Martin and Springsteen fronted ‘U2 Minus 1’ for the evening, filling in for Bono who was injured in a bicycle accident last month.
Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin took the reigns of U2 last night (December 1st), for a special World Aids Day concert in New York’s Times Square. Billing themselves as 'U2 Minus 1', the Irish rockers were down a member after frontman Bono was injured in a cycling accident last month.
Bruce Springsteen stepped into Bono's shoes on Monday night in Times Square
Despite the special gig only being announced hours prior, thousands of people crammed into Times Square for the once in a lifetime opportunity to see U2 and Bruce Springsteen share the same stage. The Boss lent his vocals to the U2 classics ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’ and ‘Where the Streets Have No Name’ alongside band members Adam Clayton, The Edge and Larry Mullen Jr.
Coldplay frontman Chris Martin took the lead on ‘Beautiful Day’ and ‘With or Without You’, telling the crowd that "Dreams come true, for young and old people alike.” Country star Carrie Underwood also performed at gig, playing ‘Change’, accompanied by U2’s The Edge and new single ‘Something in the Water’.
Former President Bill Clinton put in a surprise appearance at the event, giving a brief speech telling the audience, “You only have a minute and a half of halfway-serious talk and then it's all fun.” Before reading from an email hat Bono had sent him earlier in the day, closing with the line, "We're going to win this fight.”
Kanye West performed an 8minute medley of his hits, including ‘Power’, ‘Jesus Walks’, ‘Black Skinhead’, ‘Stronger’ and ‘Touch the Sky’. However MTV reports that the Yeezus rapper was in his usual form, shouting to the side of the stage after the beat kept going for a few extra bars at the end of ‘Stronger’, “Laura, next song! We’re on TV,” West is said to have shouted. Poor Laura.
Kanye perfromed a meledy of hits at the New York gig