February 13, 2014 12:56

The Edge on U2's future: 'We don't want to ever be a heritage act'

Guitarist says the band will "go kicking and screaming" into old age

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U2 guitarist The Edge has said the band will "go kicking and screaming" into becoming a heritage act.

The Irish band are expected to release their new album later this year and are busy recording the record in a "dank basement", according to frontman Bono. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, The Edge discussed the future of the band and maintains that they want to remain as relevant today as they ever have.

"We don't want to ever be a heritage act," The Edge said. "It might happen, but we'll go kicking and screaming into that mode. We feel the place for us to be is part of the conversation of contemporary culture and music and film and everything else, and we don't see the reason why we can't, because it's been possible for various artists in different forms. Frank Lloyd Wright, to the day he died, was designing the most incredible things – we want to be part of that rather than grow old gracefully."

Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that U2 will perform at this year's Academy Awards. The band are nominated alongside Karen O and Arcade Fire in the category of Best Original Song at this year's ceremony, which takes place on March 2.

Billboard reports U2 will play 'Ordinary Love' from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom during the Academy Awards. Earlier this year 'Ordinary Love' won the Golden Globe for original song in January.

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