Surrender, I Threw A Brick Through A Window, A Day Without Me, Sunday Bloody Sunday, The Cry, The Electric Co., I Fall Down, New Year's Day. Encore(s): A Celebration, 11 O'Clock Tick Tock. (incomplete setlist)
U2 are cautious about performing Sunday Bloody Sunday in Northern Ireland, and before its performance, Bono promises that it will never be played again in Belfast if the audience dislikes it, but they positively and enthusiastically respond to the song.
By Ian Molyneaux
I attended this show with my brother, sister and one of my sister's friends. So far as I can remember it was a great show. An adoring crowd, U2 played well, close to Christmas, so everyone was in good spirits.
It was part of the pre-War tour, so War had been recorded but not released. I don't recall anything odd about the set list - I always remember if a band doesn't play something I expect them to play - so it was a straight run through the Boy and October favourites, the non-album singles (I remember Bono getting very energetic during 'A Celebration'), and some of the about-to-be-released War material.
One thing that struck me about the show was the audience. It contained almost as many females as males. Not usual for a concert by a youngish band in Belfast in the early 1980s. That probably reflects the audience that U2 appealed to - more than just the rabid male rock fans who attended most of the hard rock/metal or new wave/alternative (was that word used back then?) concerts.
I do know for certain that U2 played 'Electric Co.' that night. My favourite U2 song. I would have probably rioted if they hadn't!