U2 will play Glastonbury 2011

We’re very pleased to announce that U2 are the third headliner joining Beyoncé and Coldplay on the bill for Glastonbury 2011. Having been forced to cancel their scheduled Friday night performance in 2010, the Irish rock legends will headline the Pyramid Stage on the Friday at this year’s Festival (June 24th).

The news was announced at this evening’s NME Awards, via a video message from The Edge, who was congratulating Michael and Emily Eavis on winning the Best Festival award.

Said Michael Eavis: “After the disappointment of U2 being unable to play last year, we’re now doubly excited at the prospect of the Friday night supergroup breaking the sound barrier.”

Said The Edge, in his video message: “It’s more a way of life than a festival. I made it last year to the Friday show – got to play with Muse, got to hang out, ate a veggie burger and fries, and got to play on the Pyramid Stage. I have to say there is something really special and iconic about that stage. So we’re all looking forward to coming back to pick up where I left off. And we’re so excited to get to play in front of the world’s greatest festival audience. We’ll see you there.”


Muse joined by U2’s The Edge at Glastonbury

Muse were joined onstage by U2 guitarist The Edge as they headlined Glastonbury tonight (June 26).

The space-rock trio played the closing Pyramid Stage for the second time in six years, bringing the second day to an epic finish.

The band brought their special brand of bombast, despite a relatively-stripped down show compared to what they are used to, although the biggest surprise was reserved for the encore.

The band left the stage for a lengthy breather after finishing the initial set with ‘Stockholm Syndrome’. When they returned, they were joined by The Edge, who added his trademark guitar to a version of U2’s ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’.

“This is our friend The Edge,” Muse frontman Matt Bellamy said simply at the end of the mass sing-along.

U2 had been due to headline Glastonbury last night, but were forced to pull out after Bono seriously injured his back. They were replaced by Gorillaz.

Muse appeared relaxed onstage throughout the gig, with Bellamy, dressed in white trousers and a red T-shirt, telling the audience; “I can’t believe it’s not fucking raining. I’ve been waiting 15 years for it to be sunny at Glastonbury. Shout out to Michael Eavis! And his daughter [Emily]!”

Muse’s return to Glastonbury was heavy on material from current album ‘The Resistance’, but they threw in curveballs such as ‘Nishe’, the B-side to 2000 single ‘Unintended’, and their traditional cover of ‘Feeling Good’, the song made famous by Nina Simone.

Muse played:

‘Supermassive Black Hole’
‘New Born’
‘Map Of The Problematique’
‘Guiding Light’
‘Citizen Erased’
‘United States Of Eurasia’
‘Feeling Good’
‘Undisclosed Desires’
‘Time Is Running Out’
‘Stockholm Syndrome’
‘Where The Streets Have No Name’
‘Plug In Baby’
‘Knights Of Cydonia’


U2 Guitarist Rumoured to Play With Muse at Glastonbury

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.


U2 to headline Glastonbury 2011

Bono and U2 on stage

The festival spokesperson for Britain’s most famous music festival, Glastonbury, has said that the Irish legends U2 are likely to play in 2011.

A spokesperson for the festival said “They’ve never played here before and we’re very disappointed they can’t perform…but they could well be back next year.”

U2 were to play the headline slot on June 25 until Bono, the front man, was rushed to hospital for emergency back surgery due to a disease which could have left him paralyzed.

The British band, Gorillaz, fronted by Damon Albarn, has agreed to replace U2 as the headline act on June 25 while Muse and Stevie Wonder are also set to play the headline slots at the sold out festival.


Damon Albarn wishes Bono ‘all the best’ as Gorillaz replace U2 at Glastonbury

Damon Albarn has spoken about Gorillaz being drafted in to replace U2 as headliners at this year’s Glastonbury.

Earlier today (May 26) the band were confirmed to headline the Pyramid Stage on June 25 following the news that original headliners U2 have been forced to pull out following a back injury sustained by frontman Bono.

Speaking of the change in line-up, Albarn paid tribute to the Irish band. “It’s a terrible thing for U2,” he said. “Glastonbury is magical. Gorillaz will come to life on that stage, but we wish Bono all the best.”

Gorillaz co-founder Jamie Hewlett said that, after the band’s recent performance at Coachella festival, he is confident of delivering a successful show.

“I wasn’t sure how Gorillaz would work in a festival environment, but Coachella was amazing,” he said. “I think Glastonbury will be an unbelievable experience for us.”

The festival headline appearance will be Damon Albarn’s second in as many years, following Blur’s show on the same stage in 2009.


Bono and U2 lead tributes to Gerry Ryan

Bono, lead singer with Irish supergroup U2, recorded a special version of the bands signature song ‘With Or Without You’ as a tribute to Irish radio host Gerry Ryan, who was buried Thursday.

