U2's Edge survived being thrown through a windscreen in car crash before early U2 show

Music 15/01/2018

U2's bassist Adam Clayton shared some insights into the band's history and their early days.

In a new BBC4 documentary Hits, Hype & Hustle - An Insider's Guide to the Music Business, the musician shares the highs and lows of playing in front of millions of people over the last 40 years.

He told the story of when he was driving and the Edge went through the windscreen of his car in a crash the day before they were due to play their first big UK gig in the famous pub, The Hope and Anchor, in London in 1980.

"When we did the Hope and Anchor, Edge had his arm in a sling," he said.

"Very tough for a guitar player", the bassist added ruefully.

"I'd been driving us that morning to the car ferry in Dublin and I was going a bit fast as I went into a corner.

"I was only in a Citroen GS, so I went into a corner at about 45 miles an hour and poor Edge went through the windscreen. So, we started with his hand in an ice bucket."

Source: Independent