Since releasing their surprise album, Songs of Innocence, as a freebie on iTunes in 2014, U2 have been busy working on a follow-up companion set, titled Songs of Experience. But don’t expect the record to drop any time soon, according to the Edge.
“It’s really hard to say at this point when it will be done,” the guitarist tells Rolling Stone. “We’re definitely still in the weeds here. We’re not booking the pressing plant, so to speak, just yet.”
Edge says the band—frontman Bono, drummer Larry Mullen Jr., and bassist Adam Clayton—have a lot of material to work with. “Including a lot of my really rough demos—I’m not suggesting they’re finished, by any means—there’s actually 50 pieces of music that I’ve put time into,” he says. “Some of them have not been arranged or performed by the band, but there’s 50 ideas, and probably about 20 that we’re actually really excited about. So we’ve got some ways to narrow it down, but we’re in good shape.”
Last year, Bono told EW about how the group was progressing with Experience. At the time, the frontman said they had around 18 tracks completed, which U2 would whittle down to around a dozen for the final release. “We’re well into it!” Bono said. “Edge just came up with a cracker the other day! It’s provisionally titled ‘Tightrope.'”
Edge recently announced plans to release a custom guitar and amplifier with Fender. And in a promotional clip for the product released last week, the guitarist shared a snippet of some of that new material, as Rolling Stone points out. Check out the footage here.
In more imminent news, Edge also told RS the group hopes to announce more live performances “fairly soon.” The group recently wrapped up their massive Innocence + Experience Tour in Paris last December.