U2 front-man Bono last night declared that U2 are not sitting on their laurels after completing the most profitable tour in history last year but would have to pull out all the stops before releasing new material.

While being interviewed live on Irish television he stated “as a band there’s no sense of entitlement”.

The desire to continue creating music still burns strong in the band, referring to the other band members Bono declared "they’re amazing men . . . they really, really want it".

He went on to hint that U2 would have to bring out nothing less than a masterpiece in order to continue. Perhaps alluding to the mixed critical and commercial reaction to their their last studio release, 2009’s “ No Line on
the Horizon "Bono said that" I think they ( the other members of the group ) are very aware that U2 have to do something very special to have a reason to exist right now “.

However he also stated that the band is enjoying a very productive streak in the studio right now, "We’ve had the best three weeks in the studio since 1979".

Bono was being interviewed on the fiftieth anniversary edition of Ireland’s Late Late Show, the longest running chat show in the world, which also featured other luminaries of the Irish music scene such as Imelda May and Sinead O’Connor who sang her most famous hit “Nothing Compares to You” dressed as a priest.