Martin has previously hinted that the band will stop recording at some point. Earlier this year he told Absolute Radio that although he thinks they’ll call it quits after 12 albums, the band will always want to play live together.
He said: “I think in the way that the [Rolling] Stones do, it will be so cool if we can still be touring in our late 70s. That will be wonderful if anybody wants to come.”
Some are devastated by the news:
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In October the band announced that their 2022 world tour would be as “sustainable as possible”. Electricity will be generated when fans dance on specially constructed “kinetic flooring”, and a tree will be planted for each ticket sold.
Following news of the split, journalist Ben Eltham quipped that they would be net-zero by the middle of the decade: