For a split second, the members of U2 thought that the first show of their enormous iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour might be their last when guitarist The Edge fell off the stage. In an interview with CBS Sunday Morning, the members of U2 discussed the incident, which luckily did not seriously injure The Edge.
“It was a moment of reverie where I just completely lost track of where I was on the stage,” says The Edge in the interview. “Out of the corner of my eye I could see the curve of the round and I thought I was already there. I stepped off on what I thought was the stage and I had basically cut the corner. It was one of those things you do only once.”
Bassist Adam Clayton says he was “sick in the pit of my stomach” watching the fall, and drummer Larry Mullen remembers thinking that the tour might “start and end in the same evening” had The Edge’s injuries been more significant.
“It would have been the shortest tour in history,” adds The Edge.
Last year, U2 frontman Bono suffered a fall of his own when he injured himself in a cycling accident. The singer has said that he still can’t play guitar due to his injuries, but now he’s starting to look at his body in a different way.
“Edge says that I look at my body like it’s an inconvenience,” Bono says. “And that I need to be more mindful. And you know I’ve been disagreeing with Edge all my life on musical matters, but I’m starting to pay much more attention to him on philosophical ones.”