PJ Harvey, supporting U2 on their North American tour, is enjoying the reception she is receiving from fans.
"We're having a great time and the crowds are really receptive," she told Mike Bell of the Calgary Sun. 'I classify myself as a U2 fan and I think U2 fans are a lot more open than most fans that I can think of.'
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'It will take more than exhaustion and a nagging flu-like illness to get rid of PJ Harvey. Sure, it might lay her low for a couple of months with "every infection imaginable" and knock her from the first handful of dates opening for U2 on their Elevation Tour, but if anyone is tough enough to come back, it's the intensely haunting English songstress. She proved that when she joined the tour in Houston, taking over from The Corrs and Canadian artist Nelly Furtado. When Harvey calls the Sun from her tour bus, days before the April 9 and 10 Calgary shows, she's still feeling a little weak. But after two shows with U2, she's also starting to get into the groove. "We're having a great time and the crowds are really receptive," she says. Which is actually surprising because it's been said in the past that U2 fans really aren't that interested in hearing what the opening act has to say -- the sooner the U2, the better. "I don't know if that's true, really," Harvey says. "I classify myself as a U2 fan and I think U2 fans are a lot more open than most fans that I can think of. "That's been the case with us, people are really listening and responding -- people who probably haven't heard the music before ..." Anyone who's listened to Harvey over the course of her decade-long career would agree that she demands a response. Her music runs the gamut from abrasive and sexually confrontational to wounded and emotionally vulnerable. When she hits town, local audiences can expect to see it all. "I'm just playing the songs that I want to play ... and the band are just playing the same as we would do if we were doing our own shows. "I think that's all we can do," she says. "It's rough and it's ready and it's raw, and I think some people will be happy to see that. "I'm just being myself, basically."
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