"Some people expect U2 to come on like a political band. . . . Other people see us as prophets. Some see us as pop stars. . . . And we're not any of those things. We're probably all of them. I don't know what we are."
U2 Set Sale For a New Horizon
Exclusive: New Studio Album & Tracklist Revealed
July 29, 2008
It's the beautiful day millions of U2 fans around the globe have waited patiently to see for the past four years.
Now we can reveal details of the supergroup's long-awaited new album.
It is believed to be titled No Line On The Horizon and will be on sale in music stores on November 14.
The band's record company Universal has already registered the internet domain name nolineonthehorizon.com -- prompting speculation this will be the new record.
And among the songs to be released on what many music insiders are calling the band's best work to date are "Moment of Surrender," "For Your Love," "Love Is All We Have Left" and "One Bird."
Others include "If I Could Live My Life Again," "The Cedars of Lebanon" and "No Line On The Horizon."
Earlier this week a 19-strong film crew headed to the Spanish city of Cadiz to shoot a video for the band's first single from the new album although the band were not believed to be present.
Last night an insider said the U2 machine is gearing up for the release of one of the most keenly-awaited albums in recent years.
"The album is more or less all in the bag except for a few minor details," the source revealed. A lot of people have been waiting a long time for this album as they do with every U2 album.
"But the word coming out is that the band is very, very happy with the end product and when U2 are happy it should be quite a piece of work. They're not easy to please."
Legendary producer Steve Lillywhite, who has worked with U2 for more than two decades, said the new album had blown him away.
It is the first original work since the band released the smash-hit How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb in November 2004. It sold an incredible 10 million copies and picked up eight Grammy Awards.
But music commentators think the new record could be even bigger for Bono, the Edge, Larry and Adam.
U2 are also expected to announce details of a huge worldwide tour, which would almost certainly include a number of nights at the new O2 Arena in the Dublin Docklands -- formerly known as the Point Theatre.
In a flurry of activity, the group have just re-released their first three albums -- Boy, October and War -- in extended formats and with previously unreleased tracks. It has led to that rare thing -- U2 making a mistake.
A quantity of the re-released War albums have been printed with incorrect track listings inside a booklet.
But ironically, it won't hit sales, as the botched items are likely to become collector's pieces.
© MGN Ltd., 2008.