Clayton, Depression and Music

Adam Clayton/ Walk in My Shoes/ U2

Adam Clayton/ Walk in My Shoes/ U2

Earlier this week Clayton chatted with the Irish Independent (Laura Butler) about his stages of depression or as he called it “black dog” throughout his life. He main coping skill has been his music and of course getting some help.  Adam said in the interview“There's a lot of it in our industry and it's covered up with drugs and alcohol. There's such a high incidence of young musicians who commit suicide or inadvertently die through accidents of some kind," said the 52-year-old. I was aware of it as a teenager. When I was 16 or 17 I found it quite difficult to fit in, but then music was the thing that really worked for me. Then later on in my career I had issues with alcohol, which again I went to rehab for and it was a breath of fresh air to have people identify with what was going on for me. Thankfully, by putting down the alcohol, I haven't had any issues."

He also said, that music may have been the one thing that saved him as well as the band. “Otherwise we’d have gone a bit mad… or certainly suffer from depression.”

Adam was speaking at the launch of Walk in My Shoes campaign at St. Patrick’s University Hospital in Dublin to encouraged those suffering from mental health issues to reach out and stressed the importance of promoting open conversation to tackle Ireland's suicide problem.

So what’s up with the new album Adam said "We're in the middle of it at the moment. It should be finished by the end of the year," Clayton added.

Well folks now do not get your knickers in a bunch unless the rest of the boys start to say the same thing.