U2's Bono says he "nearly ceased to be"

music news 08/10/2018

U2's frontman Bono has said he "nearly ceased to be" in a new interview with the Sunday Times, but has not divulged details of what exactly had happened.

He referred to his 2015 cycling accident in the interview as a “brush with mortality”, but said there was another life-threatening experience as well. 

"It was pretty serious. I'm all right now, but I very nearly wasn't. I've had a lot of warnings. A fair few punches over the last years.

"There were some serious whispers in the ear that maybe I should have taken notice of. The Edge says I look at my body as an inconvenience, and I do. I really love being alive and I’m quite good at being alive, meaning I like to get the best out of any day.”

Bono said the incident marked the "first time I put my shoulder to the door, and it didn’t open. I feel God whispered to me, ‘Next time, try knocking at the door, or just try the handle. Don’t use your shoulder because you’ll break it,'”

In U2's most recent album, 'Songs of Experience', Bono says in the liner notes that a "major moment" has inspired some of his lyrics. 

“I was on the receiving end of a shock to the system. A shock that left me clinging on to my own life. It was an arresting experience. I won’t dwell in it or on it. I don’t want to name it.”