U2 Fans Uncover Earliest Known Concert Recording

U2 fan site AtU2 has recovered one of the earliest known live recording of the Irish rock band.

AtU2 reports it has acquired tape of a show the band played on August 11, 1979, at Dublin’s Dandelion Market. The act was recorded by Pete McCluskey, who played guitar for The Strougers, the support act for U2 at the event.

“I am pleased that I recorded the show, and hadn’t realized the significance of it and its place in history until quite recently,” McCluskey said.

U2’s set featured several songs that would appear on the group’s 1980 debut album, Boy, as well as two previously unheard tunes: “Concentration Cramp” and “In Your Hand.”

Until now, the earliest circulated U2 recording is a broadcast by the Irish radio company RTE: the Cork Opera House concert on October 22, 1979. The earliest private audience recording in circulation is the Tullamore show on March 2, 1980.

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