Bono and The Edge perform surprise concert in Kyiv bomb shelter: U2 rockers entertain small crowd in subway station after being personally invited by president Zelensky
- U2 stars Bono and The Edge staged a surprise concert in a Kyiv bomb shelter
- The U2 members were personally invited to perform by president Zelensky
- They were joined on stage by Ukrainian band Antytila’s frontman Tomos Topelia
- ‘You are fighting for all of us who love freedom,’ said Bono during a break
U2 stars Bono and The Edge performed a surprise jam session in Kyiv today after a personal invitation from president Zelensky.
The members of the Irish supergroup tweeted images of their performance with Ukrainian band Antytila’s lead singer Tomos Topelia in one of the Ukrainian capital’s bomb shelters.
From a station platform, 61-year-old Bono belted out U2 classics ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’, ‘Desire’ and ‘With or without you’.
‘The people in Ukraine are not just fighting for your own freedom, you are fighting for all of us who love freedom,’ said Bono during a break.
Bono (left) of the band U2 performs with Ukrainian singer Taras Topolya (right) from Antytila band, who now serves in the Ukrainian army
Bono and Antytila frontman Topolia sing alongside other members of the band during a performance for Ukrainian people
Bono was joined by U2 lead guitarist The Edge (right) in the Kyiv jam session after they received a personal invite from president Zelensky
‘We pray that you will enjoy some of that peace soon,’ said Bono.
The songs clearly made their mark on the small crowd gathered underground and users on Twitter were equally moved.
John R 77 tweeted: ‘Thank you Bono and Edge for the music and for making the world a better place through art, Ukraine will win this war with the world’s support.’
Jackie posted: ‘This is so amazing! Way to go Bono!!!’
Longing Logos tweeted it was ‘really great’ and Scott the Heretic added: ‘I almost cried. Thanks for the share.’
But while plenty of viewers were moved by the band’s show of solidarity with Ukraine, others were tickled.
‘The people in Ukraine are not just fighting for your own freedom, you are fighting for all of us who love freedom,’ said Bono during a break
The songs clearly made their mark on the small crowd gathered underground and users on Twitter were equally moved
Women’s Rights posted: ‘These guys are pretty good. They should start a band and try to get signed.’
The surprise appearance by Bono – a long time humanitarian who frequently lends his voice to a variety of causes including the fight against poverty and AIDS – came as air raid sirens echoed in the Ukrainian capital and fighting raged in the country’s east.
At one point, Bono invited a Ukrainian soldier to sing along who called on the world’s support for the embattled country as they covered ‘Stand by me’.
Bono performed alongside U2’s guitarist ‘The Edge’ to a small crowd of fans including fatigue-clad members of Ukraine’s armed forces.
‘It’s some good emotions, that’s all,’ said a member of the Ukrainian territorial forces in the audience.
‘It’s a strange feeling, like being a child going to first grade,’ said 36-year-old university lecturer, Olesia Bezsmertna, ahead of the show.
The band’s performance in Ukraine comes as US First Lady Jill Biden visited Kyiv and met with Mr Zelensky’s wife Olena.
Meanwhile, Canadian Prime Minister Justin also made an unexpected trip to Irpin – the site of alleged war crimes after weeks Russian occupation.
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