Support for The Vipers
The Vipers @ McGonagle’s. Image supplied by Dave Moloney
Set; includes 2, 4, 6, 8 Motorway
This was Dave Moloney’s (The Vipers drummer) 21st birthday, he recalls “I had a few drinks before I even arrived at McGonagle’s, I was smashed by the time we went on”. “I also remember coming down stairs after being told by various people that he should have a listen to the support band as they were very good, they were playing the Tom Robinson number 2, 4, 6, 8 Motorway. I was trying to chat up a bird at the time, so going down stairs to listen to U2 was not the first thing on my mind”.
This is the first time U2 are known to have played a major Dublin city centre venue, U2 were still playing under the name “The Hype” at this time.
Left to right Ivor Rowan (bass), Paul Boyle (vocals/guitar) & Ray Ellis (guitar).
01/03/1978 Howth Community CentreAttendance, unknown
Support, Virgin Prunes
This date is taken from Patrick Brocklebank’s dairy.
04/03/1978 Presbyterian Hall, SuttonAttendance, unknown
Support, The Hype, Modern Heirs, Virgin Prunes
Photo’s supplied by Steve Averill Set; The Hype includes Dancing In The Moonlight, Glad To See You Go, A Bruce Springsteen song was also played, its not known which song.
U2 set includes Shadows And Tall Trees
Steve Averill As far as I can remember we played two songs The In Crowd and Who Do You Love, which sounded more avant grade than intended to to lack of rehearsal and musical ability. Billy Morley and I were asked to join U2 for the encore. Or rather all of U2 bar Bono as I sang a song, which I can’t remember the title of now. It would likely have been a classic rock song. I do remember that Billy and Edge did some god guitar interplaying. I don’t remember there being a poster for the gig but there may have been as it was a pretty full audience.Photo’s (Top) Steve Averill & Adam Clayton, (Middle) Kieran Wilde, both taken during the Modern Heirs set.
Bottom Left to right Adam Clayton, The Edge, Steve Averill, Billy Morley. Photo taken during U2’s encore.
This is an unusual concert in many ways. It was The Hype’s last gig, and the first gig for the other three bands, the Virgin Prunes, Modern Heirs & U2.
After having won the pop contest in Limerick as U2, U2 play one final concert as the five piece with Dik Evans as The Hype. The Hypes set is made up of cover versions. After their set Dik leaves to join the Virgin Prunes.
Adam Clayton was on stage for the entire concert playing with all four bands.
U2’s set made up entirely of original songs.
This is the fist time that U2 appeared in the Irish Press. This clip is from the Evening Press gig guide.The Modern Heirs who played the hall in Howth were:
Pete Hamilton -Vocals, synth, Steve Rapid – Vocals, synth, Adam Clayton – Bass, Joey Clarke – Drums, Kieran Wilde – Saxophone
It was a one-off performance and the band became a trio after that gig. Stan was in the audience at the gig though, (Stan would
become a full member of the Modern Heirs).
08-03-1978 Celebrity Club, Abbey Street, Dublin
Support for Revolver
Revolver, photo supplied by Kevin Helly
Set; includes 2, 4, 6, 8 Motorway
Revolver are; Colm O’Kelly Guitar, Johnny Sullivan Drums, Billy Morley Guitar, Phil Byrne Vocals, Kevin Helly BassThe exact date of this gig is not known, but it took place on the Wednesday or Thursday the week before U2 went to Limerick. U2 were still using the name “The Hype” at this time.
This gig finishes later than normal as The Hype & Revolver both play two sets. Phil Byrne (Revolver) has to speak to Larry’s mum on the phone and promises to put Larry in a taxi after the gig has finished. The members of both bands club together to pay for the taxi fare. Revolver and the Hype both play free of charge, any money they make is from the punters who pay on the door.
The Celebrity Club was a showband venue, most of the Punk/New Wave concerts played here were poorly attended as the manger of the venue did not advertise the shows. The venue only held new wave concerts for a short period as there was troubled at a concert, it then reverted back to just a showband venue.
Adam Clayton would be Phil’s best man and godfather to his children.
15-03-1978 Celebrity Club, Abbey Street, DublinAttendance, unknown
Support for Revolver
Moran’s HotelRevolver on stage, photo supplied by Kevin Helly
Set; includes 2, 4, 6, 8 Motorway, Anarchy In The UK
Revolver are; Colm O’Kelly Guitar, Johnny Sullivan Drums, Billy Morley Guitar, Phil Byrne Vocals, Kevin Helly Bass
The exact date of this gig is not known, but according too Phil Byrne it took place on the Wednesday or Thursday before U2 went to Limerick.
Dick Purdy (Skank Mooks) I remember seeing them in The Celebrity Club supporting Revolver. One of their first gigs as U2 I believe. The gig was at 8pm and we were the only ones there. They decided to do another gig the same night at 11pm when the ‘regular’ nightclub crowd would be there. Larry had to ring and get permission from his parents to stay out late. They picked him up later I seem to recall. They did covers of 2468 Motorway and Anarchy In The UK that evening as they had limited original material at that stage. Neither band went down well with the regular boot boys who frequented the place. My friends and I had to make a hasty exit after the gig with a gang of heavies in hot pursuit. Survived to tell the tale though. D
17/03/1978 Project Arts Centre, Dublin
Poster from In Dublin MagazineAttendance, unknown
Support for Revolver
Set; includes 2, 4, 6, 8 Motorway, Anarchy In The UK
This concert takes place the night before U2 travel to Limerick for the talent contest, they would return many times to the Project between 1978 to 1980. Including a warm up gig as “Feedback” for their July 1980 concert supporting The Police at Leixlip Castle.
Revolver are; Philip Byrne AKA Philip Barretta Vocals, Billy Morley AKA Billy Luger Guitar, Colm O’Kelly guitar 1978 -1979, Kevin Helly AKA Kevin Kolt Bass, Johnny Sullivan AKA Johnny Symbol Drums
The Hype & U2 would support Revolver many times in their early days, Adam Clayton was Phil Bryne’s best man and also Godfather to his son Simon.
Sordid Details are; Ingmar Kiang Vocals & Guitar, Johnny Byrne Bass, Paul Bibby Drums.
This was Sordid Details first gig, they would only last a couple of months before adding Regine Moylett to their line up and changing their name to the New Versions, one of the leading lights of the Dublin punk scene.
Regine is the sister of Johnny Fingers from the Boomtown Rats.
18-03-1978 Stella Ballroom, Limerick Attendance, unknown
Other finalists include East Coats Angels, Room Service, U2, Dragster, Graffiti, Doves, Harmony, Village, Rockster
Admission, £1.00 A poster for the Limerick civic week
Set; Street Missions, Life On A Distant Planet, The TV SongWhen U2 originally entered this competition they entered as “The Hype”, at some point before the contest they changed their name to U2.
This is U2’s first known gig outside of Dublin. Many of the “Village” travel to Limerick on the train with U2, including Alison Stewart, Guggi, Strongman, Maeve O’Regan & Pod.
