The legendary musician Bono recently shared his take on U2’s first rehearsal at the brand-new Sphere in Las Vegas. He believes that the rehearsal “didn’t go very well.”
“Thank you for asking, though,” Bono joked to CBS News‘ Anthony Mason. The singer described the rehearsal as “horrible,” to which the Edge added comfortingly, “It wasn’t that bad.”
U2 is gearing up for their first performance of the residency, in which they will be playing the entirety of their album Achtung Baby, which was released in 1991. This event is set to take place at the Sphere on Friday, and the residency will run until mid-December. The Sphere boasts an impressive array of features, including a massive, customizable LED exterior, over 160,000 speakers, and more than 260 million video pixels.
“That’s what we started out wanting from the very beginning of the band,” Bono added. “Just to smash the fourth wall, get to our audience.”
U2 will release a new song, “Atomic City,” and an accompanying music video on Friday.
One thing will be different when U2 launches the residency on Friday: Drummer Larry Mullen Jr. will be taking some time off while he deals with health-related issues.
“It’s going to take all we’ve got to approach the Sphere without our bandmate in the drum seat, but Larry has joined us in welcoming Bram van den Berg who is a force in his own right,” the members of U2 said in an earlier statement when announcing Mullen’s temporary replacement.
Bono offered CBS News an update on Mullen: “He’s feeling good, and he can see a way back to fitness, but it’s gonna take time.”