By Philip Cosores
Oh, unlucky number 13. Superstitions around the number go back eons before U2‘s career, but that doesn’t mean the Irish rock band aren’t susceptible to the bad luck the number seems to hold in its back pocket.
However work on their 13th album had stalled previously sometime between when Danger Mouse was working with the band and Ryan Tedder and Paul Epworth came in to lend a hand. Suddenly, what was expected to be a 2014 release, well, wasn’t.
Through all the confusion, U2 has officially remained committed to releasing the LP this year, despite reports that he was not satisfied with the work. Now, thinking has again shifted, with the band feeling confident about their new material and going ahead with plans to put out their follow-up to 2009’s No Line on the Horizon this year.
“The U2 comeback is very much on for this year,” a source told UK’s tabloid The Sun. “This album has been a real struggle for them to make. It’s taken a long time and Bono didn’t find it easy. But they’re very confident now and are convinced the wait has been worth it.”
In other U2 rumors, NME reports the band also might be playing the iTunes Festival in London this September. This is all from the The Sun, so as with most unnamed sources and tabloids, do take this with a grain of salt.