Sunday 23 November 2014

Another Beautiful Day for U2 fans?

Published 23/08/2014 | 09:06

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U2 have been filming a new music video

U2 COULD be giving fans a Beautiful Day soon with news that they may be releasing new material this winter.

The famous four spent this month filming a new music video in Nice amid speculation that work on their eagerly-awaited album is almost completed.

And one source said they may also film one of their videos in Dublin shortly in a real treat for their Irish fans.

They previously used the roof of the Clarence hotel to film Beautiful Day for Top of the Pops in 2000 and used Fitzwilliam Square for Sweetest Thing.

"There has been talk of them going back to their roots and filming something in the capital for the new album as they love to use Dublin as a backdrop for their music," a music insider said.

In what has been the longest gap between new releases, the stars were spotted filming in the famous Riviera studio in the south of France.

While they were in Nice, a ring of steel was erected around the entire area to ensure no leaked footage emerged, with dozens of trucks seen bringing equipment into the studio.

DELAYED

It's a favourite venue for the Dublin band. They used it in 2004 for a photoshoot for their album at the time, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb.

And they were clearly taking no chances when it came to keeping their project top-secret this time around.

A rough copy of the album was subsequently stolen from the studio and leaked in November 2004, a few days before the official release date.

The band's last release was in 2009, No Line on the Horizon, which didn't perform as well as expected.

It's understood they had delayed the new album, which will be their 13th studio collection, so they would have more time to work with Adele's producer, Paul Epworth.

The band has also recorded with producers Danger Mouse, Will.i.am, David Guetta, RedOne, Epworth and Ryan Tedder.

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