Michael Eavis: ‘Johnny Cash was one of my best Glastonbury bookings of all time’

Billy Bragg, Richard Hawley and Temples pay tribute to the legendary singer on the 10th anniversary of his death

Michael Eavis has said that Johnny Cash was one of his best ever Glastonbury bookings.

The Glastonbury organiser remembers the music legend in this week’s NME to commemorate 10 years since the singer’s death on September 12, 2003, aged 71.

“I booked Johnny Cash to play at Glastonbury in 1994. He was spellbinding, bloody brilliant,” Eavis says in this week’s magazine, which is on newsstands now or available digitally.”That was one of my best bookings of all time. This was when Johnny wasn’t nearly as fashionable as he was after ‘Hurt’. Some of the youngsters thought I’d gone crazy, as they believed I should be booking new stuff all the time. They thought he was just a daft old country singer. But he was so good. I can’t choose one song as my favourite, I’d have a shortlist of 100.”


Earlier this year (May 30) a new museum dedicated to the life of Johnny Cash opened in Nashville, Tennessee, set up by wife and husband team Shannon and Bill Miller. The museum replaced the original Johnny Cash museum – House Of Cash – which was situated in Johnny Cash’s former home in Hendersonville but burned down in 2007 during a restoration project.

To read a full list of tributes to Johnny Cash from the music world, including Billy Bragg, Richard Hawley and Django Django, pick up this week’s NME.

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