The Mr. Brightside singer has opened up about his era's under-achieving rock stars in a new NME magazine interview, admitting only Coldplay come close to matching U2's supergroup stature.
He explains, "There's definitely a drive that we're lacking. It takes a lot of work and that's fine, everybody's different, everybody's gonna have their own road that they go down. Other than Coldplay I'm not sure anybody's made the dent that U2 were able to make. They were so much a part of the landscape and the timing of when they were coming out.
"It's changed so much now; there's so much music out there and so much noise to compete with, it's strange times. So sometimes it's frustrating with four different people and four different personalities in this band; we don't have that whole history that U2 have of these four young kids that knew each other and grew up in the same town."