“We’re Glad We Didn’t Pick Stupid Fucking Nicknames”: Catching Up With Adam Clayton & Larry Mullen Jr

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THE SOBRIQUET shy half of U2 sat down with WWN talk to a life in music but mainly about their relief as never going down the nickname route.

“We’re in our 60s, imagine how sad you’d look with a nickname like The Edge? People still shouting that at ya, morto,” shared Larry Mullen Jr, relief etched across every inch of his face.

“When we got together I tried out Basso for awhile on account of playing the bass, but I couldn’t warm to it, Larry was the same with Sticks. Bono, Basso, The Edge and Sticks… we’d be laughed out of the place even more than we are nowadays,” added Adam Clayton.

“More than the money, the fame and all that goes with it I’m most thankful I don’t sound like a clown with chronic depression,” Larry added of Bono, who is known as Paul Hewson by precisely no one.

“And I think at our age it’s fair to say we’ve about as much ‘edge’ as a circle,” offered Adam to much laughter from his band mate.

“Honestly, what’s the upside to a nickname? Our real names being an answer to a quiz question? No, you’re alright,” chimed Larry.

“I don’t know The Edge’s real name and at this point I’m content with not asking”.

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