From the band's earliest days U2 appeared on both RTÉ radio and television. U2 made their first television appearance on RTÉ in 1978 and invited radio listeners to choose the 'A' side to their first single in 1979.
Appearing on RTÉ radio and television from their earliest days U2 made their first television appearance on RTÉ in 1978. The following year radio listeners were invited to choose the 'A' side to their first single.
In August 1979, listeners to the "Dave Fanning Show" were invited to choose the "A" side to U2's first single. For a week, Dave Fanning played three tracks: 'Out of Control', 'Stories for Boys' and 'Boy/Girl'. Listeners voted for 'Out of Control'.
Here from the RTÉ Archives are some moments from the band's career as covered by radio and television. Included are U2's first television appearance and interviews with the band members at various stages during their career. There is a surprise appearance at a Dublin record store from 1988. Bono meeting with fans outside his hotel in Boston in 1987. Listen also to an interview with Bono from the 'Dave Fanning Show' broadcast that launched 'U2 Three' the first single.