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Billboard: No U2 Album or Tour Until 2015
March 07, 2014
Billboard magazine is out today with news that's sure to test the patience and loyalty of a lot of U2 fans: There will be no U2 album nor a tour until 2015.
The reason? Well, none is definitively given. A Billboard source implies that U2 isn't happy with its current material:
"That magic that the band always seems to capture ... they have yet to capture it."
With that in mind, Billboard says U2 has recently scheduled additional studio time with producers Paul Epworth (who recently did an "Ordinary Love" remix) and Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic. The report says that Danger Mouse "remains onboard as the project's central producer," but in a recent interview with Canoe.ca, he doesn't sound like he's sure about that:
As for the fate of his work on the highly anticipated U2 album, Burton claims to not have a clue despite the Irish band already releasing two songs from their sessions with him, the Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated Ordinary Love and the single Invisible.
"I don't really know - I just know it's not done," he said.
But he's still the producer?
"I don't know. I'm working on Bells right now I have no idea what they're doing. I've been working on it for YEARS but I'm sure they're still working on the record."
Billboard also says that a planned U2 tour that would've been announced this month and start in September is also postponed until summer 2015.
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