Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay’s Chris Martin filled in for Bono to front U2’s World AIDS Day gig in New York City’s Times Square on Monday.
The event was opened by former President Bill Clinton, who highlighted the impact of the bipartisan drugs-for-AIDS bill, and read out an email he had received from Bono earlier in the day:
Twenty-six years ago it wouldn’t have been possible to have a concert in Times Square on World AIDS Day because to be diagnosed with AIDS was a death sentence. A few years ago when Secretary of State Clinton said that we could end AIDS, a lot of people didn’t believe it. But this year, for the first time ever, more people were put on life-saving medicine than were diagnosed with AIDS. We are going to win this fight.
Bill Clinton then introduced U2, with stand-in frontman Chris Martin, who performed “Beautiful Day” and “With or Without You”.
This was followed by performances from Carrie Underwood (“Change” and “Something in the Water”) and Kanye West (“Power,” “Jesus Walks,” “Black Skinhead,” “Stronger” and “Testify”), and a video message from President Obama.
U2 returned to the stage, this time with Bruce Springsteen, to close the show with “Where the Streets Have No Name” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.”
You can watch the full show below:
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