Monday, May 23, 2011

U2 to play American Idol finale

Hey, if Aerosmith won’t do it, someone else will.

U2 have confirmed that they will play the American Idol finale this Wednesday evening.

Billboard reports that, backstage at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, U2's longtime manager (and equal business partner), Paul McGuinness, revealed that the group would be rehearsing for the Idol finale on Monday before performing on the show two days later. In between the rehearsal and performance, U2 will perform at Salt Lake City's Rice-Eccles Stadium on Tuesday.

U2's Idol performance will be part of the finale that reveals whether country singers Scotty McCreery or Lauren Alaina is the season 10 winner, as voted by viewers.

Here’s a weird twist to this story: U2’s official website posted an announcement Monday saying the band is NOT playing the Idol finale.

So...which is it, guys?

Here's McGuinness talking to Billboard about the Idol appearance; the subject comes up about 2:10 into the clip.

U2 – Paul McGuinness interview
2011 Billboard Music Awards – May 22, 2011

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U2 – Get On Your Boots
Invesco Field – Denver, CO – May 21, 2011

See also:

U2 break Rolling Stones’ record for highest grossing tour in history
U2, Guns N’ Roses named Best Albums of 1980s
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U2’s Bono can’t give away new R.E.M. album
Super Bowl Flashback: U2 (2002)