Wallu wrote: We´ve dicussed U2 before, but their new 30-year-anniverasary tour of Joshua Tree makes them a possibility again... Also, they are headlining Bonnaroo early June.
Bonaroo is, until confirmed, just a strong rumour. It's not really U2's style to play festivals outside of the odd Glastonbury gig, but they would indeed be massive headliner potential if the rumours turn out to be true. I'm a bit doubtful, however, how they'd fit into the budget, as they're at least as expensive as Rolling Stones, if not more.
Thor_TestPilot wrote: I have never seen U2 live... And I tend to keep the tradisjon alive. Didnt some official totally kill the roumor when he stated that they would cost way to much with the production they where touring with or something?
That "official" might've been me... even though I'm not a Roskilde Festival official. But I've argued many times that U2 probably would be too expensive, speculating on the price of the show for their 360 Degrees tour. The stages for that tour alone cost about 500.000.000 DKK to build (they had three of them in total, costing £15-20m each) – plus on top of that daily production costs, mammoth logistics and wages for staff and the band itself. The costs were astronomical, but they raked in about about five billion (5.000.000.000) kroner on that tour too, so it was probably money well spent.
In comparison, the operating budget for one entire edition of Roskilde Festival (including camping and all the invisible "under the hood" stuff that takes place outside of Dyrskuepladsen is about 200.000.000 DKK. Simply put: U2 are big enough to dwarf many of the biggest festivals in the world.
This is all just speculation on my behalf though – U2 might be able to do something scaled back to fit a festival, maybe especially if they're going the nostalgic route and playing the Joshua Tree album front to back instead of their usual spectacle. I still think they're out of league with most festivals economically and would probably fit better in a stadium or something like that.