Originally posted by LikeASong:50 years anniversary? Oh god, no, not U2.
Originally posted by RattleandHum1988:I don't see it. You can really look at U2 as they are now (as in all four members) and think "these guys will still be going at it 10 years from now)? I can't. Frankly, I'm surprised they're still touring now. I suppose one could argue (and I'm sure they would) that this is what keeps them young and alive, rather than the opposite, but still. Too many things have been happening to them (namely Bono) over the past few years, and I feel like there's going to be a point when they realize they're not young men anymore and they want to see their kids grow old.
I'm being pessimistic, of course I'd love to see U2 go on and I think they could, but I have to be ready for when they announce they won't. It helps that I really love SoE and could definitely see them looking at it and thinking "this is a fine one to end on". Obviously many other fans don't feel that way, but there'll never be one final album that'll unify all of us, no way. The themes of this album, the fact that it's closing up an "era", etc. In fact, the "50th anniversary tour" hypothetical that you're picturing (you know, being a celebration of their career) is pretty much how I see the JT 30th tour. They celebrated the album that probably the majority of U2 fans (including the casual fans) would point to as being their most seminal work, and I think that was part of a grander farewell as well.
I hope I'm wrong.