Ready to Explode

Whose atomic tracklist beat the others? That’s the question that goes unanswered in Paul Rees’ interview with U2 in the November issue of Q Magazine. The interview features new photographs by Anton Corbijn and a track-by-track guide to how to dismantle an atomic bomb.

Interview highlights from each band member:

Adam Clayton
Ask him when he was last chatted up and he says, “By a bloke or a girl?”, adding that it hasn’t happened in either case for longer than he recall.

Larry Mullen
“Bono wanted us all to share a place [in France],” says Mullen. “I told him, I’m happy to come here but I’m not living in the same house as you.”

The Edge
There have been rumours of frustrations within the U2 camp at the amount of time Bono has spent campaigning [for Africa]. Not so, says The Edge. He insists Bono’s absences allowed him time to work on the new record alone and it’s all the better for that.

Bono says he is the atomic bomb referred to in the album’s title… “A bomb went off when my old man died and I had no idea how to deal with it,” he says. “If I’m honest, I’ve been running away from it for the past two years.”

More Corbijn photos:

(Scans courtesy of Gary)