It has been confirmed that a new U2 tour is to travel the world starting in March 2017. Meanwhile their new album “Songs of Experience" will be released, possibly in Dublin, as soon as September or October of this year, the Irish Times reports. The band apparently told the news to a Spanish website/fansite when they were in Spain last week at a close friend’s wedding, that of Dublin optician Reggie Manuel.
“Songs of Experience” will deal with the impact of fame on the group, which got its start in the 1970s. Their previous album, “Songs of Innocence,” covered their boyhoods.
The group became the biggest group in the world in 1987 with the release of "Joshua Tree."
The U2 tour will take in the US, South America, Australia, Asia and Europe with an outdoor Irish show tentatively set for 2018.
The band has confirmed two US gigs for this year: The iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas and another one in San Francisco in honor of the group's 40th anniversary on September 25.
It was on that date in 1976 the group first gathered in Larry Mullen’s kitchen in Artane to form a band.
Speaking last week Bono stated, “You might see a few things in September or October.”
The band released “Songs of Innocence” in September 2014 and began traveling the following March. There was significant controversy when the album was automatically downloaded into Apple customers' iTunes.
The 40th anniversary may involve the album being launched in their hometown of Dublin, the Irish Times says.