Hampden Park on the eve of the U2 show

The Vertigo stage being built in Scotland’s National Stadum: Hampden Park, Glasgow. Looks like they’ve set it up on the long side of the stadium. (See floor plan) Historically, Glasgow has always been a good ‘U2 town’, with some intense shows over the years. That might be the case once more, with Interpol and BRMC setting the tone on the night. Glaswegians, are you up for Vertigo?

24 thoughts on “Hampden Park on the eve of the U2 show

  1. Elsewhere on the site one of our Scottish readers wondered who the fuck Interpol were and complained they wanted support bands that ‘did well in the charts’.

    Maybe U2 should book Axel F next time.

    *bangs head against wall*

  2. Elsewhere on the site one of our Scottish readers wondered who the fuck Interpol were and complained they wanted support bands that ‘did well in the charts’.

    Maybe U2 should book Axel F next time.

    *bangs head against wall*

  3. mmm well maybe the people of Macnas could return with their giant charicature heads and emerge as the Crazy frog then? 😉

  4. mmm well maybe the people of Macnas could return with their giant charicature heads and emerge as the Crazy frog then? 😉

  5. The U2’s should get a f*cking Grammy for “Best line-up in support acts on a live show” this time around!

  6. The U2’s should get a f*cking Grammy for “Best line-up in support acts on a live show” this time around!

  7. I really enjoyed Kelis and wouldn’t mind seeing her again. Too bad U2’s Dutch audience couldn’t handle a black woman with balls. The way she was treated was outrageous and took away from my enjoyment of the concerts. In general, European (mainland) audiences have been very intolerant of U2’s support bands. Anything not middle of the road got boo-ed and whistled at, or worse, pelted with food. It’s fucking disgrace what brilliant bands like Fatima Mansions and Einstuerzende Neubauten (admittedly, perhaps a little too confrontational for a stadium/arena crowd) had to go through. Bland and easy, like the Stereophonics for example went down a treat, but I had to slap myself to stay awake during their set. This tour so far the support bands I’ve seen have been ‘ok’ and forgettable. Looks like Glasgow is getting the best deal, though The Killers in Amsterdam should be really good.

  8. I really enjoyed Kelis and wouldn’t mind seeing her again. Too bad U2’s Dutch audience couldn’t handle a black woman with balls. The way she was treated was outrageous and took away from my enjoyment of the concerts. In general, European (mainland) audiences have been very intolerant of U2’s support bands. Anything not middle of the road got boo-ed and whistled at, or worse, pelted with food. It’s fucking disgrace what brilliant bands like Fatima Mansions and Einstuerzende Neubauten (admittedly, perhaps a little too confrontational for a stadium/arena crowd) had to go through. Bland and easy, like the Stereophonics for example went down a treat, but I had to slap myself to stay awake during their set. This tour so far the support bands I’ve seen have been ‘ok’ and forgettable. Looks like Glasgow is getting the best deal, though The Killers in Amsterdam should be really good.

  9. Interpol and BRMC… 10 years ago, for me, that would be like Springsteen and REM had opened for U2. Congrats to Glasgow 🙂

    Looking forward into seeing Razorlight in Gothenburg though (and also seeing them in a small club three days earlier).

  10. Interpol and BRMC… 10 years ago, for me, that would be like Springsteen and REM had opened for U2. Congrats to Glasgow 🙂

    Looking forward into seeing Razorlight in Gothenburg though (and also seeing them in a small club three days earlier).

  11. Caroline, strange as it seems, I do agree with you, and am generally into experiments as they come. But taking out Einstürzende Neubauten and Kelis in a stadium filled with adrenaline-pumped guitar fans isn’t far from the right choice in my opinion. (Throwing full bottles of Coke is isn’t the greatest of ideas as well, I agree. Dutch fans really are rude, and that’s not just because of the stupid ole-ole chanting….)

    Stereophonics were great in Antwerp, and I really enjoyed The Thrills in Brussels last week. I’m also really looking forward to The Killers ánd Kaiser Chiefs in Amsterdam….Too bad I’m missing out Black Rebel Motorcycle Club though.

  12. Caroline, strange as it seems, I do agree with you, and am generally into experiments as they come. But taking out Einstürzende Neubauten and Kelis in a stadium filled with adrenaline-pumped guitar fans isn’t far from the right choice in my opinion. (Throwing full bottles of Coke is isn’t the greatest of ideas as well, I agree. Dutch fans really are rude, and that’s not just because of the stupid ole-ole chanting….)

    Stereophonics were great in Antwerp, and I really enjoyed The Thrills in Brussels last week. I’m also really looking forward to The Killers ánd Kaiser Chiefs in Amsterdam….Too bad I’m missing out Black Rebel Motorcycle Club though.

  13. I thought Snow Patrol did a little better than The Thrills, they really suited the balmy summer evening and their music was ‘big’ and anthemic. Good to sing along to, if I’d known the words!

    My favourite support act for U2 have been the Stereo MC’s, they really got the crowd going and in the mood for Zoo TV. Claw Boys Claw were a lot of fun in Rotterdam.

  14. I thought Snow Patrol did a little better than The Thrills, they really suited the balmy summer evening and their music was ‘big’ and anthemic. Good to sing along to, if I’d known the words!

    My favourite support act for U2 have been the Stereo MC’s, they really got the crowd going and in the mood for Zoo TV. Claw Boys Claw were a lot of fun in Rotterdam.

  15. CBC were indeed a succes, I remember the singer strolling the catwalk. Local football team Feyenoord was playing against Ajax in Amsterdam that day and they lost, the way he picked up on that was great!

  16. CBC were indeed a succes, I remember the singer strolling the catwalk. Local football team Feyenoord was playing against Ajax in Amsterdam that day and they lost, the way he picked up on that was great!

  17. Although the sound quality was a bit poor at the LA Coliseum (but I didn’t care b/c it was my first U2 concert) let’s not forget how awesome it was that Rage Against The Machine opened up for several PopMart shows. They win my vote for best support act I’ve seen.

    As far as best support act that I’ve heard of, it may be PJ, Public Enemy, Oakenfold. Although dj culture is a bit more pervasive now-a-days ZooTV basically made Oak one of the first superstar electronica dj’s.

    On a sidenote has anyone listened to “When I Look at the World” or “Peace on Earth” and really thought about how pretty those songs are…not to mention that Zooropa is one U2 album that has aged incredibly well. It still sounds so cutting edge and I can only wonder if Radiohead’s “OK Computer” would’ve sounded the same without the Zoo influence (a relevant topic given that Spin just named OK Computer as the top album over the past 20yrs)

  18. Although the sound quality was a bit poor at the LA Coliseum (but I didn’t care b/c it was my first U2 concert) let’s not forget how awesome it was that Rage Against The Machine opened up for several PopMart shows. They win my vote for best support act I’ve seen.

    As far as best support act that I’ve heard of, it may be PJ, Public Enemy, Oakenfold. Although dj culture is a bit more pervasive now-a-days ZooTV basically made Oak one of the first superstar electronica dj’s.

    On a sidenote has anyone listened to “When I Look at the World” or “Peace on Earth” and really thought about how pretty those songs are…not to mention that Zooropa is one U2 album that has aged incredibly well. It still sounds so cutting edge and I can only wonder if Radiohead’s “OK Computer” would’ve sounded the same without the Zoo influence (a relevant topic given that Spin just named OK Computer as the top album over the past 20yrs)

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