U2: Oldest Known Live Recording Surfaces Via Fan Site
U2 fans who run the site ATU2 have discovered an extremely rare recording from a 1979 that is believed to be the oldest known live recording of the band.
Per ATU2, the recording is from an August 11, 1979 show at Dublin’s Dandelion Market. The show was recorded by Pete McCluskey, a member of The Strougers, who was U2’s supporting act during the afternoon gig. This particular show took place about six weeks before the release of Three, the band’s debut EP, which was released on CBS Ireland. The set was captured in its entirety, and until now, the only publically shared audio came from McCluskey himself who posted U2’s performance of “Out of Control” to YouTube in October 2011.
Now that the tape has been given to ATU2, the site has shared two clips from the show of previously unheard songs: “In Your Hand” and “Concentration Cramp.”
These two songs were part of a fifteen-song set, which can be view at ATU2.com. Whether or not the entire show will be released in the near future is not yet known.