The European Festival season is a big money maker for bands but can be a bit of a grind. Although festivals are great and all for fans, they can be repetitive and constraining for artists-shorter sets, set schedules, varying crowds and weather. There is less control for the artist than playing their own shows.
I know Radiohead avoided festivals for a long time and have played relatively few considering the number of offers they get.
In 3 LA/Anaheim area shows u2 sold 200,000 tickets on one tour. JZ sold a fraction of that. Plus u2 asking price is off the charts. The ticket gross for the one Rose Bowl show was $9mil.
Plus the last time U2 has done a festival was 1997 Tibetfest in DC(short afternoon slot) and mayber 1985 Live Aid/Wrechter(Joe Cocker headlining).
Plus being inundated with a several thousands of u2 will ruin the weekend. And I've seen them 10+ times. Their fans gave PJ Harvey a tepid reaction in 2001 when she toured with them.
U2 ? ... Id rather watch Lil Wayne while drinking cat piss frozen lemonades
For the record...Bono was asked if they were playing coachella specifically and he said no and prob never would....he didn't say why.
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11/2 Janelle Monae - Club Nokia
11/4 Johnny Marr - Apogee Studio
11/7 Mazzy Star - Wiltern
11/13 Melt-Banana - Troubadour
11/16 Chelsea Wolfe, Anna Calvi - Royce Hall
11/18 Chvrches - Wiltern
11/21 SISU - Troubadour
11/23 Emmy the Great, Kate Nash - Fonda
11/24 Beck Song Reader - Walt Disney Concert Hall
AFAIK, U2 have never headlined(evening slot) a multi-day festival. Glasto is in a way their first - only time they done a show anywhere near 2 hours that wasn't their own production top to bottom.
AFAIK, they closest they come in the Aorth America is USFest in 83(50-60m), Tibetfest in 97(60m?) and the Amnesty dates in 1986(40 minute set?)
CountOfMonteDisco is claiming The White Stripes will be there
I hope CountOfMonteDisco is wrong.
Why are you guys acknowledging "CountOfMonteDisco?"
Is he some hot shot internet blogger that I'm not aware of?
he's a suprefan alias, so he's credible.
Okay, trying not to get my hopes up.
The White Stripes 9/18
All depends on the rider guys.
Ha, sounds like Jack White.