U2 took time off from recording their upcoming album to release ‘Ordinary Love’
U2 recently released a new song, “Ordinary Love,” for the film “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” and as it turns out, doing the song may have delayed the band’s recording for their much-anticipated, upcoming album. Speaking with Billboard, U2 guitarist The Edge said he and the gents were working on their new album when Harvey Weinstein called them on behalf of the Mandela film’s director and producer and made a special request for the guys to record a song for the movie’s soundtrack.
“When we got the call from Harvey to say, ‘It’s happening, are you in?,’ it was like, ‘Oh man, really? Now?’ But we just had to do it, with the history that we have with the man and the cause,” The Edge said.
“It was hard to stop what we were doing,” added drummer Larry Mullen Jr. “We were on a roll — it was clear where we were going. And a decision was made to abandon ship, more or less, to focus on this.”
“Ordinary Love” is up for an Oscar this year, and the band will perform the tune March 2 on the Academy Awards telecast. U2’s upcoming album is expected to arrive sometime this summer.
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