"Lots of us have a brush with mortality, it was an arresting experience. I won’t dwell in it or on it. I don’t want to name it. But these songs have that impetus behind them and it would feel dishonest not to admit the turbulence I was feeling at the time of writing."
- Bono, 2017 on his brush with mortality in 2016
did you know
One recording of the song One Step Closer ran for more than 15 minutes, with Bono adding many verses that were subsequently dropped.