Tuesday 25 June 2019

Adam Clayton: 'My drinking made it hard for the rest of U2 to put up with me'

Adam Clayton
Adam Clayton
Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

U2 member Adam Clayton has opened up about how his depression led to issues with drinking.

Speaking to Ryan Tubridy on tonight's Late Late show, he said: “From a teenager onwards I always had a low level depression."

He explained that when he was working with the band, he was able to put it to the back of his mind - however that he also began to drink heavily.

“When I was working and on tour I was fine.

“My drinking increased and increased and increased and because I was successful it was covered up and taken care of.

He added that his drinking made him difficult to put up with at times.

“Anyone a little bit out of control and drinking too much can be difficult."

He explained that missing a show in Australia in 1993 was a turning point.

“That was the end of my world. The only thing I wanted to do was be in a band a perform great songs.”

Clayton revealed that his bandmates sat him down and told him of their concerns.

“ I don't think depression was such a big issue only it led to the drinking and the drinking worsened it.

“I saw the guys in the band the same age as me having much more productive lives than I was.

“I had string of failed relationships and a string of excuses as to why my life wasn’t going well and a string of excuses why I wasn’t as good a musician as I used to  be".

He said that after meeting Eric Clapton, he was convinced that he needed to go to rehab to overcome his issues.

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