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Shortly after last week's announcement that Paul McCartney will play the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, a reminder surfaced that Cayuga County used to book some big musical acts, too.

A Facebook page for Italian fans of U2 recently posted a gallery of the world's biggest rock 'n' roll band playing Spartan Hall at Cayuga Community College April 27, 1983. The gallery includes several backstage shots of the band and the show's crew, as well as several shots of the black-clad Irish youngsters sweating their little mullets off on stage.

At the time of the concert, of course, U2 wasn't the world's biggest rock 'n' roll band yet. Bono and co. were just two months removed from the release of their breakthrough third album, "War," which boasted future classics like "New Year's Day" and "Sunday Bloody Sunday." The band would play those and more at its Auburn stop (full setlist below).

A few years after that, U2 would move onto the Carrier Dome in October 1987 after the success of "War" and its even bigger fifth album, "The Joshua Tree."

And 30 years after that, the band made a passable guest appearance on a Kendrick Lamar track. Wild.

Check out the gallery here.

Setlist, U2 at Cayuga Community College April 27, 1983:

1. "Gloria"

2. "I Threw A Brick Through A Window"

3. "A Day Without Me"

4. "Seconds"

5. "Surrender"

6. "Sunday Bloody Sunday"

7. "The Cry"

8. "The Electric Co."/"Send In The Clowns" (snippet)

9. "I Fall Down"

10. "October"

11. "Tomorrow"

12. "New Year's Day"

13. "Two Hearts Beat As One"/"Let's Twist Again" (snippet)

14. "Twilight"

15. "Out Of Control"

16. "11 O'Clock Tick Tock"

17. "I Will Follow"

18. "40"

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Lake Life Editor David Wilcox can be reached at (315) 282-2245 or Follow him on Twitter @drwilcox.


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