The Dublin Evening Press mistakenly calls U2, “U2 Malahide” in their review of the event. U2 do a 3 song set & make it through to the final. One of the songs U2 perform is thought to be an early version of “An Cat Dubh”.
The East Coast Angels were made up of members from Skid Row, minus Brush Shiels, already a successful band on the Irish music scene. Evening Press
Four Dublin schoolboys carried off the top prize at the Limerick Civic Week Pop ’78 competition on Saturday night.
Sponsored by the Evening Press and Harp Lager Guinness, the competition was to find the most talented and entertaining pop group or showband.
The Dublin boys, who attend Mount Temple Comprehensive and are known as U2 Malahide, headed 36 groups from all over the country and won for themselves £500, plus a trophy.
In second place was Rockster, also from Dublin, and the Limerick group, Village, were third.
The only all girl group in the contest, Harmony, from Tallaght, Co. Dublin, who got an enthusiastic reception, were unplaced.
The other finalists were East Coast Angels, Dublin, Graffiti, Condalkin, Co Dublin, Dragster, Charleville, Co Cork, and Doves, Athenry, Co Galway.
The adjudicators were Billy Wall, head of light Entertainment, RTE. Jackie Hayden, CBS Records, who will select one of the groups for a recording test and Paul O’Brien, President, Junior Chamber, Limerick. The jockey, Mike “Rave” McNamara.
The Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Frank Prendergast, presented the trophy to the winners and the cheque for £500 was presented by Colm Clarke, Limerick area representative for Guinness.
Mr Harry Roycoft, also of Guinness, presented the trophy for the runners-up and Mr Alan Mawell, Sales Promotion Executive in Irish Press Ltd., presented the trophy to the third placed group. Co-ordinator of the event was Mr Eamon Walkin, of Limerick Junior Chamber.
The Mayor, Cllr Prendergast, said it was the ambition of Civic Week Committee to cater for as many different tates as possible throughout the week in the city and all competition were very successful.
He thanked the Evening Press and Guinness for their sponsorship and CBS Records who “definitely had some groups in mind for recording”.
Mr Colm Clarke, of Guinness, and Mr Alan Maxwell for the Evening Press replied. Mr Maxwell said Civic Week was a tremendous effort.
Mr Jackie Hayden, from CBS, a spokesman for the jury said the standard was a credit to the musicianship.
“U2 Malahide”, the winning group was made up of 16 year-old Larry Mullen, of Rosemount Ave, Artane, an Intermediate Cert student at Mount Temple, Dave Evans (16), of St. Margaret’s Park, Malahide, who is doing his leaving cert, Adam Clayton (17), of Ard na Mara, Malahide, a leaving cert. student, and Paul Hewson (17), of Cedarwood Rd, Ballymun, who is also doing his leaving cert.
The group are just a year together and progressed from country music to “doing our own stuff”. Paul Hewson said “This means we can solve our money problems in a big way, particularly with regard to equipment. Now we hope to be able to buy a van”.
The boys had to promote themselves. “No one in Dublin was interested in us and we came down here as a last resort”, said Adam Clayton group leader.
All boys had praise for their school, which encouraged them, and gave them facilities to practise. In particular, they appreciated the help of Mr Donald Moxham, History Teacher, and Mr Albert Bradshaw, Music Teacher, at the school.
They appeared on RTE three weeks ago and they came to Limerick with financial help of their parents – the trip cost them £60 – and the support of their fans who travelled with the group to see them triumph.
22-03-1978 Celebrity Club, Abbey Street, Dublin Attendance, unknown
Support for Revolver
Pic by Patrick Brocklebank. Bono on stage in McGonagles.
Set; includes 2, 4, 6, 8 Motorway, Anarchy In The UKFerdia MacAnna (Rocky DeValera & The Gravediggers) A bunch of us went to see U2 play a new venue, the Celebrity Club in Abbey Street. They played a loud, fast set and there was a small but enthusiastic audience. I noticed that Bono and The Edge were wearing strange, colourful jumpers that almost matched, as though someone had knitted them specially.
At one point, The Edge leapt off the stage to play guitar from the audience. A big space cleared around him. After a few moments, The Edge glanced back at Bono. “Get back up here now,” Bono scowled. The Edge climbed back on stage without dropping a note.
This the first gig U2 play back in Dublin after wining the Pop ’78 talent contest in Limerick. It’s also the last time they will play the Celebrity club.
08-04-1978 McGonagles, Dublin Attendance, unknown
Support for, Revolver
27-04-1978 Memphis Rock Room, McGonagles, DublinAttendance, unknown
Support for The Vipers
The Vipers are; Paul Boyle (vocal & guitar), Ray Ellis (guitar & vocal), Ivor Rowan (bass), Dave Moloney (drums).
Poster supplied by Dave MoloneyThe Vipers will go on to support Thin Lizzy on their 30 date “Black Rose” tour of the UK, & the Boomtown Rats on their UK Christmas tour. The Boomtown Rats & The Vipers were both on the Irish Mulligan Record label.
The Vipers also supported The Boomtown Rats, The Jam, Dr Feelgood, The Troggs, Radio Stars, Wilko Johnson on their Irish concerts & Thin Lizzy & The Boomtown Rats in the UK.
U2 get a four week Thursday night residencies supporting The Vipers, this is the first of the four Thursday nights. They will return to McGonagles many time over the next two years.
04-05-1978 Memphis Rock Room, McGonagles, DublinAttendance, unknown
Support for The Vipers
11-05-1978 Memphis Rock Room, McGonagles, DublinAttendance, unknown
Support for The Vipers
Set; unknown14-05-1978 St Bridget’s, Finglas West, Dublin Attendance, 300
Support The School Kids, Virgin Prunes, Bach Street Kids
Photo supplied by Justin McCarthy
Set: unknownJustin McCarthy It was somewhere in Finglas…a community center as far as I remember…I remember it ’cause I’d never heard of U2 and all these bored teenagers kept on waving their U2 badges at us while we were playing….when we finished Bono walked on and said …’anyone here like the Boomtown Rats and did a Rats cover…can’t remember the song though..
Tom Mathews We probably only played 10 gigs, a max of 15, and were used to playing in front of about 8 people. This promoter rang Justin & I, wanting 4 bands to play a charity concert for 300 people. The line up was to be the Virgin Prunes, (their first gig), the School Kids, a band that wore school uniforms on stage, and to my amazement U2. I say this because at the time I had never herd of them. We had only played 3 songs and the crowd kept shouting for U2. I said to Justin lets do that song we have been rehearsing (I can’t remember the name of it). I said to the crowd, look we have played 3 songs for you, I want you to do something for us. I’m going to count down from 10, when I get to 5, I want you to shout 4, 3, 2, 1, to my amazement they did it. Later as U2 took to the stage, this fabled Bono said to how did you get the crowd to react like that. I said you’ll figure it out man.
