Boy Tour

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Boy Tour
Tour by U2
Associated album Boy
Start date 6 September 1980
End date 9 June 1981
Legs 5
Number of shows 157
U2 concert chronology
  • 11 O'Clock Tick Tock Tour
  • Boy Tour
  • October Tour

The Boy Tour was a concert tour by Irish rock band U2 that took place in 1980 and 1981 to support the band's first studio album, Boy, which was released in October 1980.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
6 September 1980 Coventry England General Wolfe's
7 September 1980 London Lyceum Ballroom
8 September 1980 London Marquee Club
9 September 1980 Bristol Berkeley
11 September 1980 Hull Wellington Club
12 September 1980 Scarborough Taboo Club
13 September 1980 Leeds Queen's Hall
15 September 1980 London Marquee Club
16 September 1980 Plymouth Fiesta Suite
17 September 1980 Penzance Demelza's
18 September 1980 Totnes Civic Hall
19 September 1980 Stroud Marshall Rooms
21 September 1980 Wollaston Nag's Head
22 September 1980 London Marquee Club
22 September 1980 London Maida Vale Studios
23 September 1980 Sheffield Limit Club
24 September 1980 Aylesbury Friars Club
25 September 1980 Liverpool Brady's
26 September 1980 Birmingham Cedar Club
27 September 1980 Coventry Polytechnic


The setlist varied each night throughout the tour, with all songs from Boy being performed with the exception of "Shadows and Tall Trees".[1] Content from U2 3 was played, as were "11 O'Clock Tick Tock", "Touch", and "Things to Make and Do". Towards the end of the tour, songs from the upcoming October were played, including "Fire" and "I Fall Down". "The Ocean", "11 O'Clock Tick Tock", and "I Will Follow" were often played twice due to the band's small catalogue at the time. Most shows began with "The Ocean" and closed with "11 O'Clock Tick Tock". Three unreleased songs, "Father is an Elephant", "Carry Me Home" and "The Cry" were also performed. Throughout the tour, Bono would include snippets of other songs not recorded by U2 - "Send in the Clowns" was often tagged onto the end of "The Electric Co."[2]


  1. ^ "U2 Boy Tour - U2 on tour". Retrieved 2013-06-25. 
  2. ^ "U2 Send In The Clowns - U2 on tour". Retrieved 2013-06-25.