U2 guitarist The Edge discusses stage fall: ‘It would have been the shortest tour in history’

The Edge fell off the edge of the stage during the band's opening night of their world tour

U2 guitarist The Edge has discussed his fall during the first show of his band’s world tour in Vancouver earlier this month (May 14).

The guitarist was walking along the edge of a ramp in the middle of the crowd during final song ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’ when he accidentally stepped off the stage. Bono, oblivious to the accident, sang on while the rest of the band briefly stopped playing. Previously writing on social media that he was okay but “didn’t see the edge”, the guitarist has now talked to CBS about the incident.

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“It was a moment of reverie where I just completely lost track of where I was on stage,” The Edge said, with bassist Adam Clayton describing his feeling at the time as being “sick in the pit of my stomach”.

Serious injuries to the musician would have mean that the band’s tour would have started and ended in the same evening, with The Edge adding: “It would have been the shortest tour in history”. Watch the band discuss the incident in the video interview below.

Watch footage of The Edge’s fall beneath.

Noel Gallagher recently discussed attending one of U2’s shows, describing it as a “psychedelic experience”. He said: “It was theatre. It starts off as a punk rock gig but then it gets intimate… For people who haven’t seen it, they play inside of a video screen and it’s something else, it’s like watching a television but you kind of forget sometimes that they are actually there on stage and they are playing live. It’s a psychedelic experience… It was staggering – and only the fourth show. I can’t wait to see it again.” Scroll below to see a video interview of Noel Gallagher discussing his love of U2.

U2 dedicated their song ‘Pride’ to the Irish gay marriage referendum voters at their show in Arizona on Saturday (May 23). Bono changed the song’s lyrics (“Free at last, they took your life. They could not take your pride”) to “They could not take away your gay pride”. The singer also reportedly told the audience during the performance: “We have peace in Ireland today! And in fact on this very day we have true equality in Ireland!”

The band also paid tribute to late blues guitarist BB King at a show on May 15, performing their 1988 collaboration ‘When Love Comes To Town’. King passed away the day prior.

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