Almost addict Bono

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 7 April 2009

Almost addict Bono

U2 frontman Bono admits he has a "wild streak" and often goes to church to tame his addictive tendencies

Bono is "an inch away" from being a drug addict.

The U2 frontman goes to church to tame his "wild streak" and stop him giving in to his darker desires.

He said: "I've been surrounded a lot in my personal life by addiction - in the last few years, in particular. I know a lot of people - not least the bass player in the band - who have had to deal with their demons in courageous ways.

"And maybe there's a part of me that thinks, 'Wow, I'm just an inch away'. There's no doubt about the fact that I have a wild streak and I'd be very capable of setting fire to myself. So, you know, I don't go to church for the view."

U2's bass player Adam Clayton battled alcohol problems in the mid 90s and was once so hung-over he couldn't play a show.

To stay on top of temptation, Bono gets up at 6am - the time he used to get home from partying - to pray and contemplate his life.

The 48-year-old singer told the Irish Independent newspaper: "My meditative life feeds my soul and it's a wonderful thing for me to have time to reflect upon things and spend some time to myself.

"I want to squeeze every drop out of the day. But it's also the tyranny of good ideas, because if you spot one, or if you have one, then you think you have to follow through on it. And that might be a psychosis. I may have to get that fixed."


The legendary Irish rock group – comprised of Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr – perform a number of shows as part of the eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour.

3Arena, Dublin

Mon 5 Nov


Tue 6 Nov


Fri 9 Nov


Sat 10 Nov


The O2 Arena, London SE10

Tue 23 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 856 0202

Wed 24 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 856 0202

The SSE Arena, Belfast

Sat 27 Oct

£38–£185 / 028 9073 9074

Sun 28 Oct

£38–£185 / 028 9073 9074

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