Are U2 on the run with no album on the horizon?
The way we listen to music has changed drastically since U2's last album in 2009
I could see that Bono was a little hurt. His bewilderment was almost childlike. I almost felt bad. It's five years ago and we are sitting in the bowels of the Nou Camp stadium in Barcelona where U2 are about to begin touring their last album No Line on the Horizon and we have touched on the prevailing notion that maybe Get On Your Boots wasn't a great lead-off single for the album. We are talking about the view that maybe the second single, the more ecstatic, chiming , classically U2 Magnificent would have been a better first taster for the album.
It's clear that Bono was stung by the criticism of Get On Your Boots and the fact that it didn't top the charts worldwide. It's clear, too, he has thought about it a lot, both as an artist and a businessman. The businessman tells me the territories where it did do well and the artist asks me in that almost childlike fashion why people wouldn't like this little love song about a man and his wife and a war starting.
But they didn't. And it must have seemed like a bad omen for No Line On the Horizon. Despite being hailed initially as a welcome return to a more experimental, more European U2, the album did not do well, selling "only" five million copies – which is not enough for U2.