According to the Emerald Isles Central Statistics Office, the average Irish male can expect to prowl around Planet Earth for about 76 years, 9 months, and 18 days.
Do you know what that means? It means that U2, as a band
, is totally middle aged. (Formed in 1976, the bombastic arena rock quartet turned 35 this year.) And as individuals
, the situation is even bleaker. Bonos already 51! Ditto Adam Bass Boy Clayton! Drummer Larry Mullen Jr. hits the big five-oh next Halloween! And the Edge isnt so edgy at 49!
Obviously, though, U2 aint dead yet. And if we do a few rough calculations, it wouldnt be wacko to expect Bono and crew to crap out another couple of semi-conscious decades, six more mediocre albums, and an equal number of never-ending, galaxy-spanning, multimillion-dollar megatours.
So yes, its too early for a post-mortem. But why not get started just for fun? Read Crossfade's ten glorious, strange, and shameful moments in the very long career of U2
Wed., June 29, 7 p.m., 2011