Thirty years after the release of their debut album Boy, U2 will finally headline their first Glastonbury Festival. The organizers of the famed British fest revealed Bono and Co. will take the main stage to celebrate Glastonbury's 40th anniversary on June 25th, BBC reports. U2 will perform at the festival's opening night during a brief window of free dates in the band's 2010 leg of their North American U2 360° Tour.U2 will leave their giant "Claw" stage setup behind for the performance and instead perform to a sold-out audience of over 177,000 people on Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage.
"The 26-year-old rumor has finally come true. At last, the biggest band in the world are going to play the best festival in the world," Glastonbury organizer Michael Eavis said in a statement. "Nothing could be better for our 40th anniversary party. And there are even more surprises in the pipeline..." The set will mark U2's first festival performance in 25 years, BBC reports, although bassist Adam Clayton appeared at the fest in 1989 to perform one song with the Hothouse Flowers. "The band is really looking forward to it," U2's manager Paul McGuinness told U2.com.
With a four-day gap between gigs on U2's 2010 North American tour, the band will fly to Glastonbury following a June 23rd concert at Edmonton, Alberta's Commonwealth Stadium and return to the States in time for their June 27th gig at Minneapolis' TCF Bank Stadium. (FYI: A similar five-day gap between 360 dates occurs June 7th to 12th, in case you wanted to begin churning the rumor mill about U2 playing Bonnaroo, which takes place June 10-13th.) As Glastonbury is one of the most storied festivals in music, the 2010 fest sold out all of its 177,500 tickets in less than 24 hours before any performers, including U2, were announced. The 2009 Glastonbury featured headlining performances by Bruce Springsteen, Blur and Neil Young.
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