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(WATCH) U2’s Bono and The Edge Give Performance Inside Kyiv Subway Station


Does this mean the subways in Kyiv are safer than New York City?

U2’s Bono and The Edge made a surprise visit to Ukraine to play an acoustic set in one of the city’s subway stations-turned-bomb shelters.


From Rolling Stone:

Following a personal invitation from Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky, U2’s Bono and the Edge visited Kyiv Sunday to perform an acoustic concert in one of the city’s subway stations-turned-bomb shelters.

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

According to the Irish Times, the set included performances of U2 hits like “With or Without You,” “Desire,” “Angel of Harlem,” “Vertigo” and a rendition of Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me” that replaced the titular “Me” with “Ukraine.” 

Throughout the intimate set, the U2 duo were joined on their makeshift stage by Ukrainian musicians thrust into military duty due to Russia’s invasion; singer Taras Topolya from the Ukrainian band Antytila were among those singing alongside Bono.

“President @ZelenskyyUa invited us to perform in Kyiv as a show of solidarity with the Ukrainian people and so that’s what we’ve come to do,” Bono and the Edge tweeted Sunday.

U2 weren’t the only well-known figures to visit Ukraine on Sunday.

Jill Biden and Justin Trudeau visited the country on the same day.


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