Friday 5 February :
@Rhian "we've been promised something really special." And he is special to those who know about music
"Consider this: not having released a halfway decent single since the late seventies," Singles don't make good quality music. He was nominated at the 2010 Grammys for best male vocalist; in 2006 nominated for 4 Grammy's winning 2 for his last album, 8 Grammys during the 80's and 90's and 14 during the seventies. He is the only musician of his era to remain relevant and still acknowledged by the industry for his genius - from 1963 to today. Last year Wonder was commissioned to write a classical piece of Music for the US Library of Congress - You do not get such an honour unless you are still considered a great artist.
"Wonder's allotted time slot will probably mostly consist of sentimental tripe from his commercial period." You seem to be an insider on Stevie's rehearsal sessions knowing what he will play! Do some research on the set-lists of his concerts so you wouldn't continue making such a fool of yourself in public.
"who really wants to stand on tired legs for two hours listening to 'I Just Called To Say I Love You? or Skeletons??! " You are obviously unaware of the depth and breadth of Wonder's song catalogue. Check it out at www.steviewonder.org.uk
"No good party ever ends quietly so Glastonbury's 40th bash should finish with a bang, something Bowie or the Rolling Stones would definitely have provided." What hypocrisy - When last did Bowie or Rolling Stones release a 'halfway decent single'? When last did they win Grammy's? Great performers no doubt - but maybe you have never seen Stevie perform live?
"Well, there's no opportunity for him to soundcheck properly before taking to the stage.... could lead to a set marred by technical difficulties rather than a defining moment in the festival's history." Certainly scraping the barrel there for negatives. Wonder has played outdoor festivals in the US that makes Glastonbury look like a school playground. Last year doing the Chicago music fest, year before headlining the New Orleans Jazz Festival and before that Live 8. I think he and his crew are quite capable in that department.
"Do Glastonbury goers really want to see Stevie Wonder anyway? He hasn't been relevant to the larger music world in god knows how many years (although the same could be argued of U2" and Bowie and Rolling Stones. Wonder did have his peek period, longer than most, from the early 60's to the mid 80's however he has remained relevant to this date. Last week's music telethon for Haiti featured Wonder to help raise money. Why use someone who is irrelevant to help raise funds? He was invited to perform simply because he is still relevant. More than can be said for artists you suggest.
"his booking smacks slightly of Michael Eavis realising his headliners were all pompous rock bands and deciding to inject a bit of eclecticism into the line-up. There's plenty of variety available across the rest of the weekend so why sacrifice what could have been a phenomenal close to the event for something that will be good at best, just to make a point?" You seem to know the mind of Michael Eavis. Your subjective line of thought can predict that Wonder will barely be good but Bowie would be phenomenal. Wow!
"it would have been nice to have a Pyramid Stage finale worth getting excited about." Many of the younger generation may not be aware of the genius of Wonder but knowledge and open mindedness is a wonderful cure to cast out stereotyping. After the first note he plays, if he does play, will more than get everyone excited. I know from experience.
"I, for one, will not be watching." Some people do like to keep their head buried in the sand. It will only be to their detriment though.
Well hope he is there to close with a 'Happy Birthday' to Glastonbury.