And he's a big admirer of a certain Chris Martin...

U2 have revealed details about their ‘aggressive’ follow-up to 2000’s ‘ALL THAT YOU CAN’T LEAVE BEHIND’, born out of guitarist THE EDGE’s anger at BONO’s involvement with world politics.

The singer also said that the new album is nearly completed and that the band will take the record out on tour in 2004.

Bono said: “It’s filled with big tunes and it’s driven by a guitar player who is sick of the sight of me shaking hands with dodgy politicians. The anger is unbelievable.”

He added: “The Edge is the most gifted guitar player of his generation – that’s obvious. He’s driving it and he’s going, ‘This is enough. If I see one more photo of you with a dodgy politician I’m going to throw up.'”

The frontman also revealed the motivation for releasing another U2 album, saying: “We’re nearly finished – we’re in the home straight. There’s only one reason for U2 to put an album out right now – it has to be a monster, a dragon, and this is.”

“We’re going to be touring again next year and I can’t wait,” he added. “It’s a hard thing to explain but, next to being with my friends and family, the place I feel most comfortable in my life is on stage in front of 20,000 of my closest friends, or 150,000.”

Speaking to The Sun, Bono also spoke about his involvement in world politics, and his admiration for Coldplay‘s Chris Martin. He said: “As regards shaking politicians’ hands, shaking the tree or, in fact, climbing the tree and pulling the f**king apples off with my bare hands if I have to, that’s also me.

“But it’s me doing a job I shouldn’t have to – I feel somebody else should. Chris Martin from Coldplay is very good at that,” he said. “He’s a fan of U2 but he’s taken on the Fair Trade thing. He’s an extraordinary singer and talent. I’m not handing on the baton but I’m giving him another one and he can run very fast and I believe in him.”