Left, The Bach Street Kids, Justin is laying on the floor
18-05-1978 Memphis Rock Room, McGonagles, Dublin Attendance, unknown
Support for The Vipers
Set; unknown25-05-1978 Project Arts Centre, Dublin Attendance, unknown
Support, School Kids, U2, The Gamblers, Virgin Prunes
Image supplied by Dave Moloney
Set; includes MannequinThis is the first time Paul McGuinness see’s U2 live. After the concert Paul takes U2 for a drink in the Granary bar next door. Paul buys the drinks as, legally he is the only one old enough to drink. It will take a couple of months before Paul agrees to be U2’s manager.
The Gamblers are; Philip Fay (guitar), Pat Smith (bass & vocal), Andy Loughran (drums). The Gamblers played at the infamous UCD Bellfield concert were a fan was stabbed to death.
The School Kids are; Dave Greenlee Vocals, John Breen Guitar, Alan Finney Bass, Charlie Hallinan Drums. After leaving the School Kids in mid ’78 Charlie would go on to have a lot of success with Berlin, & Alan Finney would join The Atrix.Review by Karl Tsigdinos Hot Press
They are fun to dance to, but the School Kids have more than a few wrinkles to iron out before they’ll leave a lasting impression.
On the other hand, U2 have only one big problem, conquering the “fast is good” fallacy that plagues them now. Already possessed of a fine rhythm section, a tangible identity, & a promising vocalist, U2 managed to negate the impact of their originals simply by playing too fast. What could well have been very clear songs sounded unintelligible & indistinguishable.
A glimmer of U2’s direction may be gleaned from the inclusion of Wire’s “Mannequin” in their set & if U2 can slow down long enough to be heard, they could step to the fore of the Dublin music scene.
Karl later told me that no one from “Hot Press” wanted to cover this concert for the paper, he drew the short straw when Bill Graham told him he was going.
00-06-1978 Mount Temple School, Dublin Attendance, unknown
Support, Frankie Corpse & The Undertakers
Picture supplied by Frank Kearns
By this time Paul McGuinness is the U2 manager. This concert takes place on a school open day near the end of the school year, June or July. The stage for this open air concert is the low flat concrete roof of the boileroom, overlooking the school car park. Only a small crowd attend this concert & a lot of those fade away while Frankie Corpse & The Undertakers are on, they only get to play a 3 song set.
Frankie Corpse & The Undertakers are; Frank Kearns AKA Frankie Corpse (guitar & vocals), Ivan McCormick AKA Ivan Axe (guitar & vocals), Neil McCormick AKA Neil Down (bass & vocals), Keith Edgley AKA Keith Karkus (drums).
All bands members had been classmates at Mount Temple. Ivan had been a member of Feedback, in their very early days, attending the very first practice session in Larry’s kitchen. Larry Mullen introduced Ivan to Frank. This was the second & last gig for Frankie Corpse & the Undertakers, their first gig was also playing support to U2 at Mount Temple School.
Frank is currently working on a Cactus World News project, pulling together rare tracks and demos for commercial release & his Irish School Of Rock company.
04-06-1978 Blackrock Park, Dublin Attendance, unknown
Support, Boy Scoutz, School Kids, The Vipers
Admission, unknown Although listed to play U2 did not play this gig due to the crowd trouble. The concert was organised by the women of the Northern Ireland “Peace Movement”. U2 did attend this gig, Adam can be seen in the photo below of the Boy Scoutz, he is behind the bass stack. This concert took place on the “Bandstand” in Blackrock Park, some concerts also took place on the island in the lake (see the map below).
The Boy Scoutz on stage
Picture from the June issue of “Heat” fanzine, supplied by Ed Darragh.
04/06/1978 “Peace” Concert Peoples Park Blackrock. Strange Movement did not play at this concert, they did invade the stage. Irish Press report “A punk rock group which gate-crashed a Dublin open air peace concert yesterday was asked to leave the stage at the People’s Park in Blackrock after shouting slogans at the audience, threatening to burn down Leinster House, throwing holy water in a lake and burning Vatican flags”.Hot Press “Frontlines” June must be a wicked month for punks. Certainly the Blackrock Festival held last Sunday was a depressing sequence of cock ups. The organizers had formed the impression that Fran Quigley was going to deliver them a PA. He didn’t so they had to use The School Kids’ gear which wasn’t built for open air performances.
Then fights broke out which led to one unfortunate blood spewing individual, being carted off to hospital. Then amidst the shambles, The Vipers and U2 decided not to play. Just another gig in Blackrock Park, huh?………………
George Purdy They used Papal Flags at the gig in Blackrock during an anti-papacy song. The Papal visit was in Sept ’79 which would have been a year after the pictured gig so I don’t know if there would be any connection. I remember on the day in Blackrock Park I wasn’t even aware of the existence of papal flags as I had to ask someone what the yellow flags were.
Emmett O’Reilly My memories (unreliable) of the gig that U2 were supposed to play was that there was, for some reason, a large contingent from N. Ireland at it and that they were the source of the trouble (!) Saw some awful scenes, one guy decking another, then taking off his boot and smashing the guy in the face with it. Strange Movements: played with them and The Alternatives a couple of times, when I was in The Citizens, probably in the Magnet. Thought they were ok but at the time regarded them as a bit hippy-ish and certainly not “hard”. 02-07-1978 Blackrock Park, Dublin “Open Air Festival”
Line Up The School Kids, Velvet Valves, The Vipers, Boy Scoutz, Rocky De Valera & The Gravediggers, The Sinners, Sasperilla
Photo supplied by Patrick Brocklebank, The School Kids are on stage..
U2 DID NOT PLAY this gig as the outdoor amps and rigging that was hired for this gig never turned up. The bands that played, had to play with the School Kids indoor amps, this lead to the sound quality not being very good.
At this time I’m not sure if the Vipers played either, Dave Moloney (their drummer) has no recollection of this gig.
The School Kids are: Dave Greenlee (vocal), John Breen (guitar), Charlie Hallinan (drums). Charlie would go on to have more success with Berlin. John Breen was one of the first people to think that U2 were going to be “stars”. The School Kids used the same rehearsal room in Mountjoy Square as U2. Charlie Hallinan would go on to join Berlin. The Atrix & Rocky DeValrea & the Gravediggers, also used the same house. This is the second & final gig the School Kids play with U2, the first was @ the Project Arts Centre.
The Vipers are; Paul Boyle (vocal & guitar), Ray Ellis (guitar & vocal), Ivor Rowan (bass), Dave Moloney (drums). This is the Sixth & final gig The Vipers will play with U2, the other 5 were all at the Memphis Rock Room @ McGonagle’s. Boy Scoutz are; Ed Darragh, (keyboards, bass, vocal), Carol Walters (guitar), Cathy Owens (bass, vocal), Ita Carr (drums).
Boy Scoutz were an all girl group, they featured regularly in the underground fanzine “Heat”. Heat was force to close after losing a court case with U2’s Paul McGuinness.
Rocky De Valera & The Gravediggers are; Rocky De Valera (Fredia MacAnna) (vocal), Lord Lucan (Dave Sweeney) (lead guitar), Pierre Parnell (Nicky Barrett) (guitar), Jack Dublin (Paul Brown) (bass), Harpo (Robbie Campbell) (drums).
