U2’s longevity is one of the most praiseworthy aspects of the band. Over 38 years ago now, (longer than I’ve been alive) Feedback held their first meeting in Larry’s parents’ kitchen, and they haven’t looked back since. This is particularly noteworthy when one factors in the success that U2 has had – whether we’re talking about rock bands or marriages, success leads to egos, which leads to break-ups. Somehow, though, U2 has managed to stay intact with the same gents who formed the band (minus Edge’s brother Dik, who left not long after they got together).
That same success is another part of what makes U2’s longevity so amazing. Although accusations of “selling-out” have been levied against the band every so often, that same willingness to change their images and to try new things is one of the biggest keys to the band’s almost 40 years of triumph. The next time you start to get down because of some nay-sayer, remember that U2’s career has already outlasted many of their early critics, and they’re not showing any signs of stopping any time soon.