U2’s Bono said he wanted to release an AC/DC-inspired album in the near future.
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Talk to The New York TimesBono said the album would come before “Songs Of Ascent” – a new album the band has been teasing since 2009.
Bono told the publication that ‘Songs Of Ascent’ is almost done but on hold for now as the band wants to release “a loud, uncompromising, unreasonable guitar album“.
Reflecting on the songs the band had made over the past few years along with what they want to do in the future, Bono explained, “We all make mistakes. The progressive rock virus is creeping in, and we needed a vaccine. The discipline of our songwriting that made U2 – leading melody, clear thoughts – was gone.
“With the band, I was like, that’s not what we do, and we can only do this experimental stuff if we have the songwriting chops. So we went to the school of songwriting, and we’re back and we’re good! During these two albums, “Songs Of Innocence and Experience”, our songwriting has returned. Now we have to put back the firepower of rock ‘n’ roll back.
“I don’t know who’s going to do our fucking rock ‘n’ roll album. You almost want an AC/DC, you want Mutt Lange. The approach. Discipline. The discipline of songwriting. That’s what we want.
Bono also recently addressed the 2014 controversy where U2 arranged to have their ‘Songs Of Innocence’ album automatically downloaded to the devices of 500 million iTunes users.
The U2 singer took full responsibility for the marketing ploy, which caused significant backlash for users receiving a free copy of the band’s unsolicited 10th album.
In an excerpt from his new memoirs Surrender: 40 songs, one story Posted in The Guardianthe singer writes that “critics might accuse me of going too far” before admitting that “it is”.
Bono continued, “At first, I thought it was just an internet flurry. We were Santa Claus and we had dropped a few bricks on our way down the chimney with our bag of songs,” he wrote.
“But pretty quickly we realized we had stumbled upon a serious discussion about big tech accessing our lives. The part of me that will always be punk rock thought that was exactly what The Clash would do. Subversive. But subversive is hard to claim when you’re working with a company that’s poised to be the biggest on Earth.
“We had learned a lesson, but we had to be careful where we stepped for a while. It wasn’t just a banana peel. It was a land mine.
Elsewhere in his memoir, Bono talks about the alleged death threats he received.