How messed up is the world now that Donald Trump won the election? So messed up that U2 can’t even put out a damn album!
After Trump’s win over Hillary Clinton in November, U2 decided to put the plans for their new album, “Songs of Experience,” on ice so they could make some changes. The Edge, the guitarist for the band, told Rolling Stone that the album was “pretty much complete,” but that “suddenly the world changed” after the election.
“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,'” he said. “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.”
“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.”
U2 is not known to shy away from political statements. Some of their most famous songs have incredibly political messages, and they have never hidden from that. In 2011, band leader Bono was labeled one of the most politically effective celebrities of all time.
Bono also spoke out against Trump back in September, calling him “potentially the worst idea that ever happened to America,” and saying he had “hijacked the party” and that he is “trying to hijack the idea of America.” It is safe to assume the album will be reworked to reflect his comments, although it’s not completely clear how that will be done.