Originally posted by u2wanderer1:[..]
The fact I mentioned the album name by its exact name six weeks before the book / book title was announced should say something about the reliability of the sources here. Bono has confirmed it is coming by name in October, and again when his book was published this month. The November 18 date for the album was given to me in Late February / early March. When I was told in September it was likely to be later I passed that along. I too was hoping for an earlier digital release and was told it was being looked at.
I’ve been publishing advance info for over 20 years now, first at U2Wanderer/U2Tours, and these days at U2Songs. It’s not that hard to look back on our record. There was a time when U2Wanderer announced all the single track lists for the ATYCLB singles. I brought up The Complete U2 before Apple did. We also revealed the Joshua Tree 30 dates and SoE dates before the announcement. There was the Australia tour in 2019 which I was told was “utterly ridiculous and will never happen”, we announced the release date for SOE four months before it was announced, and The Europa EP four months before there was an announcement. We published that Bono and The Edge would be doing promo on Howard Stern, and that the 2018 rehearsals would be in Quebec long before any of that was announced. Are we perfect? No we’ve gotten it wrong at times. Other times U2 have changed plans and things haven’t happened.
I get that it’s hard to put faith in it sometimes. I’m not revealing my sources. I can’t. But I know who they are, and how they are connected back to the band, and I also have to live with whatever I put down, so I try very hard to make sure I have multiple sources for anything I publish and that we don’t publish something that is fake. I don’t get anything back for publishing these. We make no money off the site. There’s no advertising. More traffic just means I pay more each month out of my own pocket.
The Songs of Surrender album is happening. It’s not going to be this year. But we don’t have much longer to wait for it. It will be out before the book I wrote about U2 will be published next year.