Cuckoo's Nest, Lavey Inn, Cavan, Ireland

Set List of Show:

Set List: (Incomplete)

  • "Silver Lining"
  • "Stories for Boys"
  • "Another Time, Another Place"
  • "Another Day"
  • "Shadows and Tall Trees"
  • "A Day Without Me"
  • "Twilight"
  • "Boy / Girl"
  • "The Electric Co."

Additional Music

Snippets of Other Songs Performed by U2:


This is a show in Cavan during the Come Out to Play Tour.

Show Details:

We have only a few details about the show but we find more all of the time. It was freezing cold. The band were paid £250 for the show. A local paper ran an ad for the show with photograph of The Edge, which is labeled as being Bono. The show is a Wednesday night, and is held in the bar extension of the hotel called the Cuckoo’s Nest and chicken and chips were served to the crowd. There is an opening act, The Kidz, but it was The Shade listed in advertisements for the show. The show was promoted by Maurice Cassidy.

Séamus Charles booked the show, and shared with the Anglo Celt, “We ended up losing about £200 on the night.” Joe Keenan, Charles’ business partner shared, “They definitely had something about them. I couldn’t tell you what it was then, but I remember they did stand out. Bono was sitting on a rocking horse for one of the numbers, so it did feel different, and it was a real performance as well rather than just a band coming and playing.”

About the gig, Bono shared in 1980, “Cavan wasn’t great. The band didn’t make any money, but they were happy. The tour is incredible, we will never stop playing in places where people want to hear us. We’ll never step down, we’ll play to people who want to hear us…people who don’t want a showband and who don’t want Status Quo over and over again.”

A review in The Longford Leader by Andrew Kelly shares, “They launched into it. Song after song, belting out the rhythm. Bono put all the expression he had into it. His voice was tired. The night before the National Stadium had been tremendous. He was a long way from the National Stadium now. The Edge somehow managed to do with one guitar what most groups can’t do with two.” The review shared that The Kidz struggled with a crowd that was mostly uninterested in the band, and says there were about 100 people in attendance, including Barry Devlin from Horslips, and identifies a couple of songs played that evening.

Enda and Annette, two fans who attended the show that evening, were able to confirm the two songs listed in The Longford Leader, “Another Day” and “Stories for Boys” and have added a number of other songs to the list we can report were played at the show. The list however remains incomplete, and the order may have been different. We list “11 O’Clock Tick Tock” as “Silver Lining” here, the earlier name that it was being called at that time.

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