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U2’s third studio album War was released 36 years ago today (February 28.)  It was the band’s first true breakthrough thanks to the rallying 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 epic mullet.

U2 - Sunday Bloody Sunday (Live Aid 1985)

U2 performing at Live Aid in front of 72,000 people in Wembley Stadium, London on the 13th July, 1985. The event was organised by Sir Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds for the Ethiopian famine disaster.

Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.

Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.