“At the moment” at
least – Bono confirms the collaboration, but remains vague on details.
By Fred Mills
Nobody saw this one coming – although in hindsight, it was a
dream collaboration destined to happen eventually. Now it’s coming sooner
rather than later: Danger Mouse (aka Brian Burton, of Gnarls Barkley, Broken
Bells and Gorillaz fame) is producing the forthcoming U2 album.
In an interview published today at Australia’s The Age, U2 frontman Bono, doing advance
promo for the band’s December tour Down Under, confirmed the collaboration,
saying “We have about 12 songs with him. At the moment that looks like the
album we will put out next because it’s just happening so easily.”
The album’s working title at the moment is Songs of Ascent and is due out at an
unspecified time next year, presumably during the first quarter.
Bono also talked about his recent back injury and surgery,
about a possible concept album thematically linked to the Spider-Man Broadway musical he and The Edge have written music for,
and about yet another album project, a club/dance oriented record featuring
RedOne, Will.I.Am and David Guetta. Read the whole story at The Age – it’s a three part interview
continuing Friday and Saturday, incidentally.