U2 to release new album in early 2011

U2 fans were understandably disappointed when the band rescheduled their 2010 tour dates after Bono sustained a back injury. But it turns out the postponement may have been a blessing in disguise: U2’s manager confirmed on Monday that the group will release a new album in early 2011, which means the rescheduled shows may contain some new songs.

The band’s manager, Paul McGuinness, spoke to The Irish Times about the probable release, saying the disc has been tentatively titled Songs of Ascent. “I would expect a new U2 album sooner than anybody thinks,” he said. “I would guess early 2011 before the next leg of the American tour which starts in May.”

McGuinness also noted that the group has debuted several tracks from the album during their current European tour, including songs called “Mercy,” “Every Breaking Wave” and “Boys Fall From the Sky.” U2 will embark on the new dates of their US tour on May 21, 2011 at Invesco Field in Denver, CO—and it sounds like they may do so with a new album in hand.


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