Glastonbury Set List and Review

Last night U2 left their comfort zone of the highest-grossing tour in history to play to their toughest audience yet at the UK’s Glastonbury music festival.

In front of a crowd who are traditionally suspicious of ‘stadium rock’, it could have gone either way.

But U2’s debut performance at Worthy Farm turned into a triumph last night as the Bono & Co crew abandoned their 360 tour setlist to perform a ‘greatest hits’ package, which when you’re U2 is some songbook to draw on.

But with so much material to choose from, inevitably there were disagreements about how to approach their headlining slot.

“There were an awful lot of opinions,” said drummer Larry Mullen. “Everyone had a view about how it should go.

“There were the ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’ camp and the more subtle approach, the ‘Achtung Baby’ dynamic approach, where you build slowly.

“Then there were those who thought we should open with ‘40’ (from U2’s 1983 album ‘War’). We went through a number of combinations.”

Complete Setlist -

  1. Even Better Than The Real Thing
  2. The Fly
  3. Mysterious Ways / Independent Women (snippet)
  4. Until The End Of The World
  5. One
  6. Jerusalem (snippet) / Where The Streets Have No Name / All You Need Is Love (snippet)
  7. I Will Follow
  8. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For / Movin’ On Up (snippet)
  9. Stay (Faraway, So Close!)
  10. Beautiful Day / Rain (snippet)
  11. Elevation
  12. Get On Your Boots / She Loves You (snippet)
  13. Vertigo / Garageland (snippet)
  14. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  15. Bad / Jerusalem (snippet)
  16. Pride (In The Name Of Love)

  17. Encore(s):
  18. With Or Without You / Love Will Tear Us Apart (snippet)
  19. Yellow (snippet) / Moment of Surrender
  20. Pretty Vacant (snippet) / Out Of Control

    Part of U2’s success is that Bono knows how to play the role of rock star with all the panache it demands.

    And Glastonbury was no different, with the band’s singer breathing new life into some of U2’s best known hits as if he were singing them for the first time.

    At his side, The Edge delivered the distinctive chiming guitar sound that has become the signature of U2’s music.

    Although logistics meant the group couldn’t bring their now famous stage ‘The Claw’ to Glastonbury, they did have some strong visuals representing different parts of their career, from War to Zoo TV, to light up the vast stage at Worthy Farm.

    However, violent scenes broke out in the crowd as a protest against the the band’s tax status was foiled by security guards.

    As Bono and his bandmates took to the Pyramid Stage, activists from direct action group Art Uncut inflated a 20ft balloon emblazoned with the message “U Pay Your Tax 2”.

    But as the campaigners tried to release it over the 50,000-strong crowd, a team of 10 burly security guards wrestled them to the ground before deflating the balloon and taking it away.

    Campaigner Stephen Taylor said: “U2’s multi-million euro tax dodge is depriving the Irish people at a time when they desperately need income to offset the Irish government’s savage austerity programme. Tax nestling in the band’s bank account should be helping to keep open the hospitals, schools and libraries that are closing all over Ireland.”

    aThere had been confusion the previous night when some protesters turned up to what they mistakenly thought was an anti-U2 gathering in Glastonbury’s Pilton Palais Cinema Tent.

    However, ‘Killing Bono’ turned out to be a screening of the 2010 film comedy based on the memoirs of Bono’s schoolmate Neil McCormick rather than a meeting of plotters.

    Watching U2 last night among the massive crowd were thousands of Irish music fans who had travelled over for the festival.

    Some, like Bono’s old pal Gavin Friday, came to watch U2 but many others came to see the hundreds of other artists who are performing at Europe’s biggest music festival over the weekend.


    * Snippets checked via U2gigs

    Glastonbury Festival Welcomes U2 debut

    U2 will make their first UK festival appearance since the early 1980s later when they headline Glastonbury.

    The Irish stars had been due to play last year but were forced to cancel after singer Bono injured his back.

    Coldplay will headline the Pyramid Stage on Saturday. Beyonce follows in husband Jay-Z’s footsteps on Sunday.

    Emma Coupland, from Boston, Lincs, at a muddy Glastonbury with friend Holly Wilson, said: “As we’re under 30, we don’t really like U2.”

    Ms Wilson added: “They may play some of the old classic songs but we’re not really excited about U2, and I haven’t heard from anyone that is to be honest.”

    Rock veterans U2, who have interrupted a tour of the US to fly in for their performance, face protests during their set by a group who have accused the band of a “tax dodge” in Ireland.

    'Glastonbury on steroids'

    U2 have promised they will play an epic, stadium-like performance at this year’s Glastonbury festival.


