"I was thinking today that one of the many gifts David gave a lot of us early on was the gift of being someone else… It’s that Oscar Wilde quote, give the man ‘a mask, and he will tell you the truth’. I took a new name and opted for an exaggerated version of myself to deal with being on a stage. "
- Bono in a letter to David Bowie's widow, Iman, 2020
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U2 named their How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb album like that because Bono envisioned the bomb as his father and the songs as efforts by him to deal with his father's death.