The Glastonbury music festival that U2 were scheduled to headline was last week. The Edge made a not-so-secret appearance with Muse to do Where the Streets Have No Name. Now I already have issues about other bands covering U2 songs (I’m ambivalent), but Streets? Streets is basically God to a non-religious person like myself. When the opening chords of it start at a show and the red lights stream in I am transported – my breathing quickens, my legs get weak, I cry, I want to run, I want to hide, I DO tear down the walls that hold me inside.
I have told my mom that one of these days that song is going to start and I’m just going to pass out right on the spot. Of course she is to ignore my slumped body until after the song is over!
Of course being U2 The Edge couldn’t just jump in and do this without getting the proper approval. From say Bono who thought it was a great idea, or the ever picky Mr. Mullen who thought it was OK because Muse’s drummer was good enough to play it! I love that! Larry is just as bitchy as I am about who can cover U2 songs!
Here’s the performance. It is in fact, quite good – and the Muse drummer acquits himself nicely. It still made me sad that all four members of U2 weren’t up there performing as planned but quite a gracious act by U2 considering they see Muse as one of the “up-and-comers” after their crown (which they’ll never get because if anything, it’s going to The Killers!)