Rattle And Hum 30th Anniversary Showing

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-10-26)

On October 26, 2018, U2 had a special small showing of Rattle And Hum at the Savoy Theatre in Dublin, Ireland. The original world premiere of the film was held at the Savoy Theatre on October 27, 1988, and U2 played an acoustic set to the fans gathered there. The film screening today was to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the premiere of the movie.

The showing started just after 7pm for 50 lucky fans and their guests, who applied for the opportunity through U2.Com earlier this week. They were greeted with a surprise, The Edge and Adam Clayton were present to say a few words before the show, and also posed for a photo with the theatre general manager and the gathered fans.

Edge appeared in the theatre first, and spoke a bit about the film, letting the fans know that what stands out most for him about the film was Larry climbing on the Harley Davidson bike at Graceland. He commented how the posters had airbrushed their beards to make them look more Hollywood. And he commented that he thought the rest of the band could have made, and that they really like the fans, but he loves them because he was there. At which point Adam Clayton appeared on scene.

Adam said the whole film was a “musical journey,” an oft quoted line from the film. And looking up at the posters from the film asked, “Gosh, did we really look like that?”

And then they traded back and forth with Edge claiming Adam was the best thing about the film, and Adam claiming that no, The Edge was.

Special numbered 30th Anniversary screening posters were given out at the screening.

While the theatre could only hold a limited number of fans, others joined in the celebration, sharing their memories of the original movie run, photos of collectibles from the film, and joined in online on Twitter with a live commentary on the movie by fans as the film screened in Dublin. This was accompanied by a live thread at U2.Com celebrating the film. Thank you to all of those who joined us today discussing the film. We’ll have a few updates on this article later this evening.

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