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According to the Irish Examiner, using The Sun tabloid as its source, U2 are planning to release the new album later this year, possibly in November. This would be their 13th studio album.
The Sun also reported that the band could perform at London's Roundhouse in September as part of the iTunes Festival.
A source told The Sun, "The U2 comeback is very much on for this year. This album has been a real struggle for them to make. It's taken a long time and Bono didn't find it easy. But they're confident now and are convinced the wait has been worth it."
Concert promoter Denis Desmond says U2 is in talks to play again at Dublin's Croke Park in 2016.
Desmond, the co-founder of MCD Productions, was on Today FM's Ray D'Arcy Show on Wednesday morning. The conversation focused on the recent mess where Garth Brooks canceled five shows at the stadium, but near the end of the interview, they looked ahead to future shows.
D'Arcy: What about next year, would you be in talks with people for Croke Park gigs for next year?
Desmond: Yes, we would be.
D'Arcy: Would U2 be in the frame for that?
Desmond: No, not next year, but the year after.
The conversation can be heard online (at least temporarily) on the Today FM website.
U2 has played Croke Park 10 times dating back to 1985, including three shows in 2009 as part of the 360 tour.
Here's a quick note that yer man was in London Friday to present Pharrell Williams with the Raymond Weil International Award at the O2 Silver Clef Awards in London. The UK papers don't really explain why Bono was involved, so there you go.
UPDATE: Here's video of Bono's speech.
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