Gordon Smart has had a bit of a chinwag with Gary Lightentertainment out of Snow Patrol:
Snow Patrol: U2 taught us to be rock starsWhat exactly did those lessons cover? It can't have been how to be interesting on stage. Maybe it focused on arranging your tax affairs?
"When U2 took us on tour in 2005 and then the subsequent three years on the 360 Tour, they showed us the virtue of a show compared to a gig.Really? I suppose you probably need something to lift your songs when they're taken from their natural home (being laid over Ellen Pompeo looking worried), but if you're plodding through Chasing Cars, no lasershow known to man is going to wake the audience up, is it?
"Even when we were playing bigger gigs around Chasing Cars and Eyes Open, we were still turning up for gigs like we had just fallen out of the student's union at 3am.
"We didn't really think about stage presence. We would work out the set list five minutes before we went on stage in the same clothes we had been wearing in the pub.
"U2 showed us the approach we should be taking. There should be a show, a spectacle."