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Old 02-23-2011, 03:45 PM   #31
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And U2 has confirmed themselves..

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Gareth, you got a ticket??? Now just need to start thinking about how soon to start waiting down the front of the Pyramid Stage on Friday. I'm thinking probably from early on, but I'll be going it alone without my mates (who aren't as big fans as me hehe)
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yeah got a ticket! really excited, just needed it confirmed...was worried the rumours would fly around and they'd announce in May that Dizzee Rascal or someone was headlining....!!

as for what time to go down i'm personally going to wait until the full line-up's revealed. I spent ALL of sunday in 2009 to slowly get to the front for Blur because there was nothing else i wanted to see on the other stages. I imagine it'll pretty easy to get pretty close during the last couple of bands before them though.

maybe we'll have to get a bit of an interference meet going
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I'm also planning on getting down to the Pyramid Stage quite early. The rumours are that Arcade Fire will be on before U2..would be up for meeting other fans as well.
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Elbow are on before U2 apparently!
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Yeah its looking pretty unlikely that Arcade Fire will be there at all. Elbow into U2 will mean there are even more people in front of the Pyramid Stage earlier on (as opposed to what was gonna happen last year with Dizzie Rascal on before - an artist with a pretty different fanbase).
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bet they'll open with Streets like they were planning on doing last year
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aaah MAN! really?? out of curiosity where did you read that?

that's a really interesting idea, I know they sometimes did on Joshua Tree and Lovetown?? (is that correct? i#m happy to be wrong) but I honestly cannot imagine a U2 gig these days OPENING with Streets, least of all glastonbury!

Even if U2 are playing their best one of the entire tour, Streets still feels like the ace up their sleeve to pull out at the end of the 'main' set to just blow everyone away.
They could play an hour of amazing songs, best performances of their professional lives, but when that intro for Streets fades in, it's unbelievable. absolutely something else.....however amazing the encore may be afterwards, the gig has just slowly been building to that climax!

I was 16 when I first saw U2 in cardiff during the vertigo tour and it was the best gig I'd ever seen but Streets just pushed it over the edge and were I not there with my Dad I would have been in absolute fucking tears. I welled up, let's put it that way.

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Yeah its looking pretty unlikely that Arcade Fire will be there at all. Elbow into U2 will mean there are even more people in front of the Pyramid Stage earlier on (as opposed to what was gonna happen last year with Dizzie Rascal on before - an artist with a pretty different fanbase).
I agree Dizzee has a very different fanbase but his performance the year before he was supposed to open for U2 was in the middle of the day and the crowd was huge! He's got remarkable 'crossover' appeal as some may put it and he really was the ideal act to get a crowd warmed up for the headline act. and by that I mean he's a great artist in his own right but still not 'headline' material (depending on the festival) hence my comment a few posts back...

ignore half this post by the way it's nearly 4am, i've just got back from the pub, i tend to ramble a bit when drunk.
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gareth ~ Bono last year gave an interview after Glastonbury passed, and he was talking about how disappointed he was that the band wasn't able to perform due to his back surgery.

He said in the interview that they were "planning to open with Streets".

I'll look around, if I find it, I'll be sure to post it in here. Unless someone else knows what I'm talking about and wants to confirm in this thread.
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Even if U2 are playing their best one of the entire tour, Streets still feels like the ace up their sleeve to pull out at the end of the 'main' set to just blow everyone away.
Yeah I agree, its a bit like shooting your load too early They should kick off with something like Beautiful Day or I Will Follow and save Streets for that euphoric climax later on in the set.