The Sinners are: Aidan O’Rourke (vocal & lead guitar), Tonny Pugh (rhythm guitar), Fergus Nolan (bass), Bernie Walsh (drums). Aidan is now a successful photographer in his native Manchester. Bernie is also a successful photographer in Ireland.
Velvet Valves include: Mark Keating (Vocals), Peter Doran (Guitar). They were fans of the Velvet Underground & the Tubes, this is were their name came from. Thanks to Ross Crowley for this information.
Sarsaparilla are; Peter Cordell Guitar, Phil Brown Guitar, Dave Quinn Bass, Denis Doran Vocals, Ray Ellis Drums. In August they changed their name to Side Kick.Some of the concerts held here, took place on the island in the lake, others used the grandstand.
07-07-1978 Stardust Club, Cork Attendance, unknown
Apart from the Limerick talent contest this is the first time U2 play outside of Dublin. Asylum are a local Cork band, in the early days of the Downtown Kampus gigs in cork, Asylum were the house band. They would later be replaced by Nun Attax. This is the only time U2 have them as a support band. Sammy Sullivan Asylum’s drummer will become U2’s drum roadie in later years.
Asylum are; Paul Tiern (vocals), Christy O’Connell (guitar), John O’Sullivan, (Bass), Sammy Sullivan (Drums). I am not sure if John’s surname is Sullivan or O’Sullivan.
23-07-1978 McGonagles, Dublin Attendance, unknown
Support for Advertising, U2 do not play this gig
Although on the adverts U2 are listed for this gig, they were replaced at the last minute by Scottish band The Addix’s, a band featuring the late Kirsty McColl on vocals.
Advertising are on a short 10 tour of Ireland, the two nights at McGonagles are their only Dublin dates.
24-07-1978 McGonagles, DublinAttendance, unknown
Support for Advertising
Advert from Hot Press
Set; includes Out Of Control
This was due to be the second of two nights that U2 open for Advertising, U2 did not play the first night, their place was taken by The Addix, the reason is not known. Advertising are on a short 10 tour of Ireland, the two nights at McGonagles are their only Dublin dates.Bill Graham Another Time Another Place.
“Managed by Terry O’Neill, McGonagles had replaced Moran’s as Dublin’s leading club. It was ill lit and scruffy, served paint stripper wine, and its stage featured incongruous & intrusive plastic palm trees, a kitsch relic from its previous incarnation as a dingy disco. While other venues were still wary of the new scene, Terry O’Neill welcomed & relished the colour & social anarchy.
It was also the site of U2’s first breakthrough, supporting Advertising. A second line EMI power pop band, Advertising were ideal rivals for U2 to test their progress against. Despite the Rat’s & Lizzy’s commercial success, Dublin bands still felt inferior to London visitors. U2 didn’t. They didn’t blow Advertising away, but they easily & confidently matched them. Certainly I recall it as a night when I first believed U2 might just be specially gifted”.
30-07-1978 McGonagles, DublinAttendance, unknown
Support for Modern Heirs, Revolver
Poster supplied by Steve Averill
Modern Hiers are; Steve Rapid Vocals & Synth, Pete Hamilton Synth, Stan Erraught Guitar, Ed Darragh Keyboards
Revolver are; Colm O’Kelly Guitar, Johnny Sullivan Drums, Billy Morley Guitar, Phil Byrne Vocals, Kevin Helly Bass
U2, on the rebound, got cast as villains, hassling with The Modern Heirs for the support spot to Revolver. Said Modern Heirs, Steve Rapid’s new musick group, were making their debut on which it had been arranged with Revolver’s Billy Luger, they’d be playing between the two rock bands. U2 or rather their new manager Paul McGuinness were having none of that and after much contretemps, The Modern Heirs played last without a sound check and then cried off the second night. Rapid who accuses McGuinness of doing a “heavy management trip” is particularly unhappy about the fiasco since he’s consistently helped U2 in the past, effectively acting as their mentor in their early days…. Hot Press “Catlicks”
31-07-1978 McGonagles, Dublin
Support for Revolver
Adam & Bono on stage. Photo from “Hot Press” Set; unknown
The Modern Heirs were also on the bill for this show but dropped out after not being happy with what happened the night before. For more details see above 30/07/1978 page. Revolver are; Colm O’Kelly Guitar, Johnny Sullivan Drums, Billy Morley Guitar, Phil Byrne Vocals, Kevin Helly Bass
Bill Graham Hot Press It’s as well Revolver have finally found themselves with competition like U-2 on the up and up. With a passionate lead singer who’s not one to ape other’s microphone poses and a guitarist who supplies a mild metal additive, U-2 are impressive contenders with the appetite and talent to improve beyond their already creditable status.
Standing apart from this year’s new bands in their suss and willingness to learn that will soon end any technical faults, U-2
profit from the fact that they’ve an identity that needs little alteration.
Revolver recovered in time but they had better not stand still, U-2 are ready to pass everyone out.
Oh, and both bands slew last week’s British import, Advertising. Guaranteed Irish, guaranteed quality.
Check out Colm O’Kelly’s (Revolver) Facebook page, he has a copy of the poster for this concert.
Adam Clayton would later be Phil Byrne’s best man & also Godfather to his children.
05-08-1978 Phoenix Park, Dublin
Free Peace FestivalAttendance, unknown
Support for Horslips, De Dannan, Clannad, The Bach St Kids, VHF, Biro’s, Revolver, U2, Rocky De Valera & The Gravediggers, Brown Thomas
Advert taken from the “In Dublin” gig guide
U2 play the first of day of a 3 day festival at Dublin’s Phoenix Park. The Festival is titled “Free Peace Festival” and takes place on 05/06/07-08-1978. Up to 75 bands (mainly local) are due to take part over the 3 days. It all starts at 12 noon, and runs till 9pm each night. The stage is at “The Hallow” opposite the Zoo & the Wellington Monument. At the People’s Gardens there will be children’s theatre, mine & poetry. 50,000 people are expected to attend daily.Review Irish Press Over 3,000 rock fans shared the leafy comfort of The Hollow in Phoenix Park yesterday for the closing day of a “peace” festival which was anything but harmonious.
The three day programme of rock “n” roll for gentle souls was marred by the arrest of the organiser, William “Ubi” Dwyer, distension among the workers and the staging of a rival event.
A total of 90 bands, which were to have shared three stages throughout the park, were said to be “lined up” for the festival and an audience of over 50,000 was forecast. It opened on Saturday with only one stage, a handful of groups, a trickle of fans and a split among the workers.
The national parks and monuments branch of the Board of Works had approved a one day event at The Hollow only.
And the unsymphatic weather didn’t help either. A cloudburst on Saturday afternoon reduced the crowd even further and the day ended with Garda intervening after ugly scenes at The Hollow band stage.
The organiser, 45 year old William Dwyer, of Gowrie Park, Dun Laoghaire, was charged with assault and threatening behaviour. A warrant for his arrest was issued yesterday by the District Court after he failed to appear.
