U2 In The Studio For Achtung Baby Anniversary

11/15/2016
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The latest episode of the syndicated radio show In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the 25th anniversary of U2's Achtung Baby. The show sent over these details:

By 1990 U2 was a band riding high from a decade of steady touring and hits, culminating with the 1987 'Album of the Year' Grammy Award for The Joshua Tree, documented on both the Rattle and Hum album and movie. Their next album, recorded in newly reunified Germany, would be set against the backdrop of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and freedom for the first time in a generation there. Locational inspiration quickly was challenged by an internal band crisis that threatened to break U2 apart right there.

On the 25th anniversary of Achtung Baby, In The Studio syndicated radio program host Redbeard got a revealing look at this critical period in U2 history with interviews from Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. discussing the near collapse of the band in the studio; the ideals that bound them; and the future to which they all aspired.

Larry Mullen Jr.: "Musically we had reached a stage where it just wasn't happening... When we went in to make Achtung Baby, it was difficult to make."

Bono: "We had to let go of something. I don't quite know what it was. We were holding onto the group too tightly."

Adam Clayton: "It took us awhile to kind of relearn what we were doing and trying to get to the essence of the songs."

The Edge: "We wanted the album to be very extreme. We didn't want to sound in anyway safe." Stream the episode here.

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