Snoop Doog to Join U2, Stevie Wonder at Glastonbury?
Despite the criticism he drew from many an up-and-coming rapper at the peak of 'D.O.A.' mania, it would still be difficult to say that Jay-Z doesn't open doors for his fellow artists. After his controversial, but successful 2008 performance at the UK's Glastonbury Music Festival -- which invoked the wrath of Oasis frontman Noah Gallagher -- Glastonbury organizers are now confident enough to recruit other rappers to perform at the historic rock festival.
On Tuesday (March 16), the UK Sun reported that Glastonbury organizer Michael Eavis is actively seeking to recruit Snoop Dogg for the 2010 festival. According to Eavis, his daughter and co-organizer Emily Eavis, is pushing to have Snoop on board. "She's a bright girl and she is very keen on Snoop Dogg doing the show, so we want him," Eavis said. Eavis says he plans to follow his daughter's lead, based on the fact that it was her idea to have Jay-Z hop on board as a headliner for the 2008 show. "Her real claim to fame is booking Jay-Z," Eavis said of his daughter. She came up with the idea, so I phoned his manager. At the end of a 40-minute chat he said Jay-Z would do the show and the rest is history."
There hasn't been any confirmation that Snoop will take the stage at Glastonbury this year, but the news comes just as the Doggfather has sorted out his immigration issues with the UK. In 2006 Snoop was banned from entering the country after a scuffle at London's Heathrow airport. The ban was recently overruled, allowing Snoop to apply for entry to the UK once again.
It was announced in November 2009 that U2 will headline the Friday night slot of the fest with Stevie Wonder and Muse confirmed to headline the remaining nights.
The 2010 Glastonbury festival will run from June 23-27.