'I'm the luckiest man on earth': Bono reveals he almost DIED while recording tracks for new U2 album Songs Of Experience

  • Bono revealed he suffered a near-death experience while recording new music  
  • The U2 frontman, 57, refused to disclose the intimate details of his experience 
  • He described his body as an 'inconvenience' whilst discussing his health woes
  • The Irish singer had a cancer scare in 2000 and a bike accident five years later 
  • In 2010 he was rushed to hospital for emergency back surgery

Bono has revealed that he almost died while recording new U2 album Songs Of Experience. 

And while he refrained from going into the details of the event, the 57-year-old told the January edition of Rolling Stone magazine that the new album explores the theme of mortality.

He admitted that he finds it difficult to talk about the 'extinction event', and described his body as an 'inconvenience', but did say he had a cancer scare and a bike accident a few years back, which he pretended was a car crash.

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Confession: Bono has revealed that he almost died while recording new U2 album Songs Of Experience. He admitted that he finds it difficult to talk about the 'extinction event'

Confession: Bono has revealed that he almost died while recording new U2 album Songs Of Experience. He admitted that he finds it difficult to talk about the 'extinction event'

He said: 'It's just a thing that... people have these extinction events in their lives; it could be psychological, or it could be physical. And, yes, it was physical for me, but I think I have spared myself all that soap opera.'

He added: 'This political apocalypse was going on in Europe and in America, and it found a perfect rhyme with what was going on in my own life. And I have had a hail of blows over the years.

'You get warning signs, and then you see that you are not a tank, as my wife Ali says. Edge has this thing that he says about me, that I look upon my body as an inconvenience.'   

However, Bono insisted he does not want to dwell on his near-death experience because he has been luckier than other people who did not survive. 

He said: 'I am the f**king luckiest man on Earth. I didn't think that I had a fear of a fast exit. I thought it would be inconvenient 'cause I have a few albums to make and kids to see grow up and this beautiful woman and my friends and all of that.' 

Close call: The 57-year-old musician admits he finds it difficult to talk about the "extinction event" despite it having a strong impact on the record, the Irish band's 14th studio album to date 
Praised: The star also praised his wife Ali and children Eve Hewson and Jordan Hewson (right) for getting him through the frightening event

Close call: The 57-year-old musician admits he finds it difficult to talk about the "extinction event". The star also praised his wife Ali and children Eve Hewson and Jordan Hewson (right) for getting him through the frightening event 

Last month, The Edge spoke to Q magazine about the seriousness of Bono's health scare. 

He revealed: 'It was serious enough that he genuinely had a major fright. But where that brought him to as a writer was an amazing place.'  

Meanwhile, Bono - real name Paul David Hewson - added to the magazine: 'Edge wasn't fibbing when he said we had to stop and take account of what was going on in the world.

BONO'S HEALTH WOES

2000 - Throat cancer scare

2005 - Suffered amnesia and a broken arm after a bike accident 

2010 - Had emergency back surgery after severe pain and partial paralysis

2017 - Had an undisclosed near-death experience  

'He just didn't want to mention what was going on in my world.' 

Bono has had brushes with near-death experiences and illness in the past.

The star first had a health scare in 2000 when he was checked for throat cancer, but the tests came back negative - a specialist had wanted to send him in for a biopsy but it ran the risk of damaging his vocal cords. 

Five years later, the Irish singer was hospitalised after he broke his arm in a bike accident cycling through Central Park, which he told the magazine was a 'comic tragedy.' 

Following the crash, Bono also suffered amnesia and cannot remember the details of the incident - but pretended he had been caught up in a car crash to save embarrassment. 

Still going strong: Bono has had brushes with near-death experiences and illness in the past, including a cancer scare, amnesia, broken bones and emergency back surgery

Still going strong: Bono has had brushes with near-death experiences and illness in the past, including a cancer scare, amnesia, broken bones and emergency back surgery

Speaking out: Last month, The Edge spoke about the seriousness of Bono's health scare, revealing: 'It was serious enough that he genuinely had a major fright'

Speaking out: Last month, The Edge spoke about the seriousness of Bono's health scare, revealing: 'It was serious enough that he genuinely had a major fright'

Bono's health woes continued in 2010 when he suffered a herniated disc and severe compression of the sciatic nerve and had to be rushed to hospital for emergency back surgery.

While he was preparing for the U.S. leg of U2's 360 degrees tour, the singer experienced severe back pain and partial paralysis of his leg which lead to him being hospitalised in Munich.

'Surgery was the only course of treatment for full recovery and to avoid further paralysis,' said Dr. Jorg Tonn, who performed the operation. 

Fantastic Four: (L-R) The Edge, Bono, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr of U2 have just released new album album Songs Of Experience which touches on Bono's health scare

Fantastic Four: (L-R) The Edge, Bono, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr of U2 have just released new album album Songs Of Experience which touches on Bono's health scare

The interview comes after Bono and The Edge took a trip on the Berlin subway line that shares the band’s name and played a short concert on an underground platform.

The musicians took a special train from the Olympic Stadium, near the western end of the U2 line, to the Deutsche Oper stop. 

Local radio station Radioeins, which gave out tickets for the ride, said about 120 people joined them on the train. 

Bono and The Edge played a few songs on the platform at Deutsche Oper to wrap up their appearance, which followed the release of their new album. 

The full interview with Bono is available in the January edition of Rolling Stone.  

Opening up: The full interview is in the current issue of Rolling Stone magazine 

Opening up: The full interview is in the current issue of Rolling Stone magazine 

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