More rumors about U2's album plans, these from @U2 reader Gary Paul, who met up Thursday in Dublin with Steve Lillywhite (who's there to work on his RTE TV show, The Hit). Paul tweeted about the brief conversation yesterday, saying "DEFINITELY NOT this year !!! Roll On Next Year #U2 #NewAlbum" and then confirmed in a reply to our question that he was referencing comments from Lillywhite:
@atu2 exactly what he said yeah, next year (no date given) said it's "unusual for them it sounds really professional"— Brat (Gary Paul) (@Gpaul1972) August 30, 2013
Lillywhite told Ireland's Today FM today that he was recently visiting with Bono, so that could be the source of his knowledge of U2's plans. But again, this is all unconfirmed and should be considered rumor.
After last week's rumors from Universal Music Italy, we reached out to our contacts to ask if the album would be out in 2013 or 2014. A contact at Universal Music North America had "no info to share," and a spokesperson for U2's PR team was unable to get an answer for us from Principle Management.