NEWS — 09 January 2014

By Madeline O’Connor

Bono has said U2’s best years are ahead, as his band prepares to release a new album in April

“I’m humbled that in our little post-punk combo from the northside of Dublin, to think that maybe our best work might be to come, even if the odds are against us,” he said speaking at the Palm Springs Film Festival in California.

“There’s no one, no band, who has done their best work, who has been around for 30 years. That’s not true for filmmakers, that’s not true of a novelist, that’s not true of a poet, so why should that be true of a rock ‘n’ roll band?”

The new album, which rumour has it will be called Ten Reasons to Exist, is said to go back to the Dublin band’s roots with influences said to be Talking Heads and The Ramones.

Bono also said at the festival that song-writing was like therapy for him.

“Performing for me comes on like a twitch, really. I have no choice. The song-writing piece is different. It comes out in two ways: despair and attempt to put things right that have been wrong, or joy, just ebullience, you know, it’s just overflowing.”

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