We don't post a lot of third-party content on ShowbizMonkeys.com -- chances are, if it's out there for anyone to post, you've probably already seen it before even visiting our site. However, this one was too cool to not share, just in case you haven't caught it yet.
Are you a fan of U2? (Or were you at one point?) If so, you'll know that it's a pretty rare occurrence when the band doesn't appear as a quartet (musically, anyway). This made the acoustic performance by Bono and the Edge at the Hollywood Bowl as part of an all-star showcase celebrating the 10th anniversary of the William J. Clinton Foundation this past Saturday night extremely special.
Playing a mix of their big hits ("I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For", "One", "Sunday Bloody Sunday"), rarities ("A Man and a Woman"), and one of my personal -- though often-overlooked -- favourites ("Staring at the Sun"), the temporary duo capped off a star-studded evening that also featured Usher, Lady Gaga, K'naan, and Stevie Wonder. With Edge sticking to the acoustic guitar (and then piano for encore "Miss Sarajevo"), and backed for the latter half of their set by a string ensemble, the "Irish buskers" gave a unique performance that -- lucky for us who weren't in attendance -- was filmed and put online by Yahoo!
View their entire 40-minute set below. We've also posted the performance by K'naan (gotta add some Canadian content, plus he's joined by Bono for a tune) and a pretty hilarious video about the Clinton Foundation "Celebrity Division" produced by Funny or Die and featuring Ben Stiller, Kristin Wiig, Matt Damon, Sean Penn, and others.
BONO & THE EDGE:
FUNNY OR DIE VIDEO:
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