    Bassist Adam Clayton told Q that the band’s headline performance on the Pyramid Stage on the Friday (June 24) of the Somerset bash will have grand production values.

    Clayton said: “It’s very un-Glastonbury to have a big production but we will be sneaking a few things in through the back gate which will hopefully make this experience a little more like Glastonbury on steroids.”

    He added: “We’re stretching the level of what can be done. We hope to create a mind blowing experience that reacts well with all the other substances involved.”

    Bono and the boys headline Glastonbury

    U2 have been announced as the headliner for the first night of the 2011 Glastonbury festival, one of the world’s largest outdoor music events.

    The band will join Coldplay and Beyoncé at the top of the festival’s bill, which will take place June 24th-26th in Somerset, England.

    Rolling Stone: Three decades of U2

    U2 were originally scheduled to perform at last year’s Glastonbury festival but had to drop out when Bono injured his back. Gorillaz were brought on as a last-minute replacement headliner.

    Rolling Stone: US’s magazine covers

    U2’s Glastonbury performance will fall in the middle of the next American leg of their 360 stadium tour.

    Given that they would need to bring their elaborate production overseas and back again in the span of a couple days, it seems safe to say that the band will be abandoning their 360 stage for this performance.

    In other U2 news, an early song written by the band when they were known as the Hype will appear on the soundtrack to “Killing Bono,” a comedy film about the two members of the Hype who did not go on to join U2.

    The song, “Street Mission,” has been bootlegged by U2 fans for years.

    New U2 coming 2011

    It’s been less than a year since they released their last album, but U2 are already close to their next album release, with the rockers peppering new tracks into their live sets!

    The Irish foursome, who are currently on a worldwide tour, have performed numerous unreleased tracks during their performances leading to widespread rumours that there could be an album cooking.

    Manager Paul McGuinness confirmed fans’ guess-work to the Irish Times, “I would expect a new U2 album sooner than anybody thinks,” he said. “I would guess early 2011 before the next leg of the American tour, whichstarts in May.”

    Despite a hectic touring schedule and Bono’s recent back injury, it is thought that the band are throwing themselves into the recording of this new album to make up for the lukewarm reception of 2009’s ‘No Line On The Horizon’ which took over four years to complete.

    In other U2 news, the hit-makers are rumoured to be headlining the already sold out Glastonbury 2011! U2 were forced to cancel last year’s set, after Bono suffered painful back surgery.

    U2 drop big Glastonbury hint!


    U2 have dropped a big hint that they’ll be at Glastonbury Festival next year.

    Posted on their official website (here) last night, around 36 hours before tickets are due to go on sale, are the following words…

    Tickets for Glastonbury 2011 go on sale this weekend. Will U2 fans finally see ‘Glastonbury’ at Glasto?

    Glastonbury’s Michael Eavis has said he’d like U2 to play in 2011 after they missed their slot at Worthy Farm this past June.

    Looking at the tour dates - there is a gap in the band’s schedule ahead of the East Lansing show on June 26th which would make the Friday night a possibility.

    The most Paul McGuinness would say was, ‘We’re certainly excited about our plans for next year. Watch this space!’

    The fact that they’re putting these words on their website suggests that they’re likely to play and to encourage people who want to see them to buy tickets.


    U2 Asked Glastonbury 2011

    U2 have been offered the chance to headline next year’s Glastonbury festival after the Irish rockers were forced to pull out of this year’s event.

    Now the celebrated music festival’s organiser, Michael Eavis, has invited the Achtung Baby chart toppers to appear in 2011, the Express reports.

    Lady Gaga and the Rolling Stones are also rumoured for top slots.

    Glastonbury Appearance !

    Another year, another Glastonbury — and another fresh round of what-ifs and maybes for the festival rumour mill.

    This year the most-whispered tale involves two of the 2010 festival’s headliners – or, rather, one of the headliners and a band who were supposed to be topping the bill on the Pyramid Stage.

    Saturday’s headliners Muse had hinted they were planning something special for their headline slot. On Friday, BBC 6 Music reported that the band might be joined by U2’s guitarist the Edge for their slot.

    U2, of course, were supposed to be headlining the festival on Friday night but had to pull out after Bono underwent surgery, leading them to pull a series of dates on their world tour.

    Festival organiser Michael Eavis had been asked by the station if the rumours were true, and did not deny the story – though he did not confirm it either.

    Whether Matt Bellamy and company are joined by the veteran guitar great, only a time machine or patience will tell. Stay tuned.

    Glastonbury will attempt to reschedule U2 performance

    GLASTONBURY Festival organisers say they will attempt to book U2 for a future gig after the Irish band were forced to pull out of this year’s event.

    The band were scheduled to headline the 40th anniversary of the event on Friday, June 25, but cancelled because lead singer Bono suffered a back injury.

