U2's Adam Clayton thanks bandmates for supporting him through his addiction while being honored


U2's Adam Clayton is opening up about his struggle with alcoholism.

The 57-year-old bassist was honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award at the MusiCares MAP Fund concert in New York City on Monday night for his work with the charity, which helps musicians with addiction recovery. During his passionate speech, Clayton thanked his bandmates, who have supported him through his battle with alcohol.

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"I'm not used to achieving anything on my own," Clayton began. "I'm an alcoholic, addict, but in some ways that devastating disease is what drove me towards this wonderful life I now have. It's just that I couldn't take my friend alcohol. At some point I had to leave it behind and claim my full potential."

He added that he "didn't think you could be in a band and not drink. It is so much a part of our culture. Because we work at night, we go out at night. We live at night, we do business at night. I thought my life would be over, but two heroes of mine were there for me and it meant a great deal to me that they tried to convince me otherwise."

Ultimately, it was Eric Clapton who told him to seek help, adding that, "He didn't sugarcoat it. He told me that I needed to change my life and that I wouldn't regret it." He also credited his good friend, Pete Townshend, from The Who, who visited him during rehab, and his U2 bandmates.

"I was lucky because I had three friends who could see what was going on and who loved me enough to take up the slack of my failing," Clayton continued. "Bono, the Edge, and Larry [Mullen] truly supported me before and after I entered recovery, and I am unreservedly grateful for their friendship, understanding and support."

"We have a pact with each other. In our band, no one will be a casualty," he shared. "We all come home, or none of us come home. No one will be left behind. Thank you for honoring that promise, and letting me be in your band."

Clayton ended his speech by quoting a lyric that was "written by Bono when we were 18. 'If you walk away, walk aways, I will follow.'"

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U2 later took the stage and performed "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out of," "Vertigo" and "I Will Follow."

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Bono, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen, and The Edge of U2 in attendance at the 13th Annual MusiCares Map Fund Benefit Concert Honoring Adam Clayton at PlayStation Theater on June 26, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Mack/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Adam Clayton in attendance at the 13th Annual MusiCares Map Fund Benefit Concert Honoring Adam Clayton at PlayStation Theater on June 26, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Mack/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Bono and Adam Clayton of U2 perform on stage at the 13th Annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert at the PlayStation Theater on June 26, 2017 in New York City. Proceeds benefit the MusiCares MAP Fund, which provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment. For more information, please visit www.musicares.org. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Bono and Adam Clayton of U2 perform at 13th Annual Musicares MAP Fund Benefit Concert Honoring Adam Clayton at PlayStation Theater on June 26, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/WireImage,)
MANCHESTER, TN - JUNE 09: Adam Clayton of U2 performs during the 2017 Bonnaroo Arts And Music Festival on June 9, 2017 in Manchester, Tennessee. (Photo by C Flanigan/WireImage)
MANCHESTER, TN - JUNE 09: Adam Clayton (L) and Bono of U2 perform during the 2017 Bonnaroo Arts and Music Festival on June 9, 2017 in Manchester, Tennessee. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, TN - JUNE 09: U2, The Edge, Bono, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen perform durnig the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival 2017 on June 9, 2017 in Manchester, Tennessee. (Photo by Douglas Mason/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - MAY 24: (L-R) Adam Clayton, Bono, Larry Mullen Jr., and The Edge of U2 perform in concert during The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 at NRG Stadium on May 24, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/WireImage)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 03: Bono and Adam Clayton of U2 perform during The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 at Soldier Field on June 3, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - MAY 17: (L-R) Bono and Adam Clayton of U2 perform on The Joshua Tree Tour at Levi's Stadium on May 17, 2017 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)
SEATTLE, WA - MAY 14: Adam Clayton of U2 perform on stage during the 'Joshua Tree 2017' tour at CenturyLink Field on May 14, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Mat Hayward/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 02: The Edge and Adam Clayton of U2 accept the Best Live award during The Stubhub Q Awards 2016 at The Roundhouse on November 2, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 02: (L-R) Ronnie Wood, Sally Wood, Adam Clayton and The Edge attend The Stubhub Q Awards 2016 at The Roundhouse on November 2, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 02: Adam Clayton (L) and The Edge, accepting the Best Live Act award on behalf of U2, attend The Stubhub Q Awards 2016 at The Roundhouse on November 2, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 05: Adam Clayton of U2 performs at the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Benefit concert at Cow Palace on October 5, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/WireImage,)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 05: (L-R) The Edge, Bono and Adam Clayton of U2 perform at the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Benefit concert at Cow Palace on October 5, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/WireImage,)
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