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"People think I tell the band what direction to go in. The truth is, they tell me. The singer has to put into words the feelings in the music." — Bono

U2 working on new album


Irish rock stars U2 are working on a new album while they are in New Zealand.

The band, who are performing two Auckland shows today and Friday, were using their time while they were in the country wisely. The band's manager, Paul McGuinness, said U2 had a deadline looming for their latest album and were working on finishing it while they are here.

"We are trying very hard to use this time in New Zealand and Australia to finish an album that will be released in the spring," he said.

McGuinness said while the band were not actually recording in New Zealand, they were working hard on the finishing touches.

"It's not so much recording as editing and polishing up lyrics and trying to getting it done by the date it needs to be delivered to the record company for release in May. It's sounding great: lots of hits."

The U2 360 Tour production director, Jake Berry, said some of the band's older hits needed a bit of work ahead of their performance tonight, but it was nothing a few rehearsals could not fix.

"We've had a few minutes on stage. We've been on a break, so we need to get the cobwebs out a bit."

Auckland residents from all over the city reported they could hear the band's practice from their homes on Tuesday night.

The stage itself is one of the biggest ever seen in New Zealand. Mr. Berry said the show had a lot of sound, a lot of light and a lot of video.

"It's a lot of production," he said. "I think somebody worked it out to how many light bulbs you could power with those generators, and I think it was something ridiculously stupid like 550,000 light bulbs."

The band, who arrived in the country on Monday, are set to play to a packed Mt Smart Stadium tonight. Over 50,000 tickets sold out in less than an hour for the show.

Tickets are still available for Friday night's concert.

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