Surely you recall the downright unsettling amount of vitriol inspired by the initial announcement of Kanye West as a headliner for this year's Glastonbury Festival, the largest greenfield festival on the planet. Of course, participants in such vitriol are generally just lifeless trolls — but, troll or otherwise, the hoopla reached a fever pitch so baffling that Glastonbury organizer Emily Eavis responded with an open letter in which Eavis dropped hard truths on the trolls. "Kanye West is making the most exciting music at the moment," wrote Eavis. "For us, getting the biggest star in the world was an amazing coup."
As the massive event draws near, the hype surrounding West's performance grows exponentially. With recent rumors of West's possible involvement with Apple Music (launching June 30) and the ever-mysterious CDQ of "Wolves" looming over the minds of us all, the performance could — at the very least — prove to be a blisteringly historic moment. Stepping up for his fellow punksmen, Dave Grohl recently detailed the importance of West's Glastonbury performance in a new interview.
"You've got more attention on that Saturday night set from Kanye than maybe anything else," Grohl tells The Sun. "He could walk out there and have 100,000 people bottle him on stage, or he could walk out there and show the world that nothing else matters except for that moment. And I'm sure that is what he will do." Grohl, who recently broke his leg during a Foo Fighters show in Sweden but managed to finish the set, also categorized West's performance as an act of brilliantly calculated defiance. "To me, there is nothing more punk rock than having [Kanye West] stand on stage in front of 100,000 people after thousands of people petitioned for him to not be there."