Deep breath, everyone. Paul McGuinness has denied reports that U2 are thinking about splitting up and says everyone should "disregard" comments from Bono (and others) that sounded like the band might be nearing its final days. In a Belfast Telegraph article, McGuinness says U2 is not about to split up.
"No, and I think I would have heard. Not [at] all. They are always working on the next record. I'm not sure what was said, but I think it was a chance remark taken out of context. I would disregard it."
McGuinness made his comments while attending a play in Dublin when asked about recent statements from Bono and others that led to speculation about U2's days being numbered. It began at the Toronto International Film Festival in September when Bono said U2 was on the verge of irrelevance. The Edge later told Rolling Stone that there's a 50-50 chance U2 will have new music in 2012. At the same time, Bono told the magazine that he'd be happy if No Line On The Horizon was to be U2's last album (but added that he doubted it would be).