By all recent comments we’ve seen from Bono and others, it looks like the new U2 album will not appear until 2014. With the band setting records for their longest time between releases, and given their ever-increasing ages, it begs the question I keep asking. Is this the end?
Let’s face it. Relevance is something that seems to matter a great deal to Bono if not the entire band. The world in which U2 matters is shrinking. By the end of a probable 3 year tour schedule to follow, we have four men passing their mid-50’s.
Go out on top is a philosophy that I would think appeals to the band. A hopeful album of the year Grammy. A more flexible, more fun tour where they can play and be creative. A final concert in Dublin at the end to announce their demise.
I know some of you think that, like the Stones, U2 should go on forever. I have made no bones about wanting them to show some class and walk away in some sort of prime. Bono has his philanthropy. Larry has his burgeoning acting career. Adam has a new marriage. Edge is well, Edge. Maybe he will work with other bands or grow Music Rising or whatever. The point is they all have other things which contributes to the gaps between records. Maybe they’re putting a ribbon on their magnificent career.
I for one, would love them to do it this way.
Flame away fans!! Tell me why I’m wrong…