U2 Says “Songs of Innocence” First in a Trilogy of Albums

Image Courtesy of Interscope RecordsIt took a while for U2 to finish off their latest album, Songs of Innocence, but it doesn't seem like we'll have to wait as long for a follow-up

Bono tells Rolling Stone in a new cover story that the band has planned a follow-up to Songs of Innocence, entitled Songs of Experience, which he hopes will be released in the next 18 months.

"We're hoping Songs of Experience will be less about intimacy," adds bassist Adam Clayton. "And more about a celebration of sorts."

In addition, Bono says that Songs of Ascent, which was originally announced in 2009 as a follow up to No Line on the Horizon, will also be released, forming a trilogy of sorts with Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience.

"Songs of Ascent will come," he says. "And there are some beautiful songs."

Elsewhere in the interview, Bono reveals that although the band used various producers for the final version of Songs of Innocence, including Danger Mouse, there is a version of Songs of Innocence that was fully produced by Danger Mouse, who is a member of Broken Bells and has worked with The Black Keys.  He also admits that he once had an argument with the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs that included the words "go f**k yourself."  

"I had a tantrum, like a child," Bono says, adding that he ultimately reconciled with Jobs before Jobs' death.

You can read the entire interview in the October 24 issue of Rolling Stone.

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