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FLASHBACK: U2’s Rousing Rendition of “Sunday Bloody Sunday” at Live Aid

U2’s third studio album War was released 35 years ago today (February 28.)  It was the band’s first true breakthrough thanks to the rally cry and setlist mainstay “Sunday Bloody Sunday.”

The song was part of U2’s now iconic set at 1985’s Live Aid.  While their emotional performance of “Bad” gets a lot of attention, it was their powerful charge of “Sunday Bloody Sunday” that whipped the packed Wembley Stadium crowd into a frenzy.

35 years on, the song is still a highlight of every U2 gig.  Talk about staying power.  Thankfully, the same can’t be said for Bono’s mullet.

U2 - Sunday Bloody Sunday - Live Aid 1985

U2 - Sunday Bloody Sunday

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger who once did a presentation in a college public speaking course about why The Rolling Stones were better than The Beatles.  (She received an A.)