28/2/81: U2 on Old Grey Whistle Test

On Saturday 28 February 1981, upcoming Irish rock band U2 performed live on the Old Grey Whistle Test on BBC2. The group played three tracks from their debut album Boy, released in October 1980: The Ocean, 11 O'Clock Tick Tock and I Will Follow.

Despite having achieved critical acclaim and attention from the British music press, the band failed to have a hit single in the UK until 1983. Their second album October would appropriately reach the Top 20 in October '81.

U2's lead singer Bono Vox on the cover of NME, February 1981

source: BBC Genome, U2gigs.com

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