U2 to quit touring?

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 30 September 2018
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U2 frontman Bono

Bono has admitted he doesn't know if there will be another U2 tour once their current run of shows comes to an end

Bono "doesn't know" if U2 will tour again.

The 'One' hitmakers are currently on the road on their 'Experience and Innocent' concert series - which started in May and ends in November - and the 58-year-old singer admitted performing live night after night isn't as easy as it used to be, especially in the wake of his much-publicised mystery brush with death two years ago.

He said: "I can't do as much as I used to. On previous tours I could meet a hundred lawmakers in between shows and now I know I can't do that.

"This tour is particularly demanding.

"Whether you have a face-off with your own mortality or somebody close to you does, you are going to get to a point in your life where you ask questions about where you're going."

Asked if that means there won't be another tour, he told the Sunday Times magazine: "I don't know. I don't take anything for granted."

And drummer Larry Mullen - who requires an hour of physio an hour before and an hour after each concert to cope with the physical demands - suggested there is at least a "really long" break on the cards for the band, though doesn't think they'll quit music for good.

He said: "We'll finish this and then there will be time to decide what we want to do next. I'd like to take a really long holiday...

"I assume there'll be another album. I don't know that anybody needs another U2 record or tour anytime soon.

"People could do with taking a break from us and vice versa."

Guitarist The Edge is worried about his friend and frontman's health.

He said: "These days, we try to save his voice. He has a good range. His top note would be a B these days, but he has hit C, which is what a top tenor would hit, and is very, very high. An opera singer would hit that maybe once a night...

"He has a very ambivalent attitude to his physical self. He doesn't naturally take responsibility for his physical wellbeing. Which is fine in your twenties, but you get to a certain point ... It is a difficult shift for him. If you spend too much time thinking you are old and past it, you probably can't do it any more."

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