Bono hopes to get better and better

U2 singer Bono believes his band can break a rock ‘n’ roll trend and become one of the few acts to produce the best material of their careers while in their mid-50s.

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Bono made his comments at the Palm Springs Film Festival in California. He said that while artists in other disciplines thrive as they get older, that is rarely the case for rock ‘n’ roll musicians.

He said: “There’s no one, no band, who has done their best work, who has been around for 30 years. That’s not true for filmmakers, that’s not true of a novelist, that’s not true of a poet, so why should that be true of a rock ‘n’ roll band?”

U2 fans will be hoping Bono is right as they look forward to the band’s new album which is set to be released later this year.

It will be a tall order for Bono and Co to outdo their previous work. The band has been going strong for nearly 40 years and is still one of the biggest in the world. They have had several hits in each of the last three decades and their greatest hits expanded across two volumes.

Bono also spoke about his song writing and performing processes. He said: “Performing for me comes on like a twitch, really. I have no choice. The song writing piece is different. It comes out in two ways: despair and attempt to put things right that have been wrong, or joy, just ebullience, you know, it’s just overflowing.”

Their new album will be their first since 2009’s critically acclaimed ‘No Line on the Horizon’.

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Michael Kehoe

Michael Kehoe is a writer for Irish Music Daily and Ireland Calling. His favourite Irish Music bands are Flogging Molly and the Dropkick Murphys.

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