    U2, who have never played Glastonbury, will be replaced by former Blur front man Damon Albarn and Gorillaz.

    Speaking to The Irish Post, the Glastonbury organisers said: “They’ve never played here before and we’re very disappointed they can’t perform, but they could well be back next year or the year after that.”

    The withdrawal of a major international act is unusual for an event which has become the Christmas Day of the British music calendar.

    A spokesman for Glastonbury said: “The one that springs to mind is Kylie Minogue’s withdrawal in 2005 because of breast cancer. She was replaced by Basement Jaxx.”

    In 1995, The Stone Roses were forced to cancel after guitarist John Squire broke a collarbone. They were replaced by Pulp who made full use of the opportunity. “They got great acclaim,” said the spokesman. “That gig pushed them and Jarvis Cocker into the limelight.”

    Bono embracing 50

     U2’s vibrant frontman Bono has the kind schedule that would make us normal people spin uncontrollably. However he did take the time to reflect on what he would like to accomplish this year, as a member of U2 and as a regular guy.

    The February issue of the UK’s “Q” magazine, Bono lets loose in a small feature titled “Bono’s 5 Step Plan to Take over the World”. First on the list for Bono is obviously any new music that U2 are testing out.

    “We’ve been listening to new material for “Songs of Ascent”. We haven’t fully decided to press ‘go’ on that,” Bono admitted about the spiritual record where the “360” opener “Kingdom of Your Love” came from. While still unsure as to what the band will focus on, he does feel the need for audiences this summer to hear some fresh tracks. “Even if it’s an EP or a single song,” he said.

    Bono said  that the work he and Edge contributed to the “Spider-Man” musical for Broadway is “potentially one of the best things we’ve ever done” and while waiting for the show’s financial problems to be worked out, he expects the show to be running later this year.

    Bono also discussed U2’s upcoming debut at the Glastonbury festival in June. He said that “everyone is excited” and because it’s on a smaller scale than “360”, expect a performance without so much spectacle. “I think it will just be about the music on that day,” Bono said.

    Also on his mind was (RED) and Bono was happy to report new developments shaping up. Nike has joined the campaign, he revealed, and Africa’s hosting of the World Cup this year is something he is truly thrilled about. “It’s important that the world gets to see the majesty and magical side of that most extraordinary continent,” he said.

    As incredible as Bono’s year sounds so far, perhaps the most special event will take place on May 10, when he turns 50. And he already feels the pressure. After attending a Leonard Cohen concert last year where he got emotional during the show, Bono confessed, “I realized that all my favorite songs he wrote in his 50s and 60s. That, to me, was a throwdown.” However daunting as turning 50 seems, Age is nothing but a number, Bono!

    Glastonbury Festival Promise

    U2 have promised that they will make an impact on this year’s Glastonbury Festival, when they headline the Worthy Farm event in Somerset for the first time in their career on Jun. 25.

    Speaking to the Times this weekend, guitarist the Edge (pictured right) said that the band had previously been mistrustful, saying, “I used to be sceptical of its roots, the hippy thing” but now “have a good feeling about it.”

    The Edge, real name Dave Evans, also said 2010 felt like the right time to play the annual event, saying, “It feels like we really have to do it because if we don’t do it now, we never will.”

    U2 are the first confirmed headliners for the 40th anniversary of the festival — another headliner has been confirmed, but not yet disclosed by artist booker Emily Eavis, who runs the festival alongside her father Michael.

    Rumoured bands to headline include the Rolling Stones and Muse. Lets wait to see what happens

    "I'm over paid" Said Bono

    Bono thinks he is “overpaid”.

    The U2 rocker – who is worth an estimated £400 million – says he devotes so much of his time to charitable projects because he believes he has more money than he deserves to have.
    Speaking at the launch of Nike’s Lace Up, Save Lives campaign, which raises money for HIV charity (Red) with Chelsea soccer star Didier Drogba, he said: “These guys are very wealthy. I am very well paid, overpaid and even over-rewarded for what I do. But a lot of these soccer guys are giving something back and they don’t need to do that.”

    Meanwhile, Bono admits he and his bandmates are “delighted and humbled” to have been asked to headline next year’s Glastonbury Festival, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

    He said: “Everyone in the band is very excited about it. I think it will just be about the music on that day, and that spirit that seems to take over everybody in that sacred ground.

    “We’ll certainly be well-rehearsed, we’ll be coming straight from the North American tour.”

    U2’s appearance at Glastonbury marks their first festival show in 25 years and it will be the first time the group have performed at the world famous music event.

    Editor Note:  We are not over paid, so Bono if your interested send a pay check or two our way. We promise to work hard.