U2 hung out all hour with Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday (May 23rd) and gave the coolest performance ever! After the group chatted with the talk show host on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, they performed “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” with a surprise performance from the Stella Choir which was in the audience.
“Alright, we’re going to play one of the desert songs for you,” Bono says before the music starts. He continues as The Edge begins the classic riff, “Thank you for letting us into your lives over these years. Thank you for letting us into your homes tonight. We wanna play for you now a gospel song, a gospel song with a restless spirit.”
Mid-song Bono says, “Take it to church now, Stella,” as two audience members stand and sing solos. Bono eventually joins the studio audience as the entire audience erupts into the chorus.
“We love America. I think this is why we’re allowed to talk about America.”
Before the performance, the band spoke with Kimmel about the inspiration behind The Joshua Tree album and Dutch photographer Anton Cobijn’s iconic album photography. “That’s just a beautiful photograph on its own,” Kimmel states as a giant black and white panoramic shot of The Joshua Tree displays behind him and the band. “Tell me about that. Where is this happening?”
“We love America. I think this is why we’re allowed to talk about America. We come here. We’re like Pilgrims in one sense. For Irish people, America is the Promised Land,” Bono states. “We’re that group. We love this country and we love the landscape. It’s not just the physical landscape, it’s a physiological landscape , it’s a spiritual landscape. It’s a beautiful landscape.”
They also spoke about the Manchester bombings that killed 22 and injured more than 60 Monday night following Ariana Grande’s concert in England. Kimmel asked Bono and Co if they were thinking about, what Kimmel called “another senseless terrorist attack,” as they continue their sold out tour.
“They hate music. They hate women. They even hate little girls. They hate everything that we love,” Bono says. “The worst of humanity was on view in Manchester last night, but so was the best as people took perfect strangers into their hands and cued up blood banks. Manchester has an undefeatable spirit, I can assure you.”
The group closed the show with the first-ever television performance of “The Little Things That Give You Away.” The pop-infused track is from their forthcoming Songs Of Experience album, due “within the next 27 years,” as The Edge joked earlier in the show.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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