U2 reveal election of Donald Trump has delayed their new album Songs Of Experience
U2 have revealed that they will be delaying their new album Songs Of Experience after the election of Donald Trump.
The band had planned to release the new album, which would be a partner record of sorts to 2014's Songs Of Innocence, this year, but guitarist The Edge has said the band have now put that on hold.
He told Rolling Stone: "We came off the last tour, the Innocence and Experience indoor tour, we headed straight into finishing the second album of that set, Songs of Experience, which we were pretty much complete with after a couple of weeks of the final touches leading up to the end of the year. And then the election [happened] and suddenly the world changed."
He continued: ""We just went, "Hold on a second – we've got to give ourselves a moment to think about this record and about how it relates to what's going on in the world." That's because it was written mostly, I mean, 80 percent of it was started before 2016, but most of it was written in the early part of 2016, and now, as I think you'd agree, the world is a different place."
Then asked for more detail he added: "The Trump election. It's like a pendulum has suddenly just taken a huge swing in the other direction. It was kind of serendipitous, really, just the realization that we needed to put the album on ice for a minute just to really think about it one more time before putting it out, just to make sure that it really was what we wanted to say."
The guitarist then confirmed that they would not be scrapping the album, but simply taking stock with the possibility of writing new songs, adding: "We definitely want to take this opportunity to think about it, make sure it's really what we want to put out given the changes that have occurred in the world. And maybe a little will change, but we absolutely wanted to take that chance just to reconsider everything. And who knows? We may even write a couple of new songs because that's the very position we're in. We've given ourselves a little bit of breathing space for creativity."