Bono wants U2 to release a “loud, uncompromising, unreasonable guitar album” ahead of “Songs Of Ascent”.
The U2 frontman has revealed that the next record – which the band have been teasing since 2009 – is on hold as they want to release an AC/DC-style rock record first.
He said: “We all make mistakes. The progressive rock virus creeps in and we needed a vaccine. The discipline of our songwriting, what made U2 – leading melody, clear thoughts – had disappeared.
“With the band, I was like, that’s not what we do, and we can only do this experimental stuff if we have the songwriting chops. So we went to the school of songwriting, and we’re back and we’re good! Finished those two albums, ‘Songs Of Innocence and Experience’, our songwriting is back. Now we have to put the firepower of rock ‘n’ roll back on.
“I don’t know who’s gonna do our fucking rock ‘n’ roll album. You almost want an AC/DC, you want Mutt Lange. The approach. The discipline. The discipline of songwriting. is what we want.”
But Bono thinks U2’s time for hits might be over, so he’s keen to create a “f***-off-to-the-pop-charts rock ‘n’ roll song”.
He added to The New York Times newspaper: “I would have loved to have had a pop song on the radio. We’ve probably come a long way on that.
“So right now, I want to write the most ruthless, hateful, provocative, f***-to-the-pop-charts rock ‘n’ roll song we’ve ever done.
“I talked to Edge about it this week. He goes, ‘Is it that call again?’ “What call?” ‘The one that says we’re gonna write the big f***-off rock song?’
“And I’m like, ‘Yeah, that’s our job! We can make famous songs now, but I don’t think U2 can make hits out of them.”