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U2 - A Celebration (1982)

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"A Celebration" is a song by rock band U2. It was released as a non-album single in March 1982, between the records October ...

"A Celebration" is a song by rock band U2. It was released as a non-album single in March 1982, between the records October (1981) and War (1983). U2 have re-released the track on two occasions; on the 2004 digital compilation album The Complete U2, and on the bonus disc of the remastered October in 2008.

"Trash, Trampoline and the Party Girl", commonly shortened to "Party Girl", was released as the B-side.

Live performances

"A Celebration" made its live debut in late February 1982 and sporadically appeared at concerts throughout that year until it became a regular of the Pre-War Tour during the month of December. It then appeared at some early dates of the War Tour in February and March 1983. Its last live appearance was on November 30, 1983, in Tokyo.

Music video

Despite the band's apparent dislike of the song, a video for it was filmed at Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin, later a setting for the film In the Name of the Father. Drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. said of the music video in 1983, "We did a video of it. We went to this prison in Dublin, where the 1916 uprising took place, called Kilmainham Jail, and filmed it with the idea of breaking out. It was very much a look at ourselves. Like when we were in school and everyone was telling us 'you're crap' and we couldn't get a record deal, it was the triumph of breaking through."

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