"The essence of what it is to be in a rock 'n roll band to me, now, is just that three-and-a-half minutes. Not giving interviews, not being on television, not all that goes with it. What has drowned out the sound of the rock 'n roll circus has just been the rock 'n roll song. Just that one thing. That's the most existing thing for me."
- Bono, 1989
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".