Though they have been working on a new album of songs they supposedly love, recently came off the most successful rock tour in history, and are celebrating the twentieth anniversary of one of their boldest accomplishments, 1991′s Achtung Baby, U2 could be packing it in.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Bono spoke frankly about the band’s relevance and whether or not this seems like the end. “The band are like, ‘Will you shut up about being irrelevant?’” Bono told the magazine. “We’d be very pleased to end on No Line on the Horizon. We have so many [new] songs, some of our best. But I’m putting some time aside to just go and get lost in the music. I want to take my young boys and my wife and just disappear with my iPod Nano and some books and an acoustic guitar.”
Of course, Bono hedges a bit, adding “I doubt that” when asked about how realistic an instantaneous retirement would be. The Edge puts the odds at about 50/50 (“It’s quite likely you might hear from us next year, but it’s equally possible that you won’t,” he said), though as anybody who watched Davis Guggenheim’s documentary From the Sky Down knows, if U2 can survive the upheaval the led to Achtung Baby, then they probably have enough gas in the tank for another new album.
But for the sake of a reasonable argument on the Internet, let’s assume Bono wakes up tomorrow and decides to disappear to Thailand or something, taking the master tapes of whatever the band was working on and leaving no trace of music behind. READ FULL STORY