As revellers thronged to the first Slane, it was far from a perfect day for Bono from Ballymun, writes Damian Corless
By Damian Corless, Irish Independent
IT was 1981. The summer soundtrack was 'Stars On 45', featuring Beatles songs mushed in a blender and blared out at ear-splitting volume by the new super-pirate Radio Nova.
Every second car windscreen had a sticker boasting 'I Shot JR', and Bono was buzzing around his native Glasnevin doing his usual impression of a young man in a great hurry.
This time, however, he really was in a great hurry. In a few hours' time he was due on stage 20 miles up the road at Slane Castle for the biggest gig of U2's young lives, but before he could go he had to get rid of his batch of complimentary tickets for the show.