Bad news on the U2 front: they need more time finishing their next album and thus, have delayed the release date and supporting world tour until 2015.
The band has been working on the follow-up to 2009’s No Line on the Horizon for at least three years, at one point teaming up with Danger Mouse for a session at Electric Lady Studios in NYC. Billboard reports that the band intends to head back into the studio with Adele producers Ryan Tedder and Paul Epworth, though Danger Mouse is still credited as the project’s central producer.
The band initially hoped to release the album in April 2014, which they would support with a world tour beginning in September. Now, the band won’t hit the road until next summer.
It’s certainly unexpected news, though not surprising. While U2 seemingly began promoting the record earlier this year with the release of the track “Invisible” and appearances at the Oscars and on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the band has never been shy to press the pause button. As Billboard points out, their 2009 world tour was postponed following delays with the release of No Line on the Horizon. What’s more, Bono seems to have put added pressure on the band with this release. He previously said he feared the band was “really close to the edge of relevance,” adding “there’s a giant chasm between the very good and the great, and U2 right now has a danger of surrendering to the very good.”
Below, watch U2 perform “Invisible” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.