- 18 Jul 17
Back in 2000, Olaf Tyaransen spoke to U2 following the release of 'Beautiful Day', with their 10th studio album, All That You Can't Leave Behind, imminent...
Well when you've conquered the world, what else can the biggest band on the planet do except go into space? BONO and LARRY discuss matters cosmic and personal with Olaf Tyaransen
It's shortly after 4.30 on a wet and wintry Tuesday afternoon and, in the comfortably spacious environs of the upstairs lounge of U2's Quayside Hanover Studios, I am shaking like a leaf. Waiting my turn to interview Bono and Larry Mullen about the band's tenth studio album All That You Can't Leave Behind, it's not that I'm particularly nervous - just that my balls have already been frozen off. Today is not a beautiful day. It's Dublin in October, so how could it possibly be?
I'm still soaked from the rain, feeling a flu coming on - and more than a little anxious that the time I've been allocated won't be nearly enough to cover the myriad questions with which I've come prepared. About all that U2 can't leave behind, about all that U2 have going on at the moment, about all that lies ahead of U2 over the coming months, as the machine cranks up again and the biggest rock band in the world - well, there or thereabouts - goes out on the stump to promote The Most Important Album They Have Ever Made. In fairness, five hours wouldn't be enough to cover it all - and that ain't in the schedule today!