- 05 Nov 02
With the launch of a commemorative series of Irish postage stamps celebrating four of the nation's most important rock legends, we revisit some of the seminal moments in the careers of Phil Lynott, Rory Gallagher, Van Morrison and - first - U2
It’s now just over 26 years since a 15-year-old Larry Mullen pinned a notice to the message-board of Dublin’s Mount Temple Comprehensive School, looking to form a rock ’n’ roll band and get to play the kind of rhythms that just didn’t gel with the Artane Boys band.
Ten studio albums, thousands of gigs and more awards than you could fit in 20 Trabants later, the band who played their first show together in their school hall under the inauspicious moniker Feedback (and later The Hype) are still going strong.
And what a wild, rock ’n’ rollercoaster it’s been! Following a long slow-burn on home-turf, encouraged by friends like Guggi and Gavin Friday and nurtured by the likes of the late Bill Graham and Paul McGuinness, their impressive debut album, the unashamedly idealistic and autobiographical Boy was released through Island in 1980, when they were still teenagers. It peaked at No. 52 in the British charts. Despite its lack of commercial success, the Island deal held and the comparatively bleak and downbeat October followed, entering the hit parade at No. 11, and propelling them out on a long, gruelling and seemingly never-ending tour that hardened their sound, tightened their playing, broadened their minds and strengthened their resolve to succeed.