“Red Hill Mining Town” is often cited as a fan favourite from The Joshua Tree. Oddly, though, the band has never, ever played it live, even on the 1987 tour supporting the album. Even stranger is that the song was a serious contender for the second single from the record, but it was shelved in favour of “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” Why? Because the band thought it was “overproduced and underwritten.” Since that punt, “RHMT” has been treated as if it had never born.
With the tour to celebrate The Joshua Tree’s 30th anniversary set to start in Vancouver in May, U2 has decided to make amends with what Larry Mullen calls “one of [the band’s] great lost songs.”
A special remix created by producer Steve Lillywhite has been readied for a picture disc which will be released on Record Store Day. It goes like this. (Via Larry)