Bono goes shades-less as U2 warm up for Grammy Awards performance

Bono ditched his shades for some heavy eyeliner as U2 rehearsed on the eve of their performance at the 51st Grammy Awards.

The Irish band will open Sunday’s show with a performance of its new single “Get On Your Boots.” But after trying the song five times in rehearsal, Bono still wasn’t happy with the sound. “Houston, we’ve got a problem,” he said afterwards.

Wearing a black suit with a sparkling lapel and a T-shirt underneath, and with dark eye makeup in place of his trademark sunglasses, Bono began the song positioned behind the band on an elevated platform.

Behind the group, a video screen flashed alternately on lyrics and, during the chorus, a psychedelic swirl of colours.

U2 isn’t nominated for any Grammy awards this year, but will release “No Line on the Horizon” on March 3.

Canadian Press