By Scott T. Sterling

U2 frontman Bono has revealed that he was very nearly another rock star casualty of 2017.

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The shocking revelation was made during an extensive new interview with Rolling Stone, with the charismatic singer keeping the specifics of his heath scare relatively private.

“People have these extinction events in their lives; it could be psychological or it could be physical. And, yes, it was physical for me, but I think I have spared myself all that soap opera,” Bono said. “Especially with this kind of celebrity obsession with the minutiae of peoples’ lives—I have got out of that. I want to speak about the issue in a way that lets people fill in the blanks of what they have been through, you know?”

“It’s one thing if you were talking about it in a place of record like Rolling Stone, but by the time it gets to your local tabloid it is just awful. It becomes the question that everyone is asking,” the U2 star explained.

Bono went on to put his situation into context, particularly for those of lesser means who’ve had similar experiences.

“People have had so much worse to deal with, so that is another reason not to talk about it,” he opined. “You demean all the people who, you know, never made it through that or couldn’t get health care!”

The singer also discussed his son Eli, who’s into rock music: “He believes that a rock and roll revolution is around the corner.”

Does Bono believe that?

“I think music has gotten very girly. And there are some good things about that, but hip-hop is the only place for young male anger at the moment — and that’s not good.”

“When I was 16, I had a lot of anger in me,” he continued. “You need to find a place for it and for guitars, whether it is with a drum machine – I don’t care. The moment something becomes preserved, it is fucking over.”

Since the interview’s publication, Bono has been criticized for those comments on social media.

Read the full interview here.

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