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Offline Johnny Feathers

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1983 Us Festival
« on: May 26, 2016, 07:12:42 AM »
I probably had seen clips before, but I recently discovered the 1983 Us Festival footage on the Amazon Firestick.  (Free for Prime members!)  It was a real treat to watch, and included both Sunday Bloody Sunday and Electric Co.  If you have access, I recommend it.  Lots of other great footage of other early-80's acts, too.



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Re: 1983 Us Festival
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2016, 02:49:24 PM »
One of my favourite gigs ever, U2 come on & just nail it !!

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Re: 1983 Us Festival
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2016, 09:10:45 PM »
It really is some of their very best and most striking footage from the first half of the 80s, no doubt about it. First time performing in front of over a hundred thousand people, and they seem totally locked-in and completely unphased by the enormity of the situation. I think they were probably all too aware of what a big opportunity it would be for them to go out on that stage and just own it in front of so many people - and that's exactly what they did.

Bono pulls out all the stops. Something was possessing him that day. His stunt during The Electric Co., while perhaps not too bright, is amazing footage.

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Re: 1983 Us Festival
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2016, 09:39:59 PM »
Is this the Devore concert you're talking about? I've watched that on YouTube and it's fantastic. As for Bono's stunt during Electric Co, the crazy man could have got himself killed! Lol.

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Re: 1983 Us Festival
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2016, 09:15:56 AM »
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Is this the Devore concert you're talking about? I've watched that on YouTube and it's fantastic. As for Bono's stunt during Electric Co, the crazy man could have got himself killed! Lol.


That's the show. Good warm-up for Red Rocks. After Bono's stunt, when the band go backstage, you can tell Edge and Larry don't seem especially pleased. Only Paul McGuinness seems interested if Bono is okay. I think at this point the band was starting to get sick of Bono's climbing antics.

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Re: 1983 Us Festival
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2016, 10:59:21 PM »
I first saw the band a few days after this show, on June 1st, 1983....right between US Festival and Red Rocks. Bono was still crawling up the P.A. speaker towers....they had a lot of residual energy from the US fest, and were even wearing the same clothes as in the RR video!
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Re: 1983 Us Festival
« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2016, 09:43:56 AM »
I have to kind of laugh that Bono was wearing a "War" t-shirt on stage.  I'm hard pressed to think of another act that promoted themselves so shamelessly, especially considering U2's anti-populist stance at the time.

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Re: 1983 Us Festival
« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2016, 11:45:30 AM »
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I have to kind of laugh that Bono was wearing a "War" t-shirt on stage.  I'm hard pressed to think of another act that promoted themselves so shamelessly, especially considering U2's anti-populist stance at the time.

Or there was that one concert where Bono wore a shirt with an image of him wearing a U2 shirt on it.

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Re: 1983 Us Festival
« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2016, 12:42:37 PM »
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I have to kind of laugh that Bono was wearing a "War" t-shirt on stage.  I'm hard pressed to think of another act that promoted themselves so shamelessly, especially considering U2's anti-populist stance at the time.

Iron Maiden does this. Mike Love wears a Beach Boys hat at EVERY BBOYS CONCERT