Comments: After the show, U2 signed their first contract with Island Records. The performance of Cartoon World at this show is included on the Boy remaster's bonus disc. A bootleg recording of the full main set exists. A Hot Press review notes that there was a "stinging encore", The Electric Co., which is possibly the first performance of that song. Setlist and comment provided by U2gigs.com.
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They are just so utterly energetic. It's remarkable to hear how much Bono's voice improved from this point to the Boy Tour just a couple of months later.
Very good. It's not perfect, there's some crackle and hiss throughout but it's really easily listenable, especially considering it's nearly forty years old. Recording: CD Silver - 4 stars
They seem pretty good. Someone swears at the start of Trevor.
Silver Lining is an early version of 11 O'Clock Tick Tock. Musically it's nearly identical (except a few neat little things at the end) but has very different lyrics. Speed of Life has lyrics, unlike the version that was eventually officially released. Trevor is an early version of Touch. Shadows and Tall Trees sounds quite different to the version on Boy.
Overall, a very solid show with great historical value. It's really something special to see the band at this early stage playing with all the passion and fire that will define their whole career.
- Life On a Distant Planet (one of my favourite of U2's early songs)
- Another Day
- Pete the Chop
- Cartoon World
- Out of Control
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"I realized the real influence was probably Flannery O'Connor, so I developed this character called the Shadow Man and I'm managing to step into the shoes of the Shadow Man without any self-harm. It's quite a character."
- Bono on the character he plays for Exit on the Joshua Tree tour
did you know
The song 'I Fall Down' is about a girl Bono knew named Julie. She's the daughter of a wealthy lawyer in New York, who ended up moving to ireland and becoming involved in the same bible group U2 were in. She later became involved with Pod, a roadie for U2 at the time, the 'John' in the song.