U2 Minus Bono In New York City Earlier Tonight

I read an internet rumor this morning on ATU2 stating that a tour announcement might happen today.  (I didn’t think so because Bono’s injuries are pretty bad and they’d have to see how he is healing I would think)

Then when I was out at lunch I read that no tour announcement but another surprise would be happening today.

Work was straight out busy from 12:20-5:45 so I kind’ve forgot about the U2 news.

Fast forward to 6:15pm and Espn in on in the background while I’m getting ready to eat.  At the same time my brother and I said “Did they just say U2???!”

Quick check of Facebook confirms that U2 (minus Bono) are playing in Times Square as part of World Aids Day!

Hmmmmmmm.  I was worried about Chris Martin and Bruce Springsteen taking the lead for Bono while he recovers!

chris martin and u2

chris martin and u2

But I have to say that bouncy Chris Martin did great jobs with Beautiful Day and With Or Without You!  His tee shirt was awesome!

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Bruce rocked Where The Streets Have No Name and I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For!

bruce and u2

bruce and u2

The announcement earlier from U2.com:

Friends have stepped in to save U2’s surprise World AIDS Day (RED) performance which was jeopardised by Bono’s November 16 bike accident in Central Park.

Chris Martin and Bruce Springsteen will join U2 Minus 1, as the singer remains under doctors’ orders to refrain from performing until fully recuperated from his injuries.

The World AIDS Day event in Times Square will begin promptly at 7.30pm.

Adam Clayton, The Edge and Larry Mullen Jr. will be joined by Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay’s Chris Martin, each of whom will take a turn as frontman on the U2 songs. Appearing at the personal invitation of U2, Springsteen and Martin have graciously donated their time and talents to save the World AIDS Day event from cancellation.

“This year is a World AIDS Day like no other,” said Bono, speaking from Dublin. “The world reached a tipping point in the fight against AIDS – more people were newly added to life-saving treatment than were newly infected with the virus. A lot of people are calling it the beginning of the end of AIDS.
“We wouldn’t be at this point without American leadership, people from the left and the right. Today, 13 million people have access to life-saving treatment, up from 300,000 just over ten years ago. Americans don’t know the role they’ve played in this fight. Tonight’s event is to inform them and thank them.”

A (RED) Thank you Presented by will be broadcast live on YouTube, radio across the US including iHeart Radio which is becoming iHeart (RED) for World AIDS Day and as part of ESPN’s Monday Night Countdown.

The event starts at 7.30pm EST at Duffy Square in Times Square, on Broadway between 46th & 47th Streets. Attendees should enter at 50th Street and Broadway.

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