U2 RETURN

Irish popsters return with 11-track statement of intent

U2‘s new album will be called ‘ALL THAT YOU CAN’T LEAVE BEHIND’ and will be released in late October through Island.

The 11-track follow-up to 1997’s ‘Pop’ album was produced by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois and will be preceded by a new single ‘Beautiful Day’ on October 9, which has also been reworked into a house tune by DJ Paul Oakenfold.

The single will feature two brand new U2 b-sides of ‘Summer Rain’ and ‘Always’, as well as live versions of ‘Discotheque’ and ‘If You Wear That Velvet Dress’. Both tracks were taken from ‘Pop’ and were recorded live in Mexico City.

U2 filmed the new video for ‘Beautiful Day’ at Charles De Gaulle airport in Paris last weekend.

A statement from U2 said that the band had travelled through the airport many times and had “always admired” its architecture.

Jonas Ackerlund, the man behind Madonna‘s ‘Music’ video, is directing the film.

Fans can see the video from September. Further details are expected to be delivered through the band’s official website, [url=]www.u2.com.

Speaking on the website, Bono described the new album as being about the “pure joy of playing in a band, with or without an audience”. He has also previously described the sound of the album as “very noisy, bursting with vitality and life-force”.