Just at the tail-end of 2017, U2’s Bono has given a 10,000-word
interview that has quite the soundbite…
In a conversation with Rolling
Stone founder Jann Wenner, the U2 frontman speaks on
love, politics, faith, and in-between that, divulges that he
While the text is richly full of detail, Bono still knows how
to remain enigmatic to his fans.
While the sub-headline addresses Bono’s near-death experience
outright – “U2’s frontman on the state of his band, the state
of the world and what he learned from almost dying” – he
remains tight-lipped on the situation dancing around it with
The 57-year-old singer referred to this instance as an
“extinction event,” which he says he finds hard to discuss,
saying: “It’s just a thing that . . . people have these
extinction events in their lives; it could be psychological or
it could be physical. And, yes, it was physical for me, but I
think I have spared myself all that soap opera. Especially with
this kind of celebrity obsession with the minutiae of peoples’
lives – I have got out of that. I want to speak about the issue
in a way that lets people fill in the blanks of what they have
been through, you know?”
His terrifying ordeal added to the apparent theme of mortality
on U2’s latest record Songs of Experience.
But it also made him focus on a broader world view of health
and humanity overall.
“But, you know, people have had so much worse to deal with, so
that is another reason not to talk about it,” he later said.
“You demean all the people who, you know, never made it through
that or couldn’t get health care!”
All we can really conclude is that Bono almost died and he’d
much rather have you speculate on the details instead of
telling you outright.
Hopefully U2 fans can read between the lines of the band’s
latest record to find out why.