McGonagles, Dublin, Ireland
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After the initial run of successful shows called “Jingle Balls” in June, U2 extend their residency into July as well. Initially they are due to just play this show. The Lookalikes are scheduled for the following Thursday, but they eventually sign up for all of the Thursday shows at the venue and later advertisements show them on the list for all of the Thursday shows. Little is known about the show. The set list is unknown.
U2 played McGonagles a number of times in the late 1970s. The venue, located at 21A South Anne Street, started hosting concerts in 1978 and continued to do so until 1992. Prior to that, it was known as The Crystal Ballroom. Bono’s parents, Iris and Bob would often go dancing at The Crystal Ballroom and Bono would later write about the venue in “The Crystal Ballroom”: “My mother died when she was at her father’s funeral. I was only 14. And in this song I am singing, ‘Everyone is here tonight, everyone but you.’ And it’s me wanting to see my mother dance again in the Crystal Ballroom and for her to see what happened to her son.” On July 1, 2018, Bono remembered from stage that U2 had played McGonagles 29 times in their career. That night was their 30th performance at Madison Square Garden, making it U2’s most played venue, but up until that point, McGonagles appears to have been the most played.
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