Comments: 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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did you know
The lyric "3:33 when the numbers fell off the clock face" from Unknown Caller is a reference to the Bible verse Jeremiah 33:3. Bono refers to it as "God's phone number".