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'Music is a kind of sacrament'

U2 frontman Bono, who has become popular for his activism, says he has no plans to sacrifice his career in music.

art and culture Updated: Nov 05, 2007 16:35 IST

U2 lead singer Bono believes his activism has helped him in understanding the value of his band. The recording room is like a sanctuary and an escape from the material world, he says.

Bono has become increasingly popular for his activism but has no plans to give up music to be a full time crusader, contactmusic.com reports.

<b1>Bono said: "I've spent a lot of time in these two-dimensional worlds - numbers, values, analysis of statistics - and when I get away from it, being with U2 is such a playground. It's made me realise how sacred music is. It's a kind of sacrament - like marriage, like friendship.

"I'm not sure the other three in the band know this, because they, maybe sensibly, have avoided that other world. They just think they're in U2, and that's great. But I really know how great it is to be in U2".

"As it became my job to be in a band, you take for granted that you've got a few hours with your mates in the studio. I don't anymore. It is sanctuary and escape from the material world of casualties, profit and loss, cynicism and hard-bitten victories over your own indifference or somebody else's. You get into this f**king room and everything seems possible, and I've never really appreciated it more than now. It's this incredible thing. I treasure it."