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    • (on U2 and politics)
      The Edge: We've grown up being a political band. We never saw a need to separate religion and politics from everything we write about and care about. We have always been well aware that steaming in on any issue was liable to get us into trouble, or just come off as uncool.

    • (on the significance of the guitar)
      The Edge: I think it may have something to do with it standing for freedom in some weird way - somewhat like the automobile has meant freedom for people over the last century. Since the invention of blues and rock and roll, the guitar has inspired that kind of feeling in people. And it probably always will.

    • (speaking in 1987 on the influence of America on "The Joshua Tree" album)
      The Edge: And just becoming so fascinated with this culture, the very paradoxes of this place has led us to start investigating the original music, the seminal influences of music here. These are all things that as a result of becoming saturated with America, American culture and American music over the past 12 months.

    • (on his views on religion, as of 2002)
      The Edge: I still have a spiritual life, but I'm not really a fan of religion per se. You know, what I believe is very much what I ended up coming to. It's not a doctrine that is connected to any church or any religious group. It's very much my own personal thing. But I have to say that I think there's a lot of great people in churches -- very highly motivated people. Bono's run into a lot of them working in Africa and they're incredible. It's very hard to say anything bad about where they're coming from or what they believe. So I guess in some ways, I'm open to all that stuff. It just doesn't work for me.

    • (on his guitar-playing techniques)
      The Edge: The biggest difference between me and other players is that I don't use effects to color my parts. I create guitar parts using effects. They're a crucial element of what I do so I don't consider them a crutch... They're a part of the art.

    • (on what he bring to U2)
      The Edge: My role as musical idea instigator in the group has progressed a lot. I bring in an arpeggio, or chord progressions, that can become the foundation of a new song. Say, progressions I've always loved, ambiguous as to major or minor, enhanced by chords stripped down to two or three notes doubled at the octave. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

    • (his thoughts on the early days working on a new album)
      The Edge: We¹re at that wonderful place where we¹re just experimenting, and trying things, just really letting our imaginations go. It¹s my favorite phase of making an album because there are no constraints, you just write and explore possibilities. That¹s where I am now: loads of possibilities, but nothing concrete.

    • (on sampling someone else's music)
      The Edge: I mean ultimately it does no one any good if creativity is stopped because record companies are losing money. I suppose the fine line is between where a sample or using somebody else's work is pure theft and plagiarism, and where it becomes a legitimate new thing, and that I suppose is where whatever new legislation, that's where it's really going to be difficult to be clear.