"'War' is about people, war between people, lovers, war between religions - Catholics and Protestants, war in Politics. War is about struggle, conflict and realisation. So there is a theme running through the songs but it is definitely not a concept album. We really wanted to make every song different, as far away from what people expect from us, I think there are only two songs that people will know as U2."
- Bono on War, 1983
did you know
Within a few days of finishing the album, "Red Hill Mining Town" was U2's leading contender for the first single of The Joshua Tree. Then as the weeks went by, views started to change and it became "With or Without You".