Writer’s block casts doubt over new U2 album

It is looking like the long awaited U2 comeback album may be delayed after lead singer Bono is said to be struggling with writer’s block.

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Reports earlier in the year had suggested that the Irish rock legends would be releasing their first album in five years during the summer.

The band have already enjoyed success this year with their hit song Ordinary Love, written for the Mandela biopic, winning a Golden Globe award and receiving an Oscar nomination for ‘Best Original song’.

They had hoped to follow it up with their new album and a huge tour.

However, according to the New York Daily News, the frontman has had trouble writing songs for the new album.

The American newspaper quotes two insiders ‘close to the band’. The first one says: “There’s no new music, it’s easy to release a song, but not an album.”

The second was even more straight to the point adding: It’s as simple as this — the album isn’t done.”

Meanwhile, Billboard magazine have also waded in stating: “That magic that the band always seems to capture … they have yet to capture it.”

However, the band are at pains to make it clear that the delay is not a result of any disharmony between the members.

They say that the majority of the album is written, they are just having creative problems adding the finishing touches to the music.

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Michael Kehoe

Michael Kehoe is a writer for Irish Music Daily and Ireland Calling. His favourite Irish Music bands are Flogging Molly and the Dropkick Murphys.

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