It looks like their hiatus will be much shorter than they originally thought. The U2 frontman recently said that he doesn’t think the band can survive in the long term if they don’t put out successful singles.
Although this last decade has been great for the Irish rock band in terms of touring, the same can’t be said for successful albums and singles.
2009’s No Line on the Horizon received great critical review. However, “Get On Your Boots” was the highest-charting single on the album and it failed to make the Top 10.
Bono in an interview with The Sun newspaper, “We’ve been on the verge of irrelevance for the last 20 years. But this moment, now, for me, feels like really close to the edge of relevance. We can be successful and we can play the big music and the big places.”
He’s definitely right about that. The 360° Tour that wrapped up this summer was the highest grossing tour in history.
His concerns about U2’s future were magnified when he made them public to Rolling Stone magazine. He said he “wasn’t sure the future hasn’t dried up” for the band.
We’ll all just have to wait and see what their next move is.