1981-08-16 - Slane, Ireland - Slane Castle


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.
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  1. Boy (7)
  2. October (6)

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review by 2UToo

4 months ago


It's clear that many songs were debuted tonight as many arrangements and lyrics were improvised, most notably 'October' which featured different lyrics and a Capella bits that I enjoyed a lot. The band was mostly tight but also faced some technical issues. Bono's voice was mostly strong but he had a few cracks here and there, the falsetto was quite good for an early show though!


Sound is actually not that awful and mostly very listenable. Main issue is Bono vanishing from the mix sometimes and a few cuts (some major, some minor),
Recording: Audience microphone - 1.5 stars


Quite solid audience for such an early show, lots of cheering and even taking over for Bono during 'Boy/Girl' and singing 'Happy Birthday' for Edge's girlfriend Aislinn.


Highlights: An Cat Dubh, October, Out of Control, Happy Birthday

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