One member of the quartet is absent from U2's Las Vegas performance

  • 13-February-2023

Due to the injury of drummer Larry Mullen Jr., U2 will not perform for the first time since 2019 when they return to the concert stage later this year.

In a commercial that aired on Sunday during the Super Bowl, the band said that it would play a series of shows this fall to open the new MSG Sphere venue in Las Vegas, giving hints about its return to the biggest stage.

The band's 1991 album "Achtung Baby" will be the focus of the concerts.

In a statement released on Sunday, members of the band Bono, the Edge, and Adam Clayton stated, "We need to get back on stage and see the faces of our fans again."

Although it is highly unlikely that a show will be developed for only one city, no additional dates outside of Las Vegas were announced. The band toured the world in support of its album "Joshua Tree" in 2017 and 2019.

It is possible that Mullen founded the band; To respond to an advertisement he had placed on a high school bulletin board looking for musicians, the four members met in his Dublin kitchen. Although U2 would not discuss specific health issues, a November report in The Washington Post stated that the drummer needed surgery for neck and elbow issues.

According to Bono's book "Surrender," the band has only performed without all four members twice before: when Clayton missed a concert in Australia in 1993 due to health reasons and when Mullen broke his foot in a motorcycle accident in 1978.

Bram van den Berg, a drummer from the Netherlands, will take Mullen's place in Las Vegas.

The album "Songs of Surrender," which will be out next month, will feature re-recorded and re-imagined versions of forty songs from U2's catalog.

The Edge said that the cutting-edge sound and video system being built for the MSG Sphere impressed him. He stated, "We all gave it some thought and decided we'd be mad not to accept the invitation."

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