U2 may be forced to rush release album

The Edge and Bono have talked to Neil McCormick about the theft of the cd containing songs off their new album.

Bono: “If it is on the internet this week, we will release it immediately as a legal download on iTunes, and get hard copies into the shops by the end of the month,” he told me. “It would be a real pity. It would screw up years of work and months of planning, not to mention fucking up our holidays. But once it’s out, it’s out.”

McCormick also reveals more details on the circumstances in which the CD was stolen:

“Apparently, the band were all posing in an empty swimming pool, 50 metres from the studio, when someone snatched the CD. French police were immediately called in to question a handful of suspects, including photographers, make-up artists, set builders and stylists.”

More at Telegraph.co.uk (reg. req.)