Adam Clayton felt like Rolling Stone

Adam Clayton of U2 can vividly recall how excited he felt when he got his first proper bass guitar

Adam Clayton

Adam Clayton

U2's Adam Clayton felt like a "Rolling Stone" when he got his first proper bass guitar.

The 'One' rocker can vividly recall asking his father Brian Clayton to purchase his dream instrument during a business trip to New York City because they were so much cheaper there than in his native Ireland.

He said: "In 1976 I hadn't mastered the bass but I had identified that I needed a better instrument and my father - a practical man, not affected by music or art - was essential to this plan.

"He flew regularly to New York and second-hand instruments were much cheaper at Manny's on 48th Street.

"I gave him money and the magic words 'Fender Precision Bass' and waited.

"When it arrived, it had a sunburst finish and I felt like a Rolling Stone."

Despite his years of musicianship, 55-year-old Adam still feels the same sense of excitement when he gets a new guitar.

He told new book 'Sons and Fathers': "I often have this same feeling when touching a new instrument for the first time.

"I doubt my father has the same recall but I often think of what it was like for him to enter that music shop."


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