Larry Mullen’s Future With U2 Might Be In Jeopardy

U2 was set up in the kitchen of Larry Mullen’s home in Artane. Mullen has been with them ever since, and more than 45 years of drumming, intense concert schedules, and travels have caused Mullen to have some physical problems. In his last conversation with the Washington Post, he stated that he may need some time to recover and that if U2 does a tour in 2023, he may not participate due to his physical status.

“I really enjoy playing, and I enjoy the process of playing and being in the company of creative people,” said the drummer before explaining that he has missed interacting with the audience, no matter how big or small the crowd is. “I don’t care if that’s big or small; I really miss the audiences. I miss that interaction even though I’m sitting behind a drum kit.”

The U2 icon continued by explaining why he hesitates to tour the coming year. He said, “My body is not what it used to be physically. Like next year, I won’t be performing live… I don’t know what the band’s plan is. There’s talk of all kinds of things.”

Mullen has been a part of more than 26 tours during his time with U2 and has given more than 2000 live performances. The 61-year-old drummer looks a bit tired of the journey to which he has literally devoted his life. The rocker told the Washington Post that he had never checked in with himself until U2 stopped playing because of COVID-19, but when he went to the doctor, he saw some problems with his elbows, knees, and neck.

He also added that he needs some time to recover and would take that time himself. The drummer’s passion for U2 was apparent throughout the conversation. Mullen doesn’t appear to have said anything about his departure from U2 but just shared he’ll need some time to recover. However, how this break will end still makes U2 fans wonder.