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Some interesting new information is emerging about U2's upcoming studio album, courtesy of the band's longtime producer, Daniel Lanois, and via Globe and Mail music reporter Brad Wheeler. In a series of Twitter messages, the journalist has been revealing some details Lanois recently shared with him about the project.
Wheeler says that Lanois, who isn't overseeing U2′s next album, tells him that Bono recently visited at his home in Los Angeles and treated him to a preview of some of the new tracks. According to Brad, Lanois says the album "sounds 'amazing' and 'big,' with some Achtung Baby adventurism."
As for his feelings about not working on the record himself, Lanois tells Wheeler he didn't mind, noting, "I don't know if I'd survive the experiment."
Behind the board for this U2 album is Gnarls Barkley/Broken Bells member Danger Mouse. Lanois tells Wheeler he thinks working on the project will "be a character-building experiment for him."
Lanois also reports that Bono's voice is sounding strong and beautiful on the new material, adding, "He makes me jealous. Those barrel-chested Irish tenors."
In addition, Lanois reveals to the writer that a couple of the songs are updated versions of tracks on which he initially collaborated. The new album will be a follow-up to the band's 2009 release, No Line on the Horizon.
In other U2-related news, Bono and guitarist The Edge were on hand Wednesday for the 1,000th performance of the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, for which they wrote the score. As fan-filmed video shows, the rockers hit the stage at New York City's Foxwoods Theatre during the curtain call and took turns talking to the cast members and the audience. You can check out a series of photos from the event at BroadwayWorld.com.
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