On Sunday, the weather improved and a bigger crowd – about 2,000 – turned up to hear a handful of groups.
But the use of members of a Hells Angels fraternity as bouncers left many wondering about the original theme for the festival.
Meanwhile, also on Sunday, a rival concert, organised after dissension over the arrangements for the festival, attracted several hundred teenagers.
A number of bands which had withdrawn from the Phoenix Park programme went on stage for the alternative concert at the People’s Park in Blackrock.
Yesterday the Hells Angels were still being used at The hallow stage as a couple of young Dublin bands entertained the youngsters who were packed the natural theatre.
A spokesman for the organisers accepted that the festival had been “partially marred,” but felt that it had been a success in that it managed to survive, despite the weather.
The groups appearing at the festival were asked to pay a £10 levy to cover the costs of advertising and the hire of equipment, and a couple of benefit concerts for the event were held in Dublin recently. Tony Kavanagh.
Yes, the festival was “stewarded” by members of the Hells Angels MC Viking. In the montage, first pic, you can see Irelands first ever Hells Angel recruit, or “Prospect”. His name was Shane, from Trim, and was on the Late Late with his bike “Apache”, A Triumph 650. next to him is Mac, the President, next picture shows Mouse, the Treasurer. They lived in Clondalkin at the time. 26-08-1978 Moran’s Hotel, Dublin Attendance, unknown
Advert from Hot Press
In the mid ’70’s this was the top venue in Dublin for rock concerts. Smiley Bolger & Dave Fanning both DJ’ed here. Moran’s Hotel was were the Boomtown Rats, Radiators From Space, Revolver & The Vipers all made their name in Dublin.
Hot Press “Front Lines” All gigs at Moran’s were stopped by the hotel management on the 14th August ’78, “with out any notice” or so Declan Foley, it’s organizer asserts. He’s irked because bands were booked up till mid October.
At this time, it’s not know if the U2 gig took place.
09/09/1978 Top Hat Ballroom, Dun LaoghaireAttendance, 2,500
Support for the STRANGLERS
Ticket supplied by Michael Rynne
Patti Smith concert ticket was over stamped with “The Stranglers September 9th Top Hat”.Michael Rynne. That was great gig btw. Bono stopped a few songs into the set after laboring under a barrage of hocks and debris. He admonished his attackers who he referred to as ‘Dun Laoire bootboys’. His voice breaking with emotion he said that they hadn’t come there to play for them but for their fans. Then they played on undeterred. I remember thinking it took a lot of balls. And the rest is history as they say.
Bill Graham Another Time Another Place. “The next test was when U2 supported The Stranglers before their biggest audience yet at the Top Hat Ballroom on September 9. With no dressing room of their own, they changed behind the stage. Without a sound check, the Edge’s guitar amp spluttered with static & when he broke a string, Bono had an uphill battle against the Stranglers fans who gobbed him & threw lighted cigarettes on stage. But he didn’t shrivel. The band only got £50 & the bonus of some bottles of wine that they liberated from the Stranglers dressing room, but it had been a necessary blooding before a hostile audience. Facing them down, they had definitely won some new friends”.
At the time the Top Hat was a major venue, in Dublin attracting some of the top acts from Britain, The Jam, Stranglers, Clash, Ozzy Osbroune to name just a few. The Vipers, Berlin & Virgin Prunes all managed to get support slots with touring British bands at the Top Hat.18-09-1978 Project Arts Centre, Dublin Attendance, unknown
Support with Virgin Prunes
Advert from “In Dublin”
This was the 2nd Annual “New Wave Festival” at the Project Arts Centre, U2 headlined the last night of the two week festival. Patti Smith kicked off the festival, other bands to play were The Vipers, Revolver, Berlin, Sacre Bleu.
Revolver & The Vipers both played at first “New Wave” festival at the Project Arts Centre in November 1977.
The poster on the left was designed by U2 photographer Patrick Brocklebank, he also did the line drawing of Ian Dury.
30-09-1978 Downtown Kampus, CorkAttendance, unknown
Support for XTC
Advert from Hot Press
XTC are; Andy Partridge (vocal & guitar), Dave Gregory (guitar), Colin Moulding (bass), Terry Chambers (drums).
Concerts at the Downtown Kampus are put on by the student union of University College Cork. Downtown Kampus is part of the Arcadia Ballroom. The promoter for these concerts was Elvera Butler the founder of Reekus Records.This is U2 first concert at the Arcadia Ballroom in Cork, before Elvera started putting on the “Downtown Kampus” gigs here, only Irish showbands played this venue.
XTC also played 3 dates at McGonagles in Dublin, it’s not known if U2 also supported them on these dates.
24-10-1978 Holyrood Hotel, Bray Attendance, 2
Despite there being posters all over Bray advertising this concert, U2 play this venue with only 2 paying customers, both girls, who spend most of the concert applying their make up. With there only being two paying customers, U2 use this more as a rehearsal than a concert. The Lypton Village were at this concert along with Patrick Brocklebank. Patrick would photograph U2 many times during this period of their career, but did not take any photo’s this night. This date is taken from Patrick’s diary.
26-10-1978 Arts Building, Trinity College, Dublin Attendance, unknown
From “In Dublin”
This is a lunch time concert, the first of two concerts U2 play today. The second is at Bagnall’s in Mullingar.
U2 had an edge over most of their rivals when it came to these city centre gigs as they did not have to transport their equipment across town. Dik Evans (the Edge’s older brother) had rooms at Trinity College, which U2 would use these for practice sessions and to store their equipment.
26-10-1978 Bagnall’s, Mullingar Attendance, unknown
This is U2’s second show today, They also played a lunchtime concert at Trinity College, Dublin. U2 are billed as “The U2 Band” for this concert.
27/10/1978 Abbey Inn, Tralee Attendance; unknown
Support to; Billy Roache Band
Admission; unknown Set; includes Concentration Cramp
Stacc Coll (R.I.P.) I was their ‘live sound engineer ’78-80, U2 I mean. My recall is A1 & all of it good re. working with U2. There’s a sizeable constituency that does nothing but berate/slag off U2, the price of success I think, the Irish model of success & much loved requiring you to be dead first. Ho hum & all that. They were not the best band about those times, that was Stepaside & no arguments, but they had a vision & an ambition that NO-ONE understood. There are other items, minutiae I suppose, like a two-night residence at The Abbey Inn, Tralee, where the van survived a fire-bombing, U2 slept in the only bed available [all of them][they looked like Laurel & Hardy] & Paul [Bono] got severely grumpy when I contradicted his angle on Revelation, his stance being based on Christian scholarship & mine on a suite of music by Vangelis Pappathanisiou [title: 666]. Ho hum again …. Probably what I recall most is how he showed up at my Da’s funeral. When we carried the coffin out of the church in Finglas there was Paul. He wouldn’t come into the church, just waited outside. He looked at me & just nodded. It’s all little histories, forgotten by most as of lesser importance.
