Despite saying that they were hoping to have a new album by the end of 2016, it’s looking less and less likely that U2 will have the follow-up to 2014’s Songs of Innocence out until next year. According to lead singer Bono, they are also lining up a tour for 2017.
Billboard is quoting Spanish reporters who asked Bono about the status of the record while he, guitarist the Edge and their friend Gavin Friday were in Valencia, Spain, to attend the wedding of a friend. “It’s not finished yet but you will like it,” he said, before comparing it favorably with one of their most beloved albums. “In terms of lyrics it is stronger than [1983’s] War; it has more clarity.”
As for going out on the road, that will likely coincide with the album’s release. “The second part of the tour is for 2017,” he continued. “You might see a few things in September or October though.”