Performance notes: U2 participate in 1981's Slane Castle festival in support of headliners Thin Lizzy. U2 would later go on to headline Slane themselves twenty years later. Happy Birthday is sung for Aislinn, Edge's girlfriend (and later his first wife). This show features the live debuts of With A Shout, I Threw A Brick, Gloria, Rejoice, and October. Setlist and comment provided by U2gigs.com.
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Not a bad performance, just... they weren't quite done with or prepared to play a lot of the material, and they were a bit out of practice on older stuff.
Listenable, and fairly good at places. Not so good overall though. Recording: Audience microphone - 1.5 stars
The audience were very great.
An interesting show. Not great, but not as bad as the band cracked it up to be. Many of the October songs had differing lyrics to their final versions, some of the Boy songs also had altered words. The Ocean had alternate lyrics I thought were quite good; the rambling lyrics for October and I Threw a Brick were not so good...
For the record, I think With a Shout could've been a very good opener.
Overall, it's a below-par show mostly because of the poor sound and the band's unfamiliarity with the new material.
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"One of the hardest things about being in U2 was not belonging to a tradition. In the past, we've gone looking for a tradition to fit into. I mean, we feel close to soul because of the spirituality and the sense of abandon; we feel close to rock 'n' roll because it can confront an issue head-on; we even feel an empathy with folk music because it deals with timeless ideals, not juvenilia. Now, we don't try to fit anymore, we don't even consider ourselves to be a rock 'n' roll band at all."
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The song 'Dirty Day' was dedicated to Charles Bukowski (1920-1994) on the album sleeve of 'Zooropa', he was an American poet and novelist.