- 20 Mar 01
Journalist NEIL McCORMICK was a schoolmate of BONO when U2 were taking baby steps. Over the past 25 years their paths have frequently crossed, inevitably in rather more exotic circumstances than a classroom. As another year draws to a close, they meet up again: the result is an unusually intimate portrait of a man who came not to save the world but to serenade it. Plus: a close-up look at some of the most striking songs on All That You Can t Leave Behind
Bono On "All That You Can't Leave Behind"
All That You Can't Leave Behind has been widely acclaimed as a classic U2 album, enjoying favourable comparison with Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby. If anything it lacks some of the sonic adventurism of previous U2 outings, as if you are putting all your faith in the actual power of the song.
BONO: "I've heard it said that songs and smells are two things that people really can't forget. So we've made an album of smelly songs! (Laughs) It's like, how hip can you be when you've been around this long? Are we really stepping up to whatever DJ is at the turntable this week? Of course we're going to have fun with the landscape of where the song sits, but we're not going up against the latest grooves or atmospheres, we're going up against 'A Bridge Over Troubled Water and we've got our work cut out!"