U2 guitarist The Edge nearly left the band due to his religious beliefs as they were about to shoot their second album

BONO has revealed The Edge nearly quit U2 because of his religious beliefs.

The rocker said the fledgling band was about to shoot their second album, October, when the then 19-year-old guitarist began to feel conflicted.

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Bono says guitarist The Edge nearly left U2 because of his religious beliefsCredit: EPA
The Edge began to feel conflicted when the band was about to shoot their second album, October

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The Edge began to feel conflicted when the band was about to shoot their second album, OctoberCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Bono said The Edge wondered if we could be in a band and be believers

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Bono said The Edge wondered if we could be in a band and be believersCredit: Reuters

Dubliner Bono said The Edge, now 61, wondered “if we can be in a band and be believers”.

He added: “Edge is not a grouch and does not do melodrama. He was in some kind of agony.

“Edge said to me, ‘I have a problem that I can’t solve. I’m not sure I want to make music that way.’

Bono told him: “Look, I’m confused too but there’s a special feeling when you play. It’s when we stop playing that I feel like shit.

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But The Edge – real name David Evans – replied: “I’m out. Bono, I’m really sorry.

And Bono said, “Well, if you’re away. I’m out, I have no interest in being in there if you’re not.

Drummer Larry Mullen “understood” their decision but bassist Adam Clayton did not because he was not part of the same Christian religious group Shalom.

However, he chose to support the other three.

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But U2 manager Paul McGuinness had none of it when they met to tell him they were giving up because of their religious beliefs.

Bono says, “Paul listened to us and then said, ‘Do I take it you talked to God?’

“We told him, ‘We think it’s God’s will.’ “Paul replied, ‘So you can just call on God?’

“’Yes’, we said. Then he said, ‘Well, maybe next time you’ll ask God to break a legal contract. A contract that I signed on your behalf, a legal contract to go on tour”.

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Bono, now 62, writes in his new memoir Surrender: “That was a good point. God is unlikely to make us break the law.

“By the end of the reunion, we were coming to believe that this tour, at least, would continue.”

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