U2 star this week in Harrogate's Vinyl Sessions event

Harrogate's weekly online Vinyl Sessions event returns this week with two classic albums by U2.

Monday, 22nd June 2020, 4:36 pm
Flashback to Leeds in 2008 when the crowds watched U2 launch the Live 8 show on the giant screen in Millennium Square,

The double bill of terrific albums from the peak of the Irish rock superstars' success on Wednesday night will include The Unforgettable Fire and The Joshua Tree.

Since vintage hi-fi expert Colin Paine set it up two years ago, Vinyl Sessions has raised more than £13,000 for Friends of Harrogate Hospital charity.

Even when lockdown forced it to move from physical to digital, Starling bar and cafe in to Zoom, it has still managed to raise more money as it has continued to shine a light on some of the world's greatest music acts.

Released in October 1984, recording on The Unforgettable Fire began in May 1984 at Slane Castle, where the band lived, wrote, and recorded to find new inspiration.

The album was completed in August 1984 at Windmill Lane Studios and is full of what lead singer Bono described as atmospheric sounds and "sketches".

The hit single Pride (In the Name of Love) and MLK were both lyrical tributes to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

The Joshua Tree is one of the world's best-selling albums, with over 25 million copies sold.

Released in March 1987, the album the huge hit singles With or Without You, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For and Where the Streets Have No Name, the first two of which became the group's only number-one singles in the USA.

Organiser Colin Paine said: "The fun starts at 7.30pm with myself as DJ then we have a full profile from our “Professor of Pop” Graham Chalmers of the Harrogate Advertiser long with some video action from Jim Dobbs during playback of the album in full about 8.00pmish.

Anyone wishing to join the session this Wednesday, June 24 should visit www.vinylsessions.org for details

Since Vinyl Sessions went digital during lockdown, previous online events have included Bob Dylan's Freewheelin Bob Dylan, REM'S Automatic For The People, Simple Minds' New Gold Dream and Paul McCartney and Wings' Band on the Run.

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