"We wrote Where the Streets Have No Name during a break. We were missing a tune, and I knew it, I sensed it. So everyone went on holiday and I stayed behind and came up with the music to Where the Streets Have No Name. I remember thinking to myself, there are no songs on this record that we're gonna play live. So I set down to write a live song, and that's what I came up with."
- The Edge, 1999
did you know
The Rattle and Hum album opens with a live cover of The Beatles' "Helter Skelter". Its inclusion on the album was intended by the band to reflect the confusion of The Joshua Tree Tour and their new-found superstar status.