BBC - U2 - BBC Glastonbury Festival - 2011

Steve Lamacq

16:00 – 19:00 // In the studio next is Marc Riley

Wed 22nd June – Sun 26th June 2011

Worthy Farm, Pilton

U2

The Best Comes to Those Who Wait

The biggest band in the world finally arrived at the best festival in the world as Bono, Larry, Adam and The Edge stepped onto the Pyramid Stage for one of the most anticipated headline sets in Glastonbury's 41 year history.

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Set list Powered by Songkick

  • 1.

    Space Oddity

  • 2.

    Even Better Than The Real Thing

  • 3.

    The Fly

  • 4.

    Mysterious Ways

  • 5.

    Until The End Of The World

  • 6.

    One

  • 7.

    Jerusalem

  • 8.

    Where The Streets Have No Name

  • 9.

    I Will Follow

  • 10.

    Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For

  • 11.

    Stay (Faraway, So Close)

  • 12.

    Beautiful Day

  • 13.

    Elevation

  • 14.

    Get On Your Boots

  • 15.

    Vertigo

  • 16.

    Sunday Bloody Sunday

  • 17.

    Bad

  • 18.

    Pride (In The Name Of Love)

  • 19.

    With Or Without You

  • 20.

    Yellow

  • 21.

    Moment Of Surrender

  • 22.

    Out Of Control

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Reviews

U2 at Glastonbury 2011

The Guardian 24 June

...they reach for that fierce hunger and it's that sense of urgency - even a hint of nerves - rather than triumphalism that makes this such a charged and memorable set.

U2 bring out the hits at Glastonbury headline show

NME 24 June

Band play a greatest hits set for rain-lashed Pyramid Stage crowd.

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    Comment number 1.

    I first saw U2 at Wembley in 1987 having missed out at the Milton Keynes bowl a few years earlier , having seen many bands U2 remain to me the definitive big venue / live / hairs on the back of your neck band along with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band . I am really looking forward to their performance and I hope its driven with emotion and passion and the best of their sound . I saw Queen at Live Aid , in 20 minutes they completely knocked everyone over with a performance that was head and shoulders above anyone else . With the back catalogue of U2 they should be able to give a memorable performance tonight , my hairs are no longer on my head , but on my neck they wait in anticipation ))

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    Comment number 2.

    It is amazing that the Edge is as boring as Bono is pompous. Although I did get quite excited at the thought of Bono being in Rehab (possibly to re-inflate his huge ego), until I remembered he'd hurt his back last year. I think that this also applies to the music. Hendrix used technology to break new ground, and transcend existing styles and techniques. The Edge doesn't, producing more of the same soporific stuff. Hope the protests go well!

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    Comment number 3.

    I guess I first saw them in Slane 1981. They were not too good, and I thought they had blown any chance they had that day. How wrong can you be :) yes Bono is pompous...edge interview on bbc boring as hell.......but how many of us can stand up there at that age and belt it out night after night // rock on/// long live the live music acts......these guys can no longer be doing this for money... must be for enjoyment...long live rock and roll...

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    Comment number 4.

    Never been a fan of U2 but after 'Jerusalem' have only just realised that Bono can't actually sing........

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    Comment number 5.

    hee hee....neither can bob dylan, jimi hendrix, or ringo starr,,,,,but u are right,,,, its something else ....balls amd charisma ...wish i had what he has.....

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    Comment number 6.

    The thing with U2 is that they do a couple of songs, and it's a bit lacklustre, and then they do something which absolutely blows you away, so you kind of have to forgive them. They can be dull, but in the next minute, earth shatteringly good. Unfortunately, Adam Clayton is dressed like a Sales Manager on his day off.

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    Comment number 7.

    You U2 haters need to hush and listen to the quality of a great band thats music spans the decades which shows how good they are. I mean Bono admits he isn't the best singer but his stage presence more than makes up for it and Edge boring? The dude has skills leave him alone!!

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    Comment number 8.

