by Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
With its monster-selling Vertigo tour complete, U2 is ready to reinvent itself, frontman Bono said during a BBC Radio interview earlier this week. “Our band has certainly reached the end of where we’ve been at for the last couple of albums,” he said. “I want to see what else we can do with it, take it to the next level; I think that’s what we’ve got to do.”
Asked by interviewer Jo Whalley if that might mean a move away from rock’n’roll, Bono replied, “We’re gonna continue to be a band, but maybe the rock will have to go; maybe the rock has to get a lot harder. But whatever it is, it’s not gonna stay where it is.”
He went on to reveal he’d like U2 to explore compositions featuring just voice and acoustic guitar. “I would like to do a couple of tunes in that direction, with just a lot of space around the voice,” he said. “I’d like to strip things down; that’s something I’d be very interested in at the moment.”
U2 is expected to get busy in the studio after the New Year, with an eye on releasing a new album before the end of 2007. Bono said casual fans were the target for the recently released compilation “U218 Singles,” which also includes two new songs.