U2 just concluded their “Experience + Innocence Tour” in Berlin this week and fans are speculating that it could be very well their last. According to the Twitter handle u2gigs, an account dedicated to chronicling the band’s tour, Bono was quoted announcing to the crowd in Berlin, "We've been on the road for quite some time, just going on 40 years, and this last for years have been really something very special for us. We're going away now."
Bono: "we've been on the road for quite some time, just going on 40 years, and this last 4 years have been really something very special for us. We're going away now..." #U2eiTour— U2gigs (@u2gigs) November 13, 2018
Though Bono’s cryptic message had fans getting worried, the person handling the Twitter account tried to doubt the “announcement” to keep fans from panicking. In a follow-up tweet, U2gigs said “Every tour I’ve covered, right back to Vertigo, every final gig is the same: mass panic that this is the last gig… Ten bucks says I’ll be covering another gig with you folks sometime down the track.” And though he mentioned that “this is the first time the mass panic has at least seemed plausible,” he still speculates that U2 would still plot something massive to celebrate the band’s 40th anniversary of their album “Boy”. Or the 30th anniversary for “Achtung Baby”.
I will concede that this is the first time the mass panic has at least seemed plausible. But there'll be *something* for Boy at 40 or AB at 30, or a new record. U2 won't sit still and they won't break up, and they've got enough years ahead of them yet to fit in more gigs!— U2gigs (@u2gigs) November 13, 2018
The band’s show at Berlin this week was the last night of the 2018 tour, and it was a make-up date for the night back in September when they had to cancel the show when Bono lost his voice. Bono has experienced a few serious health issues recently, including one caused from a bike accident three years ago where the singer had to undergo a 5-hour surgery. Combined with the cryptic comments he made in Berlin, this might contribute to reasons why the band would most likely call a break.