in English.. ;-) Go with your heart guys, not to much with your minds…

  • I fear that your imagination might be right on this Caroline….(january is not really a month for big releases, is it?). And I think delay is not a good thing, because now they get lots of time to ‘overcook’ and overpolish the songs and loose a lot of spontaneousness (sorry, difficult word in English.. ;-) Go with your heart guys, not to much with your minds…

  • When have they ever been spontaneous? :-) I don’t think they’re that kind of band.

    Yeah, January’s not the greatest month for big releases. Spring or Autumn, usually.

    I think the delay is more a question of picking the *right* songs from the many they have, rather than change or re-record. But what do I know?

  • When have they ever been spontaneous? :-) I don’t think they’re that kind of band.

    Yeah, January’s not the greatest month for big releases. Spring or Autumn, usually.

    I think the delay is more a question of picking the *right* songs from the many they have, rather than change or re-record. But what do I know?

  • Y’know it’s all about the lyrics, Bono is going to finish the lyrics this time. Although with 60 songs, I wish him luck… ;-)

  • Y’know it’s all about the lyrics, Bono is going to finish the lyrics this time. Although with 60 songs, I wish him luck… ;-)

  • my birthday is in january and i want the album

  • my birthday is in january and i want the album

  • my birthday is in january too!!!! the 16th.
    oh yeah, go U2!!!!

  • my birthday is in january too!!!! the 16th.
    oh yeah, go U2!!!!

  • I’ll wait until early ’09 for the record as long as the band doesn’t sit on it for four months before they finally go on tour.

    Save your BBC, Mtv, iTunes, etc. “exclusives” and get on the road proper!

  • I’ll wait until early ’09 for the record as long as the band doesn’t sit on it for four months before they finally go on tour.

    Save your BBC, Mtv, iTunes, etc. “exclusives” and get on the road proper!

  • This all sucks.. If they wanted to release it after christmas they should have done it in feb this year.. lazy bastards

  • This all sucks.. If they wanted to release it after christmas they should have done it in feb this year.. lazy bastards

  • This is silly. I think Larry doesn’t want to make this the 2nd bad record in row. JK. Not really though.

  • This is silly. I think Larry doesn’t want to make this the 2nd bad record in row. JK. Not really though.

  • Personally, I think the album is delayed because someone told Bono that “heavy as a truck” won’t cut it this time. ;-)

  • Personally, I think the album is delayed because someone told Bono that “heavy as a truck” won’t cut it this time. ;-)

  • Hey, Caroline! What’s you bet for the release date?

  • Hey, Caroline! What’s you bet for the release date?

  • Y’know, the lads are pushing 50 (except Larry). Actually, Edge, Bono and Adam will most likely turn 50 while on tour in 2010. It’s no wonder U2 have decided not to rush this one, to make it count, to make the most of it, to make 2009 the International Year of U2. It might well be one of their last records. I’m not going to jinx it, and suggest it could be their last album — Edge is Peter Pan afterall, and can keep going until Larry’s an octogenarian. If they get too old and wrinkly, Bono can always learn drums and Larry sing.

  • Y’know, the lads are pushing 50 (except Larry). Actually, Edge, Bono and Adam will most likely turn 50 while on tour in 2010. It’s no wonder U2 have decided not to rush this one, to make it count, to make the most of it, to make 2009 the International Year of U2. It might well be one of their last records. I’m not going to jinx it, and suggest it could be their last album — Edge is Peter Pan afterall, and can keep going until Larry’s an octogenarian. If they get too old and wrinkly, Bono can always learn drums and Larry sing.

  • Actually, I quite like that last idea. Bono on drums, hide the wrinkly old geezer behind a snare, and have Larry sing. It’ll be like a new, young band, and will prolong their stage life. :P

  • Actually, I quite like that last idea. Bono on drums, hide the wrinkly old geezer behind a snare, and have Larry sing. It’ll be like a new, young band, and will prolong their stage life. :P

  • Yes, do a double album, plus b-sides, say 40 tracks in all… go ahead and release them raw with a genuine ‘live in the studio’ feel. And release them tomorrow (Bono said that’s what he wants to do, right?). Surprise us again!

    If he “underestimates how easy it is to simply put the songs out now”…. well, that means it’s even easier than he thinks, right? What a confusing turn of phrase….he should use that for the lyrics. It’s got that ambiguous thing going….

  • Yes, do a double album, plus b-sides, say 40 tracks in all… go ahead and release them raw with a genuine ‘live in the studio’ feel. And release them tomorrow (Bono said that’s what he wants to do, right?). Surprise us again!

    If he “underestimates how easy it is to simply put the songs out now”…. well, that means it’s even easier than he thinks, right? What a confusing turn of phrase….he should use that for the lyrics. It’s got that ambiguous thing going….

  • I thought age didn’t matter? At least that’s what people said when I said that the title “Sexy Boots” would make U2 look like old guys desperately trying to be hip.

  • I thought age didn’t matter? At least that’s what people said when I said that the title “Sexy Boots” would make U2 look like old guys desperately trying to be hip.

