1981-02-01 - London, England - Lyceum Ballroom

setlist

Performance notes: Pete Wylie from Wah! Heat joins U2 for a cover of Bob Dylan's All Along The Watchtower. This is the first time U2 cover the song; it later goes on to become a setlist staple on 1989's Lovetown Tour.
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songs per album

  1. Boy (9)
  2. Rattle and Hum (1)
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review by TheOcean81

6 months ago

Performance

The band puts on an average performance. The audio quality doesn't allow the performance to be fully appreciated, but the show definitely improves in the second half. The first five songs and All Along The Watchtower sadly feel somewhat dull, which causes this performance to lack in comparison to other Boy Tour concerts.

Sound

The audio recording, overall, is pretty tough to deal with. It's still listenable, but has so much static and constantly switches between mono and stereo sound. Bono is hard to understand, and Stories For Boys and Twilight specifically are a jumble of noise. I'll cut it some slack considering it's age, but it doesn't compare to the quality of the Hilversum or the Paris concerts of the Boy Tour.
Recording: "All Along The Watchtower" - 2.5 stars

Audience

The audience is there, but that's about it. They clap after most of the songs, but Bono doesn't interact with them practically at all. They could be much more enthused.

Overall

The highlights include Another Time, Another Place, The Cry/Electric Co., and the second 11 O'Clock Tick Tock. Overall, a fair performance combined with the mediocre audio quality makes this one of the lesser shows of the Boy Tour. Only listen to the show if you are a true fan of early U2.

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