U2 has been busy. They’re working on a tour for their classic 1987 album The Joshua Tree and at the same time are working on their new album Songs of Experience. Most of the album was done and the band was working on the finishing touches, but in a new interview with Rolling Stone, The Edge revealed that the album is going to be released at a later date than the band originally thought.
“The election [happened], and suddenly the world changed,” he told the magazine. “We just went, ‘Hold on a second – we’ve got to give ourselves a moment to think about this record and about how it relates to what’s going on in the world.’ That’s because it was written mostly, I mean, 80 percent of it was started before 2016, but most of it was written in the early part of 2016, and now, as I think you’d agree, the world is a different place.”
He said that in thinking about the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree, the band realized that “things have come full circle.” It was written during the “Reagan-Thatcher era of British and U.S. politics,” he said. “It was a period when there was a lot of unrest.”
In exploring what that meant, he said, the band realized there was an opportunity. And that’s why the band decided to “put the album on ice for a minute.” That way, once the album comes out they can make sure it’s the way they want it and sends the right message.
For the full interview, head over to Rolling Stone.
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