  • Dunno R, maybe I’m going through a mid-life crisis meself. After seeing my childhood hero Indiana Jones turn into a grumpy old man this year, I’m feeling my mortality. U2 won’t be around forever, although I’m sure they’ll age gracefully like the Rolling Stones. ;-)

  • Dunno R, maybe I’m going through a mid-life crisis meself. After seeing my childhood hero Indiana Jones turn into a grumpy old man this year, I’m feeling my mortality. U2 won’t be around forever, although I’m sure they’ll age gracefully like the Rolling Stones. ;-)

  • Poor Indiana Jones…

  • Poor Indiana Jones…

  • I’ve kind of gotten used to the 4-5-year cycle between U2 albums … they tour for so long to support the latest album that a) they need to take a good break and b) it doesn’t really feel like it’s been 4 years since HTDAAB.

    IMHO, I think they should go “The Beatles route” — by that I mean don’t do much touring (if any at all) and focus on making a record every 18-24 months. Like a couple posters have stated, they’re all pushing 50 … so I’d bet the wear-and-tear of touring really starts to catch-up with them. Bono’s voice seems to get weaker as each tour progresses since they play so many dates.

    While I love seeing them live, I think (note I said “think”) I’d be happy if the just did some “spot-touring” to support the new record (like their Brooklyn Bridge appearance or that small NYC club they played to spotlight ATYCLB — those were both tremendous shows)

  • I’ve kind of gotten used to the 4-5-year cycle between U2 albums … they tour for so long to support the latest album that a) they need to take a good break and b) it doesn’t really feel like it’s been 4 years since HTDAAB.

    IMHO, I think they should go “The Beatles route” — by that I mean don’t do much touring (if any at all) and focus on making a record every 18-24 months. Like a couple posters have stated, they’re all pushing 50 … so I’d bet the wear-and-tear of touring really starts to catch-up with them. Bono’s voice seems to get weaker as each tour progresses since they play so many dates.

    While I love seeing them live, I think (note I said “think”) I’d be happy if the just did some “spot-touring” to support the new record (like their Brooklyn Bridge appearance or that small NYC club they played to spotlight ATYCLB — those were both tremendous shows)

  • I really wouldn’t mind if they toured less and made albums more often. Touring *does* take a lot of their time and probably wears them out quite a bit; they might need longer and longer gaps between a tour and the following album as they get older (I don’t really consider them “old”). However, I actually think that Bono’s voice has gotten better between Elevation and Vertigo, but that’s another discussion.

  • I really wouldn’t mind if they toured less and made albums more often. Touring *does* take a lot of their time and probably wears them out quite a bit; they might need longer and longer gaps between a tour and the following album as they get older (I don’t really consider them “old”). However, I actually think that Bono’s voice has gotten better between Elevation and Vertigo, but that’s another discussion.

  • Come on folks it’s U2 so we’ll wait and we’ll like it. Or we’ll wait and whine but we’ll still buy it whenever it comes like manna from heaven.

    And what’s this talk of last album. The boys can’t quit while Mick and Keith are still rocking.

  • Come on folks it’s U2 so we’ll wait and we’ll like it. Or we’ll wait and whine but we’ll still buy it whenever it comes like manna from heaven.

    And what’s this talk of last album. The boys can’t quit while Mick and Keith are still rocking.

  • the way things are going this might be the cheapest tour yet for tickets as we will all be broke

  • the way things are going this might be the cheapest tour yet for tickets as we will all be broke

  • good things come to those who wait. let them work on their masterpiece, because im sure thats what it will be. they havent proven me wrong yet. i cannot wait!!

  • good things come to those who wait. let them work on their masterpiece, because im sure thats what it will be. they havent proven me wrong yet. i cannot wait!!

  • When I heard they were postponing it till next year I thought ‘lazy bast*rds’ too and was genuinely gutted because they’ve been working on it for a year or two, when Muse put out classic albums after 6 months, I know when you get to your 12th album it might be difficult and gets more so. As long as its not as bland as the last two then I’ll wait, if it is then I’ll hait them for it, but DL says its ‘fantastically innovative’, lets hope so for his sake!

  • When I heard they were postponing it till next year I thought ‘lazy bast*rds’ too and was genuinely gutted because they’ve been working on it for a year or two, when Muse put out classic albums after 6 months, I know when you get to your 12th album it might be difficult and gets more so. As long as its not as bland as the last two then I’ll wait, if it is then I’ll hait them for it, but DL says its ‘fantastically innovative’, lets hope so for his sake!

  • Guys, 50 to 60 songs they’ve written, from those songs they’ll pick the ones that will end up on the album. Is not a 50 song album, come on! lol!

  • Guys, 50 to 60 songs they’ve written, from those songs they’ll pick the ones that will end up on the album. Is not a 50 song album, come on! lol!

  • Don’t worry, there’s always a slight delay with their album releases……..I can’t wait for the tour!!!!!!! Yay!!!

  • Don’t worry, there’s always a slight delay with their album releases……..I can’t wait for the tour!!!!!!! Yay!!!

  • Genius takes time.

  • Genius takes time.

  • yes let them wait. there last album was the worst they have ever put out. i would rather wait until 2010 than have a horrible record. im glad that they are going back to eno and lanois, all their best albums were with their help (joshua tree etc.) Steve Lillywhite is probably the worst guy on earth for their band.

  • yes let them wait. there last album was the worst they have ever put out. i would rather wait until 2010 than have a horrible record. im glad that they are going back to eno and lanois, all their best albums were with their help (joshua tree etc.) Steve Lillywhite is probably the worst guy on earth for their band.

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