Internet-savvy U2 fans got an advance peek at How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb as the album was leaked over the weekend. The new CD was slated for release on November 23, but some impatient fanatics were able to illegally download the album from various P2P services. Although this is bad news for the band, this will have a positive side for fans that are eagerly waiting for Bono’s latest batch of tunes. In an interview earlier this year with NME, he said that if the album leaked early they would most likely move up the release date. Bono said: “If it is on the Internet this week, we will release it immediately as a legal download on iTunes, and get hard copies into the shops by the end of the month. It would be a real pity. It would screw up years of work and months of planning, not to mention fucking up our holidays. But once it's out, it's out."
There has been no official word from the U2 camp about the album leak or any change in release information. The band has been very fortunate that the album has only recently been leaked, as a copy of the record disappeared from a photo shoot in France earlier this year. So cheer up Bono, your holidays will still be filled with yuletide cheer and wallet-fattening record sales.