U2 guitarist The Edge says the band have 50 songs ready to go for new album

Irish four-piece also hint they may tour sooner rather than later

U2 guitarist The Edge has revealed that the band have more than 50 songs for their next album.

The Irish four-piece have been working on the follow-up to their 2014 LP ‘Songs Of Innocence’ over the last year.

He told Rolling Stone: “Including a lot of my really rough demos – I’m not suggesting they’re finished, by any means – there’s actually 50 pieces of music that I’ve put time into. Some of them have not been arranged or performed by the band, but there’s 50 ideas, and probably about 20 that we’re actually really excited about. So we’ve got some ways to narrow it down, but we’re in good shape.”

Despite the guitarist confirming the band have a lot of material for the record, tentatively titled ‘Songs Of Experience’, he said it’s some way off being completed. “It’s really hard to say at this point when it will be done. We’re definitely still in the weeds here. We’re not booking the pressing plant, so to speak, just yet.”

He previously revealed that it sounds like the band’s 1993 album ‘Zooropa’.

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But he did say that the band may be touring again in the not too distant future.

“We had such a great time playing recently,” he says. “The way the show came together, we were really happy with it. Also, it seemed, for us, to suggest that there were ways to develop this particular tour using similar production. So we’re tossing some ideas around. I think if we go out again, there’ll definitely be some changes. It won’t be the same show.”

“So many new things came out of that tour,” he added. “There were so many new moments, live moments, for us. It’s very hard for a band that’s toured as many years as we have to conjure up something that’s totally fresh and different and stand alongside moments from previous tours that are considered ‘classic live concerts.’ But I think this tour really, in many ways, kind of superseded and surpassed the U2 shows of the past. We’re really excited about that and curious to see if we can take it up another level.”
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