U2 are tipped to finally release their much-delayed new album in November with a tiny London show also rumoured for September.
The follow-up to 2009's No Line On The Horizon will be the band's first release in five years and the thirteenth studio album of their career. The record had originally been scheduled for release last March.
Meanwhile, the four-piece are rumoured to debut their new material at one of the iTunes Festival gigs in September at the 3,000-capacity Roundhouse in Camden, North London.
The announcement of the album release follows a reportedly tough period for lead singer Bono, 54, who is believed to have suffered from writer's block throughout the production process.
A source told The Sun newspaper: "The U2 comeback is very much on for this year. This album has been a real struggle for them to make.
"It's taken a long time and Bono didn't find it easy.
"But they feel very confident now and are convinced the wait has been worth it."