Bono: U2 won't be back for a while

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Bono decides it's time to take a breather after rigorous world tour leaves him in need of some rock star rest.

Bono says it was heart-wrenching to wave goodbye to U2's 110-date monster tour but says he's done with life on the road... for a while.

In a rare interview with Guilty Pleasures, the singer lifted the lid on the Irish band's two-year 360° Tour during an evening when he was hounded and rounded on by other stars at the GQ Men of the Year Awards.

Pining for his travels across five continents, the charity campaigner told me: 'They say every tour is ten days too long. Not with this one. We genuinely loved every single night and at the end we were so sad.'

Despite the nostalgia, the 51-year-old says he needs a breather and says the Joshua Tree rockers won't be back 'for a while'.

He earlier told the audience: 'Growing up is not what is meant to happen to a rock band. It has happened, we are now men.'

He then apologised for the absence of 49-year-old drummer Larry Mullen Jr, who opted to skip the bash. 'He hasn't aged very well,' he joked. 'He tries to avoid the red carpet.' Bono was also forced to laugh off the jibes from comedian Michael McIntyre, who taunted him: 'Bono, when it comes to coolness you always have the edge.'

He then asked the Dubliner if he had watched Simon Cowell's new Red or Black? TV show and quipped: 'Bono you would have been dealing with peace.'

Kylie was the next to single him out when she went on stage to present an award and treated Bono like a roadie by asking him to adjust the height of her microphone.

Even his own camp turned on him, when U2 guitarist The Edge mocked him for stealing all the limelight.

Hoping for some of the attention himself, the 50-year-old told the crowd: 'I am a middle child. I am in a band with Bono. If there are any members of the print media here, please hack into my phone.

© 2011 Associated Newspapers Limited

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