Things I forgot; The Frames [the ORIGINAL Frames], the best band that never got anywhere, & The Strougers, a bag of laughs who were musically adept & blessed with Bitzy’s presence. This was the gig, two gigs, Friday & Saturday, to make the cost of doing it right. This means bring your own P.A. or you end up with Donie McGinty’s orange boxes with speakers made in 1922. The cost also included somewhere to stay overnight, which The Abbey Inn graciously included. The most vital part was transport. Enter Phil Kavanagh, manager of D.C. Nein & everyone’s trucker. He had a Luton trannie with airplane seats! Not in the cost was me, sound. The sound didn’t matter either, just get a sound, the yokels won’t know the difference….. so off we went. Somewhere in Tipperary. There was not another word spoken till we go to Tralee. The Abbey Inn was a dump. Donie McGinty’s brother’s pub, that sort of near – collapse entity. Sound check was to make the band feel OK. If you sound check U2 once that’s enough. The rest is getting the room right, be that a stadium or The Abbey Inn. The first night someone tried to burn the wagon. There was a flash outside & Phil & me ran out to find someone had chucked a molotov cocktail under the wagon, the tanks of which Phil had filled an hour earlier. The van was not diesel. It was petrol engined. As in BOOM! Phil ran out into the wagon, over the flames, started it up & drove like fuck…. which blew out the fire, as much had took hold of the wagon. Welcome to tralee. I can’t remember the gig much. There wasn’t much to remember, after the fire bombing from the Judean Peoples Front. The first half was the band’s songs. Response zero. Second half they went into attack mode; a relentless blast of Rolling Stones & the usual sounds-like-the-Stones shite, plus a few of their own early songs, which were brilliant. Brilliant? Yes brilliant. One song I still recall the title of: Concentration Cramp…… I mentioned it to Bono later & he dismissed my comments as if I had just come down the river in a tub. Or picked holes in his doctrinaire ballocks, though I was still young & innocent enough to see how vindictive he is. For all that, they blew the place away. After the gig some punter told me THEM BOYS BETTER THAN WOLF TONES!!.. which reminded me of something.
And so to bed. We, the band, Phil & me, were billeted in a room up what I can only describe as an organic stairs. It seemed to be swallowing us as we creaked up the steps. We had one room with one bed, a big double bed, but no way was it taking seven of us. So the band got the bed & we crashed on the floor. Phil & me had an instant another chance to talk about common ground we had, from London squats to Morocco. Every so often Phil got around to asking me why I was doing sound & not gigs, which I always avoided with another tale of squatney & such. It was half an hour before I noticed the band. They were all together in the big bed, Dave (Edge) even had his beany cap on. They looked like double Laurel & Hardy. They were looking at us, Phil & me, like we were extra-terrestrials. Not all of them; Adam Clayton looked both fascinated & hungry to know more.
Next day we drove up into the Glen Of Somewhere, plastic leprechauns for sale or rent, all that shite. There were several group pics, all-in pics taken, dunno who by. Bono probably to the films anyway, him being very much what is now called a controlled freak, though fascist is more appropriate word. Or little shite.. though that’s two words.
28/10/1978 Abbey Inn, Tralee
Set; unknown Stac Coll U2 sound engineer 1978 – 1980 (R.I.P.)
The second night was more of the same but smoother, no Judean Peoples Front etc. In hick towns Friday night is agro night; the slaves have a few bob & either they have a ‘good time’ or someone gets their head kicked in. Saturday night is different; it’s time for the ladies to sniff out a good mate, for breeding & paying purposes, for the babies & the bills like. Cheap for a leg-over .. but a lifetime to pay. Marriage is mortgage spelled wrong, til death do us part plus vat. So Saturday night was o.k. They went into the second half like seasoned pros. It was something to behold; how fast they learned. It was a time of many discoveries, like buddha on the back line, Larry, the pillar of the entire edifice.
We drove straight back to Dublin after it. The band were asleep before we were near Limerick. The road home was me & Phil talking, quietly, not out of any protocol but in consideration. Phil remembered a gig I did wearing a Donny Osmond t shirt. I diverted that one with the [true] story of opening a squat next door to a cabinet minister. In Hampstead, only the best of course …
29-10-1978 Airport Hotel, Crofton, Dublin
Photo from Another time, Another place. Set; unknown
Paul Bell “The Sunday, U2 turned up late and very hungry, (they had fish & chips on stage) they had been in Tralee at the weekend.
There were no more then 16 people in the audience, 7 of them were with me.
There was a wedding taking place in the next room, people kept coming to have a look, them going back to the wedding.
After the show, I spoke with Bono in the dressing room. I told him, you were great, you’re gonna be huge. Bono “Really how big.Paul “Massive”. Bono “Bigger than the Beatles?” Paul “Yes”.
He (Bono) decided that U2 would cancel the rest of the dates as this was not the venue from them. Paul McGuinness had been against them playing the Crofton in the first place.
02-11-1978 Arts Building, Trinity College, Dublin Attendance, unknown
Support New Versions, The Modern Heirs, Virgin Prunes
From “In Dublin”
U2 had an edge over most of their rivals when it came to these city centre gigs as they did not have to transport their equipment across town. Dik Evans had rooms at Trinity College, which U2 would use these for practice sessions and to store their equipment.
Hot Press Frontlines by Liam Mackey. There’s a possibility that U2 will record a single for the Mulligan label. Again, it’s all very tentative at the moment, but don’t say that we didn’t tell you about it first………New Versions are; Ingmar Kiang Vocals & Guitar, Regine Moylett Keyboards, Johnny Byrne Bass (R.I.P.) see Sorid Details page, Paul Bibby Drums. Regine is the sister of the Boomtown Rats Johnny Fingers.
Modern Heirs are; Steve Rapid Vocals & Synth, Pete Hamilton Synth, Stan Erraught
Guitar, Ed Darragh Bass
Virgin Prunes are; Fionan Hanvey (Gavin Friday) Vocals, Derek Rowen (Guggi) Vocals, David Watson (David Id) Vocals, Dik Evans Guitar, Trevor Rowen (Strongman) Bass, Anthony Murphy (Pod) Drums.
03/11/1978 Community Centre, Howth Attendance, unknown
Set, unknown At this time the exact date is not known when U2’s residency at the Community Centre started. U2 replaced Rocky DeValera & The Gravedigger’s as the resident band. Ferdia told me that Larry rang him to ask if U2 could replace the Gravediggers, but he could not remember the exact date.
There would normally be 3 bands playing each week, the Virgin Prunes would regularly be one of the support bands
10-11-1978 Belfield, University College, Dublin Attendance, unknown
From “In Dublin” Set; unknown
This was a lunch time show.
10/11/1978 Community Centre, Howth Attendance, unknown
Admission, unknown Set, unknown
17-11-1978 Belfield, University College, Dublin Attendance, unknown
17/11/1978 Community Centre, Howth Attendance, unknown
Admission, unknown Set, unknown 18-11-1978 Buttery, Trinity College, Dublin
From “In Dublin” Set; unknown
It’s believed that this concert & the concert on 20th in Ennis may have been cancelled due to the death of Larry’s mother.
