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U2 at the BBC

A look back at the day U2 spent at the BBC visiting Jo Whiley and performing tracks for the Live Lounge in the BBC Radio Theatre and Chris Evans' Radio 2 show.


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-Adam, please.

-Hi!

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OK, we'll see you later, all right? It's live radio, so we've got to go in. Bye-bye.

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MUSIC: "Get On Your Boots" by U2

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# Let me in the sound, sound Let me in the sound

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# Get on your boots

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# Get on your boots

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# Get on your boots

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# Get on your boots. #

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We're at the BBC Radio Theatre. It's U2 Day on the BBC and they're in the Live Lounge.

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So, how did you prepare for this day?

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-Surely you were working until, what, 2am?

-We were working very late, sweating over a hot Stratocaster.

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Do you get nervous doing these things?

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A bit. There's always gonna be a few butterflies.

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-But it's nice to get out there and do the thing that you do. It settles down.

-OK.

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APPLAUSE

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THEY LAUGH

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The smallest audience they will have played to in a very long time.

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Here, for Radio One, please welcome U2!

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AUDIENCE SCREAMS

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# The heart is a bloom

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# It shoots up from the stony ground

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# There's no room

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# No space to rent in this town

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# You're out of luck

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# And the reason that you had to care

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# The traffic is stuck

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# You're not moving anywhere

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# You thought you'd found a friend

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# To take you out of this place

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# Someone you could lend a hand

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# In return for grace

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# It's a beautiful day

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# The sky falls, you feel like

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# It's a beautiful day

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# You're on the road

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# But you've got no destination

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# You're in the mud

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# In the maze of her imagination

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# You love this town

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# Even if that doesn't ring true

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# You've been all over

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# And it's been all over you

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# It's a beautiful day

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# Don't let it get away

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# It's a beautiful day

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# Touch me

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# Take me to that other place

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# Teach me

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# I know I'm not a hopeless case, oh

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# See the world in green and blue

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# See China right in front of you

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# See the canyons broken by cloud

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# See the tuna fleets clearing the sea out

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# See the Bedouin fires at night

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# See the oil fields at first light and

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# See the bird with a leaf in her mouth

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# After the flood all the colours came out

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# It was a beautiful day

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# Don't let it get away

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# Beautiful day

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# Touch me

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# Take me to that other place

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# Teach me

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# I know I'm not a hopeless case

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# What you don't have you don't need it now

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# What you don't know you can feel it somehow

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# What you don't know you don't need it now

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# Don't need it now

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# Beautiful day

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# Oh, oh, oh

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# Beautiful day

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# Blackbird singing in the dead of night

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# Take these swollen eyes and learn to see

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# All your life

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# You had just been waiting for this moment to arrive

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# Blackbird fly. #

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CROWD CHEERS

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Breathe.

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# 16th of June, nine-o-five, doorbell rings

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# Man at the door says if I want to stay alive a bit longer

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# There's a few things I need you to know

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# Three coming from a long line of travelling sales people on my mother's side

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# I wasn't gonna buy just anyone's cockatoo

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# So, why would I invite a complete stranger into my home?

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# Would you?

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# These days are better than that

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# These days are better than that

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# Every day I die again and again I'm reborn

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# Every day I have to find the courage

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# To walk out into the street

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# With arms out

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# To the people we meet

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# Neither down or out... #

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Hey! # There's nothing you have that I need

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# I can breathe

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# Breathe now

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# 16th of June, Chinese stocks are going up

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# And I'm coming down with some new Asian virus

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# Ju Ju man, Ju Ju man

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# Doc says you're fine or dying! Please

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# Nine-o-nine, St John Divine on the line

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# My pulse is fine

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# But I'm running down the road like loose electricity

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# While the band in my head plays a striptease

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# The roar that lies on the other side of silence

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# The forest fire that is fear, so deny it

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# Walk out into the street

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# With your arms out

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# Not knowing defeat

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# Neither down or out

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# There's nothing you have that I need

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# I can breathe

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# Breathe now... #

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Stay with us, now.

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BONO HUMS

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# We are people borne of sound

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# The songs are in our eyes

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# Gonna wear them like a crown

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# Walk, walk, walk out into a sunburst street

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# Sing your heart, sing your heart on Regent Street,

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# I've got grace inside a sound

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# I found grace, it's all that I found

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# Oh, I can breathe

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# Breathe, breathe now. #

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Still breathing...

