U2 Ten reasons to exist is the working title for the new album?

BONO shook off a bout of Christmas man flu this weekend to tell the Sunday World his dearest wish for 2013 is a United Ireland – football team! U2′s frontman has been struck low for most of the festive season, but he was in talkative form when I caught up with him.

The rock star spoke exclusively to me for the Sunday World and for my show on Dublin’s New Sunshine 106.8 in his only interview during his Christmas break home, to tell me why 2012 was his best year yet. In joyous form, Bono shared details of his family Christmas, U2′s next album and joked how his wish for 2013 was that Enda Kenny and Peter Robinson would get it together to make an “all Ireland football team, so they could start winning some silverware”.

Joined by his childhood mate Guggi, the boys spoke about their enduring friendship of 50 years, how they creatively inspire each other, and why they were still very proud to come from Ballymun in Dublin and would never forget their roots.

Bono was a battling a winter bug all Christmas and missed his family pilgrimage to the Leopardstown Races on Stephen’s Day this year.

Speaking in the Sunshine studio, Bono said: “It’s the first time I’ve been sick in three years, but I’ll be dammed if I’m going to let it beat me. I’ve loved being home – I’ve had the best Christmas, possibly ever.” ”

Actually, I’ve possibly had the best year personally because I’ve spent most of it with my family.

“I decided to take the family on tour as a little thank you to the kids for being so patient with me. Because I wasn’t busy with U2, we kind of went wandering. It was once-in-a-lifetime sort of stuff, places like Africa and Central America.We went to Jordan and Palestine, Israel and Peru. It was really great.

“U2 have been back in the studio up until Christmas and they’re really in fine fettle. They’re mad for it at the moment and they really want to make a new record. And they don’t care if it takes 10 years, they just want to get it right.

“Within the band we’ve been calling it 10 Reasons to Exist – but I will tell you we might have at least six of them.”  (full story here)

P.s. Of course, Bono was joking

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