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Larry Mullen Talks About U2's Glastonbury Plans


Larry Mullen Jr. did a short interview Monday night on Zane Lowe's BBC radio programme, and the topic du jour was U2's upcoming performance at the legendary Glastonbury Festival. He said that the band feels that it has "something to prove" with Friday's performance, and that the festival setting means U2 is "out of our comfort zone."

But the brunt of the conversation involved what U2 plans to play for a crowd that won't necessarily be as warm to U2 as a 360 tour audience. Larry said the band is "taking a lot of time and energy" to work on the setlist, and they're still going through different possibilities:

"Everybody has a view on how it should go … there's the 'Where The Streets Have No Name' [as the opening song] camp, and then there's the more subtle approach -- the Achtung Baby dynamic approach where you sort of build slowly. And then there are those who think we should open with "40." (laughs) It goes on, and there are an awful lot of opinions."

It's not a long interview; you can listen online on the BBC website. If you use that link, fast forward to about the 1:03:20 mark for the start of the interview.

UPDATE, June 22: Edge talks very generally about U2 and Glastonbury in this new video. At the very beginning, though, you can see several songs listed on a whiteboard from recent rehearsals. Just because the songs are listed doesn't mean U2 will perform them, but note that "New Year's Day" and "Bad" are on the board.