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U2's Edge Says New Album Could Arrive By Next Summer

A U2 album of all-new material could arrive by next summer, according to the band’s guitarist, the Edge.

Speaking with Ireland’s Hot Press magazine, the guitar player, whose real name is Dave Evans, said the group plans to have a new album completed and in stores by mid-2003. He told the Dublin-based magazine that the band is on a roll in the studio, and likened the new recordings’ sound to U2’s early days, with “simple, stripped-down arrangements.”

The band’s sessions at Hanover Quay studios have already resulted in two new songs, “Electrical Storm” and “The Hands That Built America,” both of which will appear on U2: Best Of 1990-2000, due November 5 on Interscope Records.

Other tracks from the recent U2 sessions include “Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own,” “Original Of The Species,” and a song called “All Because Of You,” which Hot Press says singer Bono described in two words: “The Who!”

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