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The Edge performs with Muse at Glastonbury

Yesterday was meant to be the day that U2 made their first appearance at the Glastonbury Festival. Instead, Bono's back surgery forced the band to cancel and Gorillaz took the Friday night headlining spot. However, Glastonbury 2010 has not been totally devoid of a U2 appearance. Today, The Edge became only the second member of U2 to perform at Glastonbury, some 21 years after Adam Clayton played with the Hothouse Flowers on 17 June 1989. Edge joined Saturday night headliners Muse, who opened for U2 at nine of their US gigs last year.

Edge appeared with Muse for the first song of their encore. Harking back to many classic live U2 moments, the encore began with Where The Streets Have No Name. Edge played it true to his usual style and contributed backing vocals as he normally does. Matthew Bellamy sung Bono's lyrics confidently and powerfully, giving a consistent performance of which Bono would be proud, not to mention perhaps a little envious. He also contributed some rhythm guitar, never diverging from the classic U2 sound. Bassist Chris Wolstenholme and drummer Dom Howard took up Adam and Larry's roles adeptly and the result was a cover very faithful to U2's original.

Edge's delay effects were perhaps a little less than perfect, and the song may have been performed a little faster than normal, but it captured the sound and essence of the original. When Edge removed his guitar and waved to the audience, he received a rousing cheer.

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