Marine Hotel, Dublin, Ireland

Set List of Show:

Known Set List: (Not in Order)

  • "Suffragette City"
  • "Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment"
  • "2-4-6-8 Motorway"
  • "Anarchy in the UK"
  • "What's Going On"
  • "Don't Believe A Word"

Additional Music

Snippets of Other Songs Performed by The Hype:

Show Details:

U2 appear as The Hype at this show at the Marine Hotel in Sutton, and Edge’s brother Dick is still a member of the band. They play mostly covers at this point, including David Bowie’s “Suffragette City” which is performed with Gavin Friday. It is known that they did play one original song at this point, “What’s Going On.” Although some sources have said that The Hype opened for another band, we have confirmed with Paul Byrne who was there that night that The Hype did indeed headline this show.

The band remembers the gig in the page of U2 by U2. The Edge remembers, “We did a couple of gigs in Sutton in October 1977. There was one at the Marine Hotel, I think our stage was a bunch of tables pushed together. It was really basic stuff, there was no sound mix, the balance was just whatever noise we were capable of making. It was very loud. It was the beginning of our punk phase and so it was a completely different sort of intensity to the early more pastoral stage that we went through.”

Larry remembers “We did some Stranglers covers and a couple of originals. The audience was made up of friends. It was very hot and sweaty. Our friends were very generous, clapping and jumping up and down.”

And Bono shares, “I cut my finger. I dropped my plectrum, but kept playing, and blood kept spraying. There was blood all over this white Telecaster, Peter Martin’s guitar, which in my head I was trying to put through somebody’s TV screen. I heard people shouting; ‘There’s blood on there!’ It was exciting.” And Edge replying, “Bono may have been playing guitar, but I’m not sure it would have been plugged in. Dick was playing with us, so there really wasn’t any need for three guitars.” He also questions if Bono even owned a guitar back then, but Bono did mention it was borrowed from Peter Martin, a friend who had been present at the earliest meeting of U2.

Paul Byrne also remembers that the band covered “Don’t Believe a Word” by Thin Lizzy at this show. He also recalls that U2 headlined the show. The ticket stub shows this, as Albatross was the name of the DJ providing the “disco” portion of the evening.

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