U2 bring out the hits at Glastonbury headline show

Band play a greatest hits set for rain-lashed Pyramid Stage crowd

U2 finally made their first ever appearance at a rain-lashed Glastonbury festival tonight (June 24).

The Irish band were due to headline the Pyramid Stage in 2010, but cancelled and were replaced by Gorillaz after frontman Bono injured his back. They kicked off tonight’s show with five songs in a row from their 1991 album ‘Achtung Baby’, flanked by huge video screens showing references to the band’s Zoo TV tour of the period.

Bono mentioned the non-event of last year, saying before ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’: “Sorry for calling in sick last time.” He had earlier said to the audience, “It might be the leylines, it might be the jetlag, but there’s a very special feeling about tonight.”

Before ‘Beautiful Day’ the video screens played a message from astronaut Mark Kelly, whose “Hello Glastonbury” greeting was met with loud cheers.

Bono also sang a snippet of the William Blake poem ‘Jerusalem’ before ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’. He paid tribute to fellow Glastonbury headliners Beyonce, Coldplay and Primal Scream by singing snippets of their songs – ‘Independent Women’ (by Destiny’s Child), ‘Yellow’ and ‘Movin’ On Up’, respectively.

Primal Scream were headlining Glastonbury‘s Other Stage at the same time as U2‘s set.

The band finished their show with a version of ‘Out Of Control’ from their 1980 debut album ‘Boy’.

U2 played:

‘Even Better Than The Real Thing’
‘The Fly’
‘Mysterious Ways’
‘Until The End Of The World’
‘Where The Streets Have No Name’
‘I Will Follow’
‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’
‘Stay (Faraway, So Close!)’
‘Beautiful Day’
‘Get On Your Boots’
‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’
‘Pride (In The Name Of Love)’
‘With Or Without You’
‘Moment Of Surrender’
‘Out Of Control’

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