Not only is it looking like U2's next album won't be out until 2014, but it also sounds like the band may have decided to go back into the studio to work on (more) new material.
If you follow us on Facebook, you may have noticed us reshare a post from Dublin fan Dave Griffith on Sunday, who wrote about his encounter near U2's studio with Edge's guitar tech, Dallas Schoo. Dallas told Dave that the album is due next year, but also talked about Edge working on completely new songs:
They're still writing stuff and Edge keeps coming up with new stuff. I'm actually off to him now!!
Larry Mullen also made similar comments last week at Adam's wedding. As the Independent reported a couple days ago, Larry said the band is back to working in the studio:
"We're working in the studio so we're dropping in for lunch and then we'll probably go back to work."
Asked if U2's bass player would be working on his wedding day, Larry joked: "I hope so - we've an album to finish."
By all accounts, U2 had actually finished recording earlier this year -- as much as a U2 album is ever finished -- and the mixing wrapped up at Electric Lady Studios in early June. In July, Gavin Friday spoke to the Herald in words that indicated the album was finished:
I've heard the new album ... It's definitely their most exciting release since Achtung Baby.
When Bono spoke with Newstalk FM recently, he said U2 is "nearly there" with the album, but didn't specifically say they were working on more new material in the studio. But it sounds like that may be the case. And it sounds similar to the build up before No Line On The Horizon, when U2 was reportedly finished recording the album, then decided to go back into the studio for some last-minute work.