Adam Clayton is known to multiple generations as the bass player for world-renowned rock band U2, which showcases his driving, hard rock style marked by melodic flair. Though his career has been defined by his decades-long association with the band, he also found the U.K. and U.S. Top Ten in the mid-'90s with his cover of the theme to Mission: Impossible with bandmate Larry Mullen, Jr. Clayton was born in Chinnor, Oxfordshire, England, though his pilot father briefly moved the family to Nairobi before settling down in Malahide, Ireland when Adam was five years old. Early exposure to classical music led to piano lessons before he took up the guitar, occasionally playing music with neighborhood family the Evans, who included young David Evans, later known as the Edge. After moving away to boarding school, Clayton invested in his first ...
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