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by Sean

As Ian said: it was a strange concert. U2 supported Sweet Savage who were a local heavy metal band (They went on to support Thin Lizzy and U2 at Slane in 1981). We were just having a few beers in the Speakeasy in the Queens Union and on came U2 - there were about 20 people in the place from memory. I thought they were really good and danced to some of the songs. My lasting memory was that I had a mates pack of cigarettes in my my shirt pocket and Bono called me over between the songs. He asked me for a cigarette but when I went to take them out of my pocket he playfully tapped me on the head with an ash tray and told me not to be smoking. I remember Out of Control, Stories for Boys, Boy/Girl from the Three EP (Think they did 11o'clock as well) and thought they did some great stuff although I'd imagine they werent too impressed with the crowd. I made sure I went to see them in the Ulster Hall the next time they came to Belfast and have been a lifelong fan ever since and have seen them many, many times.   

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