Hall of Fame nominees still Rocking

The Associated Press (2004-09-15)

NEW YORK — Though U2 is among the nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Irish rock band is still going strong.

“How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb” will be released on Nov. 23, Interscope Records announced Tuesday.

Recorded in Dublin, Ireland, and the south of France, the album is the band’s first since 2000’s “All That You Can’t Leave Behind.” Steve Lillywhite, who produced U2’s first tress albums, returns as one of the producers, which bolsters reports that the new disc is a return to the band’s rock roots.

The first single, a track called “Vertigo,” hits radio waves Sept. 24.

Whether politics will be present on “Atomic Bomb” is unclear, but lead singer Bono has for years been very involved in various causes, including AIDS in Africa.

In July, an unfinished copy of the CD disappeared while band members were posing for the album cover in a studio outside Nice, France.

U2 was nominated for introduction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Monday, along with Buddy Guy, Randy Newman and others. Musicians, industry professionals and journalists vote, and results of the 20th annual election will likely be announced in December. Artists are eligible to be inducted into the Rock Hall after at least 25 years have passed since their first record was released.

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