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Happy Birthday Adam!


Adam Clayton is 50 today! He’s been rockin’ that silver fox hair for quite a few years now though. Adam seems so calm and lovely and balanced. I imagine him as this soothing presence among a band full of strong personalities and opinions. He always just looks happy to be there, playing music with his mates, with his “benevolent smile” as my mom always calls it.

If there’s only one thing you need to know about what kind of man Adam Clayton is – this is it: during The Joshua Tree tour U2 were considering canceling their Arizona concerts in protest of the state not recognizing MLK Day as a national holiday. They decided to play and Bono got threatening letters that were specific enough that I believe the FBI may have gotten involved.

The threats said that if the band played Pride (In the Name of Love) that Bono was going to get shot while singing the song. But U2 doesn’t back down – especially not for racist bastards. The song starts, Bono sings, at one point he closes his eyes and sings his heart out and nothing happens. When he opens his eyes – Adam is standing in front of him blocking any clean shot from the audience.

THAT is the kind of man Adam Clayton is – one who would LITERALLY TAKE A BULLET for his friend. So let’s raise a nice cuppa’ tea to Adam on 50 fabulous years.

Author: Amy H. Johnson

Amy H. Johnson is the author of The Fangirl Files a memoir about Boy Bands, TV Boyfriends and imaginary betrothals to 80s English pop stars. She prefers to be referred to as a "Cute Famous Boy Aficionado".

3 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Adam!

  1. ANy man who is in a photo with a tea setting, an iron and ironing board and a guitar is #1 in my heart – 3 of my fave things!!
    And I guess it is time to relinquish my position as possible bride to Adam to Jill – I think he would be more interested in a 20 something lady than a 61 year old!!

  2. Lovely man , so calm and so talented.

  3. Love this-definitely defined the Malahide Silver Fox perfectly!

    When me and Adam get married (at his Irish castle of course), I’ll make him choose Larry as one of his groomsmen so when I have you as a bridesmaid, Larry can escort you down the aisle at the wedding! And do you know how EPIC those wedding pix would be of you, me, Larry, and Adam!

    Yeah, I really gotta make this happen for real.

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