So, what’s next for U2?

Good question, considering that between the release of No Line on the Horizon, the creation of the claw, a global 360 tour, and an expanded reissue of The Unforgettable Fire, Bono and Co. have basically done all there is to do. It’s such a good question in fact that Rolling Stone asked it in a recent interview with the band… and got the following tidbit:

U2 is full steam ahead on its next studio album. It’s titled Songs of Ascent and, according to the band, will be out sooner rather than later — “I don’t think we’ll have over three years or whatever it was between the last two records,” explained The Edge.

As for what to expect? Larry Mullen promises a mix of “a few different things,” with one of those things, at least if Bono gets his wish (and he always does!), being a “hit” song.

“I would like to have one of our songs on the pop charts,” the U2 frontman said. “It’s my only disappointment [with No Line on the Horizon]. People love, love the album it’s had rave reviews, not just in the U.S., but all over the world. But I would like a few pop songs on it. So I would like, even on Songs of Ascent, songs that have a shot at that. I would like to come back with a new single in the spring — “Every Breaking Wave” was Jimmy Iovine’s favorite song, and lots of people got upset when we took that off.

So, to recap, new U2 album, titled Songs of Ascent, will be out soon and will include a hit song (hopefully). Add in the fact the 360 tour looks like it will never end (see below) and that previously reported Spider-Man musical, it certainly looks like they’ll be no shortage of U2 headlines in the months ahead. And, maybe then, they’ll finally start to make a profit

U2 2009/2010 Tour Dates:
10/03 – Raleigh, NC @ Carter-Finley Stadium
10/06 – Atlanta, GA @ Georgia Dome
10/09 – Tampa, FL @ Raymond James Stadium
10/12 – Dallas, TX @ New Cowboys Stadium
10/14 – Houston, TX @ Reliant Stadium
10/18 – Norman, OK @ Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
10/20 – Phoenix, AZ @ Univ. of Phoenix Stadium
10/23 – Las Vegas, NV @ Sam Boyd Stadium
10/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Rose Bowl
10/28 – Vancouver, BC @ BC Place Stadium
08/10 – Frankfurt, DE @ Commerzbank Arena
08/12 – Hannover, DE @ AWD Stadium
08/15 – Horsens, DK @ Casa Arena
08/20 – Helsinki, FI @ Olympic Stadium
08/25 – Moscow, RU @ Luzhniki
08/30 – Vienna, AT @ Ernst Happel Stadium
09/03 – Athens, GR @ Olypmic Stadium
09/06 – Istanbul, TR @ Ataturk Olympic Stadium
09/15 – Munich, DE @ Olympic Stadium
09/18 – Paris, FR @ Stade de France
09/29 – Seville, ES @ Olympic Stadium
10/02 – Colmbra, PT @ Stadium


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