Backstage at the Golden Globe Awards, Variety columnist Army Archerd asked Bono to describe the album that U2 have begun recording in Dublin.
“Pedal to the metal. It is high-energy, joyous rock ‘n’ roll,” Bono replied.
The U2 singer also spoke with Archerd about the inspiration for the “The Hands That Built America,” the song the band wrote for Martin Scorsese’s “Gangs of New York.”
“The thing that got us to write the song,” Bono told Archerd, “was seeing the filmed time-lapse of New York between 1842 and the day after Sept. 11.” Bono treated Archerd to a few lines from the song: “It’s early fall, there’s a cloud on the New York skyline/Innocence dragged across a yellow line/These are the hands that built America.”
Archerd reports that Bono also musicked two other songs for him — “In America,” a modern story of Irish immigrants of the 1980s in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen and “Time Enough for Tears,” a song he wrote with Gavin Friday and Maurice Seezer.