Morrissey mocks U2 and David Cameron at Glastonbury

Former Smiths man plays Pyramid Stage slot at Worthy Farm

Morrissey used his Glastonbury slot on the Pyramid Stage today (June 24) to seemingly have a pop at U2 and UK Prime Minister David Cameron.

Bono and his band are up next on the stage, finally set to headline Glastonbury after having had to cancel last year. But the former Smiths singer didn’t seem too impressed by the booking, sarcastically declaring early in his set: “I’ll sing as fast as I can, I know you’re all waiting for U2.”

After some boos came from the crowd at the mention of the Irish pop giants’ name he added: “I know that – we know that…”

Later on, before playing The Smiths’ vegetarian anthem ‘Meat Is Murder’, he mentioned the recent passing of a bill to ban the use of wild animals in circuses. “David Cameron tried to stop it being passed – what a silly twit,” he declared.

He played five Smiths songs during the set plus two new solo songs: ‘People Are The Same Everywhere’ and ‘Action Is My Middle Name’.

With the rain pouring down during the show and Radiohead playing a set on site at the same time as his performance, Morrissey didn’t get to enjoy playing in front of one of the largest audiences of the day. Many hardcore fans turned out, though, including Steve Bradley, who told NME: “I loved all his new stuff – lyrically it’s very typically Morrissey, great observations. If that’s [the two new songs] off the new record I’ll be buying it, put it that way.”

Morrissey played:

‘I Want The One I Can’t Have’
‘First Of The Gang To Die’
‘You Have Killed Me’
‘Shoplifters Of The World Unite’
‘Everyday Is Like Sunday’
‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’
‘Alma Matters’
‘People Are The Same Everywhere’
‘Satellite Of Love’
‘Meat Is Murder’
‘One Day My Goodbye Will Be Farewell’
‘Action Is My Middle Name’
‘I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris’
‘Irish Blood, English Heart’
‘This Charming Man’

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