U2 to retire

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 20 March 2009


U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr. says the group's time as one of the world's biggest bands is running out and wants the Irish rockers to go out on a high

U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr. wants the group to retire while they are on top.

Larry believes their days are numbered and wants the band - which also consists of Bono, The Edge and Adam Clayton - to split while they are still successful.

He said: "There will be a time when it's like, 'It's time to go.' I would like that to be on a high when you're still achieving as opposed to the curve down. That'll be sad for me. I think it'll be a more dignified time to go."

However, the 47-year-old musician says if the group decides to part ways, he wouldn't rule out a reunion.

He said: "We might come back in five years' time and may do something together for old times' sake because we know we'll want to. That'll be a beautiful end to a long beautiful career. It can't go on for ever. It just can't."

Despite considering retirement, the Irish rockers recently announced plans for a mammoth world tour.

They will visit 14 European cities on the first leg of their '360 Degrees' run of shows, beginning at Barcelona's Nou Camp stadium on June 30.

The concerts - which features four UK dates, including a show at London's Wembley stadium on August 14 - will feature an "innovative" 360 degree set design allowing all of the audience an unobstructed view of the band.


The legendary Irish rock group – comprised of Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr – perform a number of shows as part of the eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour.

Manchester Arena

Fri 19 Oct

£35–£190 / 0844 847 8000

Sat 20 Oct

£35–£190 / 0844 847 8000

The O2 Arena, London SE10

Tue 23 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 856 0202

Wed 24 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 856 0202

The SSE Arena, Belfast

Sat 27 Oct

£38–£185 / 028 9073 9074

Sun 28 Oct

£38–£185 / 028 9073 9074

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