Olaf HeineA year ago, Bono apparently almost died. The U2 singer had a near-death health scare that he won’t describe, but left him “very alone and very frightened.”

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, the U2 frontman is pressed by the magazine’s founder Jann Wenner about what happened, but he refused to divulge details, saying, “Well, I mean, I don’t want to.”

However, Bono did say this much: “People have these extinction events in their lives; it could be psychological or it could be physical. And, yes, it was physical for me.”

Asked whether he felt lucky to get past it, the 57-year-old rocker exclaimed, “I am the f***ing luckiest man on Earth. I didn’t think that I had a fear of a fast exit. I thought it would be inconvenient ’cause I have a few albums to make and kids to see grow up and this beautiful woman and my friends and all of that … And then suddenly you are that guy. And you think, ‘I don’t want to leave here. There’s so much more to do.’ And I’m blessed.”

U2 recently released their latest album, Songs of Experience, and Bono says his brush with mortality affected the vibe of certain songs.

“Not surrendering to melancholy is the most important thing if you are going to fight your way out of whatever corner you are in … And I never wanted to surrender to that, so punk rock, the tempo of some songs, suddenly became really important.”

The aforementioned health scare wasn’t Bono’s first brush with death. In 2014, he suffered multiple fractures in a scary bicycle accident in New York’s Central Park.

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