Glasvegas support U2: "It's overblown, pompous rock'n'roll and it's amazing"

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by Gavin Allen, South Wales Echo

GLASVEGAS have had a year like no-one else and the Glaswegian gloom-rockers are capping it off by realising a dream.

"We were all such big U2 fans growing up that playing with them is mad," says the band's guitarist Paul Donohue.

"When we supported them in Dublin it was the first time I'd ever seen them live and I thought, we are so privileged."

Although the band were famously on the dole while writing their self-titled debut album, Glasvegas have had to get used to that privileged feeling in the last 18 months, having been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and hand-picked by Bono for this occasion.

"I think we've learned to take everything in our stride," says Donohue.

"There are still big surprises every day, but we have learned how to handle those a bit better, because to be honest we are still learning to adapt. We have gone from being on the dole to this.

"What has been hardest to handle is the travelling, particularly the European festival circuit. At one point we did eight consecutive days in different countries. Until then we didn't realise how in-demand we are."

But supporting U2 guarantees the focus will be off Glasvegas and they couldn't be happier because, as Paul says, "The best thing about this tour is we get to watch U2 four times.

"The stage is the greatest thing I've ever seen. It's got four big legs, looks like a giant spider, and it's got a platform to get around the crowd.

"It's U2 man. It's overblown, pompous rock'n'roll and it's amazing!"

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