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Rare 1981 U2 clips featuring a very young Bono, and his Dub accent

The clips have been uploaded to YouTube.

SEVERAL VINTAGE CLIPS of a very young U2 performing in San Francisco in 1981 are among thousands of rare videos uploaded to YouTube.

The Music Vault archive is adding more than 12,000 videos to its YouTube channel.

Most of a concert played by Bono and co in California Hall in San Francisco in May 1981 has been uploaded in separate clips.

The clips show the band playing on when the lights in the venue fail:

Source: Music Vault/YouTube

A bit of banter with a distinctly ‘Dub’ Bono before a performance of When I Fall Down:

Source: Music Vault/YouTube

And some footage of Bono playing bartender: 

Source: Music Vault/YouTube

The whole of the concert has also been uploaded in one 69 minute film, providing an interesting glimpse of the band on the cusp of stardom:

Source: Music Vault/YouTube

The full setlist for the night appears on


There’s also a full Van Morrison concert recorded in San Francisco in 1974:

Source: Music Vault/YouTube

Thousands of other videos from the likes of The Rolling Stones, REM and Pearl Jam are also available on the channel.

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