Bono ''should have'' died in a bomb attack when he was younger but a decision to ride his bike spared him from being in the vicinity of a terror attack.
Bono ''should have'' died in a bomb attack.
The U2 frontman believes a decision to ride his bike to a record store in Dublin, Ireland in 1984 stopped him from being in the midst of a terrorist effort, and he claims the experience sparked his desire to write political music.
Speaking on Italian TV show 'Che Tempo Che Fa?', he said: ''Ireland was very close to a civil war. There was a lot of violence on the streets. But the most terrible violence was hidden behind the doors of the houses. The violence from father to son, from a man to a woman. And this happens everywhere.
''I found a way to fight this fear and it is in the music.
''The reason that we write songs about political violence perhaps can be found in the fact that on a Friday night in 1984 in Dublin three car bombs exploded in the city centre, killing 33 people. That day I was at a record store. I should have been there at that time but that day I decided to ride my bike. I saved my life with that decision.''
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