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Watch U2’s Bono and the Edge Play Surprise Set at the Kyiv Bomb Shelter

At the personal invitation of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr ZelenskyyU2’s Bono and the Edge visited Kyiv on Sunday to perform an acoustic concert in one of the city’s subway stations, which have been converted into bomb shelters.

“The people of Ukraine are not only fighting for their own freedom, they are fighting for all of us who love freedom,” Bono told the audience, which included soldiers. “We pray that you will soon enjoy some of that peace.”

Corresponding the Irish TimesThe set included renditions of U2 hits such as “With or Without You”, “Desire”, “Angel of Harlem”, “Vertigo” and a rendition of Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me” which earned the title “Me”. replaced “Ukraine.”

During the intimate set, the U2 duo were joined on their makeshift stage by Ukrainian musicians who were forced into military service due to the Russian invasion; Singer Taras Topolya from the Ukrainian band Antytila ​​was among those who sang alongside Bono.

“President @ZelenskyyUa invited us to perform in Kyiv to show his solidarity with the Ukrainian people and that’s why we came,” Bono and the Edge tweeted Sunday.

Bono and The Edge previously took part in Global Citizen’s “Stand Up for Ukraine” livestream, where the duo performed a version of “Walk On” that dealt with the invasion.

“The brave people of Ukraine fighting for their freedom – and ours – in the face of unspeakable violence and an unjust invasion,” the U2 duo said in April. “More than 4 million people, mostly women and children, had to flee for their lives – a population almost the size of Ireland. World leaders must now stand up and stand with Ukrainians…those who are fighting and those who have fled…and stand by the refugees everywhere, who have been forced from their homes and their lands.”

Bono also wrote a poem about the invasion of Ukraine, which was read by Nancy Pelosi.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/u2-bono-the-edge-acoustic-set-kyiv-bomb-shelter-1350428/ Watch U2’s Bono and the Edge Play Surprise Set at the Kyiv Bomb Shelter

Brian Lowry

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