Sunday 23 September 2018

U2 surprise New York commuters with busking session at station

Bono and The Edge perform at Grand Central Station in New York
Bono and The Edge perform at Grand Central Station in New York

U2 surprised fans in New York with an impromptu busking session in Grand Central Station.

Bono, sporting his new blonde locks and a blue stetson, was joined by bandmates The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen at the busy Manhattan transport hub.

Appropriately for the Big Apple setting, the band sang their 1980s hit Angel of Harlem to the delight of commuters.

US chat show host Jimmy Fallon also turned out for the performance.

The band is scheduled to appear on The Tonight Show on Friday as the only guests and have been recording segments across New York this week.

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Bono is no stranger to busking and regularly turns out for a carol-singing session with fellow Dublin musician Glen Hansard on Grafton Street on Christmas Eve.

It was revealed in recent days that U2 will play three concerts in Dublin’s 3Arena this December.

Bono announced the gigs in an interview with the late Tony Fenton, which was recorded before the DJ’s death in March.

He also revealed that U2 would love to showcase their famous tour sets in an open space in Dublin.

These include the claw of the 360 tour, the lemon of the PopMart tour and painted cars of the Zoo TV tour.

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“Our dream is to have a site in Dublin where we could show these stages and people could walk on them and walk around them,” Bono said.

“At some point I would love to do that. I think they’re interesting sculpturally.

He also had some very kind words to say about the late Today FM DJ.

“We’re big fans of you and over the years, you’ve been a kind of light and we’ve needed it,” he said.

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