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# Breathe. #

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AUDIENCE CHEERS

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That was amazing!

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That's The Edge's guitar pick.

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It was fantastic!

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Wooo!

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Did Bono see your flag?

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We weren't allowed to put it up.

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It'll be up for when they play on the roof later on.

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Yes, good afternoon, friends, and thanks so much for tuning in.

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Welcome to All Requestion Friday and U2 are here with us in the Studio Special.

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Between now and six, they choose the music whilst you pose the questions.

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Will it be ABBA for Bono or is he more of a Mavericks man?

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Will The Edge go out on a limb to bring us some '70s glam or is he more of an '80s cheese boy?

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And what will Larry and Adam want the mighty All Request Friday jukebox to play?

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It's All Requestion Friday with U2 and you, too all here.

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On the radio, now on live, so let's get out of the box.

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THEY CHATTER

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'Mind the doors. Doors closing. Doors opening. Lift going up.

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'Mind the doors. Doors closing. Lift going up.'

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Adam's back on the cheeseburgers.

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So, normally All Request Friday, it's All Requestion Friday

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with U2 live in the studio. This is BBC Radio 2.

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It's ten past five, now.

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You said that the band had about 60 songs to choose from for this album.

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Why didn't you do a double-album?

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That's from, um, Textfields.

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We kinda felt that rather than just do the one album that maybe we would do the two.

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We just weren't gonna do them at the same time. So, we may well release another album next year.

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You may well or you will?

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That's a big announcement just happened on the Chris Evans show.

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-A scoop already, that's all right.

-I said it may well.

-All right, here we go...

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-Sal's here now, hello Sal.

-Hello. I have to say, I'm a little bit overwhelmed.

-I'm not surprised!

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I've never seen so... Oh, my... Whose hands are those?

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Whose do they feel like? Are they short and stubby?

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-They're very silky.

-No, it's not Larry, it's Bono.

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-THEY LAUGH

-It's Elton John.

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In North Lanarkshire, there's a diesel spillage causing delays...

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Uh, it's never seemed so attractive, I don't know why.

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The A73 from Chapelhall to Airdrie is badly affected.

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If you're on that stretch or off the...on the A89 towards Calder,

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there are some bits where there's oil and so...it....

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might be difficult...for you... if you're driving. Uh, the M6 Southbound...oh, my goodness...

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All right, now it's nearly six o'clock. For us, something's gonna happen in the next hour.

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Who knows what it could be? You could have something up your sleeve, you might have nothing planned.

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You've got to deliver us something pretty special. Could you do that?

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-I think we could probably try.

-You could have a little rest for a while, maybe? Get ready for it?

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-Anyone's doing any shopping on Regent Street, that might be fun.

-Oh, for heaven's sake!

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You got it, all right. That's good news.

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So, they've chosen the tunes...

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Bono! Bono! Bono! Bono!

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Go round to Regent Street. Regent Street. Go now!

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What's the store?

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I've just been told U2 are performing on the roof.

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CROWD CHEER

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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls,

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live on a Friday night from the roof of the BBC's Broadcasting House in London, Great Britain,

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-U2!

-CROWD SCREAMS

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Onto the roof of Broadcasting House. I'll ask them to say hello

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to their public. Gentlemen, your public are down here!

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Filling Regent Street with a throng of support and fan-dom!

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Thank you, London, thank you, the BBC.

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What an honour to be on this balcony.

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Get On Your Boots!

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CHEERING

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MUSIC: "Get On Your Boots" by U2

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# Future needs a big kiss

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# Winds blow with a twist

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# Never seen a moon like this can you see it too

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# Night is falling everywhere

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# Rockets hit the funfair

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# Satan loves a bomb scare

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# But it won't scare you

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# Hey! Sexy boots

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# Get on your boots, yeah

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# Free me from the dark dream

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# Candyfloss, ice cream

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# All the kids are screaming but the ghosts aren't real

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# Here's where we gotta be

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# Love and community

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# Laughter is eternity if joy is real

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# You don't know how beautiful

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# You don't know how beautiful you are

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# You don't know

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# You don't get it, do you

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# You don't know how beautiful you are

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# That's someone's stuff they're blowing up

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# We're into growing up

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# Women of the future hold the big revelations

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# I've gotta submarine you've got gasoline

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# I don't wanna talk about wars between the nations

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# Not right now

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# Sexy boots no no no

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# Get on your boots, yeah

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# Not right now

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# Foxy boots

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# You don't know how beautiful

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# You don't know beautiful you are

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# You don't know how beautiful you are

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# You don't get it, do you you don't know

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# You don't know how beautiful you are... #

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Regent Street!

