U2 have given an update on their forthcoming album 'Songs of Experience', letting fans know when they might be likely to hear the follow-up to 2013's 'Songs of Innocence'.
Following the recent revelation by The Edge that the album had been delayed because of Donald Trump getting into power, and their willingess to incorporate that into the album, bassist Adam Clayton has now revealed more about the record.
He told Rolling Stone: "We all very much feel like it needs to be the end of this year. It’s not on any schedule anywhere, anything like that. We’re going to get back to that later this year and polish it off and finish it off a bit more. But we think we’re there with it”.
He added: "It’s not like the switch to do these ‘Joshua Tree’ shows was because we needed a lot of time. It was just because it’s pretty much in the bag. We can still work on it throughout this year, all the little nips and tucks that we want to do. It’ll be a pleasure to get out there and play these ‘Joshua Tree’ songs. In some ways, the experience of playing those ‘Joshua Tree’ shows and those songs this summer, inevitably, couldn’t help [but] have some impact on what that record ultimately becomes when we finish work on it.”
Clayton also said that the band might possibly play some new tracks on their forthcoming 'Joshua Tree' anniversary tour, which lands at Croke Park on July 22nd.
“It would be very much my wish that we could play something from ‘Experience’ as part of the show, maybe one or two songs,” he said. “Again, I caution that by saying we really have to see the arc of this show and we have to figure out whether those ‘Experience’ songs would work well in a stadium in this context, but I’d love to see some of that material out there and people being familiar with it before the album comes out.”