Lady death is the muse behind U2’s latest album.
The 57-year-old singer revealed in an interview with Rolling Stone that a near-death experience—of which he didn’t share more details—is the inspiration behind the band’s latest album, “Songs of Experiences.”
“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,” Bono said. “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.”
Coincidentally, mortality already was the central theme of the production, way before Bono dealt with the cryptic experience. “Well, strangely enough, mortality was going to be a subject anyway just because it is a subject not often covered,” he said. “And you can’t write Songs of Experience without writing about that. And I’ve had a couple of these shocks to the system, let’s call them, in my life.”
This isn’t the first time that the front man of the 22-times Grammy-winning band comes face to face with death. In 2000, Bono was checked for throat cancer, which turned out negative after a biopsy.
He also recalled that a few years ago he broke his arm in what he described as “a comic tragedy,” saying that what he was most surprised about was his memory loss after the accident. “That was the amnesia; I have no idea how it happened.”
Even so, after his many encounters with death, Bono admits that he still fears dead. “I thought I already had [overcome his feat of dead], but this was the next installment in trust.”