"This was the best punk rock band ever, because they actually invented something."
-- Bono, on the Ramones
Songs Of Experience InformationOn September 9, 2014, U2 appeared at an Apple Inc. press event to perform and announce the immediate (and free) availability of their new album, Songs Of Innocence.
In addition to that album,
has revealed that a second album called Songs Of Experience "should be
ready soon enough." He later clarified to say that it could
be a year away or more, while admitting that he's not the most
reliable source on this kind of info.
Irish DJ Dave Fanning, U2's longtime friend, has gone on
record saying that U2
has two more albums in the works. If true, we speculate that the
third album could use the Songs Of
Ascent title -- that name has been
in play since Bono mentioned it in March 2009.
The following is a running collection of news, rumors, quotes, and other information related to U2's next studio album (or albums, as the case may be). We'll continue to post updates to this page as we get new information. If you have found a quote or news item about the new U2 album, you're welcome to share it by emailing webmaster...at...atu2...dot...com.
NAME(s): Songs Of Experience
and possibly Songs Of Ascent.
PRODUCER(s): Andy Barlow and Jolyon Thomas worked on new material with U2 while the band rehearsed for its tour in Vancouver in April/May 2015. Producers from Songs Of Innocence may also be involved: Danger Mouse, Paul Epworth, Ryan Tedder, Declan Gaffney and Flood. Since No Line On The Horizon was released, U2 has also worked with Will.i.am, David Guetta and RedOne. It's possible, too, that some older material that was slated for the original Songs Of Ascent project could survive with producers including Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois and Steve Lillywhite.
ALBUM RELEASE DATE: unknown.
POSSIBLE SONGS MENTIONED
These are two types of songs listed below:
It's possible that some of these titles were changed and have already appeared under a different name. It's also possible that, as song titles changes, some of these may be referring to the same song.
LATEST NEWS (we've removed news items specific to Songs Of Innocence)
August 25, 2015: In a cover article featuring U2, Q magazine mentions the titles of two new songs that we've not previously listed on this page: "Much More Better" and "The Little Things That Give You Away." The former is described as an acoustic demo about Bono's bike accident that includes the lyric, "I only sing to prove that I'm here."
May 15, 2015: In a conversation with The Independent, Edge shared this about the progress on U2's next album:
The Edge added that the follow-up
album to 2014's Songs Of Innocence titled Songs Of Experience is "not
finished yet. But we have a lot of material that we are really happy
with. We have been working on it, recently, but it is coming together.
I would say it is a lot more developed than Zooropa [the 1993 U2 album]
was when we started the Zoo TV Tour. "
May 10, 2015: We confirm
that Jolyon Thomas is another producer that U2 has worked with recently
in Vancouver. Thomas' name was first mentioned on a New York Times
April 29, 2015: The New York Times reveals that U2 has a mobile recording studio setup
at its Vancouver tour rehearsals and is working on new material for
Songs Of Experience. Andy Barlow of the electronic group Lamb is one of
the producers named, and the article mentions song titles including
"Red Flag Day," "Civilization" and "Instrument Flying."
March 5, 2015: At the Meteor Irish Music Awards in Dublin, Edge says that U2's next album could be as much as 18 months away.
October 12, 2014: During an interview with The Guardian, Bono mentioned a new song slated for Songs Of Experience called "The Morning After Innocence." Here's what the interview says about the song's subject matter:
Regarding the powerful people he's
dealt with, Bono says "the younger me wouldn't have liked any of them".
I ask him if he misses certain aspects of that confused yet righteous
youth and he replies by reciting the lyrics to The Morning After
Innocence, a song from Songs of Experience, the work-in-progress sequel
to Songs of Innocence.
September 9, 2014: A few hours after Songs Of Innocence is announced and released, Bono writes a note for fans on U2.com that says a second album, Songs Of Experience, is on the way.
We're collaborating with Apple on
some cool stuff over the next couple of years, innovations that will
transform the way music is listened to and viewed. We'll keep you
posted. If you like Songs of
Innocence, stay with us for Songs
of Experience. It should be ready soon enough… although I know
I've said that before…
February 28, 2014: During a
pre-Oscars interview, Bono tells his old friend, Amanda Brunker, that U2
is working on two albums.
January 9, 2013: Larry
Mullen Jr. told Dave Fanning
that U2 will "hopefully" have its next album released by September, and
it will be the album with Danger Mouse producing. He also suggested
that U2 wants to release a second album "shortly afterwards," comparing
it to when Zooropa was
released less than a year after Achtung
July 11, 2012: An LA Times article mentions that a Los Angeles-based digital ad agency is working on a digital application for U2. It's not certain to be related to a new album, but that seems likely.
January 8, 2012: In an interview posted on U2.com, Bono explains that his recent busking session in Dublin, along with other recent acoustic performances with Edge, has him thinking about U2's upcoming plans -- which may include Songs Of Ascent, after all (despite Adam's comments to Q magazine; see below):
I played a couple of songs
acoustically but earlier in the year both Edge and I played at the
memorial to Steve Jobs and also at the Hollywood Bowl for the Bill
Clinton Foundation. It's quite something hearing our own songs, like
"Sunday Bloody Sunday" or "A Man and Woman," so stripped down and I
think it showed us some clues for the future.
October 26, 2011: In the latest issue of Q magazine, Adam suggests that U2 will probably not be pursuing the Songs Of Ascent project and songs.
We thought there was more material left over from No Line... we now feel a long way from that material.
The article suggests that U2 plans to work on the songs and
material they've begun with Danger Mouse.
October 22, 2011: In an Irish Times interview, Bono hints that U2's next album may come in a new format:
Earlier, he was using an iPad with
the Achtung Baby songs and videos on it. "That's probably what our new
album will look like," he says. "I've been talking about this for the
past four years.
December 7, 2010: Black Eyed Peas' frontman will.i.am has confirmed that he's producing a new U2 album; we believe this to be the dance/club-sounding album that Bono has mentioned before.