U2 have spoken about frontman Bono’s recent health scare and how it had an impact on their new album, Songs of Experience.
Bono, 57 – real name Paul David Hewson – was given a “major fright” not so long ago, the band, who are gearing up to release their long-awaited 14th studio album, confirmed.
Not going into detail about that health scare, Bono told Q: “Edge wasn’t fibbing when he said that we had to stop and take account of what was going on in the world.”
“He just didn’t want to mention what was going on in my world. I don’t want to get too into the details of it, for fear of the melodramatic reality TV kerfuffle. A lot of people have these moments. I’ve had a few. Not quite at this level.”
“It’s just one of those moments when nothing else matters,” Bono continued. “So what do you have to say for yourself? And what do you want to say to the people that you love?”
Guitarist The Edge added: “It was serious enough that he genuinely had a major fright. But where that brought him to as a writer was an amazing place.”
The band’s comments come after they released the music video for “You’re The Best Thing About Me”, which saw cameras follow them on a sightseeing trip around New York.
The Irish group, whose latest single debuted at #11 on Billboard‘s Hot Rock Songs — a career-high — performed in front of the Statue of Liberty and stopped for drinks at a dive bar in the recently released video.
U2’s new album Songs of Experience drops on Dec. 1.