U2 Three


About this Item

Dave Fanning plays three U2 tracks for listeners who are asked to pick the 'A' side on the band's first single. Bono talks about his hopes for the single and playing gigs around Ireland.

  • Title
    Listeners to Pick U2 'A' Side
  • 1st Broadcast
  • Contributor
    Dave Fanning (Reporter)
  • Clip Duration
  • Material Type
  • Series title
    Dave Fanning Rocks
  • Clip title
    U2 Three
  • Extended description

    When U2 were about to release their first single a poll on the 'Dave Fanning Rocks' offered listeners the chance to choose the 'A' side.

    Here Dave Fanning talks to Bono about the imminent release of U2's first single and what it will mean for the band.

    Bono says the band could do an album tomorrow if the opportunity comes. On playing live Bono says that promoters in small towns insist that the bands have to do Status Quo cover versions. He knows and believes there is an audience in these towns for new music.

  • Information

    'Dave Fanning Rocks' or 'The Rock Show' was broadcast on Radio 2 from midnight on weekdays in 1979.

    The photograph accompanying this clip is an early shot taken for the RTÉ Guide's music pages, in November 1979.

    U2 are standing on the pedestrian bridge outside the RTÉ grounds at Donnybrook, Dublin - this still was taken from a point slightly above the group. From left to right; Bono (Paul Hewson, lead singer), The Edge (David Evans, guitarist), Adam Clayton (bass guitarist) and Larry Mullen (drummer).

    The photographer was Eve Holmes.

    © RTÉ Stills Library 2075/062

  • Local keywords
    U2, Bono, Rock, Music, Pop, Listeners, Concerts
  • Geographical coverage
  • Topic
    Arts and Culture
  • Publisher Broadcaster
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ 2FM
  • Production year
  • Country of production
  • Original identifier
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Language used
    English (eng)