10 October 2002
Ultimate Rock'N'Roll Band
'We were out of sync,' no doubt about that,' says Larry, looking back on the
1990's in the new edition of Q Magazine.
'It's difficult for us because you're trying to listen to the material with
a bit of distance,' says Edge, asked to pick through the spills and
thrills of a decade. 'There's a few tracks on there that I never thought
would have made it, like The First Time from Zooropa. And then on the other
hand, there's something like The Fly from Achtung Baby which I'm not sure
about anymore. I'm not sure whether it's really stood the test of time.
'But that's why I'm excited about this collection, we're all in favour of
In the extended nine page interview ('How U2 Stopped Worrying and Learned
How To Be The Ultimate Rock'N'Roll Band') Edge and Larry cast their minds
back over the last decade - and admit that sometimes the creative tensions
nearly overwhelmed the band.
But despite nearly losing it in Berlin in 1990, Edge is clear that, 'No one
was gonna give up without a fight. We would've broken up years ago if
there'd been any pansies in the band.'
Also in this unmissable piece, how the opening of the Pop tour was the most
difficult show the band have ever done, whether Larry has grown to like the
Passengers album yet, how Helena Christensen came to party through the
decade with the band and what Larry was thinking one night in Scandinavia
when the Lemon chose not to open.
'I have to say,' he concludes. 'If I was to choose my mode of transport, I'm
not sure it would be a mirrorball lemon. I think I'll take the bus next
The November edition of Q is on the shelves now. More at www.q4music.com