Mick Jagger: ‘Bono made me nervous about headlining Glastonbury’

Derrick Santistevan

Mick Jagger was nervous ahead of the Rolling Stones’ Glastonbury debut in 2013 due to the fact that Bono had actually alerted him it was among the most difficult gigs around.

The U2 frontman and atrioventricular bundle carried out at the famous British music event in 2011, however had a difficult time due to the mud and the rain. He spoke with Mick about his experience and his warning made the rocker nervous prior to his big Glastonbury bow.

“I spoke to Bono when he had his Glastonbury experience, which he said was one of the most difficult days he’s ever done a concert – it was mindblowingly difficult because of the weather,” the rock veteran composed for The Guardian. “I was afraid it was going to be the same for us, but it didn’t turn out like that.”

Although he didn’t need to stress about the weather, he was still worried about providing something a bit various to their typical well-worn set.

“People always try to do something special for Glastonbury, like when JAY-Z did (Oasis song) Wonderwall. A week or so before our appearance, I thought, if we’re going to do a big night at Glastonbury, let’s try and do something a bit topical,” he continued. “So I thought I’d rewrite the lyrics of Factory Girl to do something different. I was a bit wary of it, if people were really going to get it – but they got it.”

And he confessed the experience differed from any of the massive shows the Stones have actually played prior to.

“I’ve done a lot of big crowds, but normally when you do these big crowds you can’t often see them,” he described. “In this case, though, the crowd goes up the hill and was illuminated by flares. You could actually see 100,000 people, which was amazing. The crowd was amazingly supportive, vibrant, enthusiastic, exuberant – even though you’re a long way away from them, you can still feel the wave of feeling coming from them.”

This year’s Glastonbury celebration, which was because of occur now, has actually been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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