The Edge says it's a rock'n'roll cracker, and that they will be touring to support its release...

U2 guitarist THE EDGE says work on the band’s new album is going “really well”, and the band will be touring to support it’s expected 2004 release.

The band are currently working on the follow-up to 2000’s ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind’ at their Dublin studio.

The Edge told XFM: “It’s going really well. And we’re writing some of the best songs we’ve ever written. It’s encouraging to get an award like this, it’s encouraging to kick even harder and make sure that the next batch of songs are as good as anything we’ve ever done.”

“It’s hard to describe it, other than its just a very raw rock n’ roll. A band in its primary colours of guitar, bass, drums, voice and a lot of vitality and energy… so far anyway. By the time it comes out it could be a country and western album.”

The star admits the record is likely to follow the back-to-basics approach of ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind’, The Edge also stated that U2 would hit the road again to support its’ release.

He adds: “For me the last record and tour was just a return to the basic sound of the electric guitar and how amazing that can sound. The simplicity of it. And this new record follows on from that, but even more extreme.

“We’ll probably spend the rest of the year finishing it and we’ll maybe have it out early next year. Will we tour the album? I’m sure we will.”