U2 have been talking their new album, and dropping hints that the tour should kick off in 2017 along the way.
The last album the band released was Songs of Innocence in 2014 as well as an album exclusive to iTunes.
“It’s not finished yet, but you will like it,” Bono said to the reporters responsible to the 2013 book U2 En Espana by Xavier Balart as reported by Billboard. “In terms of lyrics it is strong than [U2’s 1983 album] War; it has more clarity.”
The frontman also made clear when the second half of the Songs of Innocence World Tour will continue, saying, “The second part of the tour is for 2017 … You might see a few things in September or October though.”
This past June, U2 guitarist the Edge had said to Billboard that they were shooting for a 2016 release, “We are still busting our a** to try to get it out this year. This is the working assumption. This is our ambition. It could change, but we’re really doing our best to get it out this year.”
Based on all the information available, it is thought that the Songs of Experience album may still be set for release in 2016, but a 2017 release is more probable.
The Innocence + Experience Tour ended on Dec. 7 in Paris. This past June the band also unleashed the Innocence + Experience Live in Paris show on both DVD, digital download and Blu-ray.
In other U2 news, the band is slated to headline iHeartRadio Music Festival in 2016, along with Britney Spears, Pitbull, Ariana Grande and Drake. The festival will be hosted at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada from Sept. 23 to 24.
Entertainment Weekly reported that it will be hosted by Ryan Seacrest.
Other headliners include Sam Hunt, Twenty One Pilots, Florida Georgia Line, OneRepublic, Cage the Elephant, Sia, Zedd and Usher.