November 21, 1983 – Under a Blood Red Sky

This Day in U2 History

Four years before I even knew about their greatness, U2 released their first live album Under a Blood Red Sky on November 21, 1983. The fans have nicknamed the album ‘Red Rocks’ because it was recorded at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater outside of Denver, Colorado – home of my beloved Denver Broncos. This performance was also made into a concert movie. Under a Blood Red Sky is significant to me and my U2 fandom because it was the first U2 music I owned. I bought the cassette tapes of The Joshua Tree and Under a Blood Red Sky on the same day back in 1987. I listened to those two tapes over and over again, and then eventually acquired the other four albums by the time Rattle and Hum came out a year later.

The Under a Blood Red Sky concert film was my first U2 concert ‘experience.’ It was the first time I saw U2 perform ‘live.’ I watched that concert over and over again. My favorites off Under a Blood Red Sky are “October” into “New Year’s Day,” “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” “Gloria” and “Party Girl.” That’s when I first heard and fell in love with “New Year’s Day,” and it’s still one of my favorites today. And to this day, I still hear Bono saying, “This song is not a rebel song. This song is ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday'” every time I hear “Sunday Bloody Sunday.” Under a Blood Red Sky live album and concert video is so ingrained in my head. You always remember your first.


While on the 360 Tour in 2011, I visited Red Rocks Park and saw all the U2 memorabilia from that fateful concert back in 1983.

About Deena 'DeenasDays' Dietrich (342 Articles)
My name is Deena Dietrich. I live in Ellicott City, Maryland with my 2 dogs Elvis and Cilla. I am making my way as a Social Media Manager, Blogger and now Author. I have written my U2 memoir 'On the Road with U2: my musical journey' (available on amazon) about the 75 (now 100) U2 shows I have been to since ZooTv and the places I’ve seen and the people I’ve met along the way. My motto is “It is better to regret something you have done, than something you haven’t.” So follow me on my journey as I pursue my passions in music and sports with Elvis, U2, Grizzlies, Broncos, LMP, NKOTB, Orioles. Please connect with me @DeenasDays on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Google+ or you can email me at

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