And the bad news comes from, of all places, one of the veteran band’s main fan sites.
In a recent survey on the @U2 website, which is run by avid followers of the Dublin band, 22% said they felt it would be “okay,” “bad”, or “terrible.”
Around 33% figure it will be “good,” while only 45% expect it to be “terrific”.
Even hardcore fans have reportedly begun to lose patience with the fastidious four-piece because of the long delay in following up their last release — 2009’s No Line On The Horizon.
In the meantime, they have scrapped at least one full album of new material and the working title for this year’s promised release is 10 Reasons To Exist.
But considering that the @U2 site attracts mainly the band’s biggest fans, the positive numbers seem very low and indicate that fans expectations of the new material are not high.
The survey started last April, and more than 3,500 fans from around the world voted.
A couple of the band members have promised that the new album will be released before the end of this year, with a second album of new material following shortly afterwards.