U2 Unsure About Their Future?

After recently completing the highest-grossing tour and working on a deluxe reissue on Achtung Baby, it seems that U2 aren't sure where they are headed next.

U2 Unsure About Their Future?
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After recently completing the highest-grossing tour of all time and working on a deluxe reissue on 1991's Achtung Baby, it seems that U2 aren't sure where they are headed next. In an interview with Rolling Stone, frontman Bono talked about questioning the band's relevance. "I'm not so sure the future hasn't dried up," said Bono, who revealed he's been taking heat from his bandmates for such talk. "The band are like, Will you shut up about being irrelevant?'" Although the singer said he'd be content with ending U2 in 2011 ("We'd be very pleased to end on No Line on the Horizon"), he also doubted that the band would actually stop. Bono said that working on the deluxe Achtung project has helped light the band's way to a possible future. "Ironically, being forced to look back at this period reminds me of how we might re-emerge for the next phase," Bono said. "And that doesn't mean that you have to wear some mad welder's goggles or dress up in women's clothing. Reinvention is much deeper than that." Thanks for the report to Bryan Wawzenek, Gibson.com.

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    Pagan_Poetry
    "Im not so sure the future hasnt dried up," said Bono, who revealed hes been taking heat from his bandmates for such talk. "The band are like, Will you shut up about being irrelevant?"
    Yes! Even his own band wants him to shut up!
    Sladey
    KerNeL_KLuTcH wrote: Sladey wrote: Every day I get hopeful that the headline news on UG will be "U2 finally call it a day". Except weekends. No news on weekends. go eat a bag of dicks
    Uhh, I'm entitled to an opinion. Grow up.
    come2gether
    One of the 4 greatest bands ever when you think about fanbase, changing their sound, album sales, singles performance, and overall impact. (Beatles #1, Rolling stones #2, Led Zeppelin #3..) People don't like Bono because he is political and tries to do things to help the world. What kind of world are we living in where you're treated worse for caring then you are for not caring? just sayin
    ledzep426
    slaptasticdave wrote: I would really hate to lose U2 and REM in the same year
    And the White Stripes (remember way back in february? felt like so long ago)
    Sladey
    Every day I get hopeful that the headline news on UG will be "U2 finally call it a day". Except weekends. No news on weekends.
    Koethe
    Second Rate wrote: come2gether wrote: OPeople don't like Bono because he is political and tries to do things to help the world. What kind of world are we living in where you're treated worse for caring then you are for not caring? just sayin People don't like Bono because like all anti-economic growth celebrity activist, he is a raging hypocrite. Al Gore, George Clooney, Bob Geldoff, Ed Begley Jr., hell... any and all so-called "celebrity activists" make money off of the alleged non-profit and "altruistic" causes they pursue. What it amounts to is people like Bono are not interested in helping the world, they want to switch over to a collectivist system of doing things to lock themselves at the top as rich elites and prevent the rest of us from ever reaching those heights. Don't think for a second that guys like Bono don't make lots and lots and lots of money off of the policies that they lobby governments and supranational authorities for. You are a clueless fool if think they don't.
    Do they make money from it? Yes. Do they act sometimes like elitist sh*ts? Yes. Do they still help other people? Yes. To assume that because he makes money off what he does, he does not care, is silly. Especially when his band is making how much on the highest grossing tour of all time? I don't think he needs to trick people in to giving him more money with help starving African schemes or something..
    chilis-fan
    It's always easier to sit back and criticise than make an effort yourself... The good that comes from people such as Bono and Bob Geldoff's charity efforts is far greater than any profit they themselves might recieve. They've: a) Made it big in the music industry b) Actually made a positive impact on the world I would imagine that that's more than anyone that just bagged on them can say they've ever done.
    come2gether
    whatever. this always happens, people saying bono just makes money and doesn't care. You can make a lot of money still and not have to care like he DOES. I probably would hate him if he made shitty music his whole career and thought he still had enough reach to do something and make money, but he hasn't. U2 have been the biggest band in the world since 1987. No one, not Nirvana, Oasis, Coldplay, Radiohead, anyone has even come close except for maybe a year or two. but that have always come out on top. To go on the alltime bestselling tour ever over the past few years after releasing an album that wasn't amazingly well-recieved, (but it was very underrated) is incredible. Glad to see people still know what great music is, whether they released it a year ago or 30 years ago.
    Second Rate
    come2gether wrote: OPeople don't like Bono because he is political and tries to do things to help the world. What kind of world are we living in where you're treated worse for caring then you are for not caring? just sayin
    People don't like Bono because like all anti-economic growth celebrity activist, he is a raging hypocrite. Al Gore, George Clooney, Bob Geldoff, Ed Begley Jr., hell... any and all so-called "celebrity activists" make money off of the alleged non-profit and "altruistic" causes they pursue. What it amounts to is people like Bono are not interested in helping the world, they want to switch over to a collectivist system of doing things to lock themselves at the top as rich elites and prevent the rest of us from ever reaching those heights. Don't think for a second that guys like Bono don't make lots and lots and lots of money off of the policies that they lobby governments and supranational authorities for. You are a clueless fool if think they don't.
    limpidgreen345
