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U2 play live on BBC radio

Today, U2 have performed a short set in the Live Lounge on BBC Radio 1.

Jo Whiley briefly spoke to U2 backstage before their set. Amongst other questions, she asked Bono about Chris Martin of Coldplay; Bono called Martin both "a wanker" and "a great melodist". The band also talked a bit about recording the new album, that the last week or two of recording was chaotic. Jo asked for their favourite tracks on No Line On The Horizon. Larry's pick was Breathe, though he said it could change by tomorrow. Adam named Moment Of Surrender, Edge said Unknown Caller, and Bono also chose Breathe.

The band then took the stage. The setlist was:

  1. Get On Your Boots
  2. Magnificent
  3. I Kissed A Girl (snippet) / Beautiful Day / Blackbird (snippet)
  4. Breathe

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At the start of the set, Bono spoke about the appearance being a "great honour" and that he hoped they don't screw up. Unlike at recent TV appearances, there was no pre-recorded intro for Boots. Although its initial live renditions were shaky, the band now seem to be getting the hang of Boots and they performed a rocking, enthusiastic version today. It was followed by the first public concert performance of Magnificent, though its actual debut was back at the start of the month when it was taped for The Culture Show. Magnificent was not featured on the radio broadcast, but will be broadcast on Zane Lowe's show next week.

After Magnificent, Jo Whiley asked the band about tour plans. Bono gave away little about the upcoming tour and said they aren't playing Glastonbury this year, though he mentioned that the band want to play the festival some day. She also asked about U2 playing a cover today; although the band intended to do one, they apparently ran out of rehearsal time. Nonetheless, Bono sarcastically sung a line of Katy Perry's I Kissed A Girl and asked the audience to imagine they are "a U2 cover band" before the band began Beautiful Day. It was followed by an energetic performance of Breathe to round out the set, ending with Bono holding a long note on "breeeeaaaathe".

There is plenty more U2 to come today. Dominic Byrne will be posting U2 updates to Twitter all day; he has posted pictures of Bono arriving this morning here and of the band rehearsing here. At 2pm UK time, the band appear on Simon Mayo's show on BBC Radio 5 for an interview, then they are on Chris Evan's show on BBC Radio 2 from 5pm, and it is rumoured there will be something special in the second hour - a mini-concert on Regent Street, London.

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