With Bono still recovering from a nasty bike accident he suffered in Central Park, two rock titans are fronting U2 during his absence at Monday night’s (Dec. 1) World AIDS Day (RED) concert in Times Square.
Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin (whose band owes more than a little to the Irish rock outfit) will temp with U2 tonight, giving audiences the chance to see a truly one-of-a-kind show from U2 Minus 1.
“Appearing at the personal invitation of U2, Springsteen and Martin have graciously donated their time and talents to save the World AIDS Day event from cancellation,” the band wrote on their Facebook page. Kanye West and Carrie Underwood will also perform at the World AIDS Day concert (not with U2, however).
Speaking of U2, their controversial new album Songs of Innocence — which met with mixed reviews after its stealth release on your iTunes — was recently named Rolling Stone’s Album of the Year. The magazine’s second best album of 2014? Springsteen’s more-or-less-panned disc High Hopes. So expect a very enthusiastic Jann Wenner watching the Boss front U2 in New York tonight.