- 18 Jul 17
With a new ‘Best Of’ bringing the band’s story up to date, U2’s guitar man steps forward to riff on good times and bad, the private life of a public figure, discovering the secrets of the universe on mushrooms, and why, after all these years, few things match the high of being a member of U2
In common with its occasional occupants, U2’s famous Hanover Quay studio on Dublin’s Docklands is still standing tall and sturdy in the midst of a whole lot of rock & rubble. As the ’90s segued into the noughties, most of the buildings surrounding the innocuous-looking, warehouse-like structure were demolished to make way for an as-yet-unfinished public promenade. U2 have only another couple of years at most at this location; last week it was announced that, as a consequence of the docklands renewal, the band will be swapping their present lodgings for a new penthouse home in a tower on nearby Britain Quay.
Inside, through the heavy metal door and past the security cameras, Hanover Quay is bright, spacious and if not quite alive with activity, not quite dead either. Downstairs in the Green Room, Donal Scannel and Sebastian Clayton are busily setting up the equipment for an interview with Sebastian’s older – and slightly better known – sibling, to be broadcast on the band’s website U2.com. One floor above them, in a big, airy room with a full-sized paddle boat on the wall (presumably there in case Flood comes around), Sam offers your reporter culinary delights from a well-stocked buffet, while veteran band aide Principle Management’s Sheila Roche chats and reminisces about the last ten years of U2. In a nutshell, she says, it’s been madness – but memorable madness.