In the recording Bono wished the radio presenter well as the song filled the Saint John the Baptist Church in Clontarf, a church with strong connections to Gerry Ryan’s family.

Ryan was baptised and married there. His children were also christened there and his parents’ funerals were conducted at the church.

The Irish presenter made his final journey from his family home in the Dublin suburbs where his estranged wife and five children live.

Also among the mourners was Irish President Mary McAleese, a friend of Ryan’s who lectured him at Trinity College.

Ryan was found dead on Friday on his bedroom floor in his Dublin flat by his girlfriend, Melanie Verwoerd.

-ANTOINETTE KELLY, IrishCentral.com Staff Writer

The Edge attended a Jeff Koons-curated show

“Of the dozens of art world events happening as part of Armory Arts Week in New York right now, one of the most buzzed about was last night’s New Museum’s opening of a controversial show that features highlights from the personal collection of Greek billionaire Dakis Joannou, curated by artist Jeff Koons.”

U2’s the Edge, in his telltale black beanie and a plaid shirt, seemed to offer the most distraction from the artwork for star-struck onlookers. “He’s still so cute after all these years!” said one young female gallery wanderer, within earshot of the musician. Standing near a tall rock-like sculpture by artist Dan Colen, decorated with graffiti-style writing and wads of chewed gum, the Edge, who’s real name is David Evans, told us that he was impressed by the size of Jaonnou’s collection. “It’s incredible to see it all in one exhibition,” he said. Though he wouldn’t call himself a major collector of art, Evans told us he does own works by Jean Michel Basquiat and Damien Hirst, whom he calls a friend.

Read the complete story at The Wall Street Journal

The History of Rock ‘N’ Roll, featuring U2, Elvis, The Beatles, and more

“The History of Rock ‘N’ Roll” covers the landmark moments in musical history. From rhythm and blues to Elvis and the Beatles, Woodstock, punk, hip hop, and much more, this 10-episode rockumentary is essential viewing for anyone who cares about music.

U2 should be included in both the 8pm & 11pm portion of the program on March 2nd 2010 on Fuse. Use the channel finder to location your station.

U2, Sinead O’Connor, Chieftains in new PBS documentary

Music of Ireland - Welcome Home

Music of Ireland - Welcome Home

The Music of Ireland – Welcome Home,” a new documentary featuring interviews and performances from U2, Celtic Woman, Sinead O’Connor and The Chieftains will debut on New York public television station WLIW on Feb. 17, then roll out across the country to other PBS affiliates throughout March PBS have announced.

“Music of Ireland” will be available as a CD and DVD in a number of outlets: Barnes & Noble is the exclusive retail partner and will debut an in-store promotional campaign on March 2; Amazon.com will feature all the CD tracks digitally on a 45-day exclusive starting that same day. In addition, the CD and DVD will be bundled as a bonus for those who donate to public television during pledge drives.

The CD was produced by John Reynolds, and features new material by Clannad’s Moya Brennan – who also hosts the documentary – O’Connor, the Chieftains, former Irish Tenor Ronan Tynan and Shane McGowan of the Pogues, among others.

The documentary “Music of Ireland” opens in 1960 with the success of the pioneering Clancy Brothers, and includes Liam Clancy’s final U.S. television interview before his death. Other interviews include “Riverdance’s” Michael Flatley, Bob Geldof and Academy Award-nominated director Jim Sheridan.

A sequel to the “Music of Ireland” is planned for later this year, and will focus on U2, Celtic Woman, The Cranberries, The Corrs, the Irish Tenors and songwriters Glen Hansard and Damien Rice.

The documentary was produced by The Elevation Group’s Denny Young, who previously produced “Bonefish Grill’s Notes From The Road” for Ovation, and is presented by WLIW in association with WNET and Tourism Ireland.

“For such a small country to produce such amazing talent and the way their music defines the people is just extraordinary,” Young told Billboard magazine. “It has fascinated me for most of my life and is something I wanted more people to be in tune with.”


Bono to be guest of honor at AIF New York gala dinner

The American Ireland Fund’s annual New York spring gala should easily be a sell-out this year, as Bono will be the special guest of honor.

The 35th annual dinner, set for Thursday, May 6, will take place at The Tent at Lincoln Center. Always one of the best nights on the Irish American social calendar, this year’s gala should be extra-special given the presence of Bono, one of the world’s most famous humanitarians . . . and, of course, rock stars.

The desire to provide music education to Irish schoolchildren brought U2 and the AIF together last year. Irish kids don’t learn music as a core subject in school, unlike students in most other parts of the world. In 2009, the worldwide Ireland Funds and U2 committed $10 million to bring music education to Irish schools, and U2 so far have provided $7 million in funding.

The New York dinner will undoubtedly help to provide a healthy chunk of financing for the worthy goal, so mark your calendar! For more information on the dinner, visit www.irlfunds.org.