Not to say I told you so, but...
Then probably doing some European/US arena dates sometime in spring 2018 to conclude the tour. There is a lot of Europe/US they haven't yet touched with the I&E tour so they are due to play some more dates there.
There's also this: Willie (their stage designer) was recently interviewed by Rolling Stone and mentioned that the continuation of I&E will be 2 years after the last legs (I think this was a slip up on his part--he wasn't supposed to let that cat out of the bag). The last show was played in Paris in Dec 2015. That would mean I&E is resuming sometime around Dec 2017/Jan 2018......
While it is true that U2 have had many albums near completion that were either completely reworked or never released, this feels like a different situation because of the public declaration on Christmas that it would be out in 2017 and because nothing since then has suggested it won't come out this year. And who's to say the guys aren't currently working on the finishing touches to the album? They haven't begun rehearsing for TJT tour and could easily squeeze in another month in the studio before that if they so choose. They could even record/rework stuff for the new album WHILE on tour. Many artists/bands do this with a lot of success. U2 could very easily have the album totally done by August and be able to relax for a couple months before promoting it/touring it.
Last week I posted this in response to several posts "doubting" that U2 would release SoE this year. It seems like what I posted is what they are doing--rehearsing TJT tour and doing another few weeks-month in the studio in March to complete SoE, then resuming the I&E tour in the spring of 2018. No, I have no friends or contacts in the "know" (I wish!), it was just pretty obvious to me. They have publicly declared that the new album will come out in 2017 while also simultaneously saying that they want to make changes to it. Ergo, they need to finish re-recording before TJT starts or they'll play double duty recording/touring. I can't see them wanting to do both touring and recording at the same time, so recording the new album in March makes perfect sense. Then they've got all of April to fully rehearse the tour.
I'm really excited about this news, but also skeptical. We have heard this talk before about albums being nearly done...and then it doesn't come out when they say it'll be out. Basically, until it's on the shelves or randomly put on my iPhone, I'm not going to completely trust any release date thrown around.
I really liked what Adam said about wanting to get the songs right. It makes me very optimistic that this album will be good--maybe even really good. And the news about the continuation of the I&E tour in spring 2018 is even better. I didn't get to see it the first time around, so I'm very excited to get a chance to see it in 2018. Especially after getting to see them twice on TJT tour.
Best Thing needs more tuba.
Anyways, Lillywhite's an improvement on Tedder, right?
Lillywhite has worked on some great music but he's also at least partially responsible for some real duds (including NLOTH, October, The Killers Battle Born, among others). This could either be really good or not so good.