Fans of Irish rock will find a few reasons to celebrate this year, as a new U2 album (with the working title “10 Reasons to Exist”) is reportedly nearing completion. That the unfinished project is already being hyped comes as no surprise considering U2 remains one of the most enduringly popular bands of all time.
Even more buzz was generated when U.K. journalist Brad Wheeler tweeted some rather kind words from U2’s former collaborator and producer, Daniel Lanois.
Lanois tells me Bono dropped by his house in LA, and that the new U2 album sounds "amazing" and "big," with some Achtung Baby adventurism.— Brad Wheeler (@BWheelerglobe) May 30, 2013
In the series of tweets by Wheeler, he shared Lanois’ thoughts on the album which included the words “amazing” and “big” after Lanois was privy to an early listen of the new tracks. While no singles have been released, the adjectives are characteristic of the legendary band, whose 12 previous albums have all been certified Platinum at least once.
Lanois has produced past albums for the Dublin-based quartet, such as the Diamond-certified “The Joshua Tree,” but this time around U2 opted to work with celebrated American producer, Danger Mouse. Bono revealed the project’s working title earlier in the year, and guitarist Larry Mullen, Jr. has stated that they hope to release the new record by September 2013.
This February marked four years since the release of U2’s most recent album, “No Line on the Horizon,” which debuted at No. 1 in more than 15 countries. The upcoming release will be the 13th studio effort from the 22-time GRAMMY Award winners, who rank within the top 20 best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 98 million albums worldwide.
Aside from top-tier record sales, U2 has also been wildly successful on stages around the globe. Their last full-scale trek, the U2 360° Tour, brought the group to Europe, North America, Oceania, Africa, and South America in a nearly two-year, seven-leg run. To date, the U2 360° Tour remains the highest grossing concert tour of all time, earning over $735 million from more than seven million attendees.
While waiting for U2 tour dates to be announced, you can still catch a dose of the Irish rockers stateside. Bono and The Edge contributed music and lyrics to the Broadway musical, “Spiderman: Turn off the Dark,” which runs through December 2013 at New York’s Foxwoods Theater.