Eavis: 'The Killers need reassurance'

Eavis: 'The Killers need reassurance'

26 May 2005

Comments made by Eavis and published in a Somerset newspaper suggested The Killers had been confirmed to replace Kylie on the Pyramid Stage.

But the Worthy Farm owner later told XFM: "It's all rumours, it's not confirmed. I actually just spoke to them [on the phone] on the pavement outside of this very hotel about ten minutes ago. No, it's not sorted yet. We've actually got other things going on at the same time - a four pronged attack, if you will.

"We'd very much like The Killers to do it, but they need a bit of reassurance that they can cope. I saw them last year in Bristol and then at the NME awards, and they can do it. They just need reassurance that they're up to the job."

Glastonbury organisers had originally planned to attract a big name and had approached four acts, including Stevie Wonder.

However, it is believed that most of those declined to play because they would feel uncomfortable replacing Kylie. Other acts rumoured to have been asked included The Cure, Faithless, and Scissor Sisters. The world also held its breath as talk of a Stone Roses reunion spread.

Yesterday it was reported that The Killers had accepted an invitation to fill the slot, with other sets to be shuffled around. If the deal is finalised it's expected that Keane will fill The Killers' former spot, before the White Stripes on Friday.

Bizzarely, a confirmation from The Killers camp that they would be headlining on the Sunday night was withdrawn two hours later with the statement "they're still considering their options".

Glastonbury Festival 2005 takes place at Worthy Farm, Pilton, from 24-26 June. Click here for more.

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