U2 did their first-ever show without Bono tonight in New York as they celebrated World AIDS Day with a set in the middle of Times Square.
Bono is home in Dublin recuperating from arm surgery following a bike accident in New York last month, so, billed as U2 Minus One, they were joined by Coldplay’s Chris Martin – who, despite it raining, opened with “Beautiful Day” followed by “With or Without You” – and Bruce Springsteen, who closed it out with a rough version of “Where the Streets Have No Name” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.”
In between Martin and Springsteen, Carrie Underwood and Kanye West performed.
Organized by Bono’s RED organization, the goal of the show was to let everyone know that tomorrow is Giving Tuesday. For every dollar donated to RED, Bank of America will match it with an additional two dollars.
Bono says, “This year is a World AIDS Day like no other. 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 10 years ago. Americans don’t know the role they’ve played in this fight. Monday’s event is to inform them and thank them.”
To donate go to red.org.
(Image courtesy of Daily Mail Australia by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)