Capacity was 350 & ticket prices were set at £0.60p for the Buttery. The Buttery was a student canteen, many of the Trinity College gigs were for students only, non student could only be signed in by a student at the college.
U2 up through the floorboards Aidan O’Rourke
U2 had common origins with the Virgin Prunes. I had also witnessed their concerts, recording the sound with my portable tape recorder, so that I knew their entire set by heart. In some respects I preferred them to U2 as they were very edgy and experimental.
Having seen the Virgin Prunes live several times and familiarised myself with their material, I had strong views about them. One day in the post office near Essex Street, not far from Trinity, I saw their lead singer Gavin Friday in his characteristic pale raincoat and white face powder. I seized the chance to talk to him and after introducing myself, I gave a full and frank appraisal of the music. He seemed to appreciate my interest and nodded attentively.
I was also acquainted with the Virgin Prunes bassist Dik, brother of the Edge. During 1979, Dik lived in the room directly below mine, 28.2.2. Trinity College, overlooking Front Square. I often used to hear the latest U2 and Virgin Prunes demo tapes coming up through the floor. I chatted to Dik a few times and occasionally went downstairs for a cup of tea and a chat. He also appreciated my interest in the Virgin Prunes. He told me a lot about U2 and Bono, including the fact that the song ‘I will follow’ was about Bono’s mother: “Most people think it’s a song about a girl but actually it’s about his mammy!”.
In bed at night, listening on headphones plugged into my portable tape recorder, I used to listen to Dave Fanning’s show on the fm pirate station Radio Dublin. The reception was hissy, but the music was great. He often played demo tapes by U2 and other bands. That was my third year at Trinity.
20-11-1978 Greengrove, EnnisAttendance, unknown
Support, The Verbs
It’s believed that this concert & the concert at the Buttery on 18th were cancelled due to the death of Larry’s mother.
22-11-1978 St Anthony’s Hall, Dublin“Punk Festival”
Support for New Versions, Berlin, Strange Movements, Virgin Prunes, The Citizens, Skank Mooks
New Versions @ St Anthony’s photo by Patrick Brocklebank.
U2 were due to play this festival, but with drew when the organiser (George Purdy) would not agree to move them up the bill. However they did attend this festival to support their friends the Virgin Prunes. Bono sang a Sid Vicious style version of “My Way” with The Citizens.
Denis Rusk I do have lucid and reliable memories. I doubt any photos exist, but it is 3 in the morning and like all grey haired old punks, the lifestyle means I am pissed, once a week …tonight! the citizens were short lived, but i can still remember every moment. the citizens were not important in rock and roll history save for the fact that in the francis xaviour hall we played at a punk festival. we were first on and a little known 17 year old short and slightly overweight kid known as ‘fats’ by his friends took the microphone that we were not using for backing vocals and sang from behind the curtain. Even then, ‘Fats’ who is now known worldwide as Bono had the grace to give Emmet credit for his own performance. Bono is, and always has been a good guy. More later. Den.
Eamon Delaney “I have a poster for this gig. The full lineup, from the top, is the New Versions, Berlin, the Virgin Prunes, the Strange Movements, the Skank Mooks and the Citizens. It was my first gig, and very memorable ; a wild show, with fires being burned down the front of the stage as people set alight some reams of computer paper thrown around as part of the Prunes typically avant garde shock-art set. A women in a wheelchair was whirling around the moshpit, and kids from nearby Oliver Bond flats snook in to join the show. The Strange Movements had a single, Dancing in the Ghetto with Good Vibrations records and the New Versions had Regine Moylett as a singer, subsequently a long time PR person with U2. She and her sister Susan ran the famous No Romance punk and fashion bondage shop in the Dandelion..”
New Versions are; Ingmar Kiang vocals & guiter, Regine Moylett keyboards, Johnny Byrne bass, Paul Bibby drums
Berlin are; Brian Devon vocals, Charlie Hallinan drums, Frankie Taylor guitar, Maurice Czerniak bass
Strange Movements are; Turlough Hill vocals, Lar Rogan guitar, Tony Leonard guitar, Ken Doyne bass, Denis McGrane drums.
Virgin Prunes are; Gavin Friday, Guggi, Pod, Dave Id Busarus, Dik, Strongman, Mary.The Citizens are; Emmett O’Reilly vocals & bass, Denis Rusk guitar, Martin Greene guitar, Sean D’Angelo guitar, David Herlihy drums. A short lived punk band from the Finglas area of Dublin, known for their 3 guitar “wall of sound”. Denis Rusk was also playing with The Strougers. The Edge guested on guitar at are concert The Citizens performed in Dublin’s Magnet bar.
Emmett O’Reilly “The Citizens were a straight-ahead punk band, who mutated into New Career, who had a more post-punk sound and eventually they mutated into Montage, a synth-pop band. All three bands were based around the Cedarwood Rd scene but because of our antipathy to the Christian vibe associated with U2, we remained close to but slightly separate from the whole Lypton Village thing. Montage were the first band to be offered a contract by Mother Records but as the band were already disintegrating, nothing ever came of it.” Skank Mooks are; Paul Woodfull vocals, Fred McLoughlin guitar, Dick Purdy bass, Johnnie Bonnie drums. A short lived punk band cia 1978/79, George Purdy, brother of Dick was their manager & organised the “Punk Festival”.
Johnny Bonnie“The Skank Mooks had 4 members but 10 on stage, the venue was packed but there were more backstage than out front”. My first gig and first time to use a drumkit, thanks to Paul Bibby for that at St. Anthonys Hall, think we got the name from the film Mean Streets. We went on to do another seven gigs”.
Dick Purdy The infamous St. Anthony’s Hall gig that unleashed The Skank Mooks on the world. Couldn’t play but that didn’t matter. If my memory serves me right I never played a bass before this day. I think it was Johnny Bonnie’s first time behind a drum kit as well. It was our first time in front of an audience and it felt good. Must have done, Johnny is still doing it 35 years
George Purdy I remember Bono telling me that evening that U2 were “big in Howth”.
Sarah Edwards I was amookette with Marisa Kavanagh, our trade mark was leopard skin, which we always wore on stage, i wore my fathers cricket trousers, on our debut at st Anthony’s hall, the Virgin Prunes set the place on fire, with computer paper, so U2, who were supporting us, never got on stage, years later when working in Cookes cafe, Bono and Paul Mcguinness used to love to tell that story. both Nigel Poff and John Cole were there that night, we opened with wild thing, that’s about all i can remember ! we also played McGonagles, and i was stopped in Grafton st for my autograph, i edited the hot press letters page with Ann Siggins ( Annie West ), as a celeb presenter !
24/11/1978 Community Centre, HowthAttendance; unknown
Admission; unknown Set, unknown At this time it is not known when exactly U2’s residency at the Community Centre started. I believe it was up and running by this date, Bono had told George Purdy that U2 “Were big in Howth” a few days earlier at the St Anthony’s gig.
The common opinion seems too be that U2′ residency started in maybe September ’78 but more likely October of that year.
