"I Will Follow (Live from Glastonbury)" - U2
On June 25th, 2011, the day after U2 had performed at Glastonbury, “I Will Follow” from that performance was released on iTunes as a single for download. 100% of the proceeds from the download were donated to charity and these were split between Glastonbury’s three officially recognized organizations, Oxfam, WaterAid, and the Greenpeace Environmental Trust. The track was initially only to be available for 30 days according to press releases, but more than a year after the release date, it is still available to download in iTunes in the USA. The song was also announced to be available in iTunes around the world, including Ireland, and Canada, but it never showed up in those shops. It was however available in the USA and the UK. The artwork attached to the song was a drawing of the festival itself with “Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts” across the top, and U2 at the bottom.
The Glastonbury Festival, is a multi day music festival held in the south of England. U2’s first performance at Glastonbury was set to be June 25, 2010, but Bono’s back problems caused the cancellation of that appearance. They would appear a year later, on June 24, 2011 instead. It is from that appearance that these three tracks are taken. All told U2 performed 19 tracks and headlined that night of the Festival at the Pyramid stage. Another three songs from that performance were streamed through u2.com under the name “U23: Exclusive Tracks from Glastonbury”.
Sales were strong enough on the release of “I Will Follow” that the song entered the UK charts at #78 on July 9th, 2011. The record label listed for the charts was “Glastonbury Festival”.
No traditional liner notes in this digital only release.
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- 2011-06-25 “I Will Follow” from Glastonbury on iTunes (Original story (u2wanderer.org))