U2's Adam Clayton talks about All That You Can’t Leave Behind's 20th anniversary

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23 Oct 2020, 15:41

U2’s album celebrates its 20th anniversary next Friday, and bassist Adam Clayton joined the Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Sky.

The album is being re-issued with some extras.

Chris asked what fans can expect from the re-release, and Adam explained: "They're gonna get , which is an outtake from that period of unfinished songs. I think we've got an extra 12 songs that we worked on at the time."

He continued: "There's the original version of , which is interesting if you're an anorak I guess, there are all the live tunes."

You'd better take a sizeable shopping bag out with you if you're planning to buy it: "It's it's a big, big wedge of a thing to carry. You know, it's going to be hard to get home from the vinyl shop" he laughs.

Adam discussed what the album means to him: "This album is midway between the album - which is also having a celebration, an anniversary year of 40 - and where we are now, so it was right in the middle" he recalls.

"We'd come through playing stadiums, we'd come through and we wanted to get back in the room and concentrate on the songs and the band's sound" he explains.

"Coming back to this record now, 20 years later, I think the songs are amazing" Adam says proudly. "It was an extraordinary year, who knew what was about to happen. 9/11, The Irish peace process was happening, our good friend from INXS Michael Hutchence died that year, these were all really big things for us as a band."

"These songs really sort of stand up to scrutiny" says Adam.

The re-issue of is out next week with a super-deluxe 51 track box set.