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
October 22: Mr. Twin Sister @ Echoplex
December 18: Muse w/ Phantogram @ Staples Center
March 24: David Gilmour @ Hollywood Bowl
Last edited by Boourns; 12-07-2010 at 10:42 PM.
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.