U2 has delayed its new album and tour until 2015, according to Billboard. The band has scheduled more recording sessions for the still-unfinished disc, with a source saying, "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. That magic that the band always seems to capture . . . they have yet to capture it."
- Guitarist The Edge told us a while back that the band would rather hold off on releasing a new album than compromise their high standards: "We're very ambitious for our work, you know. Nothing is allowed to go unchallenged, just because it happened to come up in a session and people might feel good about it. We're always pushing to make things better and get to the essence of songs, find out what they are in their most crystalline form. 'Cause in the end, music, when it's at its strongest, it's a pure situation... It's undeniable. That's, I suppose, is what we're always trying to get to, is that quality."
- The group, which has been working with producer Danger Mouse, a.k.a. Brian Burton, will now head back into the studio with producers Ryan Tedder and Paul Epworth.
- U2 seemed ready to roll out a new album just in the past month, with a Super Bowl commercial and performances at the Golden Globes, the premiere of The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon and the Academy Awards all taking place in rapid succession.
- But a fall tour that was going to be announced later this month has been pushed back to the summer of 2015 as the band continues to tweak its 13th studio album.
- U2 also took a long time to finish its last album, 2009's No Line On The Horizon. That delayed the band's U2 360 tour, although that ultimately became the highest grossing tour of all time. But the album only sold a disappointing 1.1 million copies in the U.S.
- Two new songs recently released by the group -- the Oscar-nominated "Ordinary Love" and the track from the Super Bowl spot, "Invisible," have failed to catch on with the public.
- Singer Bono has hinted at U2's struggle to make new music and stay relevant in recent public statements, saying, "There's a giant chasm between the very good and the great, and U2 right now has a danger of surrendering to the very good."
WHAT DO YOU THINK??
- Is U2 overthinking its new album too much, or does the band have the right to take as long as it wants to finish it?
- Do you think the band members -- all now wealthy businessmen in their 50s -- have the fire to make new music anymore?
- Is U2 still relevant and important now, or are they simply an iconic classic rock act that everyone will still go see just to hear the old hits?
INTERNET COMMENTS at Rolling Stone -- agree or not?
Glenn Forsyth wrote: "I call this a reprieve....don't rush yourselves gentlemen."
Eric Peyton Christian Smith wrote: "I am a huge fan of early U2 but let's face it.....since 1998, most of their material has been pretty boring. Relax everyone, the music world will NOT die without a new U2 album, I promise."
Tim Palmer wrote: "I never have liked their music, regardless, they seem to be having the problem a lot of the older bands have -- making their music 'fit' into today's world."
bill wrote: "i lean toward the 'red herring theory' line of thinking...i wouldn't be surprised to wake up one morning to find u2 have relaeased the album with no drum roll or parades to an astonished and welcoming billion fans!"
JBSmoove wrote: "it's pretty embarrassing that they can't buckle down and release an album. The endless tinkering is juvenile and it feels like an excuse - a total slap in the face to the fans."
CHECK IT OUT: Watch U2 perform "Invisible" on The Tonight Show:
The Edge Of U2 On Having High Standards
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