    Saw U2 twice during the first leg of their 360 tour. Magical! Appears the rest did Bono mucho good.(He's learned the art of the frontman: have the audience sing for you.)

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    Comment number 9.

    A great performance, a little lacklustre to open, but really warmed up at Where The Streets Had No Name. What really irked me about the coverage was the two channel switchovers between BBC2 and BBC4. Seems ridiculous when you're covering a complete set. The BBC airs the tennis on one channel for what seems like eternity sometimes without a break.

    And while I'm on it, the interview with Jo Wiley and Zane Lowe was cringeworthy. Their interview technique is 'Wow, that was great wasn't it?' [gush]. Any decent presenter/journalist would have had a list of points from the show to ask them about, not just gush like teenagers (and talk over the band when they were talking). Bono pretty much had to tell them what to say, pointing out moments he remembered, which actually made him look a bit of a fool, but I felt a bit sorry for him and the others having to be stuck in front of those two, who can't get past "So, how does it feel" as an interview question. The BBC is better than this, and there are better music journalists who could have done a far superior job of covering this. Don't insult your music TV audience - we don't just want to hear presenters telling us how 'amazing' everything is. It's so banal. Lauren Laverne and Mark Radcliffe are so much better for this sort of thing - ditch the Radio 1 'trying to be down with the kids' bozos - they just don't care about the music.

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    Comment number 10.

    U2 are dead good. Slagging them off is just wannabe hipsters jumping on bandwagons started by jealous bands or promosexual emo's obbessed with whatever is coolest at that precise moment. I've seen these rems trying to have a discussion about music with each other. The alpha hipster dictates what is acceptable to like that day, one inevitably mentions the band who were cool yesterday and is derided then they all revert to Joy Division or something so that they can seem cool and musically intelligent. One of these fools once said to me "U2 are a poor mans Simple Minds". May as well discuss music with my underpants.

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    Comment number 11.

    Fantastic show, seen twice before.....,, but why BBc put it out over THREE channels, why not keep the headliner as ONE

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    Comment number 12.

    I have to agree with Darthwigan. It seems to have become trendy to not like U2. For what it's worth, I don't actually know when it was trendy to like them! Someone on Twitter telling me how formulaic U2 were and how 'original' Elbow were! I referred them to Genesis ('Trick of the Tail' and 'Selling England...') to demonstrate where Elbow are coming from. Yes, U2 are formulaic but they invented their own formulae, and it sounds like they also invented Simple Minds's, Coldplay's and 30 Seconds to Mars's formula as well.

    I think U2 and Bono in particular were a little nervous on Friday, not so much because of the tax protesters (wood for trees comes to mind in their case) but because they are used to performing to their fanbase. This wasn't their fanbase and I think it was good for U2 to have a challenge like that. The songs has to stand up a bit more for themselves and most of them did! Five straight songs from 'Achtung Baby' to start and the completed set from LiveAid ('Sunday Bloody Sunday', 'Bad' and 'Pride'),
    'Moment of Surrender' from the encore strong but less known as yet but 'Out of Control' was magic, if under-practiced.

    I also hated the three-part thing!

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    Comment number 13.

    What a Night! What a Band! They were On Fire.

    They've got old songs, new songs, and they got SOUL.

    Yes indeed, truly, it's a very special feeling aroud there.
    Thank you guys and Glastonbury. Love U2.

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    Comment number 14.

    I've been a U2 fan for a long and I personally felt it was not their most dynamic performance, but having watched it again it grew on me a bit more. Having fell so often on wet stages notably damaging his arm/ shoulder during the Joshua Tree tour I guess Bono was less lively than usual having just signed off from the sick due to his back. I did get a bit tired of the constant ad libbing of other non U2 songs - this was always a feature that made a song like Bad stand out so much. On Friday he kept doing it. As for the tax protesters, What has Glastonbury come to if a band gets heckled about moving their royalties to avoid higher taxes. Who really cares? Next they'll be selling lucky charms with a disclaimer 'be careful what you wish for'. As for the set, they chose well. 16 had been singles (Bad and SBS from Live Aid were never released as singles in the UK, how many upcoming bands in 85 would have taken that chance?) U2 also played three of their six UK number ones, again, it was full of hits, but there were many more they could have played, New Years Day, Unforgettable Fire, Desire, Discoteque, All I Want is You, Miss Sarajevo,Hold me Kiss me, Window in the Skies and Electrical Storm to name just some.

