U2: 'Our new album is very personal'

By HT

New Delhi, Sept. 13 -- Irish rock band, U2's frontman, Bono, is on cloud nine after the release of the band's new album, Songs of Innocence, five years after the last studio album, No Line On The Horizon.

The 54-year-old singer has expressed his joy by writing an open letter to the band's global fan-base. The letter begins with greetings to all his fans in different languages. "Hello, bonjour, ciao, hola, ola, namaste, Remember us?

Pleased to announce myself, Edge, Adam and Larry have finally given birth to our new baby: Songs of Innocence. It's been a while," Bono writes. The 11 track album is U2's 13th studio album, in a span of 34 years and was released for free on iTunes. And even though it cannot be nominated for the upcoming Grammy Awards, what makes Bono excited is that the album can reach a wider audience.

"Part of the DNA of this band has always been the desire to get our music to as many people as possible. That is so exciting. People who haven't heard our music, or weren't remotely interested, might play us for the first time because we're in their library. Country fans, hiphop afficionados from east Los Angeles (US), electro poppers from Seoul (South Korea), bhangra fans from New Delhi (India), Highlifers in Accra (Ghana) ... might just be tempted to check us out, even if it's just for a moment," he writes.

Bono then thanks the technology, because of which, he says, the album will reach nearly half a billion people in the world. "What a mind blowing, head scratching, 21st century situation. Over 500 million people ... that's a billion ears. And for the people out there who have no interest in checking us out, look at it this way ... the blood, sweat and tears of some Irish guys are in your junk mail."

As he concludes the letter, Bono tells his fans to wait for their next album, Songs of Experience. He then ends, first by apologising and then decides to cancel the apology. "I hope after listening to our new long player a few times, you'll understand why it took so long. Apologies if that gets excruciating ... actually, I take that back. No apologies if it gets excruciating. What's the point in being in U2 if you can't go there? 'There is no end to Love.'"