The 22-time Grammy-winning rock band U2, formed in Dublin and fronted by Bono, needs a safe space.
U2 says it needs to rethink its new album and a future in which Donald Trump is president of the United States. So it’s delaying the release of its new album because of the election results.
David Evans, the U2 guitarist known as “The Edge,” said in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine that the band had planned on completing and releasing its latest work, “Songs of Experience” — until “the world changed” when Trump won the presidency on Nov. 8. So the band is going to “regroup.”
“We just went, ‘Hold on a second, we’ve got to give ourselves a moment to think about this record and about how it relates to what’s going on in the world,'” Evans said.
Considering Bono has called Trump “potentially the worst to ever happen to America” in an interview with Charlie Rose — it’s not likely this reassessment is going to be a positive thing.
Evans said the album was recorded in the early half of 2016, but now the band is considering recording new songs related to the election. He said the band needs “breathing space for creativity.”
Plenty of people took to Twitter to mock the band’s announcement. “Credit where it is due. If Trump has delayed the release of the new U2 album he cannot be all bad,” tweeted one person.
Another user tweeted, “Just seen that U2 have delayed their new album cause of Trump. Is there anything that man can’t do? Hero.”
And this from another tweeter: “Apparently U2 is refusing to release a new album because of Trump. Regardless of how you feel about him, I feel this is a win for everyone.”
Evans went on in the Rolling Stone interview to discuss the band’s fifth album, “The Joshua Tree,” which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and is the primary focus of a just-announced tour. The album was first released during the years Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher held office.
“It feels like we’re right back there in a way. I don’t think any of our work has ever come full circle to that extent,” Evans said. “It just felt like, ‘Wow, these songs have a new meaning and a new resonance today that they didn’t have three years ago, four years ago.'”
It appears Evans thinks comparing a Trump era to the Reagan era is an insult. To supporters, that’s more likely music to their ears.