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The first son of Jo and Brian Clayton and U2's bass player was born on March 13, 1960 in the English village of Chinnor in Oxfrodchire, England. The family lived partly in England (where Brian was a RAF pilot) and partly in Africa until 1965, when they moed to Ireland as Adam's father took a job as a pilot with the Irish airline, Aer Lingus. The family moved to a house in Yellow Walls Road, Malahide, a small seaside town ten miles north of Dublin. In Malahide, Adam attended St. Andrew's Primary school, also attended by Dave Evans (The Edge). He stayed at St. Andrews until he was eight. He then was moved to a boarding school. During his stay there, Adam asked his mother to buy him a bass guitar in return for working harder at school. She paid 52 pounds for the guitar in 1975, but after a few misdemeanors, including breaking a "gating" order not to leave the school premises and smoking, his parents decided to send him to a local state school -- Mount Temple.
Adam started at Mount Temple in September 1976, but even with its relaxed atmosphere, he continued to break rules and rebel against authority. Actions such as drinking coffee in class and streaking down the school's main corridor ultimately led to him being asked to leave in March 1978. Although Adam did very little work at Mount Temple, he had come accross Larry Mullen, Jr. and his note asking for people to join his band. Due to the fact that he had a bass guitar and had been in a band already -- the Max Quad Band -- he got the gig.
Adam has had his fair share of publicity. In August 1989, he was arrested in Dublin after being found in possession of a small amount of cannabis. The resulting court case left him with a 25,000 pounds fine -- donated to the Dublin Women's Aid Refuge Center. Then in 1993 when he became engaged to supermodel Naomi Campbell, it seemed like he was never out of the headlines; more a celebrity than a musician. The messy ending of the engagement served to send Adam further into alcohol dependency. This came to a head in Sydney, Australia when, as a result of a massive hangover from an alcoholic binge, he missed playing with the band at their Sydney Football Stadium gig on November 26, 1993. After that, Adam has stopped drinking alcohol altogether.