"I was allowed to wail and keen, as the Irish call it, on a nightly basis. Most of the problem of grief is that people bottle it up. But I could use these songs to keep myself sane. I was having conversations in these songs that maybe I couldn't have with people."
- Bono on the period when his father was dying while they were on the Elevation tour
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The Popmart stage design, which looked like a supermarket, appealed to Bono as a supermarket, with its myriad choices and temptations, could function as a metaphor for U2's songs, as they often deal with the struggle between desire and faith.