February 3, 2014 20:37

Bono: 'U2 are on the verge of irrelevance'

The frontman discussed the band’s new album with Zane Lowe tonight (February 3)

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Bono has claimed U2 are "on the verge of irrelavance".

Speaking to BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe, he discussed the band's new album after the group released new song 'Invisible' as a free download yesterday (February 2).

Asked whether it was difficult to stay relevant, Bono responded: "We're on the verge of irrelevance. You have to make stuff relevant to you and where you're at, make an honest account of what you're going through. If that's relevant to other people, great. But we don't know."

The frontman also spoke about the inspiration behind the group's as-yet-untitled 13th studio album, saying: "We went back to why we wanted to be in a band in the first place. We were listening to the Ramones and Kraftwerk – you can hear both on 'Invisible'. It opened up a whole valve for me writing, it was like a damburst of sorts."

Bono confirmed that the new record is still being worked on and would be finished in two months. Talking about the band's return to the stage, he expressed a desire to "play indoors".

He said: "We love those big outdoors shows – we've had some of the best nights of our lives [playing those]. For this album, we're going to start indoors. We'd like to play the O2 [arena]. Sometimes it's nice to play intimate things like that."

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