Whatever happened to sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll? U2 are preparing for their next world tour by hitting the treadmills and healthy eating buffets.
Bono, 48, is so determined to keep trim, a private gym, footy pitch and healthy eating restaurant will be built at every venue.
And the band have already undertaken a grueling fitness regime so they can roll back the years for some of their most energetic performances ever.
A source revealed: “The lads used to demand piles of booze. But they’ve realised they have to eat the right foods and live a healthy lifestyle.
“This time around they have top health food chefs to prepare them low-carb snacks and high energy protein shakes.
“Bono and the lads know they can’t get away with eating and drinking like they used to. So they are pulling out all the stops to turn this into the healthiest tour ever staged.”
Before each gig — which includes three nights at Croke Park on July 24, 25 and 27 — the band will warm up by hitting the treadmill.
The insider added: “They will have gym equipment and a sports area complete with pool tables and even a mini football zone.
“It’s going to be like a big kid’s playground.
But when you consider they will be on the road for over a year it’s important they have some way of killing the time while they are away.”
The band was reportedly asked to shed the pounds before releasing their new album.
The source added: “The boys have been told to start exercising all the summer weight off.
They are a bit out of shape and they need to tone up and look the part again.”
2001 Rider Highlights
- Jack Daniels
- Cheese selection
- Expensive wine
2009 Tour Rider Highlights:
- Protein shakes
- White egg omelettes
- Low-carb chicken salads
- Energy drinks
- Stir-fried vegetables