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The worst sets at Glastonbury


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4 minutes ago, Hugh Jass said:

Not a single mention of U2 so far.

It was terrible, but there’s a fair degree of mitigation here. They tried gamely but the weather just made it impossible to enjoy.

To be fair, @Toilet Duck did on page 1. A mention as unfortunately forgettable as the actual set, it seems.

The rain was a big factor but the last two songs of the encore were Moment of Surrender and Out of Control — not exactly the smartest choices to go out on. Also, if I remember correctly, Bono wore the wrong shoes so he couldn't move around stage properly without fear of stacking it on his arse?

Damp squib all round.

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U2 looked good on TV, and as has been mentioned a few times on here, opening with all the Achtung Baby stuff was a baller move. Those final two songs are a real head scratcher though. Real sign of a band who clearly doesn’t do festivals and thought they could pull the same fan-only shit that they do at their own shows.

Do feel very bad for them though, as you’re fighting a losing battle playing whilst it’s absolutely bucketing it down like that, and had they played in 2010 like they were originally supposed to I’m sure it would’ve been far far better received, silly encore included.

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17 hours ago, Gingerfish79 said:

Also, Dizzie in 2013. Dishonourable mention for The View - who, if I've got my years right, missed their set at Williams Green in 2013 as they had gone AWOL somewhere on site.

Someone close to the band had passed away that morning, not sure if it was crew or a family member, but that's why they didn't end up playing. 

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Already a few mentions for this, but Oasis in 2004 were truly terrible. I know its the Gallagher brothers, but how can even they look so totally bored headlining the Pyramid?! For me, a slot on that stage is the absolute pinnacle of any musician's career, and they just looked utterly indifferent to even being at the festival.

Also, sitting through The 1975 before Dolly Parton was pretty horrific. Not saying they weren't any good, I'm sure their fans enjoyed it, I just can't stand them!

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20 minutes ago, swede said:

Someone close to the band had passed away that morning, not sure if it was crew or a family member, but that's why they didn't end up playing. 

Ah! after all these years the mystery is solved. Cheers for that. I'm afraid their reputation preceded them and the rumour was they were drunk somewhere on site.

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35 minutes ago, Ddiamondd said:

To be fair, @Toilet Duck did on page 1. A mention as unfortunately forgettable as the actual set, it seems.

The rain was a big factor but the last two songs of the encore were Moment of Surrender and Out of Control — not exactly the smartest choices to go out on. Also, if I remember correctly, Bono wore the wrong shoes so he couldn't move around stage properly without fear of stacking it on his arse?

Damp squib all round.

I just recall standing there, watching while my pint slowly filled with rainwater as Bono pissed around with some international space station bullshit contemplating that it was the first and only time I’ve felt utterly miserable at Glastonbury.

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Shakin Stevens

Oasis 2004

And Van Morrison 2005 - My memory here (and it might be wrong) was that he played a pretty good set, and then something happened to piss him off, he threw an almighty strop, stormed off the stage, and left his band to play the final few songs without him.  As he refused to have his set filmed, I can't look back to check if that is actually what happened.

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8 minutes ago, Gingerfish79 said:

Ah! after all these years the mystery is solved. Cheers for that. I'm afraid their reputation preceded them and the rumour was they were drunk somewhere on site.

No, I made my way from the other side of the site for their set and when they hadn't shown asked someone and they said it was due to someone dying that morning, so I went and got a cider and some gumbo from Crayfish Bobs, as much as I like the view the food and drink was probably better. 

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18 minutes ago, Greenelk said:

And Van Morrison 2005 - My memory here (and it might be wrong) was that he played a pretty good set, and then something happened to piss him off, he threw an almighty strop, stormed off the stage, and left his band to play the final few songs without him.  As he refused to have his set filmed, I can't look back to check if that is actually what happened.

Sounds entirely plausible!

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24 minutes ago, Hugh Jass said:

I just recall standing there, watching while my pint slowly filled with rainwater as Bono pissed around with some international space station bullshit contemplating that it was the first and only time I’ve felt utterly miserable at Glastonbury.

I always forget I've seen U2.

It's like you said, it's not like it was bad at all...I think I just mentally blocked the entire thing out due to the utterly miserable weather. Can't even remember what we did after the set. 

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1 hour ago, Hugh Jass said:

Not a single mention of U2 so far.

