U2's Adam Clayton on MusiCares, recovery, 'The Joshua Tree'
U2, currently in the midst of a 30th-anniversary tour celebrating The Joshua Tree, have added a special date to their itinerary on Monday, June 26.
The 22-time GRAMMY-winning group is confirmed to perform in support of their bassist, Adam Clayton, at the 13th annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert in New York City. Clayton is set to receive the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award at the event, an honor representing recognition of his support of MusiCares and his commitment to helping others with the addiction recovery process.
In an interview with Variety, Clayton explained the difficulty he experienced in grappling with the success of The Joshua Tree and its partying aftermath, and how a GRAMMY-winning guitar legend gave him the guidance he needed.
"I didn't know what was wrong with me, but some musicians were there for me and showed me that you could be in a band and not party to a self-destructive [extent]," said Clayton. "One of those people was Eric Clapton. It was amazing to me to have him say there is help and there is life after you stop drinking."
The bassist also shared his candid thoughts on addiction recovery and the integral role organizations such as MusiCares play for music people in need.
"As someone who has been through rehab and recovery, I absolutely acknowledge that lots of people run into difficulty with addiction, and it is somewhat misunderstood," said Clayton. "People can be judgmental and say that addicts are weak or they're bad, but my experience is that people in rehab and recovery are actually very courageous. It's great to know you can have a second chance. … It's not so easy for most other people, and I think that's where MusiCares really helps."