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Photos Reveal Early Days of U2
A new exhibition featuring 33 rare early photographs of U2 will be opening at the Little Museum of Dublin tonight. The collection, called U2: 1978-81 gives viewers a glimpse into the earliest day of the band, destined to become one of the most iconic bands of their era.
Dubliner Patrick Brocklebank is the photographer behind the exhibition. He was a contemporary of the band and remembers bumping into them around town. He believes the collection of photos provides some insight into the young band before their rise to the top.
“Because I was always in town,” recalls Brocklebank, “and because we were the same age, I’d often see U2 around the place. The show records the energy and ambition of a local band that would later conquer the world.”
Brocklebank also mentioned that Bono was a star in the making, even during the early days of the group.
“Paul [Bono] couldn’t play guitar,” recalls Brocklebank. “He wasn’t much of a singer, but he had that certain something: the swagger and stage presence that would later make U2 a household name.”
The show will run until September 2 and features images of the band in and around Dublin.