U2 has had the same four-piece line-up since 1976, but according to drummer Larry Mullen Jr., that could change in 2023. In a new interview with Washington PostMullen said he probably wouldn’t join the band on the road if they decided to tour next year, since he needed surgery from years of performing.
“Don’t do this unless you have the best time,” Mullen said. “And not everyone is going to make it because the price is too high. So I think the challenge is more generosity. More openness to the process. I’m independent and I value my independence. I don’t sing from the same song sheet. I don’t pray to the same version of God. So everyone It has its limits. And you only do this if it’s a great time to have, you know?”
However, Mullen’s statement sounds more like a pragmatic pause than a threat to quit U2. In a Twitter thread written after the file Mail The profile was published, and journalist Jeff Edgers addressed concerns about Mullen’s health by sharing other quotes the drummer said in their interview.
“I have a lot of falling bits, elbows, knees, neck, and so during Covid, when we weren’t playing, I got a chance to look at some of that stuff,” Mullen said. “So there is some damage along the way.” However, the drummer said he missed the performance for the crowd, and Edgers reiterated that the drummer never said he would retire or leave U2 entirely.
“So I like to take some time off, which I will do to heal myself,” Mullen said. “And I really enjoy playing and I enjoy the process of playing and being in the company of creative people. I enjoy that. I don’t care if it’s big or small. It’s kind of like a sprout looking for water.”
Read U2’s full Washington Post The story is here, and see Edger’s thread on Mullen’s comments about wandering below. The band has just accepted the Kennedy Center Honors, and if Bono has his way, he’ll record his next “loud, relentless, preposterous guitar album.”
I was told (well, by Chris, the fan) that there was turmoil in the U2 community over what Larry said on our profile. As a fan of many, I understand. It seems fair to share a few more details. https://t.co/qT2Fs0dfC0
– Geoff Edgers (@geoffedgers) November 29, 2022