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Bono Chats New U2 LP; Tom Petty Billed for Superbowl Halftime Show

Plus news on Pete Doherty and Amy Winehouse, and the Silversun Pickups.

U2 are currently “beginning the processes” towards the follow up to 2004’s How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb in the south of France, and Bono, speaking to UK’s The Independent,feels the new record’s influences and subsequent sound may catchlongtime fans a little off guard. “We did some recording in Moroccolast year. All the band went to an amazing religious music festival inFez with some incredible sufi singers,” the rocker cum humanitariansaid. “It was a real humbling thing for a punk rock shouter, listeningto these people who just close their eyes for 40 minutes and sing themost sophisticated melodies.”

Further commenting on theexperience, Bono said: “We got this little riad, a small hotel with acourtyard in the middle and set up the band there, with a square of skyover our head. The two great catalysts of U2’s recording life,[producers] Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, joined us. We’drecord during the day and then disappear into windy streets of themedina at night. It was an inspiring experience and a drummer’sparadise.”

But don’t fret, fans of 1997’s Pop, for theforthcoming LP isn’t all world music, and may even heat up the dancefloor. “Normally when you play a U2 tune, it clears the dance floor,”Bono claimed. “And that may not be true of this [new material]. There’ssome trance influences. But there’s some very hardcore guitar comingout of the Edge. Real molten metal. It’s not like anythingwe’ve ever done before, and we don’t think it sounds like anythinganyone else has done either.” [Via NME.com]

Tom Petty Billed for Superbowl Halftime Show

Thoughchances are slim he’ll cover a Foo Fighters track or rock out in thepurple rain as phallic undertones accompany his wicked solos a la Prince’s 2007 show, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will perform during the much-coveted Superbowl halftime show in 2008, Billboard.com reports.The game, slated to hit the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale,Arizona Feb. 3, attracts unprecedented ratings as some 140 millionAmericans tuned in last year.

Pete Doherty Names Amy Winehouse Collaboration

England’s favorite tabloid stars, Pete Doherty, disheveled frontman of post-punk outfit Babyshambles, and Amy Winehouse, the perpetually addled Back to Blacksongbird, have joined forces, and the product oddly isn’t a 12-day drugbinge — it’s a song! Enjoying her time off the road, Winehouse teamedup with Doherty in his countryside home, and the result could be quitegushy. “We were working on something last night actually,” Doherty toldNME.com.”It’s called ‘You Hurt the Ones You Love.'” Though no further detailsregarding the collaboration have yet been revealed, the tune, with atitle like that, is certainly a familiar topic for both of these souredlovebirds.

Tamborello Remixes Silversun Pickups on EP

Remixes are all the rage these days. From Beck to Bloc Party to NIN, musicians and DJs are lending their tunes to their pals’ creative vision. And now, Los Angeles-based alt-rockers Silversun Pickups join the ranks with Remixes, an aptly titled six-tune EP featuring interpretations from the likes of Postal Service and Dntel blipmaster Jimmy Tamborello. According to Filter magazine’s website, the set will drop in the U.S. Dec. 11 via iTunes, and will feature mixes of two tunes from the band’s breakout debut Carnavas courtesy of the One AM Radio, Jason Bentley, Brian LeBarton, and greyarea.

Remixes tracklisting:

1. “Lazy Eye” – Jimmy Tamborello
2. “Little Lovers So Polite” – greyarea
3. “Lazy Eye” – Jason Bentley
4. “Lazy Eye” – Brian Lebarton
5. “Little Lovers So Polite” – One AM Radio
6. “Lazy Eye” – Jimmy Tamborello

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