    Second Rate wrote: come2gether wrote: OPeople don't like Bono because he is political and tries to do things to help the world. What kind of world are we living in where you're treated worse for caring then you are for not caring? just sayin People don't like Bono because like all anti-economic growth celebrity activist, he is a raging hypocrite. Al Gore, George Clooney, Bob Geldoff, Ed Begley Jr., hell... any and all so-called "celebrity activists" make money off of the alleged non-profit and "altruistic" causes they pursue. What it amounts to is people like Bono are not interested in helping the world, they want to switch over to a collectivist system of doing things to lock themselves at the top as rich elites and prevent the rest of us from ever reaching those heights. Don't think for a second that guys like Bono don't make lots and lots and lots of money off of the policies that they lobby governments and supranational authorities for. You are a clueless fool if think they don't.
    When people say they think U2 is overrated, what happens... all the fanboys throw starving kids at you. You don't hate children, do you? Greedy capitalist motherf*kers contribute more to society by noon on New Year's Day than self-aggrandizing entertainers will all year.
    Reisgar42
    slaptasticdave wrote: I would really hate to lose U2 and REM in the same year
    I don't know if I could take it.
    AcdcTXfan
    come2gether wrote: One of the 4 greatest bands ever when you think about fanbase, changing their sound, album sales, singles performance, and overall impact. (Beatles #1, Rolling stones #2, Led Zeppelin #3..) People don't like Bono because he is political and tries to do things to help the world. What kind of world are we living in where you're treated worse for caring then you are for not caring? just sayin
    Yes thank you! And I guarantee all the haters have done nothing to help the world.
    Most_Triumphant
    I don't see why everyone hates on U2. They make music if you like it great, if you don't well then grow up and get over it.
    RP75
    Here's a suggestion regarding your career, end it, I'm sure the world will continue to turn without Bono guiding us!
    bearsfan092
    Bono's politics aside, there's no getting around the fact that he's influential, and as somewhat of a U2 fan, I guess I'm sort of sad to see that we might be coming up on the end of the road. *salute*
    Rod-Zombie
    If they retire. They retire standing on the top. As R.E.M. did. And that's a good thing.
    flyvox
    U2 is a great band. Bono is one of the greatest singer-songwriters around. Like it or not, they are BIG. DEAL WITH IT AND STOP WHINING!
    Caustic
    U2 unsure about their future? The rest of us are unsure about their past.
    BigMikeBDD
    *fingers crossed* "Please just go away, please just go away, please just go away!!! I promise I'll stop making fun of you."
    Winter_Madness6
    i think all the haters should come out of their caves and so a bit of research on the 360 tour, and possibly even watch some of the recorded shows. biggest grossing tour of all time anyone?! =D
    G&L18
    U2 hasn't made a good album since Achtung Baby, IMO. A few songs off ATYCLB were ok, but that's it. Bono's voice went to shit, and so did the band
    ne14t
    And not two sharts were given...a good thing cant last for ever.
    herenseti
    I do not like U2, that means i don't like their music. and as to the person who said that they were in the top 4 bands of all time. I would contend that by saying IMHO #1 Beatles #2 Pink Floyd #3 Velvet Underground #=5 Rolling Stones/ Led Zeppelin. I know this is probably a matter of debate, but that order to me is uncontentious. U2 never grew out of the 70s. They never really innovated, they just churned out catchy pop tune after catchy pop tune. They weren't bad , they were just uninteresting.
    AltRockAddict
    It's not worth fighting about. He who has ears let him hear. Not everyone can understand and appreciate U2s music. U2 are set apart, so haters, having nothing better to do, will always be on the attack. Doesn't really matter
    b_flo
    The above comments are also for those hating other "successful" bands too. It's when the bands treat their fans like sh*t, or some auto-tuned, track/lip-synced laced overnight sensation, there's an exception.
    swave75
    I used to love U2. But they need to be like R.E.M. and retire. They have not done anything good since Achtung! Baby.
    stndrdprcdre
    Second Rate wrote: come2gether wrote: OPeople don't like Bono because he is political and tries to do things to help the world. What kind of world are we living in where you're treated worse for caring then you are for not caring? just sayin People don't like Bono because like all anti-economic growth celebrity activist, he is a raging hypocrite. Al Gore, George Clooney, Bob Geldoff, Ed Begley Jr., hell... any and all so-called "celebrity activists" make money off of the alleged non-profit and "altruistic" causes they pursue. What it amounts to is people like Bono are not interested in helping the world, they want to switch over to a collectivist system of doing things to lock themselves at the top as rich elites and prevent the rest of us from ever reaching those heights. Don't think for a second that guys like Bono don't make lots and lots and lots of money off of the policies that they lobby governments and supranational authorities for. You are a clueless fool if think they don't.
    Plus 1 ****ing million!
    Evan42881
    Second Rate wrote: come2gether wrote: OPeople don't like Bono because he is political and tries to do things to help the world. What kind of world are we living in where you're treated worse for caring then you are for not caring? just sayin People don't like Bono because like all anti-economic growth celebrity activist, he is a raging hypocrite. Al Gore, George Clooney, Bob Geldoff, Ed Begley Jr., hell... any and all so-called "celebrity activists" make money off of the alleged non-profit and "altruistic" causes they pursue. What it amounts to is people like Bono are not interested in helping the world, they want to switch over to a collectivist system of doing things to lock themselves at the top as rich elites and prevent the rest of us from ever reaching those heights. Don't think for a second that guys like Bono don't make lots and lots and lots of money off of the policies that they lobby governments and supranational authorities for. You are a clueless fool if think they don't.
    Yes thankyou!
    b_flo
    I guess all the haters don't like making money on what they like doing...no wonder they're not in a successful band/artist. Maybe too scared to give up that corporate job security to pursue their dreams of being a successful band. Those who say U2 play it safe, should look at themselves in the mirror, and see if they're living their dream...in a cubicle.