U2 replaced Rocky DeValera & The Gravedigger’s as the resident band. Ferdia told me that Larry rang him to ask if U2 could replace the Gravediggers, but he could not remember the exact date.
There would normally be 3 bands playing each week, the Virgin Prunes & The Fast would regularly be one of the support bands. 19-12-1978 McGonagle’s, Dublin “Hot Press Christmas Party”
Support for, Fit Kilkenny & The Remoulds, Phil Lynott, Gary Moore, Scott Gorham & Brian Downey (Thin Lizzy) Steve Jones & Paul Cook (Sex Pistols), (Dave) George Sweeney & Paul Boyle (The Vipers), Bob Geldof & Gerry Cott (Boomtown Rats), Brush Shiels, Noel Bridgeman (Skid Row), Phil Byrne (Revolver).
Photo supplied by Dave Sweeney
Fit Kilkenny & The Remoulds are; Roy Siggins Vocals, George Sutton Guitar, Martin McEvoy Guitar, Garrett Brown Bass, Bren Farren Drums
George Sutton The Remoulds were really stoked to be hired to play that night. Doing our sound check in the afternoon we met U2 for the first time. They had just won the ‘Evening Herald’ talent competition! It’s a laugh now to think that we were pretty impressed with them and how original they sounded. We spent quite a bit of extra time helping with their mix and set up (letting them use all 4 microphones!) for which Bono was very grateful. Later that evening, we were upstairs in the dressing room when we heard an almighty racket coming from downstairs! We rushed down to see what was going on and to my horror Steve Jones was cranking up my guitar at full blast. The reputation of the Sex Pistols as bad boys was legendary in those days and I was just waiting for him to sling the guitar into the middle of next week! Luckily Steve Jones turned out to be a much more ‘normal bloke’ than his reputation and all was well in the end!
Bren Farren I remember that night very well. It’s not often that a band like U2 played “support” to us, Fit Kilkenny & the Remoulds. That is my drum kit that Larry Mullen is playing.
Set; Route 66 & Pretty Vacant
Dave Sweeney “It was Paul Boyle (Vipers vocalist) and not Paul Cook who took the stage with Steve Jones (Sex Pistols), Larry Mullen and I – one drummer was enough! – and the date was Tuesday 19th December 1978. What happened was that myself and Boyle were talking to Cook and Jones who we had met in London on our tour with the Boomtown Rats. We were impatient for the live music to begin downstairs – the ‘official’ band for the Hot Press party being Fit Kilkenny and the Remoulds – so in true punk style we decided to take things into our own hands. We went below and without asking permission plugged in, Larry joining us just as we started. With Steve Jones (Sex Pistols) on guitar and vocals, Boyle on guitar and myself on bass we crashed into ‘Pretty Vacant.’ We followed with “Route 66” but at that stage we had gathered an audience from upstairs, one of whom decided to pull the plug on the supergroup mid-song. Back to the cheap wine we went…
Phil Lynott was also at the party that night with Gary Moore who had just rejoined Lizzy and I remember an original Skid Row line up reunion with Gary, Phil, Brush Shiels and Noel Bridgeman much later in the night. It was Lynott who invited the two Pistols over, he was working with them in the Greedy Bastards line up and had just taped a spot on the Kenny Everett Christmas show
There was a photographer present called Patrick Brocklebank and he took the attached photo (Jones (Sex Pistols), Sweeney (The Vipers), Mullen) and many more including one of me with Lynott someone I would get to know very well over the next five years”. (Dave) George Sweeney (Vipers)The Greedie Bastards, a Thin Lizzy/Sex pistols band do a short set and are joined by Bob Geldof & Gerry Cott of The Boomtown Rats for a couple of numbers at the end of the set.
Paul Cook & Steve Jones (Sex Pistols), (Dave) George Sweeney (The Vipers), Larry Mullen Jr (U2) play a two songs Route 66 & Pretty Vacant. Hot Press review by Bill Graham It’s no secret at headquarters that I have a special spot for U2. Indeed I’ve no hesitation in rating them the best unrecorded band in Ireland and one whose potential is still barely tapped.
Unfortunately, circumstances weren’t the best for this review. Production of our yearbook meant that their two recent McGonagle’s gigs, the first for the Hot Press/McGonagle’s party itself, the second on the third day of this New Year passed without praise in print. They were simply the most exhilarating performances by a local band I’ve witnessed in the last twelve months.
20/12/1978 Stardust, ArtaneAttendance, 1,600
Support for the GREEDIE BASTARDS
Gary Moore & Steve Jones, photo by Patrick Brocklebank
Set; includes Out Of Control
The Greedy Bastards are; Phil Lynott, Gary Moore, Scott Gorham & Brian Downey (Thin Lizzy) Steve Jones & Paul Cook (Sex Pistols).
U2 are given the support slot after Bono meets with Phil Lynott & U2 offer to play this gig for no fee. The Greedy Bastards are a part time group made of members from Thin Lizzy & the Sex Pistols. The Greedies also played some Christmas time dates in the UK.Review by Joe Breen Irish times 21-12-1978.
The Greedies for last night’s concert consisted of all Thin Lizzy & two Sex Pistols, Paul Cook & Steve Jones. No Rats & no Elton John, but that was no disappointment in the latter case.
Indeed, if John had appeared he would have had problems trying to keep up the pace which Moore, Lynott, Brian Downey (drums) & Scott Gorham (guitar) set from the outset. It was with a few exceptions, including hteir new song set around Irish traditional licks, “Black Rose” (Roisin Dubh), a collection of Lizzy’s greatest hits. Though plagued by sound problems it was a furious set with Gary Moore displaying many of the qualities that make him one of the world’s finest guitarists.
They were then joined by Cook & Jones and proceeded to perform what could be termed as a Pistol’s greatest hits. By this time the packed audience had duly gone bananas emphasising their enjoyment by claiming two well deserved encores from the band. Review by Neil McCormick
The biggest Debacle, however was U2’s support slot for Greedy Bastards December gig at the enormous Stardust Ballroom. The Greedy Bastards were a part time outfit featuring members of Thin Lizzy & The Sex Pistols & so this was the hottest ticket in town. Everybody who mattered in the Irish music business & every hip punter in Dublin was there, but the Greedies disorganisation resulted in U2 going on without a sound check. They tried to cope by walking on one at a time to twang & band away for the sound mans benefit on an extended opening to “Out of Control”, but the audience were cat calling even before Bono started singing. Ivan & I watched incredulously, failing to comprehend how a group we knew to be dynamic & inspiring could be made to sound like rank amateurs. Maybe there was hope for all of us!.
“Everybody’s gotta fall flat on their face sometimes” said Bono afterwards. “The important thing is to pick yourself up”.
21-12-1978 Stardust, ArtaneAttendance, 1,600
Support for the Greedie Bastards
At this time there are conflicting reports as to whether U2 played this second date. I have found a review in the Dublin press that has another Dublin band as support, at the same same time I have been told by people that were at the concert that U2 played both dates.
On Valentines day 1981, 48 young Dubliners die & 214 are injured, when the Stardust goes up in flames.
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