NME Festival blog: Watch U2 perform ‘Dirty Day’ for the first time in a quarter-century

by Tom Skinner
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The ‘Experience + Innocence’ tour offers up another surprise

U2 dusted off the track ‘Dirty Day’ for the first time in 25 years at a home city show in Dublin on Friday. Check out fan-shot footage below.

With the band’s huge ‘Experience + Innocence’ tour set to draw to a close in Berlin next week (November 13), Bono and co. surprised fans with a ’90s deep cut from their experimental LP, ‘Zooropa’. The Brian Eno-produced album was released in 1993.

The song’s appearance at Dublin’s 3Arena marked its first live-airing since the ZOO TV tour that same year.

Ahead of the performance, Bono told the crowd about the band’s relationships with their fathers growing up in Dublin. “U2 was our way of getting out of their shadow,” the frontman said. “Our way of telling our fathers, ‘I’m not like you.’”

Bono then called out their fathers’ names as they were shown on the screens.

He added: “My father Bob didn’t take me too seriously. He could see I was doing a good job of that myself. He did give me a lot of advice. I can still hear his voice when I sing.”

Last month, U2 played ‘The Unforgettable Fire’ and ‘Stay (Faraway, So Close!)’ to their crowd in Copenhagen – with the tracks previously being absent from the set for years.

During a show at London’s O2 Arena, Bono commented on Brexit, saying it was a “loss of shared dreams, shared strengths”.



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