U2 Talks Oscars, New Manager and Where They’re Headed: ‘We Don’t Want to Be a Heritage Act’

And the new album “won’t be ready till it’s ready,” Bono says. “We know we have to spend a couple of years taking these songs around the world, so they’d better be good”

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Just after Finnegan’s pub opens at noon on a blustery, rainy, intermittently sunny winter day in Dalkey, a seaside suburb south of Dublin, Bono slides in the door and settles into a corner booth with his back to the wall and a wide-angle view of the establishment, like a wary gunfighter who wants to see what’s coming. In a hoarse whisper, he orders tea and a plate of smoked salmon. His unimmaculate red-tinged quiff and tired eyes seem to be telling me this is a man who recently rolled out of bed.

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