- 18 Jul 17
Hot Press' Olaf Tyaransen caught up with the band as they flew to Germany to promote Songs of Innocence
Sitting comfortably beside Hot Press in a plane taxiing down a Luton Airport runway, U2 guitarist The Edge – passport name: David Howell Evans – is strapping on his seatbelt and discussing his many years of air travel.
“Have I ever flown on a Ryanair flight?” the softly spoken 53-year-old muses. “I have, yes. I do Aer Lingus, mostly. I’m happy in the commercial world. This is purely practical, this time of night, getting there as quickly as possible.”
Of course, this is no Ryanair or Aer Lingus flight. It’s around 9.30pm on Thursday, October 23, and all four members of U2 and an assortment of their personal staff, security personnel, and record/management company types are aboard this Cologne-bound executive class private jet. The original plan had been to fly to Dusseldorf, but things are running so late that our airport slot there is gone. Cars have been organised to transport everybody between cities when we land.