U2 fans hoping for a definitive release date for the band's new album-in-progress will need to wait a little longer. In a long interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the band members confirm that work is certainly coming along, but the process is slow.
Drummer Larry Mullen says, "We're slow learners. We need to be creative, on the cutting edge, challenged, and it's really hard going, it's relentless, and we're relentless, and we have a history of breaking engineers, producers. I mean, people come out of working with U2 and just go, 'I just don't know what's happened; it feels like a lifetime has passed by.' And that's just the way we work."
Bono hints that there's an end in sight. The singer says, "The album won't be ready till it's ready. But right now, people are walking a little differently -- well, they're not walking, they're running as if to a finish line. There's a couple of songs that are part of the story we haven't quite finished. We know we have to spend a couple of years taking these songs around the world, so they'd better be good."
Even though U2's recent release of "Invisible" as a fundraiser for the (RED) charity was a giant success, Bono said in a recent USA Today interview that the band would be selecting a different tune as a first single from the new album. He explained that U2 picked "Invisible" to contribute to the AIDS fundraising campaign simply because "it's the first one we finished."
U2 will perform its Academy Award-nominated song "Ordinary Love," which the band wrote for the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, live at the Oscars on March 2.
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