Adam Clayton


Adam Charles Clayton is a musician, best known as the bassist of the Irish rock band U2. Clayton has resided in County Dublin since the time his family moved to Malahide when he was five years old in 1965. Clayton is well known for his bass playing on songs such as "New Year's Day", "Bullet the Blue Sky", "With or Without You", "Mysterious Ways", "Get on Your Boots", and "Magnificent". His work on No Line on the Horizon has been cited as his best bass playing.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Adam Clayton.


1960 Birth Adam Charles Clayton is the oldest child of Brian and Jo Clayton, born on 13 March 1960 in Chinnor, Oxfordshire, England. … Read More
1965 5 Years Old In 1965 the family moved to Malahide, County Dublin in the Republic of Ireland, where Clayton's brother Sebastian was born. … Read More


1976 16 Years Old …  In September 1976 Mullen put an advert onto the school's bulletin board seeking other musicians to form a band; Clayton showed up for the first meeting and practise, so did David Evans with his older brother Richard ("Dik"), Paul Hewson, and Ivan McCormick and Peter Martin who were two of Mullen's friends. … Read More
1978 18 Years Old Clayton stood in as the nearest thing that the band had to a manager in its early life, handing over the duties to Paul McGuinness in May 1978.


1981 21 Years Old In 1981, around the time of U2's second, spiritually charged album, October, a rift was created in the band between Clayton and McGuinness, and the three other band members. … Read More
1983 23 Years Old 1 More Event
Clayton has sung on some occasions, including on the song "Endless Deep", the B-side to the single "Two Hearts Beat As One" from 1983.
1987 27 Years Old Clayton has worked on several side projects throughout his career. He played (along with the other members of U2) on Robbie Robertson's self-titled album from 1987, and has also performed with Maria McKee.
1989 29 Years Old He joined U2 producer Daniel Lanois and bandmate Larry Mullen Jr. on Lanois's 1989 album Acadie, playing the bass on the songs "Still Water" and "Jolie Louise".


1991 31 Years Old Clayton played on the song "The Marguerita Suite" on Sharon Shannon's self-titled debut album which was released in October 1991.
1994 34 Years Old In 1994, Clayton played bass along with bandmate Larry Mullen Jr. on Nanci Griffith's album Flyer, playing on the songs "These Days in an Open Book", "Don't Forget About Me", "On Grafton Street" and "This Heart". … Read More
1997 37 Years Old The "Theme from Mission: Impossible" was nominated for the "Best Pop Instrumental Performance" Grammy in 1997, also reaching #7 on the US Billboard chart.
1999 39 Years Old He also featured on Little Steven's 1999 album Born Again Savage.


2006 46 Years Old …  He also had a long-standing relationship with Suzanne "Susie" Smith, a former assistant to Paul McGuinness; they were engaged in 2006, but the pair broke up in February 2007. … Read More


2011 51 Years Old In 2011 Clayton became an ambassador for the Dublin-based St. Patrick's Hospital's Mental Health Service 'Walk in My Shoes' facility. … Read More
2013 53 Years Old 1 More Event
Clayton remained a bachelor for several decades until his marriage in 2013.
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