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Loved Songs of Experience. Such an amazing album! Easily their best album since All That You Can't Leave Behind (or Atomic Bomb depending on your preference). The end of Experience has a real finality to it. Which leads me to this question: Will we get Songs of Ascent? Has everyone noticed how quiet Bono is about it? He's not talking about anything but Experience, now I understand that's the new album and that's what he is hyping at the moment. Could the rest of the band be telling him to ease up on the trilogy's end? Could Experience be that end? Is Bono's health a reason they may not deliver Ascent as soon as we'd hope? There's a lot to consider. So my question to the awesome U2niverse: Will we get Songs of Ascent? And why do you think the way that you think? Thanks guys! I hope you're all well!
Disclaimer: I believe U2 is greatest band in the world. I haven't seen or heard a better band in my lifetime and I don't think I ever will. Also, I'm a paying fan club member and own almost everything they've ever released. If I don't have a physical copy of it, I'm sure I have it digitally. I believe U2 will release one more album after Experience and call it day. I'm thinking it's just a matter of time, I think they know they have nothing more to prove. Quite frankly, I hope they do what R.E.M. did. Put out one last amazing album and then call it a day. Everybody shakes hands and goes home. I also don't believe that the band can keep up the current touring pace at their age. A U2 tour lasts anywhere from 2 to 3 years. In my opinion, the I+E tour has never actually stopped. I would go so far as to say that The Joshua Tree 2017 tour was part of it. I would also argue that the stadium shows that were done were supposed to be I+E shows. Do I want them to retire? Selfishly, yes! There is a quality U2 possesses that no other band possesses, that goes for The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Zeppelin, Pearl Jam, Oasis, Nirvana, and anyone else you want to add. That quality is nobility. Their music is noble and when it's played or heard, it reaches out for the very best of everyone of us. That just doesn't exist anymore. I don't want this band to go the way of the Stones. I love the Stones, but those guys look a little ridiculous these days. I just don't want to see Bono and The Edge trying to run around the stage at the age of 70. I'd be afraid it'd cheapen their music somehow, and knowing how the general public hates a sell out, it would look as though they have gone that route. Finally, Bono keeps referring to this "brush with his own mortality" recently, which I don't know if you've been keeping score at home, that makes three times recently that Bono has almost met a fatal end. If it was bad then, then that has to have some effect on his body, and I'm not a fan of the idea of Bono collapsing and dying on stage. Some of you will wholeheartedly disagree with me and I welcome that. I'd love to hear another perspective. Thanks for taking a second to read this crazy ramble. I hope you're all well in the U2niverse!