UPDATE 3/10/14: A U2 spokesperson now tells the Guardian, “U2’s album is planned for this year, is still on track and touring plans haven’t been confirmed yet.”
U2 spent the first two months of 2014 gearing up for the release of their thirteenth album. They’ve been all over TV, including a Super Bowl commercial, an appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s first Tonight Show and a trip to the Oscars to perform “Ordinary Love,” their song from Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom. We’ve been anticipating this project, produced by Danger Mouse, since November, when reports surfaced that it would be out by April. Well, it’s March, and the album is no closer to coming out — in fact, it’s not even coming out this year.
Billboard is reporting that U2 won’t release an album or tour until 2015. The report also says the band has scheduled more recording sessions with Adele producers Ryan Tedder (the guy from OneRepublic) and Paul Epworth (who remixed “Ordinary Love“), though Danger Mouse is still identified as the central producer on the project. Sounds messy. Furthermore, it looks like the band’s original plan was to announce tour dates this month and hit the road in September. Here’s more from Billboard on that:
While an Interscope representative maintains that with a release date never announced the album shouldn’t be considered delayed, Billboard has learned that a tour initially on track for a mid-March announcement and September start date, booked by Live Nation’s Global Touring division, will now begin in summer 2015. Delays are nothing new in the world of U2 – the band’s 360° Tour, itself set back with postponements related to the making of 2009’s No Line on the Horizon, went on to become the highest-grossing tour of all time, with more than $737 million in receipts from three legs in 2010 and 2011, according to Billboard Boxscore.
I guess this means U2 will be “Invisible” the rest of this year, eh?
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