U2 The Edge: When I Took Magic Mushrooms For The First Time

"...Then I started to understand the secrets of the universe."

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U2 was recently in a chat on Beats 1 with Zane Lowe and they discussed theis "The Joshua Tree" album, which celebrated its 30th birthday this year.

Bono first said that there were no drugs at the time, but was quickly corrected by the rest of the band who reminded him of magic mushrooms.

When Lowe asked whether there were any songs inspired by mushrooms, The Edge commented:

“Well, this was a bit later, but I had one funny moment with the mushrooms. This was a metaphysical experiment, you understand? It was very spiritual.”

He reflected on times when he was on bassist Adam Clayton's house party and how it was the first time he has taken them. Edge continued:

“I took a few, waited 40 minutes, nothing happened. So I doubled, trebled down. It’s even worse because I actually went to bed.

I’m in the middle of a dark room watching firework displays that are happening in my imagination. Then I started to understand the secrets of the universe. I had this moment of insight and I was thinking to myself ‘I will never remember these tomorrow, I have to record these insights’. So I crawled across the floor, which took me about 25 minutes and got to my recording walkman, got back to my bed, hit play and then the red light came on so I spent another 25 minutes looking at the red light.”

Then he says he remembers how he recorded a C90 tape on both sides with what he called "all of the important secrets of the universe" and then he forgot about all of that until the next evening.

“I finally realised, ‘Oh my god, I made a recording of the secrets of the universe. I better go listen to what that was’. So I went up and it was still on record and the batteries are all worn down. So I put new batteries in and turn the tape over and hit play.

“All I could hear was [muffled voice] cos I’d been talking into the battery compartment. Lost! Not a single audible word. Just think, the secrets of the universe were that close.”

(via NME)

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    Finds out the secrets of the universe, goes back to playing with U2. Facepalm x100