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 00/08/1979
- ContributorDave Fanning (Reporter)
- Clip Duration 00:04:27
- Material Type Audio
- 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.
'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.
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- Local keywords U2, Bono, Rock, Music, Pop, Listeners, Concerts
- Geographical coverage Ireland
- Topic Arts and Culture
- Publisher Broadcaster RTÉ
- First broadcast channel RTÉ 2FM
- Production year 1979
- Country of production Ireland
- Original identifier SF5803980
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- Item type part/extract
- Item sound Stereo
- Language used English (eng)
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