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Dublin calling!

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# Let me in the sound

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# Let me in the sound

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# Let me in the sound, sound

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# Let me in the sound, sound

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# Let me see you in town

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# Let me in the sound

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# Let me in the sound

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# Let me in the sound, sound the sound, sound

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# Let me in the sound

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# Let me in the sound

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# Let me in the sound

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# Let me in the sound, sound

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# Let me in the sound, sound

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# Meet me in the sound

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# Get on your boots

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# Get on your boots

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# Yeah, hey hey

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# Get on your boots

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# Yeah, hey hey

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# Get on your boots

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# Yeah, hey hey

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# Get on your boots

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# Yeah, hey hey

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# Get on your boots

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# Yeah! #

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CHEERING

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This is a day to remember

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and thanks for sticking with us over the years

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or if you've just turned up for the first time

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get ready, cos we're not going away any time soon.

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CHEERING

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This is Magnificent.

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CHEERING

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Up in the air! Peace sign, move it, move it!

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# Magnificent

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# Magnificent

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# Magnificent

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# I was born

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# I was born to be with you

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# In this space and time

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# After that and ever after

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# I haven't had a clue

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# Such foolishness

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# Can leave a heart black and blue

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# Ooooh, oh-oh

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# Only love, only love can

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# Leave such a mark

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# But only love

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# Only love can heal such a scar

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# I was born

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# I was born to sing for you

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# I didn't have a choice but to lift you up

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# And sing whatever song you wanted me to

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# I give you back my voice

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# From the womb

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# My first cry, it was a joyful noise

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# Oh, oh-oh

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# Only love

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# Only love can leave such a mark

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# But only love

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# Only love can heal such a scar

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# Justified till we die You and I will magnify

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# Magnificent

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# Magnificent

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# Oooooooh...

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# La-la-la-la

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# Only love

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# Only love can leave such a scar

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# But only love

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# Only love heals such a scar

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# Justified till we die, you and I will magnify

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# Magnificent

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# Magnificent

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# Magnificent

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# Magnificent. #

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CHEERING

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Beautiful, truly! Truly, truly, truly, truly.

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I'm afraid of heights, actually,

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so why would you write a song called Vertigo?

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CHEERING

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Uno, dos, tres, catorce...

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# Lights go down it's dark

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# The jungle is your head can't rule your heart

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# A feeling is so much stronger than a thought

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# Your eyes are wide and though you're whole you can't be bought

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# Your mind can wander

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# Hello, hello... Hola! I'm at a place called Vertigo

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# It's everything I wish I didn't know

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# Except you give me something

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# I can feel

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# Feel

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# The night is full of holes

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# As bullets rip the sky

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# Of ink with gold

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# They sparkle as the boys play rock and roll

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# They know that they can't dance

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# At least they know

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# I can't stand the beat

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# I'm asking for the cheque

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# The girl with crimson nails

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# Jesus round her neck

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# Swinging to the music

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# Swinging to the music

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# Oh, oh, oh, oh

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# Oh, oh, oh, oh

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# Oh, oh, oh, oh

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# Hello, hello

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# Hola!

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# We're at a place called Vertigo

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# Lights go down and all I know

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# Is that you

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# Give me something

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# I can feel

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# Feel... #

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Yeah, yeah!

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We want you to do...

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All of this...

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All of this can be yours.

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All of this, all of this can be yours.

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All of this, all of this can be yours.

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Just give me what I want.

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And no-one gets hurt.

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# Hello, hello

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# Hola!

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# We're at a place called Vertigo

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# Lights go down and all I know

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# Is that you

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# Give me something

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# I can feel love

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# Teaching me how

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# Ah, ah, ah, ah

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# Your love is teaching me how

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# Ah, ah, ah, ah

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# I feel

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# Feel

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# Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

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# Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

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# Yeah. # CHEERING

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# She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah. #

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BBC, dig it!

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Dig it!

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CHEERING

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A look back at the day U2 spent at the BBC visiting Jo Whiley and performing tracks for the Live Lounge in the BBC Radio Theatre and Chris Evans' Radio 2 show, culminating in a performance on the roof of Broadcasting House.