Bruce Springsteen, Chris Martin to front U2 Minus 1 for World AIDS Day performance

U2’s surprise performance at World AIDS Day tonight (Dec 1st) in New York City was in jeopardy due to Bono’s bike incident November 16th in Central Park. Now, fans will get the chance to see truly one-of-a-kind performance when Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay’s Chris Martin take turns fronting the Irish quartet’s songs during their performance.

“Appearing by a personal invitation from U2, Springsteen and Martin have graciously donated their time and talents to save the World AIDS Day event from cancellation,” the band writes on their Facebook page.

The performance, dubbed as U2 Minus 1, will feature Adam Clayton, The Edge and Larry Mullen Jr. backing Springsteen and Martin on popular U2 hits.

“This year is a World AIDS Day like no other,” Bono said 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.”

The World AIDS Day event in Times Square will begin promptly at 7.30 pm ET and feature performances from special guests Kanye West and Carrie Underwood. Admission is free.

A (RED) Thank you Presented by (BANK OF AMERICA) RED 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.


Author: Buddy Iahn

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