U2 bassist Adam Clayton recently delivered some good news for U2 fans who are eagerly awaiting a follow up to the band’s 2009 album No Line On The Horizon. Clayton, who appeared on the Irish radio station 98 FM’s Dermot and Dave show, had the following to say about the status of U2’s current recording sessions: “We are still at it. We hope to have it finished very, very soon. And it will be out, oh . . . sometime early next year," said Clayton. "But it's a very exciting bunch of songs right at the moment . . . it's just about to be finished, so it's hard to know which way they'll go."

Adam went on to talk about the number of songs that would make it on to the final product, as well as what type of sound the band is aiming for: "I think it's a bit of a return to U2 of old, but with the maturity, if you like, of the U2 of the last 10 years. It's a combination of those two things and it's a really interesting hybrid," said the bassist. "We're in the studio. We're trying to get these 12 songs absolutely right and get them finished by the end of November, and then we can kind of enjoy Christmas."

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