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Barrowland 1985

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JK: But there was one gig in particular. I think we put two or three nights in January. The day after the first gig, we decided to go to Loch Lomond. It wasn't very far from here. Get some fresh air and get ready for the night. Of course, back in those days without mobile phones and all that stuff, you didn't know what was what. Anyway, I got a message from someone saying you've got a call home, your mum's looking for you, or whatever. And I thought that someone forgot to put someone of the guest list or whatever .So I phoned her up and she went "Bono's here... Bono and Ali's here. They're touring round and they've found out you're playing and they want to go..." And I said "Put them on." And she went "They're upstairs sleeping. They've had something to eat and they're now having a wee rest. They're going to come tonight."
JK: We never saw them before we went on but, as we were playing, I could see Bono at the side of the stage and he was dying to get on. So, of course, we brought him on and we did this version of New Gold Dream that seems to last for about twenty minutes those jam things we did then but back in those days there were a lot of people who loved their band, loved U2, loved Big Country, that was an experience for them. I don't think we left this dressing room until about seven o'clock the next morning. Because it seemed that everyone who was out there, ended up back in here.

Jim Kerr and Janice Long
The Long Walk
BBC Radio 2
12th July 2018



Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow, UK
January 3rd, 1985
Main Set: Glittering Prize / I Travel / Book Of Brilliant Things / Up On The Catwalk / Speed Your Love To Me / Celebrate / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / Promised You A Miracle / The American / Waterfront / East At Easter
Encore: New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) - Take Me To The River - Light My Fire / Love Song

Mick MacNeil has a copy of this gig in his archive. Unfortunately the recording is incomplete and fades out during Book Of Brilliant Things only to resume for the intro of Someone Somewhere (In Summertime). The quality is fairly good to good. Two different edits of I Travel also exist on the tape, suggesting the track was being prepared for release.

A recording of this gig is also held in Virgin's archive. Nothing has been officially released.




Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow, UK
January 4th, 1985
Main Set: I Travel / Glittering Prize / Book Of Brilliant Things / Up On The Catwalk / Promised You A Miracle / Speed Your Love To Me / Celebrate / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / The American / Waterfront / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) - Take Me To The River - Light My Fire
Summertime In Glasgow bootleg LP Live In Glasgow bootleg LP

Mick MacNeil has a copy of this gig in his archive. The quality is much better than his recording of the previous night. Again, some post-production tweaking has gone on with I Travel fading in and Celebrate fading out. Unfortunately, New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) is missing.

A recording of this gig is also held in Virgin's archive. Nothing has been officially released.




Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow, UK
January 5th, 1985
Main Set: I Travel / Glittering Prize / Book Of Brilliant Things / Up On The Catwalk / Promised You A Miracle / Speed Your Love To Me / Celebrate / Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) / The American / Waterfront / New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) - Take Me To The River - Light My Fire
Alive And Kicking single Promised You A Miracle live single Theme 11 Theme 15 Silver Box

Mick MacNeil has a copy of part of this gig in his archive. Its quality is mainly acceptable but the second half of the show is missing with the tape stopping after The American.

A recording of this gig is also held in Virgin's archive. Only a limited number of tracks have been released.








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