- 22 Jul 22
As part of our 45th Birthday special – in which we celebrate the 45s that shaped our world – some familiar musical faces select their favourite single since the launch of Hot Press in 1977...
I know it’s a cliché, but when I saw the video of U2 on the rooftop in LA, I decided that’s what I wanted to do. I went to my career guidance teacher and said “I want to be a musician” and he said, “Well, that’s a hobby not a job.” I was like, “No, no, no, U2 on a rooftop in Los Angeles – that’s what I’m going to be doing in ten years’ time or something like it.”
I went back to the school with a copy of our first album. He’d retired by that time, but I got it to him with a note saying, “Dear Sir, thanks for all your advice years ago. I’m so glad I never took it, love Glen from The Script.”
When we first went to LA as a band, Mark who knows the city well, drove me all around it, and pointed out the rooftop in question. That video was a defining moment in terms of U2 being from here and becoming the biggest band in the world. I was told “No” by that teacher, but how many people had told them “No”? They taught me that the only limitations are in your head.
Read the full 'The Track That Changed My Life' feature in the special 45th Birthday issue of Hot Press – out now: