Bono ended U2’s concert in Berlin on Tuesday night (Nov. 13) with some intriguing words about the band’s near future. “We’ve been on the road for quite some time, just going on 40 years, and this last four years have been really something special for us,” Bono told the crowd at the end of the show. “We’re going away now.”
Although U2 did not elaborate on Bono’s message, fans are wondering what the comment means for the future of the band after a flurry of activity over the past two years, including a 30th anniversary tour in support of The Joshua Tree, the Dec. 2017 release of Songs of Experience and the nearly five-month global Experience stadium tour . Bono expressed his touring fatigue in an October interview with The Times, calling the band’s current Innocence + Experience tour “particularly demanding.” “I can’t do as much as I used to,” Bono confessed.
Even the Berlin show, which concluded the Experience + Innocence tour, was the result of rescheduling after Bono cut short a show there earlier in the fall because he lost his voice.
U2 has not confirmed that they will either stop touring or making music. With the upcoming anniversaries of albums like 1980’s Boy, the band — who spent the majority of 2018 on the road — could just be taking a well-deserved break before heading on tour again. A spokesperson for the group had no additional comment at press time.
Check out Bono’s full statement shared by a U2 fan account.
Bono: “we’ve been on the road for quite some time, just going on 40 years, and this last 4 years have been really something very special for us. We’re going away now…” #U2eiTour
— U2gigs (@u2gigs) November 13, 2018