Update: video – The Edge interviewed at Glastonbury
It was the worst kept secret at England’s Glastonbury festival this weekend. Muse’s drummer Dominic Howard had told The Sun newspaper the band would have a “very, very special surprise guest” for their Saturday headlining slot. It wasn’t too long before reports of sightings of The Edge on the festival site came trickling in and, photographs of U2’s guitarist rehearsing with Muse were released to the press. All that remained to be answered was: what were they going to play? It turned out to be Where the Streets Have No Name, played as the band’s first encore. The Edge sauntered onto the stage during the intro, receiving a great welcome from the crowd. It was a pretty faithful interpretation of the song, The Edge providing his usual guitar work and backing vocals, while Muse’s Matt Bellamy slightly more operatic voice stuck close to Bono’s deliverance. And so Glastonbury got a taste of U2 after all – to make up for the band having to cancel their Friday headliner due to Bono’s recent back surgery. Even the NME had to admit: U2 were missed, especially since replacement act Gorillaz failed to impress. Fingers crossed for next year!