2020 was an off-year for U2, so The Edge says if there had to be a pandemic, being at home “is exactly what we’re supposed to be doing now.”

But, he tells Rolling Stone he’s putting the downtime to good use.

“I’m always working on ideas for U2 songs. I have a huge bag of ideas. Some of them are very developed. Some are sort of half-finished. We don’t have any plans right now, but right now I’m just enjoying writing just because it’s a great moment to get back to creative things when there’s not much else you can do.

“It’s like a blank canvas and I love this phase where you really don’t have to worry too much about where it’s going. You really just go with the imagination. So, lots of great ideas going around, but I’m not sure what it will become or when it might start to take on its own identity as an album.”

U2’s last album was 2017’s Songs of Experience. Next Friday they will release a 20th anniversary edition of 2000’s All That You Can’t Leave Behind.