01 October 2004
'We've Waited 25 Years To Make This Record'
'It's Such a Personal Record, It May Just Be Our Best,' claims Bono in the new edition of Q Magazine.
In a lengthy interview covering ten pages of the November edition of the UK music glossy, the band muse on each track of the forthcoming release of How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb.
Adam, for example, points out that the first single Vertigo offers some intriguing musical references to the earliest U2.
'The bass and drums have a little bit of Echo & The Bunnymen in there - a nice wink to where we came from.'
Edge has no doubts that the album has some showstopping tracks.
'This is going to be a great live record,' he says, before confirming that lemons have no planned role in future U2 shows. 'If memory serves, the lemon is a pretty lousy form of transport. It was for sale on eBay for a while but I don't think there were any takers.'
As for the drama earlier in the summer when a CD of much of the new recording went missing during a photo-shoot, the singer appears to have little sympathy for the guitarist.
'I was so happy it was him. It's the sort of thing I would do. Everything turned a little Pink Panther down here for a while. There were gendarmes falling out of the sky...'
And inevitably with a U2 album, there were creative tensions - and creative resolutions! Larry explains that these days there is a fairly simple mechanism to resolve any artistic conflict.
'There were some heated debates as usual.' he recalls. 'But the party line is, If you don't have a better idea, shut the f*** up. It usually does the trick.'
The November edition of Q Magazine is in the shops now. More here.