U2 delays album release after Trump win

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The band U2 is delaying the release of its new album in the aftermath of the unexpected victory of President-elect Donald Trump.

The band is reconsidering some aspects of “Songs of Experience,” a follow-up to its 2014 album, “Songs of Innocence.”

The band’s guitarist, The Edge, told Rolling Stone the album was “pretty much complete,” and then the election happened and “suddenly the world changed.”

“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,'” the guitarist said.

{mosads}”That’s because it was written mostly, I mean, 80 percent of it was started before 2016, but most of it was written in the early part of 2016, and now, as I think you’d agree, the world is a different place.”

He compared the election of Trump to a “pendulum” that “has suddenly just taken a huge swing in the other direction.”

He said the band realized it needed to put the album “on ice for a minute, just to really think about it one more time before putting it out, just to make sure that it really was what we wanted to say.”

“So we said look, ‘Look, let’s do both. We can really celebrate this album, which is really born again in this context, and we can also really get a chance to think about these songs and make sure they’re really what we want to put out,'” the guitarist said.

The band announced earlier this month its plans to do a tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its album “The Joshua Tree.”

The guitarist said the band is happy to take a moment to “regroup.”

“We may even write a couple of new songs because that’s the very position we’re in,” he said. “We’ve given ourselves a little bit of breathing space for creativity.”

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