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November 24th, 2007

Surprise Bono and Edge Performance @ 05:41 pm

sapphires13:
I'm currently feelin: pleased pleased

Bono and Edge made a surprise performance in London Friday night to perform a few songs at a charity event at Union Chapel.

U2's Bono and The Edge played a surprise gig tonight (November 23) at London's Union Chapel.

Playing as part of Mencap's Little Noise Sessions, the duo surprised the audience with a four song set which included rare track 'Wave Of Sorrow'.

The identity of the 'special guests' was shrouded in mystery when introduced by host Jo Whiley as "a new band with a lot of potential...Dave the guitarist is very nervous...If he makes a mistake forgive him, he's new. The singer is very shy."

The band opened with 'Zooropa' track 'Stay (Faraway, So Close)' with Bono reading the lyrics off a sheet on a music stand.

The singer changed the lyrics: "You can go anywhere/ Miami, New Orleans, London, Belfast and Berlin" to "You can go anywhere/ Miami, New Orleans, Belfast and Islington," which was met by roars of approval from the crowd.

After the track finished The Edge said : "I hope you like our new direction."

Launching into 'Desire', Bono ad libbed parts of INXS' 'Need You Tonight' into the track. He sang the lyrics "I've got to let you know / You're one of my kind."

He started clapping before taking out a harmonica to play on the track's distinctive finish.

Bono introduced 'Angel Of Harlem' by saying : "This is our only Christmas song."

After a false start which saw the singer sing the start of 'Like A Rolling Stone' by Bob Dylan over The Edge's riff, the duo continued.

At one point Bono said : "Merry Christmas Yoko."

When the song finished the pair shook hands.

Bono then introduced the next track by saying : "So about 20 years ago we started a tune on 'The Joshua Tree' and yesterday we just finished it. This song is based on the experiences that my lovely wife Ali had in Ethiopia.

"You forget that this was the land of the Queen Of Sheeba...I was 25 and it was an extraordinary time to be there...It was an overwhelming experience.

"This (song) has never been played before. Just don't tell Larry (Mullen) and Adam (Clayton) we're doing it...Oh Adam's here! This is for you sir."

They played 'Wave Of Sorrow' with The Edge playing the keyboards.

Bono said : "Thanks for being so generous," and The Edge said : "I hope you didn't notice there were a few mistakes but I was told that was okay...I felt the love."

http://www.nme.com/news/u2/32721


Of course, the rabid fangirl in me must note that Bono was not wearing any shades, and with the ivy cap, I felt like I'd gone back in time to 1995. They both looked good though, and sounded even better.



So far two of the songs (Desire and Wave of Sorrow) have surfaced on YouTube, and can be viewed here:

Desire:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecUeE1mhSao

Wave of Sorrow:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oo-w7B4tNB4
 
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From:scruby
Date:November 25th, 2007 12:03 am (UTC)
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Wow, that is so awesome!
God, I missed this band... After a long time that I've neglected them they are starting to be blood to my veins again, as they were for many years.

Thanks for the info and the links!

Why did Bono use a lyrics sheet for Stay? Is he starting to forget the words for his songs? ):

I liked the whole "They're a new band." part. (:
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From:canadanne
Date:November 25th, 2007 02:34 am (UTC)
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Is he starting to forget the words for his songs?

"Starting to"? :)
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From:ratherbewater
Date:November 25th, 2007 12:15 am (UTC)
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That's awesome!
It's interesting that they played Wave of Sorrow. I look forward to checking out that video. Thanks for posting.
Also, I love that look for Bono. Always have.
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From:adriana_is
Date:November 25th, 2007 12:56 am (UTC)
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Sweet Jaysus! Thank you!
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From:needleandspoon
Date:November 25th, 2007 12:59 am (UTC)
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Heh, and I was just saying like an hour ago to a bunch of my friends in London that I wished I was there. Now I REALLY wish I was there. That would have been so great to see live. Thanks for the links. I've loved Wave of Sorrow since I first heard it, and it'd be fabulous if it got added to their live sets.
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From:piggy_shoo
Date:November 25th, 2007 02:26 am (UTC)
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oh thank u!
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From:canadanne
Date:November 25th, 2007 02:33 am (UTC)
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I checked the community earlier today and was surprised nobody had mentioned this yet. Don't suppose anyone here was lucky enough to be at the gig?!
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From:sapphires13
Date:November 25th, 2007 05:39 am (UTC)
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Yeah, apparently I have to do everything around here ;P
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From:canadanne
Date:November 25th, 2007 01:56 pm (UTC)
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And you do it so well!
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From:leelakin
Date:November 25th, 2007 03:09 am (UTC)
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*squeeeeeeeeeeeeeee* JUST LOOK AT EDGE WITH HIS LITTLE ANGELIC VOICE X) *squees some more at him*

Also, I looovelovelove Wave of Sorrow. @u@
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From:jadethedeist
Date:November 25th, 2007 12:42 pm (UTC)
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Awesome and brilliant rolled into one! thanks!
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From:t4_flirt
Date:November 26th, 2007 07:29 pm (UTC)
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thanks so much...they need to hurry up and finish the new album so they can tour dangit!!!

If anyone finds or has pics of our Adam in the audience, I'd love to see them.
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From:canadanne
Date:November 26th, 2007 10:43 pm (UTC)
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There's a video of Stay here.

They had a review of the gig on Teletext today, but for some reason it didn't appear on the website so I couldn't copy & paste it. :(

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