Over their illustrious 35-year career, U2 have worked with a slew of notable producers — Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois, Flood, and Steve Lillywhite. But for their next full-length, the Bono-led outfit will team up with a man more associated with the likes of Beck, Gnarls Barkley, and Broken Bells. Yep, they’re going with Danger Mouse.
In an interview Australian-based publication The Age, Bono revealed that the band’s next album, the follow-up to 2008’s No Line on the Horizon, will be produced by Brian Burton, who is best known by his moniker, Danger Mouse.
“We have about 12 songs with him,” Bono said. “At the moment that looks like the album we will put out next because it’s just happening so easily.”
Bono also confirmed previous reports that U2 is working on two other albums. One is a club record that will feature Lady Gaga collaborator RedOne, Black Eyed Peas rapper Will.I.Am, and French superstar David Guetta. The band is also considering the possibility of recording and releasing the songs they wrote for the forthcoming Spider-Man musical.
The news comes just a week after U2 manager Paul McGuinness told The Irish Times that he believes a new album will be released as soon as this Spring.
“I would expect a new U2 album sooner than anybody thinks, he said. I would guess early 2011, before the next leg of the American tour, which starts in May.
More details as they become available. In the meantime, peep U2’s upcoming tour dates below — now with openers! They might be playing Glastonbury 2011, too.
U2 2010/2011 Tour Dates:
11/25 Auckland, NZ @ Mt. Smart Stadium *
11/26 – Auckland, NZ @ Mt. Smart Stadium *
12/01 Melbourne, AU @ Etihad Stadium *
12/03 – Melbourne, AU @ Etihad Stadium *
12/08 Brisbane, AU @ Suncorp Stadium *
12/09 – Brisbane, AU @ Suncorp Stadium *
12/13 Sydney, AU @ ANZ Stadium *
12/14 – Sydney, AU @ ANZ Stadium *
12/18 Perth, AU @ Subiaco Oval *
12/19 – Perth, AU @ Subiaco Oval *
02/13 – Johannesburg, ZA @ FNB Stadium
02/18 – Cape Town, ZA @ Cape Town Stadium
05/14 Mexico City, MX @ Azteca Stadium #
05/15 Mexico City, MX @ Azteca Stadium #
05/21 Denver, CO @ Invesco Field $
05/24 Salt Lake City, UT @ Rice Eccles Stadium $
05/29 – Winnipeg, MB @ CANAD Inns Stadium $
06/01 Edmonton, AB @ Commonwealth Stadium $
06/04 Seattle, WA @ Qwet Field !
06/07 Oakland, CA @ McAfee Coliseum !
06/17 Anaheim, CA @ Angels Stadium !
06/18 Anaheim, CA @ Angels Stadium !
06/26 E. Lansing, MI @ Spartan Stadium &
06/29 Miami, FL @ Sun Life Stadium &
07/05 Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field ^
07/08 Montreal, QC @ Hippodrome ^
07/09 Montreal, QC @ Hippodrome ^
07/11 Toronto, ON @ Rogers Centre ^
07/14 Philadelphia, PA @ Lincoln Financial Field ^
07/20 E. Rutherford, NJ @ New Meadowlands Stadium ^
07/23 Minneapolis, MN @ TCF Bank Stadium ^
07/26 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Heinz Field ^
^ = w/ Interpol
* = w/ Jay-Z
# = w/Snow Patrol
$ = w/ The Fray
! = w/ Lenny Kravitz
& = w/ Florence and the Machine