What do people think they'll do by way of stage set-up? When Springsteen played he had a specially constructed bridge from the stage to the crowd which was pretty cool, I can see U2 having something similar to that, which technically would allow Bono, Edge and Adam to wander out nearer the crowd. If they are unable to do that and are restricted to the stage I can't really see them playing something like Crazy Tonight, which is primarily used for all of them to get a bit of a walkabout.
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Even if U2 are playing their best one of the entire tour, Streets still feels like the ace up their sleeve to pull out at the end of the 'main' set to just blow everyone away.
They could play an hour of amazing songs, best performances of their professional lives, but when that intro for Streets fades in, it's unbelievable. absolutely something else.....however amazing the encore may be afterwards, the gig has just slowly been building to that climax!
That’s exactly why they were going to open with it. It’s about attitude. There was a huge sneering attitude toward U2 playing Glastonbury. And it was all setting them up so that it was about proving themselves. Are they even relevant to this kind of crowd anymore? Can they win them over? First festival for U2 in 25 years. Why? Why now? Trying desperately to regain something? Are they just using Glastonbury, trying desperately to look relevant and cool? Can they even put on a decent show without all of the mega-show theatrics anymore? What does Bono want from us? What did we ever do to him?

So what would have been the point of opening with Streets? Fuck you, here’s our best song, here’s what you all thought would be our highlight, our best live number, the ‘moment’, what you thought was the only weapon we have, the stadium mega-anthem. And we’re opening with it. So, again, fuck you, that was Streets. Done. Now lets get on with it.

Brilliant.

But, having said that, I don’t think they’ll open with it this time. I was at Glastonbury last year, and there really was that very sneering attitude about U2 all the way from announcement on, then the celebratory reaction to them canceling, which was definitely there at the festival. Lots of signs and flags and t-shirts and banter all bagging U2, and bagging Bono. Thank christ they cancelled! was the general feeling, the comments you heard everywhere. But when the Gorillaz failed to deliver to mainstage headline level, you could sense there was a bit of regret. There was actually a rousing singalong to With or Without You being played over the PA just before the Gorillaz came out – 150,000 very very loud on the woah-oh-oh-oh’s, and when the song ended, everyone spontaneously cheered. I thought at the time, now you little shits understand. Talk around the place shifted a bit the next day. Then the following night when Muse busted out Streets with Edge and in the process brought the house down, the change of heart was open and everywhere. Actually, U2 would have been kind of awesome, it’s a bit of a shame they weren’t here.

U2 last year would have been walking into a hornets nest. Their performance, in a way, would have been an aggressive argument with the crowd. Fuck you, we’re good enough, we’re worthy. That feeling, I think has passed, and this time it will be a lot more celebratory. That + Streets by Muse/Edge was universally regarded as one of the singular highlights of all of last years festival, meaning that this time it will be something people are genuinely looking forward to, not something that is just an expectation, or a framing, that U2 should break from.

I don’t think they’ll open with it. I think it will be back in it’s regular type of spot. I wouldn’t be surprised actually if its right at the end. Finish on Streets/WOWY. Leave the place at the peak of the mountain, no MOS, Love Is Blindness type neat ‘closer’. One, WOWY, or perhaps All I Want is You will close it out. BIG singalong, with WOWY and AIWIY being good candidates because they leave the crowd singing at the end of both. I think that’s how they’ll leave – crowd still singing (and not 40, which is just a U2 fan thing - one of the big songs.) I reckon now they’ll open with with a straight rock punch, maybe Vertigo, or I Will Follow just to make a statement. And the set will be punch after punch after punch. Never let the crowd go quiet. No bullshit. Nothing rare or left field. Punch, punch, punch, punch - for two and a half hours.
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What do people think they'll do by way of stage set-up? When Springsteen played he had a specially constructed bridge from the stage to the crowd which was pretty cool, I can see U2 having something similar to that, which technically would allow Bono, Edge and Adam to wander out nearer the crowd. If they are unable to do that and are restricted to the stage I can't really see them playing something like Crazy Tonight, which is primarily used for all of them to get a bit of a walkabout.
I think they'll have something like that, but I don't think they'll go over the top. There's the big gap between the stage and the crowd, and I think they'll try and do something about that so Bono can get closer, more easily (almost every singer at some point gets off the stage and goes right up to the crowd, but it takes an effort, and it becomes a highlight, they can only really do it once and Bono will want to spend half the night there). I think they will try and limit all the 'extra' stuff though. They'd be keenly aware of everyone expecting them to bring the stunts.

I don't think Crazy Tonight stands that much of a chance of being played.
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Yes, they definitely will just keep it coming with the rockers....and they better.

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