U2’s BOY Released 31 Years Ago Today

The “Boy” has become a man.  Peter Rowen, who appeared on the covers of U2 albums “Boy” (1980) and “War” (1983) as a child, is all grown up and a photographer and father living in Dublin.

And he is still close with Bono and The Edge.  Two years ago, Rowen, now 37, photographed the band’s Dublin concert, in addition to others. U2 has even used one of his pictures for a t-shirt and a poster.

Rowen, who says he rarely gets recognized, was chosen to be the cover subject because he grew up near Bono in Ireland.  “Bono lived across the road and was friends with my brother,” he tells Yahoo. “I don’t know why they thought of me.”  He was 5 when he shot the cover of “Boy” and 8 when he sat for “War.”


Although it was many years ago, Rowen does still hold some memories of the latter shoot, although not exactly fond ones.  The first is disliking the soup that was served by the photographer’s wife. “And the other memory is that Bono was driving us back from Dun Laoighaire, Ireland [where the photo was taken],” remembers Rowen. “He was talking to someone in the backseat and someone shouted to watch out for a car. Two memories from the day: I didn’t like the soup, and I was nearly in a crash.”

“Boy,” which spawned the Top 20 hit “I Will Follow,” went platinum in the U.S., while “War” sold more 11 million copies worldwide, thanks to “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “New Year’s Day.”

Here is their very first video – I Will Follow.  It is crazy how young they all look.  Did they have to be home that night before the street lights came on?  This album is one of the all time greats in my book.


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