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    Comment number 15.

    I'd like to thank the chap in front of me who gave me a shoulder ride during 'One', it was a proper festival moment for me - a sea of faces, a band I've loved since forever and at Glastonbury. Truly amazing!

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    Comment number 16.

    They've got to get rid of the flags next year...it makes watching & filming the bands impossible,many festivals have taken this step maybe Glasto should !!!

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    Comment number 17.

    Hi. I am from midlands Ireland. Live in Uk for over 30 years now. Seen U2 twice before. Was not impressed. After seeing Morrissey, me and my mate were in a very good central position not far from front, so agreed we would give U2 5 minutes and then head off. However, I was blown away by U2. It was an audio, visual and energy assault on the senses. It was almost sensory overload. I was afraid that I was going to explode. I found them incredible. These guys are at the top of their game. Slick and polished. They delivered the goods. I never thought that I would say this but U2 were AWESOME. The darkness and driving rain actually seemed to add to it all. Long may they continue delivering. Question??? One song, think it was "Let it go, fade away" there seemed to be an AURA round Bono or was it camera technology???? Can anyone clarify??

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    Comment number 18.

    I Watched the U2 G/Bury show on the beeb Recorder to the ready first 9 songs brilliant amazing & then as if the U2 Show was over up comes the Glastonbury sign and back to joe whiley in the wear ever bit and they start to talk about U2 So I think it was pot luck that I hit the blue button 1st down on the menu U2 clicks it and to my AMAZEMENT song number 10's playing ''Still Havent Found'' but can I record no as the bbc decided to jump from BBC2 to BBC3 In Red Button Land WHY OH WHY OH WHY!! Could they not just let it all run on BBC2 Start To Finish, Record end Stop £150 for T-V License it would have been a wee BONUS, NO HAD TO SPLIT IT UP ONTO 3 DIFFERENT BBC CHANNELS so my recording lasted 31mins 11 secs VERY ANNOYING BEEB Also Great SET-LIST U2 as it had to be as not everyone in the crowd were U2 Fans at the Start but by the end U2 Had a lot more Younger Fans Appreciating what I have Been loving Since I was 15yrs old Till now 45yrs old I have been to 6 U2 Concerts the 1st away back in 1987 @ Murry-field & ''The Joshua Tree'' Tour to My 6th @ Hampden Park 2009 & the 360' Tour These show are more lets say For the Fans and so you get Classic's Like ''Ultra Violet'' ''Wire'' ''Unforgettable Fire'' old songs right up to the latest album N.L.O.T.H & Future Classics Like ''Breathe'' ''Magnificent'' & ''I No I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight'' Then you have a STAGE like ''THEE CLAW'' you have to see this to believe it then the lighten Affects, just AMAZING U2 @ Glastonbury great 8.5/10 - But U2 @ A U2 Fans Only Concert with 80k-90k U2 Only Fans & as you enter you Take the Electric Plug they give you Find your space GET READY PLUG YOURSELF INTO A 2 HOUR SHOW THAT HAS YOUR Sense's ON OVERLOAD SIGHT, SOUND, VISIONS, ''A MUSICAL JOURNEY'' THAT JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER & BY THE END YOU REALLY ARE @ A PLACE CALLED ''VERTIGO'' YOU CAN FEEL, FEEL, FEEEL U2--FROM BOY2BOMB & MORE ON THE HORIZON U2 ''A SOUNDTRACK OF MY LIFE

 

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