Since its inception, the podcast U Talkin’ U2 to Me? has had one mission: Get the band on the show. Hosts Scott Aukerman and Adam Scott ask for Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. to join them on nearly every episode. They finally succeeded.
A new episode of the tribute podcast arrived Thursday that featured over an hour with the band in New York City’s Electric Lady Studios. The Irish rockers were well prepared for the podcast, equipped with references that only someone who’s check out a handful of episodes would gather. (At one point, Bono intimates he knows what Aukerman had for lunch the prior day: He was right.)
Bono gave an update on his arm and his inability to play guitar after his New York bike accident. “I might have surgery that can get it back,” he says. “At the moment, I seem to have some other mechanical obstacles — not just nerves — to being able to bend my last two fingers on my left hand. … We’ll find out in like six months.” The Edge adds, “We’re very much hoping it’ll just be a matter of time.”
Near the interview’s conclusion, Bono called five years between albums — the length between each of the last three records — “inexcusable.” “The only thing that’s worse than it is a shite album,” he says.
“We have momentum. Right now, our band has never been this — the band actually have been this good. To be honest, I haven’t been this good as a singer. I know that,” he concedes. “If I still have my voice at the end of this tour, we can make our best album. And that’s what we got to do.”
The band teased that the follow-up to last year’s Songs of Innocence, Songs of Experience, is likely due in 2016. They then played, off air, four unheard songs that earned nothing but effusive praise. “[Bono] played us four whole songs while air-drumming, singing right into our ears,” Aukerman says.
Listen to the full podcast over at Earwolf and learn Bono’s theory about the Beatles, the band’s favorite songs to play live, and why the singer drew Aukerman and Scott a picture of a penis. Seriously: It’s below.