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The Story Of A Hurricane

Stuart Bailie | 20:09 UK time, Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Back in 1988 it was Hurricane Gilbert that was doing all the damage. One in five of Jamaican homes were damaged and 45 died, It inspired a fund-raising concert at the Dominion Theatre on Tottenham Court Road, London and I was there with 2500 other people.

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I've just found the ticket, hence the random nature of the post. It was October 16, and I honestly can't remember the performances by Robert Palmer, The Christians and Chris Rea. I guess they were all friends of Chris Blackwell, the boss of Island Records, a man that had made a tidy living from Jamaica's greatest artists. This event was Blackwell's payback.

Enter U2, still feverish from the 'Rattle And Hum' era, and dressed in their finest Killiney Cowboy duds. Their short set peaked with 'Love Comes To Town' as Keith Richards sauntered aroud the little stage, unwinding these serpentine guitar lines, deputising for the absent BB King. The posse was then supplemented by Ziggy Marley and they all chorused 'Love Rescue Me', with feeling. It was an odd little night but I'm glad the thought of it has just come back to me.

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