The Mighty Stef: A mighty good musician for U.S.

“Bono and I also have this Spider-Man (musical) project, which we're very happy about. So there are a lot of things on the stove, and they're all very exciting.

“The one thing is we'd love to follow this album up sooner rather than later -- I don't think we'll have over three years or whatever it was between the last two records. There will be a Spider-Man album, but whether it's us or the cast, that's the sort of thing we're not sure about. There are some amazing tunes.”

Wouldn’t we all want to be a fly on the wall for those conversations between the four musicians? If one reads between the tea leaves, it would seem that there is some debate as to whether Larry Mullen and Adam Clayton want to sign on board to have anything to do with Spider-Man, a project started by Bono and The Edge.

“If we're going to do another rock record, I want to do Spider-Man,” says Bono. “I just haven't talked Adam and Larry into that.”

The band appears to be set to revisit some of the songs on their expansive cutting room floor, which in the past they have released as B-sides and as parts of commemorative editions of their older albums. Being the intuitive and shrewd business people that they are, they seem keen to keep the momentum going on this tour.

“I definitely think we should do something good as soon as we possibly can, as opposed to quickly,” says Mullen. “I'm feeling that it's the unfinished songs from this record that we should be concentrating on.

“I think there's a part two of this record. That would be my instinct, would be to complete this. I think there is slower, meditative stuff on there, but I think there are other things as well, and I don't think it will end up being that kind of record. I think it will end up being a mixture of a few different things.”

After airing dozens of hits that have also become classic rock staples, U2 seem keen on not becoming a nostalgic act.

“I would like to think that we would have a song that would end up on the radio,” says Bono in the Rolling Stone piece. “We certainly don't want to go away for a few years.

“I would like to have one of our songs on the pop charts. It's my only disappointment (with No Line on the Horizon). People love, love the album it's had rave reviews, not just in the U.S., but all over the world. But I would like a few pop songs on it. I would like to come back with a new single in the spring.”

With all of these great opportunities and a record setting tour, is it any wonder that they named their album, “No Line on the Horizon?”

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