It was a busy weekend for U2 news.
First frontman Bono confirmed to the Irish Times that the group will release its next album, Songs of Experience, during 2016, though he didn't specify a released date or method -- although given the criticism that greeted 2014's Songs of Innocence when the group released it for free via iTunes, we have a feeling they won't necessarily try that again.
…Then, U2's concert Sunday (September 20) in Stockholm was evacuated and canceled after authorities received what they felt was a credible "security threat" to the venue. The decision was made prior to the show; fans already inside the Globe Arena were asked to leave, while those still outside were denied admission due to what they were told was a "ticket problem."
There were reports of bomb threat, but Swedish media later reported that police had been tipped a gunman was inside the venue planning to shoot a member of the audience. The show was rescheduled for Tuesday (September 22).
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.