Show Me The Way, Bye Bye Baby, Beach Boys medley. Encore(s): Bye Bye Baby.
Before the band was known as U2, they were known to have many band names, including “The Larry Mullen Band”, “Feedback” and “The Hype”. At the very first known appearance of who we know as U2 today, the band was encouraged by a teacher to participate in a talent contest at Dublin’s Mount Temple in their cafeteria and appeared under the name “Feedback”. The exact date was not known of this performance, but it was sometime in the Autumn of 1976. The band did not win in this contest but they played a brief set composed of cover songs including Peter Frampton’s “Show Me The Way”. The students loved the performance so much that they asked for an encore, so Feedback played the Bay City Rollers’ “Bye Bye Baby” twice.
By Marcus O’Shea
Believe it or not, if this listing refers to the talent show Feedback played at Mount Temple in late 1976, then I was there. I was 11 years old, a few years younger than the members of the soon-to-be band The Hype and later, U2. I never knew the gents, but have select vivid image memories of that performance.
For one thing, I DO indeed remember them covering Peter Frampton’s Show Me The Way, and rather terribly. However, I must say that The Edge was a genius even then, with his bright, anthemic, echo-ing, and shimering guitar sound.
The venue was our cafeteria and a shoddy one at that. I also recall most of the students latching on to Bono after the show and asking him a bunch of questions.
I remained a U2 fan all the way until today, actually being lucky enough to see them a few times in Seattle on the Vertigo Tour. I left Dublin in 1985 and currently teach Linguistic courses at the University of Washington.