As I had previously predicted in my post U2 Back In The Studio For The Last Time, it does appear U2 are headed for a 2013 release and assumed tour to follow.
Check out the following article from gigwise:
Of course there is nothing on any official U2 site saying this. I truly hate that U2.com is the LAST place to get U2 news.
Assuming that is all true, the question becomes whether for U2 this is beginning of the end or the end of yet another beginning. There is no doubt that any tour will be a massive sellout. The question is whether this release and the associated production will have any real meaning.
The endless blatherings from Bono on ‘dance’ tracks or ‘club’ hits always gets me worried. I trust they will keep their souls here. New blood and new ideas are always welcome. The question is whether the DNA gets destroyed in the process. I thought it was a huge error trying to go old-school with Rick Rubin. I have t wonder if Danger Mouse is going to be a plus. I hope so. Time will tell. You can start holding your breath. I am here breathing deeply with nary an expectation on when!