Adam Clayton Answers Questions About A New Album

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2020-12-15)

In an interview with Eric Bureau in Le Parisien published today, Adam Clayton spoke about the 20th Anniversary of All That You Can’t Leave Behind as well as other topics such as returning to Paris after the attacks at the Bataclan. The full article can be viewed in French at the Le Parisian site, and is published in the physical copy of the news paper today.

Of note, Adam was asked in the interview if U2 has worked this year. His reply? That the band spent a lot of time together in the south of France this year, where they have had homes for decades. He speaks about how he’s happy to still be hanging out with these guys 45 years later. But he admits that they have not recorded anything this year.

Asked if they have plans to record he mentions that they want to go back and finish a project they started last year. (2019) He also mentions that the music industry will have to change after the pandemic, and that U2 are aware of how lucky they are, and will be watching those changes in the industry.

The work mentioned by Clayton from 2019 was mentioned in July in Rolling Stone by Clayton, “There’s always something on the go, as I’m sure Edge mentioned. We did some recording last year that got us some really great starting points and complete songs. There’s an album ready to go, we’re just not quite sure when we want to press that button. When I say ready to go, I mean ready to be completed. Let’s put it that way.” Rolling Stone clarified, “So the songs are written, but you have to record them and get them right?” and Adam replied “Exactly.” Adam also went back to the idea that this new album being developed is not Songs of Ascent but something new, “It’s very, very fresh. We’ve cut everything quite quickly. We’re coming to things in a shorthand way. The feedback we get from that is pretty good. We want to be quick, down and dirty with the next one.”

Others have spoken about the 2019 work including Ryan Tedder, The Edge’s guitar tech Dallas Schoo, and Bono and The Edge. Those quotes can be found in our upcoming releases section.

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