“Zelenskyj invited us”
U2’s Bono and The Edge rock Kiev Metro Station
05/08/2022, 4:18 p.m
Bono and The Edge of Irish rock band U2 have held a surprise concert at a Kiev metro station as a gesture of solidarity for soldiers and fans. They played “Sunday Bloody Sunday” – their famous anti-war song – and made music with Ukrainians.
Irish rock star Bono has given a surprise concert in Kyiv, thanking Ukrainians for their fight for “freedom”. “The people of Ukraine are not only fighting for their own peace, you are also fighting for all of us who love peace,” the U2 frontman said during the concert in a Kiev metro station, according to Irish broadcaster RTE.
Along with U2 guitarist The Edge, Bono performed to a small group of Ukrainian fans, including some members of the Ukrainian Army. Bono took one of the soldiers to the makeshift stage on the platform and sang the classic “Stand By Me” with him. Bono also sang “Desire”, “With Or Without You” and “Sunday Bloody Sunday” from the U2 repertoire, which deals with the armed struggle in the Northern Ireland conflict.
During Bono’s performance, sirens could be heard in the Ukrainian capital. With a view to the ongoing fighting, especially in the east of the country, the 61-year-old rock star also recalled the conflicts of the past in his Irish homeland. “We pray that you will soon enjoy some of this peace,” he said to his Ukrainian fans.
U2: Wanted to show solidarity with the Ukrainians
Previously they had Musicians on Twitter explains: “President Volodymyr Zelenskyy invited us to play in Kyiv and show our solidarity with the people of Ukraine and we did that.”
The Unian news agency wrote that the Irish musician’s visit was unexpected. Taras Topolja from the Ukrainian band Antytila is said to have performed with him. The U2 management initially gave no further information about the performance.
About a week ago, US actress Angelina Jolie surprisingly made a solidarity visit to the western Ukrainian city of Lviv and met injured children in a hospital there.