I was not an obvious contender. I was actually pretty shy in school. My defence mechanism was to be the class clown. I remember getting into a lot of trouble for being disruptive, and I was brought in front of the headteacher, who said: “What’s going to happen to you? What are you going to do when you grow up?” And I said: “Well, I’m obviously going to be a comedian.”
From an early age I didn’t buy into the value systems of working hard in a nine-to-five job. I thought creativity, friendship and loyalty and pushing the boundaries of what was acceptable was much more interesting.
The longevity of U2 is primarily based on the friendship of four men who have grown up together. Four men who respect and support and love each other. We won’t let each other fail.
It’s very confusing when fame comes early on in your career. You get a little bit bent out of shape in terms of what’s important. Fame is like the dessert that comes with your achievements — it’s not an achievement in itself, but sometimes it can overpower the work.
I really enjoy the privileges of fame now. It opens doors and allows you to meet people, and you’re in control. When fame first happened I didn’t feel in control, and it closed doors to me.
I stopped drinking 12 years ago, and it was time. I’d had enough of drinking, drugging and nightclubs. It was a difficult decision to change my life, and it took a while to reprogramme, but I’ve no regrets at all. I’ve enjoyed every bit of my life. I’ve had the best of it both ways.
My greatest achievement is managing to cope with four fingers and four strings.
I feel there is a lot more to achieve. In the first 20 years I was functioning on instinct and attitude and rawness, and now I know what I’m doing and can apply those skills in a different way. It’s no longer about attitude and rawness, but it’s about sophistication and understanding.
In a loving relationship, as an expression of freedom and fantasy, I think sex is very important.
I don’t think I would ever try and repeat U2. I’d be very happy when U2 came to whatever end, and there is no end, really. But I would be happy to move on. It’s a very fast world, and a quieter world would be welcome.
Today we have selected Pride. Remember that you are one man, come in the name of love. America is just around the corner. Fans are ready, Stories yet to be filed, Videos yet to be shot, all in the name of music.
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