Bono claimed that U2 were breaking up “all the time”, saying he was “surprised” that Irish rockers “still exist”.
Since its formation in 1976, the band has never officially taken a break or disbanded, but their vocalist said in a new interview that it can sometimes be difficult to stick together.
Speaking on the SmartLess podcast, Bono said that he and the other band members — Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. – often quarrel and disagree before reconciling and continuing to work in the band.
“I’m amazed that we’re still alive,” Bono admitted, adding, “Being in a band is difficult. The older you get, the harder it gets, because when you grow up together, you’re used to taking pieces from each other.
“You’re as good as the arguments you get, but at a certain point, when people are doing well, the male likes to be the master of his domain, you know? That’s rude. And you can imagine why people say, “Oh, hell, I’m leaving here.”
He continued: “I really sincerely expect it, and the band is breaking up all the time. It’s true. Then we’re back together, and I’m grateful for that.”
This month, U2 announced a new collection of “reinterpreted and re-recorded” tracks called “Songs Of Surrender”.
The album will include 40 songs from their career, “reinterpreted and re-recorded”, and is due to be released on March 17, 2023.
Along with the announcement of the album, the band shared a new version of “Pride (In The Name Of Love)”.
The announcement was made after fans were sent letters from the guitarist of the band The Edge, in which he teased the new project.
In the letters, the musician told fans that most of U2‘s work “was written and recorded when we were a group of very young people” and that the songs have changed over the years so that “now they mean something completely different to us.”