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Offline A_Fly_On_The_Wall

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It seems very obvious to everyone how huge U2's 360 Tour was. So my question is this... are U2 prolonging their new album because they are still reaping rewards from their previous tour?

360 finished at the end of July 2011, yet there are still new products coming out you can purchase from that Tour. "U22" was one example; something that U2 had never done before. Letting the fans choose their favourite 22 tracks played over the course of a Tour and then releasing it to members of their website.

Now we have "From The Ground Up". Yet another compilation of images and songs from U2's previous Tour.

Are U2, perhaps, milking this to the maximum to enusre a healthy profit before committing themselves to another album and subsequent Tour?


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Re: Are U2 Taking Their Time With Their New Album Because Of The 360 Tour?
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2012, 06:06:57 PM »
With the state of the music industry now, maybe U2 are turned off.

Perhaps the days of making albums are not worthwhile for them anymore.

We should be considered "lucky" that U2 have released albums at a sort of regular pace - although that has slowly diminished over the years.  Some bands - like the Rolling Stones, or The Eagles, or even Van Halen (14 years between albums?), don't release albums at a regular pace.  So it entirely possible that U2 may just decide to call it a day and release their next album many years down the line.

We should consider ourselves lucky and privileged.  Some fans in these forums seem impatient and "entitled" to have the next album out sooner than later.  Then they seem to get mad when Bono does his usual schtick of the random media soundbyte saying what they are currently recording is their best work yet and they can't wait to put it out, or they make fun of Bono's hyperbole.

To your point, U2 are surely reaping rewards from their previous tours but that is not a reason U2 are not releasing a new album yet.  U2 are also reaping awards through royalties and sales of their back catalog.  Their cashflow is always there and is not limited to 360. 

Recording an album involves costs/expenses (hiring producers, sound engineers) and we all know U2's are more costly than other bands - as they work with multiple producers, ditch them mid-project, then they record across multiple continents in different studios - and their process has no set plan -- they just jam until the music comes in which is know to drive their staff crazy and make it take forever to record albums.  With the state of the music industry now, perhaps they are studying if they can still profit or keep their legacy without cheapening their image.