U2’s Adam Clayton: “The bass has to either be sexy or aggressive, or it shouldn’t be there as far as I’m concerned”

Adam Clayton
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U2 are arguably the biggest band in the world and have been for a very long time. That also makes them among the most influential too, having inspired all kinds of musicians across the various movements within punk and mainstream pop.

It really doesn’t matter what kind of music you’re into – everyone knows who U2 are and will be aware of at least a handful of their biggest singles, from early fan-favorites like Gloria and Sunday Bloody Sunday to enduring anthems like With Or Without You and I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For right through to contemporary hits Beautiful Day and Vertigo.

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).