U2 HAVE been working on a new music, The Edge has revealed.
The guitarist told Ciara’s Pink Sparkle Podcast he is “extremely thankful” that he has been able to lockdown at home in Dalkey.
He’s been putting the time to good use too by working on new music.
“I feel like one of the really fortunate ones,” he told host Ciara Lawrence.
“I’m extremely thankful for the fact that I'm not a person who has to go to work in the public and expose themselves potentially to the virus.
“I’ve been able to lock down and be at home. And the home I have is a very nice home, so thank you to all the U2 fans that have supported our band over the years.”
He added: “I’ve basically been doing what I normally would do during this cycle of U2, which is to work on new music and generate new ideas, a lot of exciting things.
“It's been very challenging on levels, social levels and family members and friends that have been going through some difficult times.
“But on a personal level, I feel like I'm experiencing a little bit of survivors' guilt almost because it's been relatively painless for me I have to be honest.”
The 59-year-old, who is the cousin of the podcast’s host, Ciara Lawrence, also reflected on the “remarkable” longevity of U2 and the doors being in the band has opened.
Asked to name the best thing about being in U2 now, The Edge replied: “The obvious thing is we're still together.
“Because it's been 40 years plus of four men working together in an extremely close and interconnected way. So that's pretty remarkable.
“Doesn't mean it's always easy, and we just finished five years of touring together, so we've all been enjoying a little bit of a break to pursue our own personal projects and just recharge our own batteries so then we come back together we're fully enthusiastic about the idea of working with U2. So that's great.”
He continued: “I think the way that being in a very successful group opens doors for other projects. I'm thinking a lot to do with the advocacy work that Bono does and we all do.
“It means it is possible to get a meeting with a president or prime minister. And if you have something to say, if you've got a project that you really are passionate about, that's an incredible privilege, and I hope we've used that privilege well over the years. We've certainly tried to. So those are the obvious things.”
The Edge added: “I think one of the things that's great about our band is having started in Ireland, which is a fairly small community, having kind of conquer the world but then retained our connection with Ireland I think that's also kind of important and maybe unique.
"That's powerful and it's something we're very proud of"