U2’s Bono and bassist Adam Clayton have given an update on the band’s upcoming album during their residency at The Sphere in Las Vegas. The new album, which Bono previously described as a “noisy, uncompromising, unreasonable” rock record, is intended to be a departure from the previously planned “Songs Of Ascent.” Speaking to Danny Eccleston in in the latest issue of MOJO, Edge expressed enthusiasm for the album, stating that the lockdown had been a creative period for him, and he believes the guitar is making a comeback. Adam Clayton emphasized the desire to capture the rawness and power of the rock music they grew up with, citing artists like Patti Smith and Iggy Pop.
However, the ongoing health issues of drummer Larry Mullen Jr., who is recovering from neck surgery, may have impacted the project’s progress. Clayton mentioned that starting work on new songs is tied to Larry’s situation, and it’s uncertain whether he can commit to an album project. Larry’s absence during their residency at The Sphere led the band to bring in Dutch drummer Bram van den Berg as a replacement.
The band’s vision for the new album seems to be a return to the raw and powerful sound of their early influences, embracing a more rock-oriented direction. While the health concerns may be a temporary obstacle, U2 is eager to explore a new musical direction with this upcoming project, but they said it depends on when Larry’s health has him ready to record.
“I announced it, without discussion, as ‘an unreasonable guitar record. And Edge called me up and goes, ‘How unreasonable?’ And I said, As unreasonable as you’re ready to take it.
I would love that to be the next U2 record. The lockdown was a very creative period for me, just in composing music. I don’t want to jinx ourselves… but there’s a lot of great material waiting. I think the guitar is coming back. I really feel it. And I would like to be part of that. I’d like to be the vanguard of this resurgence of guitars.”
“We are turning the amps on. I certainly think the rock that we all grew up with as 16- and 17-year-olds, that rawness of those Patti Smith, Iggy Pop records… that kind of power is something we would love to connect back into