U2 – A Celebration (From 2-25-1982)


This was filmed at the “Kilmainham Gaol” outside of Dublin. My wife and I visited and it was still haunted and hallowed ground. If you have never visited Ireland; just do it!

After the failed Easter Rising the rebel leaders were incarcerated in Kilmainham, joining a long list of Nationalists held there, from Parnell to Emmet. And more than a dozen men were shot, including James Connolly, famously strapped to his chair. The blood of these “martyrs” (a not unusual description) made Kilmainham Gaol hallowed ground to the Republic of Ireland. From: http://goireland.about.com/od/dublincityandcounty/gr/kilmainhamgaol.htm

The single does not appear on any U2 album. It is considered one of the rarest of U2’s regular 45s and was deleted within six months. The song was performed live for the first time on February 25, 1982 at the Uptown Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri. However, it had a short lifespan in U2’s live set, played for the last time on March 1, 1983 in Sheffield. It was voted No. 2 in the Best Single category in the Hot Press Readers’ Poll. The single also appeared on Rare Rock Collection – Rock Against AIDS, a 1987 compilation released by 98KZEW with proceeds to benefit Rock Against AIDS. – From the YouTube Video.

~ by castleqwayr on February 26, 2012.

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