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U2's Adam Clayton battled 'emptiness' despite band's huge success

April 30, 2014 at 4:05 PM ET

U2 bassist Adam Clayton, a member of one of the richest and most successful rock bands in the world, says a battle with depression left him feeling empty despite living "what seemed like a privileged life."

Clayton's comments in a story in the Irish Independent came as he was helping to launch Walk In My Shoes, a campaign to support mental health services at Dublin's St. Patrick's Hospital.

Clayton, 54, also said that he loves "the peacefulness music brings to a restless spirit" but added that "if I spent a minute away from music, I wasn't getting that fix."

The Walk In My Shoes program was started by a 16-year-old mental health patient who wished his friends could understand what he was going through.

In a call to Dublin's "Ray Foley Show" on 98 FM, Clayton also managed to break a little music news by saying that he and his U2 mates (Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr.) were nearing the end of some recording. 

When Foley asked if he should get his hopes up for a new album from the Irish superstars, Clayton said, "I can't say when we'll be releasing it, but we hope to have it finished by the end of the summer, which would be great, and we're very excited about it, and we want to get it out as quickly as possible."

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