It was terrible, but there’s a fair degree of mitigation here. They tried gamely but the weather just made it impossible to enjoy.

For me U2 weren't so bad - basically because a huge group around us were shouting in unison "Pay your .... taxes" every time Bono talked. They got so good at it we were all laughing, joining in and the weather didn't matter.

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6 minutes ago, hfuhruhurr said:

For me U2 weren't so bad - basically because a huge group around us were shouting in unison "Pay your .... taxes" every time Bono talked. They got so good at it we were all laughing, joining in and the weather didn't matter.

I mean, it is important that we never lose sight of the fact that Bono is a massive c**t.

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I’m a U2 fan but they never really looked like they’d nail that set. Were there some odd choices in the setlist as well? I remember the closer/encore being a bit of a damp squib.

I love the Boss but felt he also played more of a ‘fans’ set’ rather than a festival-friendly one?

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19 hours ago, Gingerfish79 said:

Also, Dizzie in 2013. Dishonourable mention for The View - who, if I've got my years right, missed their set at Williams Green in 2013 as they had gone AWOL somewhere on site.

I was at that non-appearance by The View. Seem to remember they'd supported kasabian in Leicester the night before and story was they never made it to Glastonbury at all. 

Edited as seen the replies that it was due to a family bereavement and not them losing the run of themselves the night before. 

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19 hours ago, Gingerfish79 said:

Also, Dizzie in 2013. Dishonourable mention for The View - who, if I've got my years right, missed their set at Williams Green in 2013 as they had gone AWOL somewhere on site.

The View were also horrendous when I saw them on the Other stage in 2009. My mate was complaining they weren't playing any songs from the first album, they actually were, they were just murdering them so badly they were almost unrecognisable.

Loved their earlier albums & was fortunate to see them at a small gig in Scotland before they were famous which was superb. Truly believe they could have been massive if they'd actually played like they were capable of at festivals where you have an opportunity to win new fans, but get the impression they just got off their face at every opportunity & wasted their talent. Sadly a very typical Scottish story

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The start of U2 was great and then it really started pissing down. And some of the song choices and placements were bizarre. 

Theyve never really known how to finish gigs though. Saw them in Rome where they started with Vertigo and finished with All Because of You, Yehweh and...... Vertigo. 

Even on the last tour they were sending people home with Love Is Bigger and 13. Abysmal stuff. 

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1 minute ago, The Nal said:

The start of U2 was great and then it really started pissing down. And some of the song choices and placements were bizarre. 

Theyve never really known how to finish gigs though. Saw them in Rome where they started with Vertigo and finished with All Because of You, Yehweh and...... Vertigo. 

Even on the last tour they were sending people home with Love Is Bigger and 13. Abysmal stuff. 

It's not like they haven't got anything big to end on...

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I've listened back to the U2 set many times and it sounds great. I maintain if they'd ended with something like in God's Country and New Years Day it would be looked back on more fondly. They played some absolute bangers.

I'd also like to look back without the memory of pulling my hood up too late. It was full of water by the time I did it, which all ran down my neck. Nice.

 

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2 hours ago, Hugh Jass said:

Not a single mention of U2 so far.

It was terrible, but there’s a fair degree of mitigation here. They tried gamely but the weather just made it impossible to enjoy.

I have seen U2 12 times over the years and Glastonbury was by far the worst. Still enjoyed it as a fan of the band but as you say the weather didn't help. It's a shame that they did have to reschedule as I think in 2010 with the glorious weather they would have been a hell of a lot better. 

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24 minutes ago, The Nal said:

The start of U2 was great and then it really started pissing down. And some of the song choices and placements were bizarre. 

Theyve never really known how to finish gigs though. Saw them in Rome where they started with Vertigo and finished with All Because of You, Yehweh and...... Vertigo. 

Even on the last tour they were sending people home with Love Is Bigger and 13. Abysmal stuff. 

The 1st time I saw them was on the 87 Joshua Tree tour and they finished with 40 which is a great song to finish on. Wish they'd still do that! 

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3 minutes ago, dondo said:

The 1st time I saw them was on the 87 Joshua Tree tour and they finished with 40 which is a great song to finish on. Wish they'd still do that! 

Big fan of the All You Can't Leave Behind tour when they squoze 40 in between Bad and Streets. Quite a moment.

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